Carpet adds warmth and coziness to your home. It also endures high amounts of traffic every day.
Carpet camouflages allergens, bacteria, germs, dirt, and other dangerous particles that you might not see—which affects the indoor air quality and overall health of your home or business.
What Exactly Is Lurking In Your Carpet?
Yikes. Sounds pretty serious, right? The truth is, yes. But the good news is, there are simple solutions for ridding your carpets of the harmful contaminants listed below.
The biggest threat to your health is what you can’t see. Salmonella, Staph, and E coli hide in carpet fibers and can make us sick. These harmful bacteria are deposited from the air, breed from spilled food or drinks, and are brought into your home with foot traffic. In fact, your carpet likely has a whopping 40,000 times more bacteria than your toilet seat.
Dust, Soil, And Dirt
Did you know that 40 pounds of harmful dust is accumulated every year in the average U.S. home? The health hazards dust can cause are significant. Regular foot traffic also brings dirt from the outdoors into your home—meaning whatever bacteria and particles stick to your shoes are surely to be found on your carpet.
Hair, Dander, And Dead Skin
This can be from pets or humans. Yuck. The average person sheds 1.5 million skin cells per day—and those dead skin cells are what fleas, ticks, and dust mites feed on. These bugs bring with them a whole new slew of problems, which we’ll touch on shortly.
You guessed it, pesky bugs will inevitably find their way into your carpet fibers. It’s a domino affect—hair and skin flakes are food for bugs, and bugs lead to allergies and other issues. In fact, dust mites are one of the main causes of allergies. Nip the cycle in the bud with regular professional carpet cleaning.
Dead skin cells are the primary food for dust mites, and dust mites are one of the biggest culprits of allergies. Pollen and other allergy-causing debris can also be tracked into your carpet fibers. These allergens can cause respiratory issues, wheezing, and asthma when they get kicked up into the air. Pet hair stuck in carpet can also cause allergies.
Potent odors permeate from carpet. These odors can be absorbed from the air or from spills on the floor. One of the most significant causes of carpet odors is pet urine. Regular vacuuming won’t get rid of odors—professional carpet cleaning or pet urine and odor removal treatment is necessary.
Mold And Mildew
Mold and mildew thrive in warm, wet environments. If your carpets get wet, but sure to dry them immediately. Choose carpet cleaning methods that use less water and dry quickly—this will prevent the growth of mold and mildew in your carpet and the backing and padding underneath.
Minimize Contaminants With Regular Carpet Cleaning
We spend a lot of time on our carpet. In fact, infants and toddlers spend 90% of their time indoors, and most of that time is spent crawling and playing on carpet.
Luckily, there are simple carpet cleaning solutions that will help protect your family and pets from harmful allergens, bacteria, and more.
Try taking off your shoes before walking on the carpet, put area rugs in high traffic areas then keep those rugs clean, and vacuum at least once a week. These measure will help, but still won’t be enough.
Be sure to schedule a professional carpet cleaning service at least every 6 months, or every 3-4 months if you have indoor pets.
Precision Chem-Dry provides non-toxic, green carpet cleaning solutions that remove 98% of allergens from carpet and upholstery and 89% of airborne bacteria.
Schedule your appointment in the Salt Lake City area with Precision Chem-Dry!