3 Carpet Cleaning Health Benefits

Carpet cleaning can improve the appearance of your home and extend the life of your carpet, but the carpet cleaning health benefits are one of the most important aspects of the process.

According to the American Lung Association, if members of your household suffer from conditions that can affect their breathing, such as snoring or asthma, it’s especially crucial that you vacuum your carpets at least three times a week. Beyond vacuuming regularly, you may also benefit from having your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year.

If you’re not fully convinced of the carpet cleaning health benefits, consider the following top three ways the process leads to a healthier home:

  • Carpet cleaning eliminates trapped pollutants.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a dirty carpet can retain several sources of indoor air pollutants, including pet dander, cockroach allergens, lead, particle pollution, and everyday dirt and dust. Toxic airborne gases can adhere to these particles and also get trapped within the carpet. These toxic gases can be released through everyday activities such as vacuuming and walking across the carpet, which can cause them to contaminate the air in your home. Professional carpet cleaning services kills these bacteria through special shampooing formulas and can remove deeply trapped pollutants with high-powered vacuums.

  • Carpet cleaning can clear out dust mite infestations.

Many homes have dust mite infestations, yet most homeowners aren’t aware of the infestation, because the creatures are microscopic. Dust mites themselves aren’t allergens, but they often leave behind feces and body fragments which are. Because of the microscopic size of these particles, they can easily be inhaled when the area is disturbed, which can exacerbate allergies. Many professional carpet cleaning companies utilize a technique known as steam cleaning when performing carpet maintenance work, which exposes your carpet to high temperatures that dust mites can’t survive.

  • Carpet cleaning can help prevent mold growth.

Especially in areas with high humidity levels, dirty carpets are at a high risk of developing mold growth when exposed to moisture. In precipitous weather, moisture frequently gets tracked into the home and can sink deep in the carpet fibers if not dried and vacuumed immediately. Having your carpet cleaned regularly can prevent mold and mildew growth, because professional carpet cleaners have high-powered drying tools that annihilate moisture. By eliminating moisture, you can prevent mold growth that can be harmful to your health if ignored for too long.

(January 12, 2012). 3 Home Health Benefits to Carpet Cleaning. Angie’s List. From www.angieslist.com

2016-02-15T09:44:08+00:00November 20th, 2012|Carpet, Sam's Articles|


  1. Eliza Cranston October 14, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Thanks for the carpet cleaning advice! I suffer from allergies through a lot of the year and I’ve wondered if it’s connected to my carpets. It sounds like allergens like dust mites and mold may be the problem. Would you recommend steam cleaning or another type of carpet cleaning to reduce allergens?

    • Sam Hughes November 9, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      Sorry Eliza, I just received your post.

      The allergy association recommends only the steam cleaning process. However, it is wise to select a firm that can help speed up the drying time of the carpet. You ideally want your carpet drying time down to 3-4 hours.

      Hope this helps.

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