It’s soft, it’s warm, it’s fluffy — and it’s one of the dirtiest things in your home.
No, it’s not your child’s favorite stuffed animal. It’s your carpet. And it’s a lot filthier than you might think. While you’re doing your spring cleaning this year, you might want to take a closer look at your carpet for the health of both your home and your family.
Bacteria Breeding Grounds
Carpets are ideal breeding grounds for bacteria. In fact, according to microbiologist Dr. Philip Tierno, the average carpet contains about 200,000 bacteria per square inch. That’s 4,000 times worse than a toilet seat!
Considering the fact that the average person sheds about 1.5 million skin cells every hour, it should come as no surprise that carpets are so unclean. Once the skin cells hit the floor, they serve as food for germs — and before long, there are hundreds of thousands of different types of species residing in the fibers.
“Rugs are botanical and zoological parks,” Dr. Tierno told Men’s Health.
Even vacuuming can’t quite rid you of the problem. Since your vacuum cleaner probably can’t reach the bottom of the carpet, there are bound to be colonies of E. coli, salmonella, staphylococcus, and other bacteria hanging out under there.
And don’t think you never come into contact with them. Every time you walk on the carpet or disturb it in any way, you disrupt the bacteria, bringing them closer to the surface.
Bacteria aren’t the only pests hiding beneath the surface of your carpet. In addition to the day-to-day dust and allergens that drift down from the air, carpets are also hotspots for food particles, pollen, and pet dander. Plus, there are pests above the surface too — those nasty stains and other soiled spots that are as unhealthy as they are unsightly.
Benefits of Professional Carpet Cleaning
While you can try to keep up with your carpet cleaning by vacuuming regularly, to really remove the bacteria and soil that are harmful to your home, you should consider hiring a professional service like Intek. Professional carpet cleaning can help to:
- Save you money by protecting and prolonging the life of your carpet
- Provide better air quality throughout your home by removing bio-pollutants from your floors and furnishings
- Prevent illness and allergy symptoms by removing bacteria, dust, and danders
- Remove difficult stains without leaving any residue
- Restore the original color and texture of your carpet’s fibers
- Make future upkeep much easier
Most experts recommend getting your carpet cleaned professionally at least once a year. If you’re lagging behind on your carpet maintenance, don’t worry — just add it to the rest of your spring cleaning tasks.
At Intek, we make carpet cleaning simple. Our professionally trained technicians use a special hot water extraction process and biodegradable products for the health and safety of your home and family.
Already itching to get rid of those creepy crawlers and ugly stains? Contact us to make an appointment or ask us questions.