There are many advantages to having carpeted floors. It provides warmth, comfort and beautiful aesthetics. But for all of its advantages, there’s also a hidden side that some people may not realize. You’d be surprised to learn all the nasty things that are hiding under your carpet. Along with the usual suspects–hair, dander and mold–, there are also hidden contaminants that could make you seriously ill.
Dust mites usually feed on the skin cells that we shed, which means that carpets are the perfect habitat for them. After months of light vacuuming, dust mites will start to hide under your carpet and settle at the very bottom. When you finally lift it up to vacuum or move it, it causes the dust mites to be released into the air causing coughing and wheezing. For people with asthma, this can be a literal nightmare.
When people come from the outdoors into your house, it is typically a good idea to have them remove their shoes before stepping on the carpet. However, children and older adults might forget to remove their shoes and track heavy soil into the house. Normal vacuuming might remove the heavy soils but if they go below the carpet, you will miss them. But no matter how clean your shoes are, there is always the chance that you are tracking some grit onto your carpet. You can sweep underneath the carpet to remove most of this grit, but there’s a big possibility that you will definitely leave some behind.
The carpets on our floors are the perfect environment for common household allergens to collect. Dirt and pollen fall on the floor and are caught up inside the carpet fibers. As people walk on the carpet, they stir up the allergens bringing them closer to the surface. When inhaled, they trigger allergic reactions.
There are naturally occurring elements to be concerned about as well. Carpets emit volatile organic compounds and act as a reservoir for biological and chemical toxins. VOCs come from the carpet itself as well as the padding and adhesives installed with the carpet.
The average person sheds about 1.5 million skill cells an hour. Unfortunately, illness-causing bacteria and pathogens such as staphylococcus, E. coli, and salmonella can feed off these cells. Because of their density and ability to collect moisture from the air, carpets are the ideal breeding ground for bedbugs, bacteria and fleas. They thrive inside your carpet fibers and pose a serious health hazard to you and your family. There can also be fleas and other insects living in your carpet that can bite you and your pets, causing skin irritation and rashes.
Most people with pets know that even a well-trained cat or dog will sometimes have an accident or two. Although you may have cleaned it as soon as it occurred, it may not have been enough to get rid of the urine or feces that seeped to the bottom of the carpet.
When it comes to carpet cleaning, if you have time to clean, you have time to clean it correctly. Otherwise, you need to hire a professional cleaner. Professional carpet cleaning is the only way to get rid of these items while maintaining the look and integrity of your carpet. Make sure that you hire the professionals at Positively Perfect Solutions to handle your carpet cleaning needs.