Saturday, January 3, 2009

Kawasaki Syndrome, carpet cleaning and media hype....

Happy New Years all, I hope that this finds you healthy and moving into the New Year with renewed vigor. This is a really poor segue into a touchy and controversial subject, but one that needs to be addressed and rather promptly. I'll most likely fail, but I hope to be reasonably sensitive to the feelings of others.

I was saddened to hear yesterday of the loss of Jett Travolta. He had suffered for many years with a condition known as Kawasaki Syndrome amongst other things.

Years ago Kawasaki Syndrome somehow became associated with carpet cleaning and this morning, a long time client phoned sweating bullets about whether having the carpet cleaned was a bigger risk to her new grandbaby than the dog feces tracked in from the bad weather. HHmmmm. Dog poop or carpet cleaning........

We all have legitimate concerns about the health of our loved ones. The best we can do in this world is to try to make informed decisions based on real information, not knee jerk reactions fueled by the media playing on our emotions. The Carpet & Rug Institute based in Dalton Georgia is an independent, science based organization well respected throughout the industry as a research and testing entity. If you want to know about carpet and rugs, this is a great place to get information. I would like to share with you their research regarding Kawasaki Syndrome and carpet cleaning.

If nothing else, I hope this will spur you to find out more about this rare condition.

Another excellent resource is the Restoration Industry Association and the well respected researcher Dr Steven Spivak who is on their staff.

I hope this helps.


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