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Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the United States. More than 24 million people, including more than 6 million children have allergies. Once diagnosed, the only treatment options are avoidance, eliminating or decreasing your exposure to the irritants or allergens that trigger your symptoms, medication, and immunotherapy. (

Rugs can provide an ideal environment for allergens to hide. As air passes through your rugs, the fibers trap spores, irritants, and microbes that can exacerbate allergy symptoms. These microscopic irritants can cause respiratory problems, skin infections, and allergic reactions. Professional rug cleaning is the best way to purge your rugs of this health hazard.

Rugs can provide an ideal breeding ground and safe haven for dust mites, mold, and other allergens that quickly multiply feeding off dust, dead skin cells, and pet hair. These contaminants become airborne whenever you walk on a rug, mixing with the air you breathe so they are inhaled or land on your skin causing an allergic response. These responses may range from coughing and cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, to adverse allergic reactions and asthma attacks. Studies have shown that compounds traced to rugs and carpeting have been identified as a primary source of impaired indoor air quality. (

Rugs also may retain moisture especially in humid climates. This damp setting is ideal setting for mold spores to reproduce. Mold produces hazardous toxins that released into the air as the buried spores are crushed when you walk on a contaminated rug. Prolonged exposure to mold toxins can result in severe adverse health conditions especially the very young and elderly.

Allergen issues do not just effect the respiratory system. Topical allergies appearing as skin itchiness, redness, dryness, and rashes maybe caused by airborne skin irritants that were disturbed in your carpet.

To keep your home’s environment as healthy as possible, having your rugs professional cleaned by ServiceMaster on a regular basis in addition to weekly vacuuming on your part is essential. If you suspect you may already have allergens or mold in your rugs, please call us today, and we will answer your questions. ServiceMaster Restore® prides itself in helping you keep your rugs beautiful and safe.

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