Dr. Michael Berry, in his book “Protecting the Built Environment: Cleaning for Health,” says that most indoor cleaning problems are related to dirty carpets, but this problem can be solved through maintenance and restoration.
Carpets act as a sink to collect pollutants of all kinds from indoors and out, according to Dr. Berry. As the sink gets filled up (the carpet gets polluted), it stores more and more dirt, dust and contaminants. When the sink is full, it needs to be emptied.
If a carpet is not cleaned on a regular basis, it can become a breeding ground for bio pollutants, Dr. Berry says. It is crucial to regularly empty the sink and make sure that your carpets are cleaned properly.
Dr. Berry says that the medical community recommends that people remove carpets from buildings and homes, but it is wrong to assume that all carpet will become contaminated and affect people’s health.
He says that people clean carpets because they look dirty, although by the time you can see the dirt in the carpet, it is probably filthy. Rarely do people clean their carpets in an effort to protect their health, Dr. Berry says, but cleaning carpet regularly can improve indoor air quality.