9 Things You Need to Know About What's Lurking in Your Carpets
- Carpets attract the bad stuff.
- Grit is tearing your carpet fibers.
- Germs are hiding out and making you sick.
- It’s especially rough for asthma, allergies, and more.
- Carpets can hold a LOT more dirt than you think.
- Throw away the 5-second rule.
- Take off your shoes.
- Beware of the Norovirus.
- Scary fact: Your toilet seat is less germy.
What you don’t know about dirty carpets CAN hurt you.
Whether you’re a business owner, commercial office manager, or homeowner, this information is vital for you to understand.
Not only because it’s gross and dirty carpets make your space look bad.
It’s much more than that. It’s all about the health and safety of the people who live or work in an area polluted by dirty carpets.
And whether you can see it or not, it’s happening right now.
Here’s what you need to know about how dirty carpets are not good for you and why only a professional carpet cleaning service is up for the job.
1. Carpets attract the bad stuff
It’s hard to accept that a member of your household is actively working against you.
But it’s true.
Your carpet takes the oily residue from people and pets in your home and sucks it right up. It locks in dirt and gives it a cozy place to stay.
Over time, your carpets will become discolored and you’ll start to see permanent paths where people are walking.
2. Grit is tearing your carpet fibers
Maybe you’re thinking, “I vacuum all the time. No WAY is their grit still in my carpet!”
Well...if you got down and looked between the fibers, you’d see sandy, gritty dirt.
And guess what? YOUR vacuum doesn’t have the power to reach it.
Even though you can’t see it, it’s down there, shredding your carpet fibers every time they are walked on.
3. Germs are hiding out & making you sick
We’ll give credit where credit is due.
Your carpet does filter out pollutants like bacteria, pollen, chemicals, fungi, etc.
BUT, at a certain point, your carpet becomes full and it can no longer effectively keep filtering.
That means all those illness-causing pollutants are free to float around your home. Yuck.
4. It’s especially rough for asthma, allergies, & more
This section is similar to the previous one, but it’s even more serious.
Dust mites leave droppings in your carpet that can aggravate asthma – even causing asthma attacks.
The dust mite “stuff” combined with the bacteria, pollen, etc. is a recipe for disaster if you suffer from allergies, rhinitis, or eczema.
This can get serious for both asthmatics and those with environmental allergies.
The only way to get rid of these disgusting interlopers is to have the carpets in your home or your office professionally cleaned.
5. Carpets can hold a LOT more dirt than you think
We’ve already talked about how your carpets are collectors of all the grossness.
But what you probably didn’t know is that your carpets can actually hold 4+ times their weight in dirt, pet hair, dead skin cells, bacteria, insect feces, and more.
6. Throw away the 5-second rule
This one probably needs no explanation considering what we’ve covered so far.
If you haven’t been convinced yet, consider this: Bacteria can live a month or more in your carpets.
So next time you drop something and you’re tempted to employ the “5-second rule,” just don’t.
7. Take off your shoes!
If you’re a habitual in-the-house shoe wearer, it’s time for a new habit.
Wearing your outdoor shoes on the carpet tracks in dirt (and the gang) AND grinds it deep down into the carpets, where your vacuum can’t go. (Remember, we talked about this!)
8. Beware of the Norovirus
This virus causes a variety of nasty symptoms that mimic the stomach flu or food poisoning.
It can live in your carpet for as long as six weeks. As people walk across it, it takes to the air, you and the family or coworkers breathe it in, and...ew.
9. Scary fact: Your toilet seat is less germy
Most people think of their toilet seats (the whole thing, really) as the pinnacle of germ concentration in their homes.
Well, buckle up for this startling statistic: Your carpet can be 4,000X dirtier than the seat of your toilet.
That should definitely have you dialing the nearest professional carpet cleaning service!
Regular carpet cleaning is your best defense
Think about it.
You wash your clothes regularly. You wash your car. You wash your body on a regular basis.
But you probably put your carpet low on the priority list.
Now that you have the facts (and possibly feel a little nauseous), it’s clear that calling in the professionals is the best way to keep your carpets in your home or commercial space as germ-free as possible.
Your friends at Hammond Knoll know just how to treat your carpets with the best cleaning methods and with the utmost care.