Dr. Michael Berry, in his book "Protecting the built
Environment: Cleaning for Health." says that most
indoor cleaning problems are related to dirty carpets,
but this problem can be solved through maintenance
Carpets act like a sink to collect pollutants of all kinds
from indoors and out, according to Berry. As the sink
gets filled up (the carpets get polluted), it stores more
and more dirt, dust and contaminants. When the sink
is full, it needs to be emptied.
If a carpet is not cleaned on a regular basis, it can become
a breeding ground for biopollutants, Berry says. It is crucial
to regularly empty the sink and make sure that your carpets
are cleaned properly.
Berry says that the medical community recommends that
people remove carpets from buildings and homes, but
that is wrong to assume that all carpet will become
contaminated and affect peoples health.
Rarely do people clean their carpets in an effort to protect
their health, Berry says, but cleaning carpet regularly can
improve indoor air quality.
Some of the benefits of extracting pollutants from carpets
include: Reducing health problems from loose particles;
reducing cases of biologically induced illness; reducing
lifetime cancer risks; reducing complaints for building
owners and managers; and reducing liability for building
owners and managers.
Adam Doling , Assistant Manager Editor