How Carpet Affects Indoor Air Quality In The Winter

May 9, 2024

Winter is the season when we spend the most time indoors. It is too cold to play outside and the windows are usually closed. With the extended time indoors and the closed up home, indoor air pollution increases dramatically in the winter months. What is trapped in your carpet also affects your home's indoor air quality. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to fix it.

What Your Carpet Collects

With the hustle and bustle of your home, it’s no surprise that lots of things can find its way to your carpet. Most commonly, the following will get trapped in your carpet:

  • Dirt and mud
  • Snow, ice-melt, salt
  • Pet dander

Many individuals may not realize how much will build up within their carpet. Additionally, homeowners don’t always know the effects it will have on their home’s air quality in the winter.

How Indoor Air Quality Is Affected By Carpet

Indoor Air Quality has many contributors. During the winter, we track in snow, ice-melt, and salt. Additionally, our pets stay inside more in the winter; they also drag in dirt, snow and mud. All winter long, this soil mixed with pet dander and dust will accumulate. In your home, your carpet is the biggest air filter you have. Carpets trap all of the soil and allergens, which get kicked into the air as you walk on the carpet. For those with respiratory issues and asthma, we recommend cleaning more often, but especially in winter. Vacuuming of the carpet should be done weekly at a minimum.

Staying indoor also means there will be more contact with the carpet than there was in spring and summer. The heavily traveled or traffic areas will be taking more abuse during the winter and if not properly maintained, will shorten the life of the carpet. In some cases, the damage can be irreversible.

Carpet Cleaning In The Winter | Hydro Clean Carpet Cleaning

Don’t risk the health of your family by waiting until Spring or Summer to have your carpets cleaned. Carpet manufacturers recommend cleaning your carpet every 6-12 months with the hot water extraction method. This is the method used by Hydro Clean Carpet Cleaning as we want to ensure a healthy home for your family. If you’re still concerned about a winter carpet cleaning, check out the winter precautions we take to make sure it’s a smooth process.