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Surprising Facts About How Dirty Your Carpets Actually Are

Are you aware that carpets can hold approximately four times their weight in dirt and maybe even more? Carpets are notorious for holding all kinds of dirt; from pet hair, dust mites, pet urine, insect feces, insect husks, dead skin cells, mold, bacteria, volatile organic compounds, in addition to just plain old dust and other kinds of allergens. All of these things cling to the fibers in the carpet and cause those who have environmental allergies and other serious health issues all kinds of problems. It can even affect healthy people.

This is why it is very important to get your carpets cleaned regularly. You may vacuum once or twice weekly using a store brand carpet cleaner, but this will not solve the problem. You need professional carpet cleaning to ensure that all the dirt and allergens have been removed from the fibers in the carpet. While you may think that your carpets are fine and not dirty, but these surprising statistics will shock you, and you may even be guilty of some of them:

1. Approximately 90% of people have admitted to dropping food on the carpet and then eating it. Now, with dirty carpets, just think of what you are putting into your stomach. The five-second rule does not apply here because bacteria can live on carpeting for up to four weeks, and if our carpets are dirty, and more than likely they are, that bacteria is on the food you pick up off that carpet and eat.

2. Approximately 75% of people have admitted to wearing their outdoor shoes in the house and walking on the carpet. This will definitely track dirt across your carpet and grind it in, and merely vacuuming isn’t going to get rid of that dirt.

3. Approximately 70% of people admitted that to cover up stains on their carpet, instead of cleaning them up, they move furniture over them to cover them up. If you spill something on your carpet, it should be cleaned up right away to avoid stains from forming. If you have stains on your carpet, then it is time to call a professional carpet cleaning company to clean them instead of moving furniture around.

Why Vacuuming Is Hazardous

Vacuuming is important, but it can also be hazardous for those with respiratory problems or allergies. Vacuuming will not get rid of the bacteria and dirt ground into the fibers of the carpet like a steam cleaning can. Also, when you vacuum, air blows out of the vacuum cleaner, and this is not clean air. It is blowing out dust and dirt you have vacuumed up already. One surprising fact is that an area that is being vacuumed is among one of the top five dirtiest places in your home besides toilets during flushing, washing machines, dishcloths, garbage cans and sponges.

Clean Carpets Equal Healthier Kids And Pets

You may have young children and even pets in your home. It is even more vital to get your carpets professionally cleaned regularly. Toddlers often play and crawl around on the floor, and this makes it even more important to have clean carpets because they can pick up germs and get sick from dirty carpets. If you have insects in your carpet, young children may get bitten, and they could have a severe allergic reaction.

In the case of pets in the home, there are two reasons to keep the carpets clean. The first reason is that pets often shed their fur and dander and this can cling to the fibers in the carpet. The second reason is that pets can also be susceptible to germs and get sick just as humans do.

So, to keep your family and pets healthy, you should contact a professional carpet cleaning service in your area to make sure that your carpets get and stay clean and healthy for the entire family.

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