Is Your Carpet Making You Sick?

From a distance, carpets and rugs are features of a home that many people enjoy. They can look great and tie a room together, but they can also harbor many bacteria, allergens, dirt, and other irritants which can be dangerous to your health. Carpets can hold four times their weight in dirt and other microscopic organisms deep within its fibers. Chem-Dry Merrimack Valley has provided carpet cleaning services to homeowners in Chelmsford, Andover, and around eastern MA who suffer from these health concerns:

Skin irritation

Dirt, dust, and even fungus that is trapped within your carpet can lead to a variety of skin irritations and flare-ups. For example, one of the most common conditions which have correlated with dirty carpets is athletes foot. Another example is pet dander which has been known to evoke rashes. These particles are not possible to see but can leave a lasting impact.

Respiratory concerns

Dust mites, pet hair, and other unseen organisms can live within your carpets and result in health risks associated with our respiratory systems. Coughing, asthma attacks, and other forms of troubled breathing have been related to dirty carpets. Also, mold can grow in your carpets, which affects the indoor air quality of your home and can have the same effects.


For anyone who suffers from allergies, whether seasonal, to their pets or other airborne concerns, your carpet could be the cause of your symptoms. Even long after the allergy season has passed, many continue to face allergy concerns because small insects, pet hair, pollen, and other related triggers are held within their carpet’s fibers.

Fortunately, carpet cleaning services like Chem-Dry Merrimack Valley can help eliminate these concerns. Our cleaning process lifts these organisms from your carpet, removes 98% of allergens, 89% of airborne bacteria, and prevents mold by using 80% less water than other carpet cleaning methods.

With more questions about our services and how we can help you prevent sickness in your home, contact our team in NH by calling (603) 718-2468 or in MA by calling (978) 866-7142.