What’s Hiding In Your Carpet?
Carpet is the ideal flooring for many homes. It provides comfort, warmth, and comes in a variety of fun colours.
But have you ever wondered what exactly is hiding inside of the plush of your carpet? Probably not because when you vacuum, you get rid of everything undesirable.
Right? Not quite!
Vacuuming doesn’t eliminate all of the pesky things found in your carpet. Here is a list of the things that may be hiding in your carpet – with any luck, it’ll convince you to pay for the cost of a professional carpet cleaning every now and again.
Perhaps the most common thing lurking inside of carpets is dirt. On average, a UK home can accumulate up to 40 pounds of hidden dirt within its carpets per year.
Dirt is tracked into the home on the bottom of shoes and on pets but can be eliminated by up to 85% with regular vacuuming.
Pet hair, skin flakes, and dander
Pet hair, dander, and skin flakes are also commonly harboured inside of carpet fibres. With the average person shedding 1.5 million skin flakes per day and pets shedding all year round, carpets can end up quite dirty.
Vacuuming, although not the end-all cure for this problem, can help. It’s important to have your carpet professionally cleaned regularly if anyone in your home has a pet allergy, as carpets hold a surprising amount of undetectable pet hair.
Mould and bacteria
Your carpet may look clean, but it can still be housing bacteria and mould. Bacteria such as salmonella, E. coli, and Staphylococcus can all live in your carpet, just waiting to cause illness.
Mould can easily live, here too, especially if your carpet is prone to becoming wet.
Cleaning the house is a great way to make it smell better, but if you really want to make the house smell fresh, you’ll need to give your carpet a cleaning, as well.
Carpets, like other soft items such as blankets and couches, can hold onto odours.
This means that last night’s asparagus smell can be lingering within your carpet for days after the meal.
Bugs can live inside your carpets quite comfortably. By bugs we mean tiny ones such as dust mites, fleas, and bedbugs.
If any one of these is living in your carpet, you’re at risk of getting sick as their shedded skin and faeces can cause allergies. Not to mention that most of these bugs bite-ouch!
Food and drinks are commonly spilt on household carpets- accidents do happen after all. You do your best so sop up the spill or vacuum the crumbs, what sometimes tiny particles manage to avoid detection and end up deep inside of your carpet fibres.
This can cause odours and give bacteria food to live off of, prolonging your battle with the pesky organisms.
Ideally, it’s a good idea to have your carpet professionally cleaned at least once a year, if not more. In between professional sessions, be sure to vacuum regularly and try to avoid tracking dirt and spilling food on your carpet.