Thursday, March 18, 2010

FloorDaily Interviews CRI on Asthma, Allergy & Carpet Issues

CRI on FloorDaily about Asthma, Alleries & Carpet

FloorDaily Interviews Carpet and Rug Institute Communications Manager on Asthma and Allergies Issues

It is an honor and a pleasure to be invited to talk with Floor Focus publisher Kemp Harr for his news site. Recently he asked me to update him on CRI’s appearance at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology, or AAAAI. See the related blog post Carpet, Asthma, Allergy & Doctors here.

Briefly, I told Kemp that, slowly but surely, I felt that CRI was making headway with doctors in getting them to hear CRI’s message that carpet is an acceptable floor covering for asthma and allergy patients. In fact, our research shows that carpet actually improves indoor air by trapping heavy dust particles and the allergens attached to them, and holding them until they can be vacuumed away with a Seal of Approval-certified vacuum.

During their training, doctors are told that asthma and allergy patients should remove their carpet, and for most doctors, that continues to be a strongly-held belief. However, several doctors at the AAAAI meeting told me that CRI’s research on carpet and asthma and allergies “gave them a new way of looking at the situation.”

It’s hard to change someone’s opinion, and even harder to change their beliefs – a doctor’s beliefs may be the hardest nut of all. Still, it seems like CRI is making a little headway, and that’s good news. Even bigger news is how many doctors wanted more information for their patients about CRI’s Seal of Approval testing program for vacuum cleaners and online list of certified carpet cleaning professionals.

Thanks, Kemp, for this opportunity to help CRI spread the word.

Listen to the interview here: Bethany Richmond Discusses CRI's Efforts to Educate Asthma & Allergy Doctors on Carpet.



Bob at Carpet Cleaning Companies said...

That was good to hear. Vacuuming and professional cleaning are the best ways to keep the dust and allergen levels down.

Bethany said...

Hello Bob, That is the message we present to heathcare providers we speak to - vacuuming and cleaning with Seal of Approval-certified products and equipment. Thanks for your comment, Bethany

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