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New Study Challenges Conventional Wisdom about Carpets and Air Quality

Last updated Monday, January 20, 2014 10:03 ET

Report Released by Shaw Floors Shows a Clean Carpet Means Cleaner Air

Burlington, USA, 01/20/2014 / SubmitMyPR /

It is a commonly held belief that a carpeted room can cause more irritation for allergy and asthma sufferers than one with a hardwood floor, but newly released studies commissioned by Shaw Floors suggest otherwise. Conducted by independent biomedical research organization Airmid Healthgroup Limited, the studies not only found that the use of carpets generally resulted in less airborne allergens than hardwood floors, but they also suggest that an effectively cleaned carpet can lower the allergen level even further.

Airmid Healthgroup Limited discovered that carpets can trap more allergen and microbial particles than hardwood floors, making those irritants less likely to become airborne and negatively affect air quality. Furthermore, once the test carpets were professionally cleaned, the level of allergens like cat hair and dust mites were further reduced both in the carpet itself and in the surrounding air. The cleaning process used for the studies included vacuuming, application of a cleaning agent, agitation and hot-water extraction.

"It can be easy to overlook the usefulness of a professional carpet cleaning when you have so many other projects going on around your house, but they help prolong the life of your carpet and are proving to be very beneficial to asthma and allergy sufferers," said Barry Greenberg, sales manager of A.J. Rose Carpets & Flooring, a Greater Boston carpet store. "It's very important that you choose a service that can provide a deep cleaning through the hot-water-extraction method, though, because your carpet can otherwise remain saturated with allergens beneath the surface."

Recognized by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), A.J. Rose Carpets & Flooring is currently holding a 3 Room Carpet Cleaning Giveaway on Facebook. After liking the A.J. Rose Facebook page and completing a short form, participants become eligible to win a hot-water-extraction cleaning for three rooms or up to 550 square feet. Valued at $192.50, the prize is given away to a new winner every other month.

About A.J. Rose Carpets & Flooring:
Serving Massachusetts homeowners and commercial customers since 1977, A.J. Rose Carpets & Flooring specializes in flooring products and installation, offering a broad selection of carpets, area rugs and vinyl, hardwood and laminate flooring. Family owned and operated from the beginning, A.J. Rose also offers professional carpet and upholstery cleaning with the latest equipment to ensure a quality job. Visit one of their showrooms, located at 136 Cambridge Street (Route 3A) in Burlington and 599 Worcester Road (Route 9 West) in Natick, or find them online at www.ajrosecarpets.com. They can also be liked on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AJRoseCarpeting or reached by phone at 781-272-7600 in Burlington or 508-652-0770 in Natick.