Stanley Steemer Promotes World Asthma Day - May 6

Indoor air quality "most important" factor in controlling disease

Apr 28, 2003, 01:00 ET from Stanley Steemer International, Inc.

    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 .

SOURCE Stanley Steemer International, Inc.