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Racine Overview Sets IAQ Record Straight

Study Shows Health Benefits of Carpet

August 20, 2012

Source: Floor Covering Weekly

Racine overview sets IAQ record straight

[Racine, Wis.] Despite numerous studies to the contrary, the notion that carpet contributes to indoor air quality (IAQ) problems comes back to haunt the industry every so often.

Racine Industries, manufacturer of the HOST Dry Extraction System for carpet cleaning, has published, “Carpet Your Partner in Managing Allergens & Indoor Air Quality,” by Judith Bates, Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin, to help the industry present the facts.

Supported by extensive peer-reviewed research presented and published at the International Conferences on Indoor Air and Climate (ISIAQ), the full-color 12-page overview showcases studies that reveal that carpeting actually acts as a filter, trapping particles, pollen, dander and allergens. Compared to hard surface floors, studies sited in the overview show that “when carpets are regularly cleaned, their capacity to hold settled dust and allergens out of the breathing zone is most effective.”

Added Fritz Rench, CEO, Racine Industries, “Consumers have long recognized the comfort and noise-reducing qualities of carpet, but rarely is carpet recognized for its health benefits. Our executive overview details years of research showing that carpet, when effectively maintained, can actually improve the IAQ in a facility. This can have tremendous benefits to building occupants — from improving learning conditions in schools to making it easier for patients to breathe in hospitals.”

Along with field studies that examine the use of carpet versus hard flooring material and the effects of each on IAQ, the overview looks at the impact of an ongoing maintenance program on the reduction of allergens and dust mites. The research convincingly shows that while normal vacuuming removes some of the mite allergens from the carpet, carpet that receives ongoing deep cleaning using a dry extraction system such as HOST’s system thoroughly removes dust mites and allergens.

One study included in the overview and published at ISIAQ highlights research gathered across nine years in 166 homes and 16 schools. The research found that carpet cleaning removed approximately 75 to 99 percent of the dust mite, cat and mold allergens from the carpet.

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