Millions of people suffer from allergies including both outdoor and indoor allergens. Allergies can be miserable during peak season, and they have many people considering alternatives. While there is little you can do to avoid outdoor pollen and dust, there are some things you should know about indoor allergens.

Luckily, the use of carpet has not been shown to increase the rate of allergens. There is an exception for installation. Installation of carpet can cause a small rise in allergy symptoms for the first three days of installation due to the chemicals emitted from new carpet. However, manufacturers have been working extensively through the years to reduce and eliminate this risk. Due to their efforts, hardly any people still suffer from this type of allergy attack. If you have extremely sensitive allergy flare-ups, it might be a good idea to stay away for a few days. In case you’re still confused or skeptical about carpet not contributing to allergens, we’ll happily fill you in.

For one, most carpet fibers are made of synthetic material. This simply means that the material is fake or an imitation material. There’s no way for bacteria or many of the biological allergens to find a food source to live and grow in synthetic material. In fact, even non-synthetic carpet aids in the dampening of allergies by trapping common sources of irritants in the fibers until vacuumed or cleaned up. Because of carpet’s fibers, fake or real, irritants are unable to be airborne, even in heavily trafficked areas, and thus do not cause problems.

Most bacteria are vacuumed up (scientists say 90% average) and is removed every time you clean your carpet. Sweden even did a study in which they found that non-carpeted homes and offices have a higher rate of allergens from improper cleaning maintenance and no absorption of irritants. Scientists now believe that the “avoidance” method of allergies is a faulty one; though many people find comfort in eliminating carpeted surfaces and a strenuous cleaning routine.

All in all, you don’t have to be worried about bacteria, allergens, irritants, or airborne versions of these things in your carpet as long as you vacuum regularly and stick to the industry recommendation of having your carpet cleaned every twelve to eighteen months. Oh, and as long as your nose avoids direct contact with the carpet as breathing in-between fibers, where the allergens collect, is the exception to the rule.