Carpet mould is a nasty thing to have in your home, that is why one should be avoided by any cots. I’ll start from giving few reasons how mould can formulate in your carpet and what mound can cause to you and your family.
What conditions are needed for mould to grow in your carpet:
- mould spores
- Darkness (mould will not grow in ultraviolet light)
- Warmth ( mould will not grow in low temperature
- Moisture (mould love to have some water from leak or other source)
- Enough time ( mould can grow with in two days if the conditions are right for it)
- Leaks in the roof can cause increase humidity and problems for your home and walls.
- Condensation is other source of water, this will take place on cold surfaces in the house.
- Poor ventilation is obvious cause for mould development.
What mould can cause to you:
- Respiratory problems can be caused by presence of mould on your carpet (Peat, 2007).
- Cough and wheeze in healthy people can be cause by mould.
- Shortness of breath
As you can see mould in your home is rather serious thing to have, and you should be looking in to improving the conditions and removing the mould fastest you can. One could go and hire professional carpet cleaner, or do it yourself with help of some information on the matter. Whatever you chose it is important to get rid of it as fastest as you can.
Preventing mould from building up, well this is one thing that you can figure out by now. Simply improve the conditions in your house to prevent mould development and you should be fine. However if you are looking for method to remove existing mould you should be using chemicals with strong enzymes to get rid of it. Other than that you could use vinegar with water, or baking soda recipes that are of good effectiveness.
Peat, J. K., 2007. Effects of damp and mould in the home on respiratory health: a review of the literature. Allergy, 53(2), pp. 120-128.
New natural carpet that is allergy-friendly
This new type of carpet is produced from natural jute, a hemp product
(Canadian interiors, 1995). This Hemp is grown without use of any pesticides and is completely biodegradable. Thanks to this it is environmentally friendly and by using hemp it provides jobs for people working on hemp farms. This Erutan project is aimed to create other biodegradable carpets, thus saving tons of carpets that are thrown out. Researchers from Erutan project are aiming to create carpet that after usage can be simply shredded and used as a fertilizer or other organic material. This is very good news for environment and also for allergic patience.
Visit erutan.eu for more information on the project.
Woven Carpets are good quality and last for a long time, however for this you have to pay a bit higher price. Woven refers to the technique of making actual carpet and how the fibres are connected .
Tufted – most of the todays carpets are tufted, that is the quickest and cheapest way of manufacturing carpet. Those carpets are created by inserting pile yarm into backing fabric and adding another backing layer.
A wool carpet are most used types of carpets and is proven to the best type. It’s springy, soft,easy to clean, will retain the colour and furthermore is flame resistant. When it comes to cleaning wool carpet it is very easy to do and wonderful in results.
Synthetic – those are very good in places where they can be soaked and with young children. Those types of carpets are usually placed in bathrooms to provide best retention of material.
- Nylon is very hard wearing carpet.
- Polypropylene is a lot cheaper then Nylon carpet.
- Polyester it can flattens well.
Carpet underlay can be very good for carpet to prolong their life, also by using underlay one can reduce noise spread in the house and have softer feeling to the carpet installed.
Furthermore when it comes to allergy one should be aware that carpet and upholstery should be cleaned often as they are first line of defense of your household and by this they will absorb lots of dust mites. You can also use tannic acid with your carpet cleaning substances to fight allergies even more effectively (Shape, 2008).
Canadian interiors, 1995. New natural carpet is biodegradable and allergy-friendly. Nature’s Carpet, 32(5), p. 9.
Shape, B. M., 2008. Allergy-proof your home. Shape, 27(2), p. 132.