Category Archives: Allergies

Preventing carpet mold

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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.

mould carpetPreventing 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.

Bibliography

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.

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House Dust Mites

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Those lovely beings love to be in our houses, cosmopolitan nature of them makes them very active in our nice and worm houses. They are feeding on the organic matter and are very small animals, measuring only 0.4 millimeters and they have eight legs. Those tiny guests in our houses are rather hard to see and one needs at least x10 magnification glass to see them on the black background.

Unfortunately they does not only bring life to our house  they also can cause some problems with allergies and with asthma at some people, that is why we need to talk about methods of getting rid of them from the house. Most typical symptoms of allergies caused by dust mites are: sneezing, infected eczema skin and watering eye, runny nose; and clogging in the lungs.

Methods to get rid of the mites

Most important is to make sure that humidity levels in your house are below 50%, second of all there is much recommendation to hoover your carpet on frequent bases and to make sure that any pillows and mattress are washed often to. Because dust mites are living on the organic matter, one should take under consideration how many people living in the house and adjust to this frequency of hoovering and then the frequency of having your carpets cleaned with professional equipment that will extract soil from the carpet of will steam clean the carpet.

Dust Mite Management:


  • avoid furry of feathered pets
  • reduce air infiltration – reduce access of air with possible pollen.
  • select appropriate furniture – furniture that is easy to clean from  dust.
  • lower humidity – reduce good conditions for the mites to live.
  • often vacuuming – reducing availability of the organic matter.
  • dusting – this will make sure that much of the organic mater is vacuumed and by this provide less food for the house dust mites.
  • air purifiers – research from university of Texas-Austin is showing that HEPA air filter are much more effective at moving dust then ion-generating types of filters.
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Allergies and Carpets

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When it comes to carpet and allergies there is much research conducted, and most recent is showing that carpets actually impact people with allergic reactions in positive way. Carpets in your bedroom can have reducing effect on your asthma attacks and other respiratory issues that are caused by irritation.
Carpets are often use because they present cheaper option to other types of flooring surfaces by the home owners and designers, their variety is of great usability to create comforting environment that will be nice to have in the house. However for this reason some would choose to use synthetic carpets that can be rather irritating on the aspects of chemicals used in those to make them durable and withstand heavy traffic in the area.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have determined that there is very low emission of chemicals from the carpet and that carpets have much positive effect on the quality of air with in the house that it is installed, this is created by the structure of the carpet that captures much of the mites and other allergenic from the air. However it is emphasized that there should be often cleaning of the carpet by the homeowners to prevent development of spores and mould with in the carpet that may be of allergenic nature.
Wool carpet is one of the best options that can be installed, it is flame resistant and can be vary biodegradable and friendly for allergy patients as it contains very low levels of chemicals that otherwise can be found in nylon or bleached carpets. Erutan wool carpets ar very good to be used as they present very good results for the materials used and complete nature substances are used in their production.
Questions arise when you think about carpets that already exist in your home, and how often they should be cleaned. This should not be done when you see the marks up in your carpet, because by this time it will present already very heavy amount of mould, dust mites and other allergenic substances that can be irritating for your carpets. Modern carpets’ fibers are designed in the way to withstand much of the soiling and stains that could otherwise appear on your carpet. For this very reason one should be cleaning carpets with use of professional machines at least once a year, unless there are kids in the house, then this should be adjusted to the amount of stains and judgment of yours.

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Types of Carpets for you home

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New natural carpet that is allergy-friendly

This new type of carpet is produced from natural jute, a hemp product

gel(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.
wool carpetA 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).

Works Cited
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.

 

 

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