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We all know that in Gainesville, humidity is pretty much a given throughout the year. In fact, there are two things we can count on: high pollen counts in the spring, and high humidity…always. And with spring just getting under way, we’re heading into that time of the year when the worst of both meld into one big environmental mess that wreaks havoc on our sinuses. While we tend to look for help wherever we can find it, one source often goes unnoticed: our floors. Indeed, the floors in our home can be a surprising source of both allergies and relief. Here’s a quick look at how.

Carpet and Allergies: It’s Probably Not What You Think

Carpet flooring gets a pretty bad rep for as the ideal environment for allergens to breed. However, carpet can actually help purify your home if cared for properly. As allergens naturally settle, particles become trapped in your carpet. Since they’re trapped, these particles won’t be kicked back up into your home’s air by foot traffic. Just remember to clean your carpets at least once per week using a vacuum with a HEPA filter. This will periodically remove allergens from your home’s air and carpet before they have a chance to become embedded and form a new threat to your home’s air quality: mold.


Pollen isn’t the only allergen we have to worry about. If carpets are not cleaned properly (along with some hard surface flooring), mold can become an issue. Unfortunately, vacuuming regularly isn’t enough; most manufacturers recommend a professional carpet cleaning service at least once every 18 months.

ScotchGard, Anso Nylon and Other Repellent Technologies

Carpet flooring has come a long way in recent years. Modern engineering processes produce fibers that are resistant to wear, stains – and, of course, allergens (including pollen and mold). So if your home’s style is due for a refresh anyways (or if you’d like to take advantage of the latest innovations in carpet), it may be worth considering a new line that’s just as healthful as it is stylish. In fact, carpet incorporating Scotchgard™, Anso Nylon, SpillStop®, R2X Stain and Soil Resistance System and other similar technologies can be found in a variety of colors, patterns and styles here: Performance Destination.

Expert Advice

To learn more about the potential threats to your home’s air quality, along with the many solutions to improve it, be sure to visit Gainesville CarpetsPlus today!