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Study says vacuuming your carpets can aggravate allergies

Posted on January 30th, 2012 No Comments

A study conducted by a team of researchers in Australia suggests that vacuuming carpets on your own, as opposed to hiring professionals to clean a home’s or business’s carpets, can aggravate allergies.  The study can be seen in the journal, Environmental Science & Technology.

In the study, researchers compared the air emissions of 21 different vacuum cleans from 11 different manufacturers, which ranged in age from 6-months to 22-years old.  According to the researchers, every model released allergens, bacteria, and dust from the carpets back into the air.

The newest and most expensive vacuums released fewer emissions.  However, vacuums with high-efficiency particulate air filters, or HEPA filters, which are advertised to reduce air emissions by 99.9 percent, were found to only emit slightly smaller amounts of pollen, dust, bacteria, and other allergens into the air than vacuums without HEPA filters.

If you or someone you know needs their home’s or business’s carpets cleaned, contact the Austin carpet cleaning specialists of WOW Total Cleaning at 512-291-0042 to learn more about the benefits of professional carpet cleaning.


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