Chem-Dry Steps Up Indoor Air Quality Education during National Allergy Awareness Month

Sunday, May 17, 2015

In support of National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month in May, and in light of a new indoor air quality study that shows its Hot Carbonating Extraction (HCE) cleaning process significantly reduces the level of allergens and bacteria in the home, Chem-Dry, the world's leading carpet and upholstery cleaning service, is boosting efforts to educate consumers about the importance of maintaining indoor air quality as part of a clean, healthy home.

"Now more than ever, maintaining indoor air quality is crucial for the 1 in 5 Americans who suffer from allergies and the 24 million Americans with asthma," said Dan Tarantin, CEO of Chem-Dry. "We are making extra efforts to educate the public and share the results of our recent study, which shows that our proprietary HCE cleaning process can offer superior results in removing the allergens and bacteria from the home that worsen symptoms this season." The study, conducted by a leading independent air quality laboratory in a cross-section of consumer homes in the U.S. and internationally, tested specific common household allergens such as cat and dog dander and dust mite allergens. After vigorous testing, results showed that Chem-Dry's HCE process removes an average of 98.1 percent of common household allergens from carpets and upholstery. When the HCE process was combined with their sanitizer, Chem-Dry was also found to remove an average of 89 percent of airborne bacteria in the home.

"Carpets, area rugs and upholstered furniture help indoor air quality by acting like giant filters that absorb dirt, allergens and bacteria," Tarantin notes. "But with Americans spending an average of 90 percent of their time indoors, these areas must be professionally cleaned to remain optimally effective. This study highlighted just how effectively Chem-Dry provides a deep clean that removes a high percentage of allergens in carpets and upholstery, as well as bacteria from the air, and how valuable it can be to creating healthier homes. While important year round, this is especially critical during peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers." In fact, without regular professional cleanings, bacteria and other unhealthy elements that have built up in the carpets get stirred up, become airborne and circulate throughout the home when there is activity in the room, triggering symptoms for the millions of Americans affected by allergies or asthma.

Unlike other carpet and upholstery cleaning services in the market today, Chem-Dry's HCE process harnesses the power of millions of microscopic bubbles to penetrate deep into carpet fibers, lifting particles to the surface so they can be easily extracted. The brand's primary cleaning solution, The Natural, is green-certified and doesn't contain any detergents or harsh chemicals, making it safe and non-toxic for kids and pets. Additionally, Chem-Dry uses 80 percent less water than typical steam cleaning, so carpets dry in a couple of hours instead of a couple of days. While most steam cleaners use an excessive amount of water that often soaks through to the carpet backing and creates a breeding ground for mold and mildew, Chem-Dry's low-moisture process doesn't carry the same risk and offers a safer and more convenient solution. The result is a deeper clean, faster-drying carpets, and a healthier home.

About Chem-Dry Founded in 1977, Chem-Dry is the world's leading carpet and upholstery cleaning service with a network of more than 3,500 units in 47 countries serving over 10,000 homes a day worldwide. Its green-certified solution and proprietary hot carbonating extraction cleaning process provide a deeper clean, allow surfaces to dry faster, and leave homes healthier. Chem-Dry has been ranked the number one carpet cleaning franchise by Entrepreneur magazine for 27 consecutive years and has also been featured in the magazine's Top Home-Based Franchises list among the top 10 concepts for 19 consecutive years. For more information about Chem-Dry or to find a local operator, visit www.chemdry.com, or for more information on franchise opportunities, visit www.chemdryfranchise.com. Chem-Dry is owned by Harris Research, Inc., which is also the founder and owner of the fast-growing N-Hance Wood Renewal franchise.

Contacts Fishman PR Elida Coseri, 847-945-1300 ext. 258 ecoseri@fishmanpr.com

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