Carpet Allergies, a whole new meaning with volcanic ash.
I don’t have to worry about carpet allergies.The Turrialba Volcano in Costa Rica has been active since last September sending tons of ash into the atmosphere. With westerly winds blowing ash to MY side of the valley it has been a challenge to keep anything clean
So let me ask you this. Are you in an area where there is a lot of dust? Or are you in an area
where there is sand, like the beach or living in a desert? Do you dislike vacuuming as much as I do? Do you suffer from carpet allergies?
Carpet is a virtual magnet for allergens like dust mites, pet dander, mold spores and other potentially aggravating proteins. Allergens are antigens, typically proteins that provoke allergic reactions like coughing and sneezing in people with hypersensitive immune systems. Allergies can be triggered by many things found in your home such as carpet, which may contain 100 times more allergens than hard floors.
There is an alternative to carpet allergies.
Canvas rugs sealed with polyurethane are allergen free and easy to clean. Sand is heavy and can be swept with ease, the floors and rug at the same time. Pass a damp mop to clean. However, extreme cases of dust and volcanic ash are harder to sweep because of the fine texture. It’s better to use a damp mop to clean rather than spreading it around by disturbing the dust with a broom.
A vacuum is a good way to remove dust and sand and is very thorough. But vacuuming carpets does not remove all of the allergens. Only frequent shampooing help with carpet allergies and that is costly and inconvenient.
Canvas rugs are not well known in the US or Costa Rica at the present. At one time they were a popular form of floor covering. An 1809 inventory of the White House includes, for the south dining-room, “a canvas floor cloth, painted green.” The first settlers used pieces of canvas from their sails, painted them and covered the floors. The advent of linoleum brought the art of canvas rugs as floor coverings to a standstill until the re-emergence of hand painted canvas as an art form.
If you’re interested in making your own canvas rug grab your shopping list here to see what you’ll need to get started.
The art of canvas rugs is unlimited in its potential. As an alternative to fiber rugs and the difficulties of their maintenance in certain circumstances, canvas rugs are a valuable option. Give me a call if you have any questions. Laurels Originals has been making canvas rugs in Costa Rica for 11 years.
Make it beautiful; keep life easy with canvas rugs.