Does Carpet Cleaning Improve Air Quality?

Are you experiencing itchy eyes, a congested or runny nose, or frequent coughing at home? Your carpets might be the culprit. This article will examine the relationship between carpet cleaning and air quality, highlighting the benefits of the Very Low Moisture (VLM) carpet cleaning method and what you can do to maintain a healthy and safe home environment.

Over time, carpets accumulate dirt, allergens, dust, and mold that can be difficult to see. As these contaminants build up, they can significantly impact your indoor air quality and your family’s health. Regular carpet cleaning can help improve your home’s air quality, ensuring everyone breathes cleaner air.

Woman suffering from allergies sitting on couch blowing nose with a tissue.

How Carpet Cleaning Enhances Indoor Air Quality

Various pollutants can end up in your carpet, both from inside and outside your home. Common contaminants include dirt, debris, dust, pet dander and hair, pollen, bacteria, mold spores, and dust mites. Stains may also result from spills, pet accidents, or vomit.

Carpets trap these pollutants, which can later be released into the air. When carpets are vacuumed or cleaned using DIY methods, dirt, dust, debris, and mold trapped in the fibers can be dislodged, worsening your indoor air quality (IAQ). Poor IAQ can lead to health issues, particularly for those with allergies or respiratory illnesses.

Improving IAQ with VLM Carpet Cleaning

Using Be Green’s professional carpet cleaning methods, you can remove microscopic particles and allergens, resulting in a fresher-smelling home and improved indoor air quality.

VLM carpet cleaning is an effective method for enhancing IAQ because it uses dry foam encapsulation to trap and remove contaminants. Our technicians utilize an eco-friendly enzymatic solution and minimal water, reducing drying times and the risk of mold and mildew growth.

A before (top) and after (bottom) photo showing the results of a living room carpet cleaning by Be Green.

The VLM Carpet Cleaning Method Explained

Let’s delve into the specifics of our VLM carpet cleaning technique. Our experienced technicians execute a five-step process in your home.

  1. The technician starts by raking your carpet to dislodge particles trapped deep in the fibers, improving indoor air quality.
  2. A high-powered vacuum cleaner removes the dislodged dust and dirt from your home’s breathing zone.
  3. Any stained or very soiled areas are treated with an eco-friendly enzymatic “spotter” solution that dissolves contaminants using all-natural methods.
  4. Our technician massages our powerful dry foam cleaning solution into your carpet using a rotary machine. Unlike traditional steam cleaning methods, this dry foam doesn’t saturate the rug, allowing it to dry within one to four hours. Therefore, extraction is not required.
  5. During this last step, your technician will reset the carpet nap or pile back to its original height, making it look and feel amazingly clean. As the carpet dries, the all-natural enzyme evaporates, leaving microscopic amounts of protein that become encapsulated by the natural polymers in the cleansing foam. Once encapsulated, these particles are easily removed, resulting in a clean, safe, and fresh-smelling carpet without any sticky residue.

*Regular vacuuming should not occur until 48 hours after your carpet cleaning appointment. Vacuuming before 48 hours could disrupt the encapsulation process, allowing the encapsulated particles to be re-dispersed.

Be Green's VLM (Very Low Moisture) method in motion. A rotary carpet buffer applies eco-friendly enzymes to the fibers leaving the carpets fresh and the indoor air quality drastically improved.

Why VLM is the Best Method

Traditional carpet cleaning methods, such as steam cleaning or hot water extraction, can be more expensive and less effective. These methods use more water, leading to longer drying times and increased mold and mildew development risk.

DIY cleaning methods may seem cost-effective, but they often leave residue and rely on harsh chemicals that can negatively impact your home’s air quality. VLM carpet cleaning, on the other hand, uses all-natural chemicals to maintain a healthy and safe home environment.

The Importance of Regular Carpet Cleaning

The Carpet and Rug Institute states that regular carpet cleaning is the best way to maintain the indoor air quality in homes. A consistent cleaning schedule prevents dirt and debris buildup, which can degrade carpet quality over time.

Professional carpet cleaning may seem like an upfront cost, but it can save you money in the long run by extending the lifespan of your carpets. With regular VLM carpet cleaning, you can keep trapped dust and dirt from wearing out your rugs.

Dog laying on a clean carpet, can breath better now that the carpets have been cleaned and the home has a good indoor air quality.

Trust the Professionals with VLM Carpet Cleaning

Now is the perfect time to have your carpets professionally cleaned. Be Green offers safe, eco-friendly VLM carpet cleaning methods that leave your carpets looking and smelling refreshed. Most importantly, you’ll be breathing clean, contaminant-free air.

Contact us today to learn more about our services and schedule your professional carpet cleaning.

Carpet Cleaning and Indoor Air Quality FAQs

What is the best carpet for indoor air quality?

Wool carpets are often considered a healthy choice for indoor air quality as they are less prone to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) associated with synthetic fibers, which can become hazardous air pollutants.

Is carpet cleaning good for your health?

Professional VLM carpet cleaning can improve your home’s indoor air quality by removing contaminants like dust, bacteria, dirt, and allergens from your carpets, making it easier for your family to breathe.

Do carpets impair indoor air quality?

Carpets can impair indoor air quality by trapping pollutants and allergens such as dust mites, pet hair and dander, mold spores, and other particles. Professionally cleaned carpets can help mitigate this issue.

What happens if you don’t clean your carpet?

Uncleaned carpets accumulate pollutants and stains, leading to a dirty appearance and odor. Additionally, the dirt in your carpet can pollute your home’s air, aggravating allergies and making you and your family more susceptible to respiratory illnesses.

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