Carpet Allergies

Common Carpet Allergies For Parents of Allergic Children & Adults with Allergies.

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Adult and childhood allergies from carpet has been debated for years. It will probably be an ongoing debate because, in my opinion, each side has something to lose. 

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Being that I don't sell carpet or wood flooring, I can give you my unbiased opinion as to whether carpet is the right choice for you and your family. Here's our story.

We had a 2200 sq. ft house in Oregon that had carpet and learned our daughter was allergic to dust mites and other dust materials after several bouts of wheezing and coughing. We did our research and concluded that wood flooring would be the best choice. We proceeded to rip up the old carpet and lay brand new wood floors. 

And I'm glad we did. The floors were much easier to keep clean. Vacuuming was dramatically reduced. I never used any kind of cleaner or wood polish, just a push broom slowly over the floor and wet rag every other day did the trick.

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My kid's allergies and their common allergies and symptoms from dust, dirt, sand, and dust mites were reduced by about 90% after the wood flooring was installed. That's a huge difference. 

Now I'm not saying that you need to immediately rip up your carpet and install wood floors. What I am saying is there was a noticeable difference in our house and our particular situation.

Our carpet harbored allergens that triggered my family's breathing issues. All of the bedrooms were carpeted. I found that to be problematic because that exposed us to dust throughout the night. I certainly found that our new wood flooring was much easier to keep clean. And cleaning was made faster. 

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We did try steam cleaning the carpets but I learned the water penetrates the carpet and soaks into the padding underneath. That takes a long time to dry. During that time mold tends to grow under the padding and that's never a good thing.

Now before anyone makes the comment that mold growing under carpet padding is impossible, allow me to remind you this is my personal experience with carpet and wood flooring. Yours may differ.

Common Allergy Symptom

If you plan on replacing your carpet with a synthetic wood floor be sure to look for flooring that has a lower volatile organic compound (VOC) emission. 

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These are fumes that are emitted and can make breathing difficulties a little worse. My understanding is lacquer has the highest VOC content and polyurethane has the lowest VOC content. When in doubt ask your installing contractor about the VOC emissions of each product.

If you do want to keep your carpet here are a few things you can do to decrease the amount of allergens and dust allergy symptoms:

  • Door mats, area rugs, and runners to protect high traffic areas. Be sure to also clean them on a regular basis. Cleaning curtains is a must.  
  • Immediately clean pet accidents 
  • Stain treat immediately
  • Strategically placed mats
  • Take your shoes off
  • Try different stain-removal methods such as club soda, salt, or cornstarch
  • Undiluted vinegar is effective for removing coffee stains and chocolate
  • Use your own deodorizer made from baking soda and essential oils
  • Vacuuming on a regular basis. Empty the bag or canister.

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If you think you have carpet allergies or an allergy intolerance it's best to talk to your doctor or allergist. Another avenue is a chiropractor who practices Applied Kinesiology or muscle testing. The doctor, allergist, or chiropractor can perform a series of tests to determine the root cause of the allergy and treat it accordingly. 

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