Carpeting and allergy sufferers - you need to know!
Carpets – the underestimated flooring for the home or workplace. Depending on the requirements, it is sometimes cosy, sometimes robust, helps to relax or ensures a pleasant working atmosphere in the office. But a little known fact is that it is good for our health!
Because what many do not know is that the textile flooring solution is extremely hygienic and has an immediate effect on our quality of life. It does not matter, whether at home in the living room or in the office at work. Contrary to many prejudices, it helps, for example, when you suffer from certain allergies. In contrast to a pollen allergy, there are allergies with which those affected have to fight year-round.
One of these allergies is the house dust mite allergy, which this blog article will use to explain the benefits of carpeting. We explain how the habitat of the mite (and other allergens) looks like, why we are allergic to it in part and how textile fibers can be of benefit here!
Unauthorised prejudice - that's why carpet does not provide a perfect habitat for mites
To clean up the most common prejudice in terms of carpeting and dust mites, it is important to understand what the house dust mite habitat looks like.
This may certainly apply from the human point of view, but the mites prefer a much wetter climate. You need a high humidity, because they do not drink to our understanding, but remove the moisture of the ambient air. In addition, they prefer warm temperatures and dark places.
Although these conditions are seldom so optimally found in our latitudes under normal circumstances, house dust mites can be found pretty much in every household. That's because at night we lose about a litre of sweat while sleeping. This is absorbed unnoticed in our blankets and mattresses. If this is rarely noticeable to us, we create in combination with our own body heat the optimal habitat for the mites. In addition, you feed on the skin cells we shed.
From the bedroom then spread many mites in the entire apartment and are basically everywhere, where dust can deposit. This includes the parquet as well as textiles and not least, of course, the carpet. In order to understand why the meter still has a positive effect on the effects of the allergy, it is important to know how the allergy develops and what helpful properties the carpet has.
This is how we come into contact with the allergens
For just as little as carpets are the primary habitat of mites, the mites themselves are the trigger of our allergy. On the contrary, they are even extremely tame and basically not harmful to humans at all. But things are different with their excretions. As soon as it dries and begins to decompose, certain proteins are released, to which we can react allergically. These then mix with the smallest dust particles. In everyday life, these are whirled up in the smallest movements and get into our respiratory tract. Mistakenly, many also speak of a dust allergy, which is particularly evident when we start large-scale cleaning and sometimes clean places that you rarely reach in everyday life. If allergy sufferers also have to live with their allergy
throughout the year, the symptoms also increase at the beginning of the heating season. The heating air ensures less humidity in our rooms. As a result, many of the mites die and their faeces also decompose faster, which often causes an increase in the symptoms.
Carpet in the fight against the allergy
But how exactly can the use of a carpet provide relief and how does it fit into this allergy cycle? First of all, it is important to understand that there is no panacea in the fight against mite excrement. No matter which floor covering you choose, regular cleaning will not get you around. Also regular airing and a special hygiene around your sleeping place are necessary.
Nevertheless, the carpet has properties that you can take advantage of! These are in the power of its textile fibres. These have the great advantage that they work like small dust filters and with the help of their structure can bind dust that is flying around As a result, the dust is deprived of the opportunity to be whirled up by the slightest movement, which also prevents it from penetrating your respiratory tract. In contrast to conventional hard coverings, a carpet can even reduce the fine dust content in the air by up to 50%!
In this dust-binding property is also the prejudice against the textile flooring. It is often literally called a dust catcher. However, it only shows what is otherwise hidden in your air or the structure of hard surfaces. However, the idea of a musty and dusty air that quickly becomes reality, especially in the autumn and winter seasons and the beginning of the heating season, quickly emerges. In general, textile furniture, such as cushions or cuddly toys share this characteristic, but unlike a floor covering, they cannot be cleaned so thoroughly and can even come closer to our heads.
However, if the carpet is cleaned regularly, it will prevent the dust from whirling up and you will come into far less contact with the allergen. And this is precisely the advantage over conventional parquet or laminate. Moreover, merely vacuuming a hard surface is not enough to fight the mites. Here you have to wipe moisture several times a week to expose the dust to its limits.
Incidentally, even when vacuuming it can cause the stirring up of dust. Here it is recommended that as far as possible a person in the household does this task, which does not respond allergic. Otherwise you should wear respiratory protection when vacuuming and use vacuum cleaners with HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters.
The combination with a floor heating brings relief
Another tip for allergy sufferers are the very popular floor heating systems. If you are heating with a hot water system, these are compatible with most modern floor coverings - even with carpet! The air rising from below is perceived by many as very pleasant and has the great advantage that it changes the air flows in your rooms. Devices on the wall sometimes provide for a stronger circulation of air and thus contribute to the dissemination of the dust. In addition, the heat rising from below counteracts the formation of moisture once again and prevents from the outset that your floors become a pool of mites and other allergens.
Perfect for the nursery - which is why you should use carpet for your little ones
Out of the fear of mites, many parents refrain from using carpeting in the nursery. Here, the textile has some advantages that are worthwhile for children and adults! Especially when playing on the floor, a lot of dust can be whirled up. The textile fibers prevent exactly that, especially since the child is much closer to the ground when playing than usual. At the same time your child does not cool down so fast on the soft and warm surface. Especially not if you combine the meter goods with underfloor heating on a hot water basis. At the same time, the material is also sound-absorbing, so you do not notice the slightest movements when playing in other rooms.
Carpet for allergy sufferers - win a small piece of quality of life
An allergy and certainly a house dust mite allergy is unfortunately nothing that can be magicked away. Here numerous factors, such as the right floor, play a role that should not be underestimated. However, with the help of carpet, the right hygiene measures or underfloor heating, the effects of the allergy can be contained, which will allow you to regain a piece of quality of life! Unfortunately, if the regular cleaning cannot be completely avoided, you will find a partner in everyday life with the textile lay-out, which prevents you from getting in touch too quickly with the triggering allergens. Discover a large selection of allergy suitable carpets now in our online shop and take your life back into your own hands.