No part of the house sees quite as much activity as the carpet. Not only do we walk across the soft expanse every day (sometimes with our shoes still on, too), but children play on the cushioned fibers, pets shed and sleep all over without restraint, and the average household item might be moved from one corner of the space to the other.

And as life goes on, our carpet remembers our movements in that it absorbs airborne particles only to later release them in a process called “resuspension.”

With this in mind, you may be wondering: What is actually trapped in my carpet? And how might it affect my air quality?

What Goes Up Must Come Down (And Into Your Carpet)

As a result of the soft, fine fibers carpets are comprised of, they can essentially act as “a reservoir for dust, dirt, pollen, mold spores, pesticides and other materials which may originate indoors or be brought into the indoor environment from outside,” according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Thus, studies and reviews have indicated that carpet installation correlates to higher levels of indoor air contamination (related to microorganisms, dust, and allergens), as well as negative health impacts for the residents of a given property.

In short, airborne particles, once settled, are likely to be hiding right under your nose (or in this case, your feet). This is why regular vacuuming is going to be your first line of defense against inhaling carpet-bound contaminants.

Carpeting and Chemicals: Why New Isn’t Always Better

Upon the installation of a new carpet, you may think you’d be safe from further hazardous materials because, if it’s new, nothing can be trapped in it yet, right? Well, not quite.

“Chemicals used in some new carpets, carpet pads and the adhesives used to install them can harm your health,” the American Lung Association explains. “Some of these chemicals and glues are made with volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which emit odors and pollutants.”

For this reason, the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) has developed a program known as the CRI Indoor Air Quality Green Label Program (or CRI “Green Label”) in order to both test and verify which carpet, adhesives, cushions, and other soft products were among the lowest in VOC emission.

Suspected Carpet Contamination? Call the Experts.

It can be difficult to determine just how contaminated your carpet may be — and that’s before you even take into account whether or not the carpet was properly cared for by the property owners that came before you. Plus, if you did not previously have the means or knowledge to clean your carpet effectively, you may still be left with residual contaminants that will inevitably end up resuspended in the air.

But the good news is that you’re not alone.

Discreet Air Quality provides certified indoor air quality assessments, designed to provide you with clear answers and an actionable strategy for your home or commercial environment. As your locally-owned and operated indoor air quality experts, we can help you to not only identify what, specifically, is lingering in your air, but we can also help you determine how best to eliminate ongoing air quality obstacles!

To learn more about our services or schedule your air assessment today, contact Discreet Air Quality by calling (754) 702-7019 or emailing