Carpets and upholstery can act like a big sponge for settled mold, bacteria spores, dust mite allergens and other biological as well as chemical contaminants. These contaminants can cause respiratory problems, especially in children. Bacteria, dust mites, and mold can be associated with a number of respiratory problems including: coughing and wheezing, Respiratory infections, allergic asthma and bronchitis, as well as eye and skin irritation, fatigue, headache, nausea, and vomiting.
When a carpet is vacuumed its contents become disturbed, contaminants become airborne and are small enough to be inhaled into the lungs. All these contaminants are all different from one another. Molds are larger than bacteria and have more than one cell that grows together, sometimes making it easier to see. Molds tend to grow on anything that can collect dust or moisture. Bacteria are single celled organisms which cannot be seen with an unaided eye. Different kinds of bacteria can always be found on everything.
Dust mites are everywhere and love to live in mattresses, upholstery and carpets. Dust mites are microscopic in size and feed on our dead skin cells. It doesn’t help when the average human can lose a million and a half skin cells per hour. These little “bugs” play a huge role in causing allergy and asthma symptoms. Health Canada has recognized that dust mites can also cause asthma symptoms in people whom are otherwise healthy. For more information visit Health Canada- http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/air/in/qual/asthm-eng.php
The best thing anyone can do is to maintain a regular household cleaning routine and to start steam cleaning! Steam cleaning is known to kill and remove dirt, bacteria, mold, dust mites, viruses, biological/chemical contaminants and more from carpets and upholstery. This will not only leave your home feeling healthy and clean it will also reduce the chances of experiencing respiratory symptoms related to harmful contaminates.
Try to start a cleaning routine if possible, if not, we are always here to help!