COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Stanley Steemer, the nation's premiere carpet cleaning company, has long realized the importance of indoor air quality. Because most individuals spend over 90% of their time inside, maintaining a healthy indoor air environment and reducing the number of indoor allergens we are exposed to is the best way to control asthma. Asthma is a respiratory disease that currently affects over 15 million people in the U.S., many of them children. World Asthma Day, a joint project of the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health, is May 6th, 2003 and seeks to promote asthma awareness throughout the globe. In order to reduce levels of potential asthma-causing irritants in the home, consumers should have their carpets cleaned at least once a year by a professional -- like Stanley Steemer -- using a hot water extraction method. Wes Bates, the President and CEO of Stanley Steemer states, "Studies have shown that our hot water extraction method of cleaning is the most effective way to eliminate allergens and irritants from carpet." Air Quality Sciences, Inc. recently completed a study evaluating the effectiveness of several carpet cleaning methods in removing various asthma triggers, such as dust mites and pet dander from carpets. They found that hot water extraction removed over 99% of these potentially harmful irritants -- making it the most effective and efficient method of carpet cleaning available today. Stanley Steemer's cleaning process uses some of the industry's most technologically advanced cleaning system and products. First, hot, soft water and Stanley Steemer's exclusive non-allergenic cleaning solution are injected deep into carpet fibers loosening and lifting any ground-in dirt and soil. Next, a powerful truck-mounted system suction-extracts the dirt, cleaning solution, and 95% of the moisture for faster drying time. This cleaning process removes dust, allergens, dust mites, and other microscopic pollutants that collect in carpets and can trigger asthma attacks. Nearly 1 in 13 school-age children has asthma, and that rate is rising more rapidly in preschool-age children than any other group. Fostering a healthy indoor environment is the first step to successfully controlling asthma triggers. If you would like to learn more about asthma and indoor air quality, or if you would like to plan an asthma education activity in your community or neighborhood for World Asthma Day, log onto the EPA's web site at www.epa.gov/asthma .
SOURCE Stanley Steemer International, Inc.