Myths and facts about carpets, asthma & allergies

The belief that carpeting is a cause of asthma and allergies has been a cause of debate for some time. Myth or fact? According to noted toxicologist Dr. Mitchell Sauerhoff, carpeting does not cause or aggravate asthma or allergy symptoms. In his study entitled Carpet, Asthma and Allergies – Myth or Reality, Dr. Sauerhoff concludes that: “Carpet does not cause asthma. VOC emissions from new carpet do not act as triggers for asthma or allergies. Carpet does not increase the incidence or severity of asthma and allergies in children and adults.” In fact, in the study Dr. Sauerhoff notes that “the weight of evidence supports the conclusion that airborne biocontaminants and dusts over carpet surfaces are generally lower in concentration than those in the air over smooth flooring surfaces.” Carpets are in fact, good to your health! To download the study visit the International Flooring Sciences Resource Center.

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