Carpets have long been touted as the enemy of anyone who has allergies. But, if you’ve recently moved into a home that still has a lot of carpeting, there is hope beyond expensively removing all traces of it from the floor.
It is true that carpets can hold an extraordinary amount of allergens that could trigger a reaction. If there is carpeting in your bathrooms and kitchen, remove that first. Water creates a lot of mold and this presents, not only an allergen heaven, but a serious health risk for those with respiratory problems. If you have the means to do so, we recommend at least removing carpeting from high traffic areas of your home such as the living room and hallways.
For other areas, there are solutions such as specialized carpet cleaners that aid in picking up dust and neutralizing allergens for a certain time period. Using these in conjunction with a HEPA air filter and vacuum cleaner may greatly reduce your symptoms until you can remove the carpeting.
Keep in mind that old carpeting will likely hold a greater number of allergens, while new carpeting may have chemicals that can take a while to dissipate. If you are putting in a new area rug, try airing it out in a dry space and then pre-treating it with a non-toxic anti-allergy carpet cleaner.