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Facts about dirty carpets

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Dirty Carpet Facts

Carpets in the home or office can come under alot of wear and tear. They can be spoiled with traffic lanes, stains, discolouring and ultimately this damage may lead to the need to replace them. Carpets that don't receive regular professional carpet cleaning can ultimately end up in a bad state. With regular cleaning they can retain that look, feel and smell of a new carpet for longer.

Keeping your carpets clean is important for many reasons. The look, the smell and your health are all reasons for keeping them clean. Here are some facts about dirty carpets that you might not have been aware of.

1. Carpets attract Greasy residue and dirt

Every day oily residue from the rooms in your home and your family pets (if you have them) is carried in from outside and dries onto your carpet. This residue attracts and “locks in” dirt to your carpet fibres. Given time, this dirt can actually change the colour of your carpet and can be compounded. If left this can lead to unsightly traffic lanes and can become permanent.

2. Sandy soil is tearing your carpet apart

If you have ever got down close to your carpet and parted the pile you might have been shocked to find a sand pit of soil in your carpet that cannot be reached by home vacuum cleaners. This dirt isn't usually visible but is grinding your carpet and upholstery away every time you walk or sit on your carpets.

3. Your carpets could be harbouring many germs and making you ill

Your carpet does a valuable job by acting as a filter, trapping damaging air pollutants like pollen, fungi, chemicals, bacteria, cigarette smoke, tars and residues. Sounds terrible right? The trouble is once the carpet gets “full” it no longer traps or holds these air pollutants. These trapped pollutants can only be removed with regular professional carpet cleaning. It makes sense to clean them right?

4. Bad news for Asthma, Allergy, Eczema and Rhinitis sufferers

Carpets can become infested with dust mites whose droppings can trigger asthma attacks and can trap allergy-inflaming proteins which are known to trigger asthma, eczema and rhinitis attacks. Quite often people are searching for a solution to their conditions and the problem may well be right under your feet. For those who have environmental allergies, this can be a serious health issue. In fact, dirty carpets can lead to serious health problems in otherwise healthy people.

5. Carpets can get heavy with dirt

Did you know that your carpets can hold as much as four times their weight in dirt, and possibly even more? Carpets are a catch-all for dirt, with dust mites, pet hair, pet urine, dead skin cells, dust, insect faeces, insect husks, bacteria, mould, volatile organic compounds, and many other types of allergens clinging to the fibres.

It is important that you clean your carpets regularly. While it is important to vacuum at least once or twice each week, this is just not enough. You also need to have your carpets professionally cleaned, to make sure that all of these allergens are removed from the carpet fibres.

6. Forget the 5-second rule

You may not think that your carpets are dirty, but people openly admit to spilling food on the carpet and eating it. If your carpets are dirty, just think about what you are actually putting into your stomach. Forget that five-second rule. Bacteria can live for up to four weeks in carpeting, and if there is any in yours, which there likely is, that bacteria is going to get on your food.

7. Remove your shoes before you walk in your carpets

Most people admit to walking on their carpets while wearing their outdoor shoes. This not only tracks dirt into the house, but it also grinds it into the carpets and vacuuming alone isn’t going to get rid of this. It's also common for people to move furniture around to cover stains in their carpets rather than clean the stains. Spills should be cleaned immediately, to prevent stains from forming. If there are stains, stop moving your furniture around and call Xtraclean to get rid of them.

8. The Norovirus

Also known as the Norwalk virus, Norovirus causes symptoms similar to food poisoning or even stomach flu. It can survive on your carpet for four to six weeks, and it becomes airborne as people walk or roll across it.

9. More bugs than your toilet seat

Carpeting can be a great flooring option at home. It adds warmth, comfort and feels good on bare feet. But because of all the traffic it encounters, it tends to get pretty dirty over time. It’s a germ hotspot and can be 4,000 times dirtier than your toilet seat and they can also have many different organisms living in them.

10. Regular cleaning

Let's face it, we all wash on a regular basis. We all wash our clothes regularly too. Perhaps you wear a top once and then wash it? is it because it looks dirty? Or is it because it's harbouring germs? Most of us overlook the amount of dirt and germs that exist in a carpet because it's way down the list of jobs. If you want to remove dangerous bacteria and other pollutants from your carpet, you essentially have two choices: steam cleaning and chemical cleaning. Steam cleaning can successfully remove about 97% of dirt from your carpets. However, if you only do it once every six months, a large number of bacteria could flourish on your carpets in between cleaning.