It’s that time of year. Time to clear out all that stuff you’ve stockpiled and clean house. To help you out, Acme Clean presents: What’s Lurking in Your Carpet? A Spring Cleaning Guide. An often overlooked, but necessary step in spring cleaning are your carpets. Today, let’s discuss what’s in your carpet, why getting them cleaned should be on your to-do list, and what steps you should take next.
So, What is Lurking in Your Carpet?
Your carpet might not necessarily look dirty, or you might figure that it’s vacuumed every week, so it should be just fine. However, carpets are often the perfect environment for bacteria and mold to live, breed, and propagate their nastiness out of sight, but unfortunately not out of reach of your family. Maybe you’ve come down with a strange cold you can’t seem to shake or notice you’ve been having trouble breathing. The culprit could be lurking deep in your carpeting.
Whenever you walk into your home, your shoes bring in small particles of whatever you’ve stepped in outside, and some of it gets left behind in the carpet. That means you can have pollen and dust trapped in your carpet, which could be causing those allergy flare-ups. Now here’s a gross thought, you stepped in a little leftover dog poop at the park and now have that nastiness in your carpet. You could even have something serious like E. Coli hanging out in your carpet fibers and not even know it.
That’s not even mentioning the millions of skins cells you and your family shed and are leaving in your carpet on a daily basis. These cells provide the perfect food for dust mites. With a food supply, these little buggers will happily stick around and even start breeding. In short, no matter how clean you might think your carpets might be, they are probably not as clean as they seem. Remember, all this nasty stuff is microscopic, so your carpet doesn’t necessarily have to look dirty to be dirty.
Your Carpet vs. Your Toilet Seat
So, let’s put things into a little perspective. According to a study by microbiologist and immunologist Philip Tierno Jr., Ph.D., at New York University Langone Medical Center and discussed in Men’s Health magazine, your carpet is actually about 4,000 times dirtier than your toilet seat.
Did you get that? 4,000 times dirtier than your toilet seat!
Chances are that you would ever think about stretching out and taking a nap on your toilet seat, but you might lie on the floor in front of the TV for a few hours now and again. Now, think about that the next time you get down on the floor to roll around and play with your kids! Grossed out enough yet?
Sure, you might say that those statistics were taken from all kinds of homes where people have all sorts of different cleanliness standards. And in your home, you vacuum weekly or even every couple of days so your carpets must be cleaner than those carpets that they studied. While you should be commended for keeping on top of things, there’s still a lot of bacteria trapped in your carpet’s fibers.
The fact remains. Regular vacuuming cuts down on a number of bacteria and other allergens present in your carpet by sucking up the loose stuff on the top. But once it gets ground into the carpet a little by people or pets walking across, the vacuum can’t get rid of them completely. A regular vacuum cleaner just simply isn’t strong enough to pull all that gunk out when it’s nestled deep in your carpet fibers.
So are you convinced yet? Are you now understanding just how nasty carpets can get and the strange dangers that can be lurking there, trapped between the fibers? You might be ready to rip it all out as fast as you can and install all hardwood or tile floors, but before you undertake a time-consuming and expensive home remodel, let’s first talk about what you can do about it!
What to Do? Spring Cleaning and Beyond.
For starters, don’t give up on the vacuum. While it can’t thoroughly remove everything, it does greatly slow the build up process and help to keep those allergens and other dangerous bacteria to a minimum.
Next, be sure to hire a professional carpet cleaner every so often to thoroughly clean out your carpets and get them looking and smelling fresh, and, most importantly, actually clean. The frequency with which you will need to do this depends on your situation. The average household can generally expect to need a thorough cleaning about twice a year. Perfect to add to your spring cleaning list and then once more before the holidays to get ready for your houseful of guests!
However, if your home is highly-trafficked than naturally, you might need a more regular schedule and even some help with stains or pet odors. Another reason you may need a more frequent schedule is if you have someone with allergies or respiratory issues living in your home. Plus, it also depends on how diligent you are about getting that vacuum and keeping the floor clean.
Professional cleaning also has other benefits. We know, you’re already happy with the fact that you will have a fresh, clean home. But as a great side benefit, regularly cleaned carpets last longer than those that are not. That’s because the dirt and particles that get trapped down in the carpet fibers can have an abrasive effect on your carpet as you walk across it. Over time this wears down the fibers faster and in turn, wears the carpet out faster. Getting all that gunk regularly out of there could end up saving you a significant amount of money in the long run.
Now that you’ve read: What’s Lurking in Your Carpet? A Spring Cleaning Guide and have a better idea of what you’re facing, give us a call here at Acme Clean to schedule a carpet cleaning today! Your carpets and your respiratory tract will thoroughly thank you, and our friendly, efficient professionals make the whole process easy and stress-free from start to finish.