Your Carpet’s Dirty Secrets

Many people like to have carpet in their homes. It feels soft and warm underfoot, adding a touch of luxury and comfort to your décor. However, what most of us fail to realise is that our carpets are a breeding ground for bacteria, harbouring dust, dead skin and pollen.

For people suffering with seasonal, animal or dust-related allergies, tracking outside dirt and debris inside the home is a constant battle. Especially when it comes to carpet, which could contain pathogens you are unaware of. If you or your pet steps in faeces on your walk, even when cleaned, traces of it will have been tracked through your home carpet and remain in the fibres. This means e.coli could be lurking underfoot and you wouldn’t even know! 

Scientific studies have found carpets to be 4,000 times grubbier than a toilet seat! There could be as many as 200,000 bacteria per square inch. These are truly shocking figures. Although bacteria are one of the risks of carpet that isn’t cleaned regularly, the main one is allergies.

The dirt we walk into our homes gets thoroughly worked down into the carpet fibres by our shoes, leaving a hotbed of allergens. Things like dust and pollen can cause symptoms like wheezing, coughing and sneezing for those who are sensitive to them. While they won’t cause long-term harm, living with allergies can make life miserable.

Every day, we shed literally thousands of dead skin cells that dust mites just love to feed on. This is their primary food source and many people are allergic to the tiny critters. Pet hair also gets trapped inside carpet fibres and cause itchy noses, watery eyes and sneezing. So, what can be done to reduce these problems?

Consider installing laminate flooring. It’s far easier to keep clean, vacuuming will remove dust particles, pet hair, pollen and dirt straight from the surface and there’ll be nowhere for the dust mites to congregate! For Laminate Flooring, visit https://www.woodfloorwarehouse.co.uk/laminate-flooring.html

Alternatively, vacuum carpets at least once a week and ideally have a professional, deep-clean twice a year. Professional servicing is far better, as many home carpet cleaning systems will leave behind a layer of moisture which is the perfect breeding ground for mould! Many people can be allergic to mould as well.

A professional clean is a good idea as part of your spring cleaning routine and then again sometime in early autumn. Between cleans, be sure to vacuum regularly and apply a hand-held vacuum every other day on busy areas where pets frequent.