Studies continue to show that textile floor coverings can help to combat the serious problem of poor indoor air quality, particularly caused by having to breathe in tiny dust particles which can cause serious lung and heart health problems.
A study on indoor and outdoor air pollutants in Europe by the German research organisation Fraunhofer WKI identified particulate matter as the most significant pollutants in terms of the impact on human health. The research was commissioned by Akzo Nobel, Philips and Desso.
Previously, the independent Dutch research organisation TNO finished an exploratory study into the relationship between particulate matter in the indoor air and the presence of a soft or smooth floor covering in the rooms in question. One of its findings was that textile floor coverings absorb more particulates from the air than a smooth surface.
Study by Radboud university medical center
To further build our knowledge, we also commission specific studies or participate in such initiatives where applicable. One such example is a study carried out by the Radboud university medical center in the Netherlands, commissioned by the province Gelderland. In this study, a Philips air purifier and a DESSO AirMaster® carpet were used in a classroom to establish what effect two such interventions would have on the indoor air quality. The conclusion of the study was that the concentration of fine dust as measured during a two week period was reduced. More specifically, particulate matter was reduced by 60-90 % during the weekend and 30-50 % during the week, through the combined interventions.
Practical test by research organisation TNO
Desso also carried out a practical test together with the research organisation TNO at a school in the Netherlands. The objective of this test was to establish the effect of AirMaster® carpet with respect to fine dust concentration (PM10) indoors in comparison with smooth floors. The test was carried out during several weeks in classrooms which are nearly identical. On the basis of this test, the conclusion by TNO is that the concentration of fine dust (PM10) is significantly reduced with AirMaster®.
Next to that, it also shows a strong reduction in the maximum fine dust concentration level, which can be attributed to the fact that AirMaster® reduces the amount of fine dust re-suspension within a room. This was especially evident during cleaning, where the fine dust concentration was significantly higher with smooth floors than in the room with AirMaster®.