Practically every home and office today has carpets. Carpets not only enhance the ambience of a room, but also help add some warmth and comfort to your home or business. In addition to all this, the carpet is the one thing in your room you are in constant touch with. No matter if you like it or not, or if you want to or not, you do tread on the carpet when you enter a room.
So while you tread on the carpet, you unknowingly transfer whatever there is on your clothes and shoes onto the carpet. It can be dirt, dust, hair or pollen and the carpet consequently absorbs all this, and whatever else found in the air. In addition to whatever you bring, carpets also absorb whatever the ventilation system throws on them.
All this can make your carpet rather dirty and unhygienic, and can even affect your indoor air quality and consequently, your health. This is why carpets are considered to be practically more dirty and unhygienic than your bathroom, and can at times even emit some foul odor! Moreover, do you clean or wash your carpet as often as you clean your bathroom? Most probably no.
What is hiding in your carpet?
Your pet who innocently walks into your room carries brings with it bacteria like E.coli and members of the pneumonia family. While your bare feet may not bring any of this bacteria into the room, the soles of your shoes do. Once all this bacteria reaches your carpet, the carpet provides the perfect conditions for the bacterial colonies to grow, especially if you don’t clean carpets regularly.
Mud and dirt
Mud and dirt from wherever you go, gets transferred from your shoes and hem of pants to get eventually deposited on the carpet. Even the invisible dust particles on your clothes eventually land up on your carpet and can accumulate here without regular vacuuming.
Traces of chemicals
Sometimes even brand new carpets have something hiding in them, namely chemicals. Carpets are generally treated with some chemicals and these chemicals reach your home when you buy them. Moreover, you never know what your shoes come in contact with, and there is a chance of your shoes carrying chemical traces which get transferred to your carpet. While some of these chemicals may emit a specific odor, some of them may be carcinogenic.
Dust mites and carpet beetles
Dust mites which live in human habitation are naturally not that dangerous. The only problem is that they feed on organic detritus like human skin flakes, and thus produce lots of microscopic waste. The mites and this microscopic waste can trigger respiratory related problems and allergies. Not only dust mites, other carpte beetles like fleas and bed beet also like the comfortable home your carpet offers them!
Your shoes not only bring in bacteria, dirt and mud, but also brings in pollen and other allergens into your house and office which end up stuck to your carpet fibers. In addition to these allergens, there is also a chance of seasonal allergens entering your home through the windows and the air.
Pet hair and dander
You obviously love your pet, but one of the most common problems pet owners face is tolerating its pet hair and dander. No matter what you do and how much you groom your pet, their hair and shreds of fur end up deposited in the carpet every single day.
Even if you have a habit of cleaning your carpet every day, there is a high chance of some of the hair and dander ending up trapped between fibers which in turn is a dangerous problem for people suffering from allergies and respiratory problems.
Did you know that the average human being sheds about 1.5 million microscopic skin flakes every day? This is a part of life’s processes but these skin flakes end up scattered through your home to eventually get deposited in the carpet. These skin flakes are not much of a risk or problem. It’s just that once fallen onto the carpet, they form ideal conditions for bacterial growth.
The chances of your carpet ending up with mold in it is higher if you live in humid parts of the world. The carpet fibers provide the perfect environment for mold to develop in your carpet without your actually knowing about it as there’s no strange smell or other symptoms.
Food and drink remnants
It’s important that you clean all foods and drink spills immediately, even plain water spills. Spilled water can cause a spot which though can be removed, also attracts dirt. So there is a chance of anything falling on it to leave a spot if not a permanent stain.
Moreover, red wine and pet urine stains are a great food source for the bacteria in your carpets as they love its moisture and sugar! This is why you need to clean food and drink spills, and pet urine immediately to prevent the traces from penetrating deep into the carpet strands.
Odors from the atmosphere like cigarette smoke odor easily seep into carpet fibers and remain there. Even spilled food or drink and pet urine can emit odors if the carpet is not immediately and properly cleaned.
So are you now surprised at what your carpet hides? Were you aware of all this before? Most probably no. Not only do so many culprits hide in your carpet, whenever you walk over the carpet, you end up grinding these small particles deeper into the carpet.
This in turn makes it even more difficult removing them, and also permanently dulls the reflective plastic in the carpet strands. All these culprits also leaves a negative impact in the air of your home and office as these contaminants can trigger allergies, colds, sneezing and breathing problems. Even any toxic cigarette smoke substances can get embedded in the carpet and put you and your family at a risk for cancer.
How to minimize carpet culprits
- Regular vacuuming at least once or twice a week can eliminate about 85% of the dirt, skin cells and pet hair on the carpet. Powerful vacuums with built-in HEPA filters offer better options as they also help prevent dirt from returning to your home.
However no matter how new or strong the vacuum cleaner may be, vacuuming alone will not prove helpful at removing everything hidden in your carpet. You need to deep clean your carpet periodically too.
- Keeping the carpet dry prevents the formation of mold and mildew which thrives in warm and wet environment.
- Maintain the habit of removing your shoes before walking on the carpet to reduce the amount of dirt and bacteria reaching your carpet.
- It’s better using area rugs in high-traffic areas as they can be easily washed and replaced than carpeting.
So if you have always thought that you have to clean carpets just to make your house look clean and welcoming to guests, you are wrong. You also have to clean carpets to rid get rid of all these culprits that have built their abodes in your carpet!
You need to clean your carpet for health reasons as some of these culprits can lead to health problems and even be the reason for keeping you sick all the time!. Regular cleaning of your carpet is very helpful and essential at maintaining a healthier and disease free environment at home.
So instead of sitting around and worrying about all the bacteria and grime there may be in your carpet, it is better you do something about it and start cleaning your carpet! Instead of depending on, and waiting for professional cleaners all the time, it’s better investing in a sound carpet cleaner so that you can clean your carpets as and when you need and want to.
Though you may have to pay an initial amount for the carpet cleaner, it is a worthwhile investment as you can clean your carpet whenever required, and you needn’t spend exorbitant fees to hire professional carpet cleaners to clean your carpet twice or thrice a year!