And now, a carpet that cleans indoor air
Manufacturer claims it can combat high regional rates of asthma
A next-generation new carpet is being launched across the MENA region that cleans indoor air, one of the most significant health risks of the modern world.
The new carpet from international carpet manufacturer Desso, will be particularly welcomed by the world’s estimated 300 million asthma sufferers, who are most at risk from poor indoor air quality.
The most important risk factors for developing asthma are a combination of genetic predisposition and environmental exposure to inhaled substances and particles that may provoke allergic reactions or irritate the airways.
The World Health Organisation estimates that, in 2005 alone, some 250,000 people died from asthma worldwide. It remains the most common chronic disease in children, and its incidence is increasing. Recent research shows the UAE has one of the highest rates of asthma in the world, with a 13 per cent diagnosis rate.
The new AirMaster carpet is primarily aimed at offices, hospitals, schools and other public buildings. It significantly reduces the amount of dust and particulate matter floating in the air. Independent tests have confirmed that AirMaster is eight times more effective in capturing and retaining fine dust than hard flooring – and four times more effective than standard carpeting.
Desso claims the carpet works by reducing the incidence of potentially harmful allergy-producing particles by safely trapping and immobilising them, guarantees a significant improvement in indoor air quality, and therefore reduces the risk of health-related problems.
The carpet is based on patented technology and is specially designed to trap a higher percentage of dust particles than conventional carpet – and significantly more than hard flooring.
While AirMaster will find applications across multiple markets, it will have particular health benefits in, for example, hospitals, schools and offices where there can be a great deal of human traffic, and lots of feet stirring up dust from the floor.