All four of the Santa Clarita Valley elementary school districts (Castaic, Newhall, Saugus and Sulphur Springs) are involved in the Bag of Books program, which placed 30 bags into 25 different kindergarten classrooms, impacting over 600 students last year alone. Each Bag of Books contains four books for the students check out on Monday, take home to read, and then return on Friday. The following Monday, they get a new bag with four new books. By the end of the school year, the students will have read up to 140 books!
Although we might not normally associate carpet with improved indoor air quality, it does have a very positive effect. Gravity causes common household particles, such as dust, pollen and pet and insect dander, to fall to the floor. Carpet fibers trap the particles, removing them from the breathing zone and reducing their circulation in the air. Proper cleaning with CRI-approved vacuums effectively removes dust and allergens from the carpet and helps keep them out of the air we breathe.
According to IICRC, Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, frequently used carpet should be professionally cleaned by a qualified technician at least once a year - perhaps a little longer interval for infrequently used carpet and even sooner for carpet in homes occupied by respiratory sensitive or allergic persons or in homes with indoor pets.