For asthma and allergy sufferers the choice of carpeting or hard flooring can be a confusing one. Although medical professionals often advise people with severe allergies to remove wall-to-wall carpeting, carpet manufacturers defend their product, saying that carpet fibers actually trap allergy-provoking substances like dust and pollen and prevent them from circulating in the air where they can be inhaled. A new carpet from International carpet and artificial grass manufacturer, DESSO, could mean an end to such conundrums as it is designed to capture and retain more of the potentially harmful allergy-producing particles in its fibers and significantly reduce the amount of such particles floating in the air.
Both the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and German Asthma Foundation (DAAB) actually come down on the side of carpet manufacturers, saying there are more allergens on surfaces than in the air. But the problem is that the slightest movement can disturb them. The new AirMaster carpet is designed to address this problem by safely trapping and immobilizing potentially harmful allergy-producing particles in the carpet fibers. DESSO says this guarantees a significant improvement in indoor air quality, and therefore reduces the risk of health-related problems.
The World Health Organization (WHO) warns particles of this size can penetrate deep into the lungs, while the US EPA says that particles smaller than 2.5 micrometers can even enter the cardiovascular system, with both having the possibility to result serious health effects.
The carpet’s ability to trap fine particles doesn’t mean that vacuuming just got more difficult either. The carpet’s ribbed structure features open spaces between the thick and fine yarns to allow for improved air circulation by vacuum cleaners, with tests carried out by Philips Floorcare indicating that over 80 percent of the dust is released by the carpet during vacuuming – a 16 percent improvement compared to standard carpet.
The results confirmed the AirMaster carpet was eight times more effective than hard flooring and four times more effective than standard carpeting in capturing and retaining fine dust. These results contributed to DESSO being the the world's only carpet manufacturer to offer a product certified with a Gold logo from GUI.
DESSO's AirMaster carpet is available in 18 colors and a range of designs and could be an attractive option for the world’s growing number of asthma sufferers – short of chowing down on some hookworms or setting a team of robotic vacuum cleaners on permanent patrol anyway.
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