Have you been dealing with a hacking cough for some time and can't do anything about it, no matter how hard you try? Perhaps another member of the family has a streaming cold or symptoms that are similar to an allergy attack, and they've had to deal with this for weeks on end as well. You may be blaming weather conditions, or something that is "going around" but the answer could be a little closer to home and in fact, right underneath your nose. Your symptoms may originate deep down in your carpet, and you need to take some action if you're going to restore your normal health. How can your carpet be to blame, and what should you do?
The Colour Test
How long has it been since you last performed a deep clean? If you have a carpet with a neutral colour, it can be difficult to see just how dirty it may be. Perhaps you should move your sofa for a second and compare the different shades?
Consequences of Inaction
Dirt and debris can be tracked into the home and will find its way to the bottom of the pile, and before you know it, bacteria, mites, bugs and mould can be in play. Whenever you subsequently walk on the carpet, some of these contaminants will become airborne, and you may be breathing them in. This can generate some of the symptoms you describe and can lead to long-term implications if left unchecked.
Deep Cleaning Required
Before you do anything else, talk to a contractor and schedule a deep clean. You may be tempted to use some equipment that you have in the closet, but there is too much at stake here and you need to bring in a professional company instead. There's a lot of work involved in this anyway and you will be glad that you called in the experts when you see them at work.
Once they have finished, think about sprinkling some essential oils on top of the clean carpet. You can mix some of your favourites into half a cup of baking soda and leave this in place for about an hour. You can then vacuum the carpet, and this will leave you with a refreshing and energy-boosting smell. Consider this as your reward for scheduling the clean in the first place!
If you're sick and tired of being sick and tired, call a professional carpet steam cleaning company for their help.