For asthma and allergy sufferers the choice of carpeting or hard flooring can be a confusing one.
Although medical professionals often advise people with severe allergies to remove wall-to-wall carpeting, carpet manufacturers defend their product, saying that carpet fibers actually trap allergy-provoking substances like dust and pollen and prevent them from circulating in the air where they can be inhaled. A new carpet from International carpet and artificial grass manufacturer, DESSO, could mean an end to such conundrums as it is designed to capture and retain more of the potentially harmful allergy-producing particles in its fibers and significantly reduce the amount of such particles floating in the air.
Both the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and German Asthma Foundation (DAAB) actually come down on the side of carpet manufacturers, saying there are more allergens on surfaces than in the air. But the problem is that the slightest movement can disturb them. The new AirMaster carpet is designed to address this problem by safely trapping and immobilizing potentially harmful allergy-producing particles in the carpet fibers. DESSO says this guarantees a significant improvement in indoor air quality, and therefore reduces the risk of health-related problems.
How it works
The carpet’s dust capturing functionality comes without the use of chemical additives, instead relying on a mechanical solution that makes it both permanent and without side effects. The coarser dust is captured in the thicker yarns of the lower pile, while the high pile consists of ultra fine yarn filaments to capture and retain particulate matter that is less than 10 micrometers.
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