Indoor Air Quality

What does Indoor Air Quality have to do with carpet cleaning?

According to the EPA -"INDOOR AIR POLLUTION is one the top 5 most serious environmental problems affecting the health of humans in America."

People spend an estimated ninety percent of their time indoors. According to the Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") studies of human exposure to air pollutants, indoor air may have between two to one hundred times the amount of pollutants found in outdoor air. EPA's Indoor Air Quality Home Page.

Of the 90% of time spent indoors, many people spend 40 hours a week 50 weeks a year at work.

According to the World Health Organization- 40 percent of all BUILDINGS, pose a "serious health hazard" due to indoor air pollution.

 

Building Related Illnesses and Sick Building Syndrome are terms often linked to unhealthy indoor air quality.

Workers compensation claims related to poor indoor air quality are on the rise.

• The IICRC Carpet Cleaning Standards S100, The CRI Carpet & Rug Institute, and the EPA all state carpeting should always be cleaned first for health, then for appearance.

In 1991 and again in 1994 The Environmental Protection Agency, working in conjunction with Research Triangle Institute, investigated and scientifically tested the effects of carpet cleaning upon the quality of the indoor air. The results demonstrated emphatically that carpet cleaning made the indoor environment a healthier place to live by reducing gas phase organics, biological contamination and microscopic particles that we breathe.

The EPA also states that every time carpet or upholstery is professionally cleaned there is a health benefit.

Carpet acts like a giant filter trapping all three types of indoor air pollutants; particulate, microbial and gas or odor in the fibers, preventing them from returning to your breathing zones. For this reason your carpet can be your best friend or your worst enemy. If your carpet is systematically cleaned it can improve your indoor air quality. If it is neglected it can turn into an incubator for bio-contaminates and pollutants.

Indoor air quality in carpeted areas that have been properly maintained can often be better than that of tiled or hard surfaces areas.

If you think about it, it makes sense. If there is nothing on the floor to trap the dust and bacteria particulates, they are easily re-circulated into our breathing zones. According to the Brownian theory of motion-the slightest movement in a confined space can create a situation which sends particulates airborne. A door opening, someone walking the room, ceiling fans, or even air conditioning blowers can send microscopic particles back into the air. It takes only about 48 hours for these microscopic particulates to return to the floor.

We provide these cleaning services throughout Casey Key, Siesta Key, Bird Key, Lido Key, St. Armands, Longboat Key, Palmer Ranch, Lakewood Ranch, University Park, and the surrounding communities of Sarasota, Bradenton and Venice.