Say goodbye to allergy bouts
A hypoallergenic carpet pad could be the answer for allergy sufferers who want carpeting in their home or office. Combine this with an air filter or air purifier, as discussed at TheGoodAirLady.com and you may find yourself breathing easier. Carpet padding can harbor a wide range of allergens that can be reduced with the use of a hypoallergenic carpet pad.
Allergy sufferers often have a hard time living in a home with carpeting. Dust mites, dander, dust and other allergens settle into carpet and its padding, causing allergy symptoms that are hard to get rid of. This is one reason why most people with asthma problems prefer not to have carpets at home despite them wanting it badly. Even if they go ahead and buy one, who is going to clean it? It is a known fact that you are susceptible to dust and other allergens while you are cleaning. These concerns force a lot of people to stay away from it. But, do they really need to? There are safer alternatives as you will soon find out.
Why hypoallergenic carpet pad?
Most people assume that it is the carpeting that is the problem, but it may, in fact, be the carpet pad and/or the moisture that it comes into contact with in the carpeting. This realization has led many companies to manufacture a hypoallergenic carpet pad, so that even allergy sufferers can enjoy the warmth and comfort of carpeting in their homes. What do you need to consider when you are looking for a hypoallergenic carpet pad to be installed in your home?
You first need to realize that the term “hypoallergenic” does not mean that there will not be any allergens.
Hypoallergenic means that the item causes less allergic reaction, or reduces allergic symptoms. There is really no way to guarantee that there will be absolutely no allergic reactions from a specific item, simply because each person is different. These differences are what make us so special, but it also is a problem when dealing with allergies, because it is hard to determine what levels of a particular allergen can be tolerated before an allergic reaction. So if someone tries to sell you these carpet pads saying that there will be zero allergens in your carpet from you now on, they are simply bluffing to make a sale.
In the carpet world, a hypoallergenic carpet pad usually includes a moisture resistant property that helps to make the carpet pad anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal. Depending upon the manufacturer, you may find slight differences between one company and another, but these are the main allergens that the padding is resistant to. And if recent researches are to be trusted, most of the people are allergic to these stimulants and by effectively preventing them from settling on to your carpet, you stand a very good chance of enjoying a carpet in your home without having to worry about allergies.
Anti-bacterial means that the carpet padding is resistant to bacteria growing in or on the carpet padding. This helps to keep bacteria growth down, which can exacerbate allergies or asthma. It is equally important to limit the moisture content in the carpet to keep away bacteria and other microbial organisms. It is a known fact that such organisms thrive when there is a moisture presence.
Anti-microbial means that the carpet padding is made to resist the growth of any type of microbe, including bacteria, fungus, viruses, and other microbial growth.
Anti-fungal means that the carpet padding keeps fungus from growing in or under the padding.
A hypoallergenic carpet pad is also normally completely synthetic with no animal or plant fibers that can cause allergy symptoms. While there are some naturally occurring substances that are naturally hypoallergenic, they are not commonly used in the manufacturing of carpet padding. The chemicals that are used in creating the hypoallergenic pad are inert, which means that they will not outgas or decompose, either. Also, there is no harmful effect to the environment resulting out their use. All of these factors add up to create a carpet pad that is safe for allergy sufferers to use in their home.
If you or a member of your family suffers from allergies or even asthma, you will want to consider hypoallergenic carpet padding when you have carpet installed in your home. By using this type of carpet pad, you are helping to protect your family from as much of the allergen exposure as possible from the carpet padding. Every little bit that you do will add up to help in decreasing allergy and/or asthma symptoms.