Carpet and Asthma, Allergy Research: Where’s the Competition’s “Beef”?In his January 21, 2012 column titled "Where's the beef?" for Dalton’s Daily-Citizen Carpet and Rug Institute President Werner Braun describes the most common myth regarding carpet: carpet's effect on people with asthma and allergies.
The article describes his reaction to another trade association's claim that consumers should buy hard surface floors because carpet negatively affects family members who have asthma and allergies - a complete myth!
“This isn’t the first time this myth has surfaced [see a related blog article, Hardwood Retailer Wrong About Carpet]; it’s the most common one we hear at CRI.
In fact, CRI has found multiple studies that show that carpet is helpful to people with asthma - including Carpet, Asthma and Allergies – Myth or Reality written by Mitch Sauerhoff. In one 18-nation study of nearly 20,000 people, a statistical relationship was found to exist between carpeted bedrooms and reduced asthma and allergy symptoms and improved breathing. Because what falls to the carpet — such as allergens, common dust, pet dander and other pollutants — tends to stay on the carpet until it is vacuumed, unlike smooth surfaces that allow these particles to re-circulate in the room air.
Properly maintained carpet also leads to improved air quality and a healthier indoor environment because regular vacuuming with a Carpet and Rug Institute-certified vacuum cleaner locks dust and particles inside the machine and removes them from the air you breathe.
If the competition can’t produce convincing studies, what qualifies them to recommend that carpet is bad for indoor air quality? What are they basing their recommendation on?”
Thank you, Werner.