Allergens in Carpet

Some people have hyperactive immune systems and are sensitive to airborne allergens. Allergies can be seasonal or year-round conditions. Airborne allergens can accumulate in carpets and spread all throughout the home or car and onto the surfaces of furniture and into air ducts. Such allergens can include plant and bee pollen, funguses and mold spores, animal fur and dandruff (from dogs, cats, mice, rats or birds), dust and dust mite excretions, and insect and arachnid (spider) molting or droppings. Newly remodeled homes may also have residual wood shavings and paint chips that are resistant to vacuum cleaning. Some people may even be reactive to fabrics such as wool. Food crumbs could also be a problem for those who are sensitive to things like nuts.

Types of Plant Allergens

Plant dander can easily be brought into the home on the bottoms of shoes or through open doors and windows. The allergens are often caught in the fiber of carpets and rugs.

These allergens may include:

  • Grasses, such as ryegrass and timothy grass

  • Weeds such as ragweed, Nettles, plantago, artemesia vulgaris, sorrel, and Chenopodium album

  • Trees like birch, willow, hazel, alder, ashe juniper, poplar, olea, hornbeam, Aesculus, Tilia, Planatus, and Alstonia scholaris

Common Allergy Symptoms

Allergy symptoms are similar to that of the common cold, but with a few key differences. Nasal secretions, for example, are usually clear with allergies, not colored like when the person has been infected with the rhinovirus. Allergies to airborne allergens are not normally accompanied by aches or fevers. Symptoms normally persist beyond ten days, until the allergen is removed. Colds are typically resolved in seven to ten days. However, sufferers may also experience sinus pressure and a sore throat, and itchy or watery eyes. They may also sneeze frequently and have irritated noses and ears.

The best way to remove allergens from carpets and rugs is to get them cleaned regularly. At All American Carpet & Tile, our step-by-step carpet cleaning system ensures a thorough inspection and a deep clean.

We inspect the property, be it a home or office, for allergens, mold, and mold damage. We then remove allergens from the carpet using the hot-water extraction method. Carpet repair may be part of the process.

The Carpet Cleaning Process

If the carpet remains intact, and there is no hazardous mold to be found, we give the home owner the opportunity to point out any stains they need treated.

We then prep the area by moving furniture and vacuuming the carpet.

Next, the technician will precondition and spot-treat any stubborn stains.

We extract soil and debris with hot water and a powerful cleaning solution with an extraction machine and rinse the carpet clean with a neutralizing solution. This step will flush away all remaining allergens that were not picked up by the vacuum.

We speed-dry the carpet to prevent additional allergens from getting trapped in the wet carpet

The last step is a post-inspection to make sure there is not residual debris or moisture to aggravate your allergies.

If you suffer from allergies, a professional carpet cleaning may reduce the allergens on the home. Contact All American Carpet & Tile for a quote.

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All American Carpet & Tile

4622 Santa Fe St,

San Diego, CA 92109

Phone. 858-483-5300

Fax. 858-273-6640

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