Did you know that the Newcastle and Hunter regions have the highest proportion of children suffering from asthma in the state. The 2007-2008 NSW Report on Child Health shows 25.6% of 2-8 year olds and 39.8 per cent of 9-15 year olds living in the Hunter New England Health area have been diagnosed with asthma. This is an alarming statistic.
So how can we help the situation? Here's some interesting information.
Did you know that having carpet in your house can actually reduce the prevalence of asthma and allergies? This is shown in the European Community Respitory Health Survey which was an 18 nation study of nearly 20,000 people showing a statistical relationship between carpeted bedrooms and reduced asthma symptoms and improved bronchial responsiveness.
In fact a 15 year Swedish study conducted by Swedish Environmental Protection Agency found when carpet usage in Sweden decreased by 70% , allergy reactions in the general population actually increased by 30%.
How is this so?
Carpet actually acts as a filter for allergens and airborne pollutants keeping them away from the breathing zone so they can be removed with proper vacuuming and professional carpet cleaning. Carpet is like any filter it gets full, so regular professional carpet cleaning (every 8-12 months on average) is necessary to ensure your carpets filtering characteristics can continue to be effective.
Watch the video below that was put together by the Carpet & Rug Institute of America that is aimed at Doctors and Physicians working with asthma and allergy sufferers; it will shed a new light on the debate of hard floors vs carpet in combatting asthma.
At A-Team Carpet Cleaning Newcastle we are professionally trained and fully IICRC accredited carpet cleaners. For all Newcastle residents who mention this article you will receive 10% off your carpet & upholstery cleaning. So give us a call on 0415 228 599 to discuss keeping your carpet clean.