Toxins are often associated with fumes and liquids instead of solid or material items in a home. We often think of cleaning products or perfumes and other sprays as toxic. But what about actual physical products? How about carpet, for example?
Your first thought is probably that carpet is not toxic and that it is just woven fiber strands and matting to cushion your step, insulate your floor and decorate your home. However, carpet is actually one of the most toxic areas of a home.
The reason carpet is extremely toxic is because it acts as a giant filter on the floor of a home. This means all the contaminants from the air in a home will eventually float, fall and stick in the carpet fibers.
Toxins are also brought into the home from the bottom of shoes. People walk on concrete, linoleum and asphalt throughout the day. Each of those surfaces contain toxins and bacteria that are brought in on the bottom of shoes and then rub off onto the carpet and remain there.
Perhaps the least expected type of toxin in carpet is found in brand new carpet. The current process for manufacturing and storing new carpet is to apply synthetic stain protectant chemicals and preservatives to ensure the carpet remains colorful and intact throughout the storage and shipping process. These chemicals are called volatile organic compounds and will remain in new carpet for 12 months or more. These chemicals can lead to respiratory issues, headaches and chest pains.
If you vacuum often you will remove a good portion of the toxins, dirt and bacteria from carpet, however, basic vacuuming does not remove the toxins deeper in the carpet. For those toxins you will want to hire a professional service to clean the carpet.
You should find a local Chem-Dry carpet cleaning company that doesn’t use chemicals or toxins in its process to as carpet cleaning solutions and soaps can be some of the most toxic type of cleaning products available.
So remember, toxins in a home come in all shapes, sizes and forms and you need to be aware of all the potential problem areas in order to ensure a toxic-free living environment for you and your loved ones.