Carpets can be a great flooring option, adding warmth and comfort to your home or business. But do you know what’s really lurking in carpet?
Because of all the traffic it encounters daily, carpet attracts and hides some of the worst allergens, bacteria, germs, organisms and other hazardous particles.
Dirty carpets can affect your health and the indoor air quality of your home or business, and create unpleasant odours over time.
SO WHAT’S HIDING IN YOUR CARPET?
Dirt and Soil
The average carpet can accumulate up to 20kg of dust. dirt and soil every year - easily brought in from outside, it makes it’s way into your carpet mainly on footwear or via your pets.
Pet Hair and Skin Flakes
The average person sheds 1.5 million skin flakes per day. Microscopic insects (such as fleas, ticks or mites) feed on skin flakes. Regular vacuuming can help reduce the amount of dead skin cells and pet hair that have fallen into your carpet.
Your carpet also harbours a number of species of bed bugs, fleas and dust mites. Mites can cause allergies through their moulted skin, waste and through the mites themselves.
Mildew, Mould and Other Bacteria
Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t there! Pathogens such as salmonella, E. coli, and staphylococcus can hide in carpet fibres and cause illness. Mould or mildew can also thrive in a warm, wet environment. Keeping carpet dry will help prevent the formation of mould or mildew.
Toxic substances from cigarette smoke can make their way into carpet fibres. Pet urine and spilled food or drink can also cause odours to form in your carpet if not cleaned immediately and properly.
Food and Drinks
Spilled food or drink not just leave unsightly stains but also serve as a food source for bacteria and organisms.
To prevent permanent stains or odours from forming, the key is to act quickly - absorb any spilled liquids by blotting. Then spot treat the area.
The contaminants that exist in your carpet can cause allergies, sneezing, colds, or breathing problems. If there are toxic substances from cigarette smoke embedded in your carpet, your family may even be at risk for cancer. The waste produced by dust mites can also cause allergic reactions.
Minimize the carpet culprits
- Taking off shoes before walking on carpet can reduce the amount of dirt and other bacteria that are tracked in and stomped into the carpet.
- Placing area rugs in high-traffic areas, as they are washable and can be replaced more easily than carpeting.
- Vacuuming once or twice a week is a great start to reducing the number of contaminants in your carpet. But since vacuuming cannot remove everything that’s hiding in your carpet, you must take extra steps to get your carpet as clean as possible.
- Having your carpets professionally deep cleaned once a year can reduce the amount of unseen pests, prevent sickness and allergies, and remove or prevent undesirable odours.
- Deep cleaning reaches down to the bottom layers of your carpet.
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