Can Shampooing Your Carpet Trigger An Allergy Attack?
Do you own a steam cleaner?
I decided to purchase a steam cleaner for my carpets because they are in good shape and I do not want to replace them. I love being able to use the cleaner when there is a stain instead of having to rent a carpet steam cleaner and lug it home. There are some concerns however if you live with a person who has allergies that should be considered. Carpet itself does not cause allergic reactions. The carpet though is known to harbor allergy causing substances such as: pollen, dust mites, and pet dander along with other microscopic particles. (Many animals may be hypoallergenic such as certain breeds of dogs, and cats and would not cause as many allergic reactions and should be taken into consideration).
Carpet manufacturers have argued that allergens are in the air and the carpet actually helps to absorb these allergy causing agents and makes the allergy sufferer better. There is of course another opinion on the market, as usual there are two sides to the coin.....when you vacuum the dust and pollen is easily disturbed and airborne again. There are two recommendations for people with allergies: purchase a vacuum cleaner with a hepa filter that traps these allergens and to use an allergen control carpet shampoo.
Types of Carpet Fibers
There are many types of carpet fibers on the market and they each will do well being cleaned according to the manufacturers recommendations. These are the most popular types of carpet fibers: cotton, wool, nylon, olefin, polyester and acrylic. There are many pros and cons of each type according the local carpet selling companies. So, can they be steam cleaned? The wool carpet manufacturers do not recommend steam cleaning but dry cleaning. This can be done by a professional or there are dry cleaning products on the market.
Will steam cleaning affect allergies?
This is a definite possibility depending on the way that the carpet is cleaned. Because the steam cleaners use water on the surface of your carpets, there is always a possibility that mold and mildew can develop. The steam cleaners spray a fine mist of water over your carpets and then immediately suck up the dirty water theoretically. The problem can come if the carpets is over wetted and the water seeps down into the padding underneath. The carpets should be fairly dry within a couple of hours to prevent a surge in allergies
Remember, from our high school science book we learned that water is essential for all living things. It can also dissolve a vast amount of other substances and has been nicknamed the universal solvent. "The partial charge that develops across the watermoleculehelps make it an excellentsolvent. Water dissolves many substances by surrounding charged particles and "pulling" them intosolution" according to Vision Learning. Water can be tried first on many stains unless the stain contains an oil. In this case, you can try alcohol. You may want to reconsider how much cleaner or shampoo you use on your carpets because most carpet cleaners after drying leave a sticky residue and actually attract more dirt. This is the reason that you may notice that your stains will reappear after a few weeks.
Common Stain Removal
Butter or Oil
Ice - then scrape off when cool
Dry Spot Remover