House dust mites can be a serious problem that one should be dealing with once carpets in the house are left unclean for a long time, especially if asthmatic reactions are present in kids (Peat, et al., 1996). It is proven from research above that there is positive relation between dust mites and asthma severity, in conclusion of research it was provided that reducing house dust mites presence will significantly reduce childhood asthma.
Further research is showing that dust mites are not a major issue in the bed mattress, those will be lest responsible for allergic symptoms in kids. It’s hard surface flooring and carpets that are main attractor of allergens and especially hard floor that would not be trapping dust and other irritants. Where carpets have this tendency to trap dust and other particles in its structure and by this be much more friendly in the household with kids that may have some respiratory issues that have to be watched (L.G. Arlian, et al., 1982). There is much research proving that carpets are still best solution to have in the bedrooms and in living room that would attract much traffic and by this could be softer in breathing thanks to having those lovely creamy carpets ( a bit sarcastic on front of creamy carpet, try not to have those as they are very difficult to maintain clean over the time).
I’m sure that main thing that you are going to care is health of your family and you should consult doctor if there is any need. However from above research it is proven that clean floors will improve kids asthma reactions.
L.G. Arlian, P., I.L. Bernstein, M. & J.S. Gallagher, P., 1982. The prevalence of house dust mites, Dermatophagoides spp, and associated environmental conditions in homes in Ohio. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 69(6), pp. 527-532.
Peat, J. K. et al., 1996. House dust mite allergens. A major risk factor for childhood asthma in Australia.. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 153(1), pp. 141-6.
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.