DALTON, GA — A series of studies funded by Shaw Industries indicates that effectively cleaned carpets can trap allergens and other particles, resulting in fewer particles escaping into the air and thus contributing to the maintenance of indoor air quality, according to a press release.

"These studies challenge the long held belief that carpet must adversely impact indoor air quality as it pertains to allergy and asthma sufferers," said Dr. Bruce Mitchell, chief executive officer (CEO) of Airmid Healthgroup Limited, the independent biomedical research organization that conducted the study.

The studies aimed to determine the depth of allergen penetration in carpet, the levels of allergens found in the air and the impact of carpet cleaning on allergen removal, the release stated.

According to the release, after cleaning the carpets, a meaningful reduction in allergens occurred in the carpet and the surrounding air.

"These findings add to the existing body of research that indicates that well-maintained and effectively cleaned carpets can be a viable choice for asthma and allergy sufferers," said Paul Murray, vice president of sustainability and environmental affairs at Shaw.

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