Carpet tends to hold onto allergens, dust, germs and other harmful materials in your home. Even though your carpet might not look dirty, these bacteria and germs are pretty much hiding in plain sight and can affect the air quality inside of your home. Regularly cleaning and vacuuming your carpet can help keep these allergens at bay, but in some cases, you might need to have your carpet more thoroughly cleaned by professionals at Vortex Cleaning.
Do You Know What’s Hiding In Your Carpet?
Anything that falls onto your carpet can stay on it. This doesn’t just include stains from food or drink. Things like dust particles, pet dander, hair, or dirt falls onto your carpet when you or others walk over it. And over time, they can get grinded down into the fibres of the carpet. Usually, the carpet visually looks clean, but often will still have negative impacts on your air quality. Stains also contribute greatly to this process, as any food stains or stains from pets can provide those bacteria with a food source in your carpets.
The Potential Health Risks From Your Carpet
Having dirty carpets in the home can pose a variety of different health risks. If you’ve gone through a flood, you are at risk of having mold growing in your carpet, even if you can’t see it or smell it. When exposed to mold spores over a long period of time, they can cause breathing problems, allergies, sneezing and coughing, and in severe cases, permanent damage to your respiratory system.
Dust mites also contribute greatly to negatively affecting indoor air quality. Dust mites are tiny bugs that can burrow deep into your carpet fibres and are able to eat and survive off of anything they can find. Dust mites can produce waste up to 200 times their body weight per day. This waste is what causes allergic reactions and breathing issues in humans.
Other bacteria found in carpets are E.coli, salmonella and staphylococcus.
What To Do To Get Rid Of These Bacterias And Allergens
Vacuuming is always the first step in getting rid of contaminants from your carpet fibres. Be sure to vacuum at least one to two times per week, and be sure to use a new vacuum with powerful suction and built in filters for the best chance at uprooting mites, allergens and other dirt. But even the most top-of-the-line vacuum cleaner can’t remove absolutely everything hiding in your carpet.
To deal with the majority of particles and harmful allergens in your carpet, you’ll want to hire a professional carpet cleaning service. Most of these companies will be able to use steam cleaning or dry-cleaning techniques on your carpet in order to eliminate all contaminants and remove stubborn stains. Here at Vortex Cleaning, we recommend at least one cleaning per year, but in high traffic areas, you might need to have more frequent cleanings.