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What’s Hiding in Your Carpet?
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13/10/2021

What’s Hiding in Your Carpet?

Think your carpets are clean? Think again.

While vacuuming carpets might keep them looking presentable on the surface, there are all kinds of dirty and disgusting things lurking beneath. In this post, we’ll explore just how dirty carpets can get – and what could be hiding inside yours…

The dirtiest part of your home

Ask people about the dirtiest part of their home, and most will say the toilet. Even with the most rigorous cleaning, it’s just a naturally unhygienic part of the home. Makes sense, right? In fact, ScS found that carpets were dirtier than toilet seats on average.

Researchers swapped carpets throughout the home as well as other flooring and household items. They found that the bedroom carpet was the dirtiest part of the home, with ten times the bacteria and yeast levels of a toilet seat.

Coming in a disgusting second place was the living room carpet, which had more mould and bacteria than a gym floor and toilet seat – with 52 colony-forming units per cm² compared to the bedroom’s stomach-turning figure of 140!

What’s in your carpet?

The saying goes, what goes up must come down. With your carpets at the very bottom of your room, that’s a lot of stuff which could potentially come down – and stay down without professional deep cleaning.

Dust

Let’s start with the basics. When it’s brushed off various surfaces, dust usually heads for your carpets. Part of that will be dead skin cells, with humans shedding almost 5,000 million every day.

Insects

With dust comes dust mites, which feed on dead skin cells. They’ll be joined by the faeces and husks (dead bodies) of larger insects, which can easily be trodden into your carpet without you even knowing.

Pets

Got pets? Their hair can easily become embedded deep within your carpets, beyond the reach of even the best vacuum cleaner. Any mishaps they have on your carpet will also make their way down into the fibres, despite your best efforts to remove the stain.

Food and drinks

Whether it’s a meal in the dining room, casual dinner on the sofa or a midnight snack in the bedroom – there are all kinds of crumbs and spillages which can make your carpet their home. Again, basic cleaning and vacuuming isn’t always enough to get rid of them.

Bacteria and mould

Whether it’s a spilt drink, puppy urine or just natural humidity, moisture in carpets provides the perfect environment for bacteria and mould to develop. It’s worth noting that DIY carpet cleaning can often cause this issue itself, with carpets not properly dried afterwards.

Allergens

Your carpets can even cause allergic reactions, including itchiness, discomfort and trouble breathing. Some of the worst culprits are volatile organic compounds, released by paint and cleaning products, which cling to the fibres of your carpet.

Keep your carpet fresh and clean

Professional carpet cleaning is the only way to get your carpets truly fresh and clean. If you want to make sure your carpets are hygienically clean, All Seasons Clean is on hand across Nottingham and Derby.

Contact us today for a free, no obligation quote or to arrange an appointment at a time and date that suits you.

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