The Ultimate Carpet Allergy Quiz
by Staff
Do you suffer from allergies to dust mites, pet dander, mold or pollen? Did you know that your wall-to-wall carpet might be your worst enemy? Take our quiz and learn how you can beat those dusty carpets at their allergy-triggering game.

Allergens stimulate allergic reactions. Which of the following are common allergens often found in carpet?

  • pet dander
  • mold spores
  • both of the above

Carpets may contain ______ times more allergens than other floor coverings.

  • 50 times
  • 100 times
  • 200 times

Medical professionals recommend what action to help reduce allergic reactions to allergens in your home?

  • remove wall-to-wall carpeting
  • remove vinyl flooring
  • remove parquet flooring

Who is most adversely affected by allergens trapped in your carpets?

  • small children
  • infants
  • both of the above

Dust mites are a common cause of year round allergies. How many Americans are allergic to them?

  • 5 million
  • 10 million
  • 20 million

Which surprising product of the dust mite is the actual allergen?

  • its hair
  • its waste
  • its body

Besides in your carpet, where might dust mites hide?

  • in your bedding
  • in your TV
  • in your fridge

What percentage of people are allergic to their household pet?

  • 5 to 15 percent
  • 15 to 30 percent
  • 30 to 45 percent

Pet dander (dead skin) is the most common pet allergen. Which of the following are also allergy triggers?

  • pet saliva
  • pet hair
  • both of the above

Mold is a common allergy trigger. What type of environment promotes the growth and spread of mold?

  • wet and humid
  • cold and dry
  • hot and dry

Which type of carpet is least likely to harbor allergens?

  • a carpet with a short, tight weave
  • a carpet with long, loose fibers
  • a carpet made of wool

If you have allergies, how often should you vacuum your carpet and rugs?

  • once or twice a week
  • once every two weeks
  • once a month

A high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter is specially designed to remove _______particles from your carpet.

  • bread
  • airborne
  • dry cereal

If you have allergies, how often should you steam or dry clean your carpet and rugs?

  • once every six months
  • once in two years
  • once in three years

Which organization offers a quality seal of approval for rating a vacuum cleaner's ability to remove allergens?

  • the Dog and Cat Institute
  • the Couch and Chair Institute
  • the Carpet and Rug Institute