Do Bacteria and other Dangers Lurk in Your Carpets?If you’re like most people, then you keep your house clean and try to keep things picked up. But, have you ever stopped and asked yourself, do bacteria and other dangers lurk in your carpets? At Acme Clean Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning, we want people to be aware of dangerous bacteria that could be in their homes. For this reason, having your carpets professionally cleaned is such an important task.

Most people think that if carpeting looks clean, it is clean. However, that’s not always the case. Bacteria and viruses can be present in your carpet even if you vacuum regularly and it doesn’t look dirty. There are at least 3 dangers that carpet is known to harbor if not cleaned appropriately and consistently.

Salmonella

Most people have at least heard of salmonella and think that it only refers to food, but it can get tracked into a home on your shoes. This nasty pathogen is particularly dangerous to young kids and the elderly and can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever.

You can pick up salmonella on your shoes from streets, farms, veterinary clinics, and more. Tainted shoes easily contaminate your carpet, so it is a good idea never to eat food off the floor. Even if you’re at home where you think it’s clean, the 5-second rule does not apply to dropped food. Just toss it.

Norovirus

The Norovirus, also called Norwalk virus, is a nasty bug that causes the stomach flu and other digestive problems. This hardy pathogen can survive 4-6 weeks in carpet fibers, and each time someone walks through the carpet, there is a chance that the pathogen can become airborne.

Campylobacter

This little bug is responsible for causing campylobacteriosis, which brings diarrhea, cramps, fever, and pain. It is especially dangerous for people with lowered immune systems.

While this pathogen is also normally a foodborne illness, it can also make its home in damp carpets, particularly in the winter. A floor that has been flooded by river water is at the most risk of contamination by this pathogen. In fact, we highly recommend that you use our professional cleaning services if your home ever experiences a street flood or river water flood. Many pathogens can be brought in with river water and must be cleaned out properly to make your home safe again.

While the point of this article is not to scare you into thinking that your carpet carries disease, we think it’s important to educate you about the potential dangers. All it takes is a thorough professional cleaning a couple times a year plus your regular maintenance to keep your carpets safe.

Have you ever wondered do bacteria and other dangers lurk in your carpets? The answer from our Acme Clean Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning experts is a resounding yes. And if you have children, elderly family members, or anyone with a compromised immune system living in your home, it’s a good idea to have professional carpet cleaning completed more often. Talk to a friendly representative today if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.

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