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Carpet: The Need to Clean
Did you know that carpet can hold as much as four times its weight in dirt, and possibly more? Carpets serve as a catch-all for dirt, with dust mites, pet hair, pet urine, dead skin cells, dust, insect feces, insect husks, bacteria, mold, volatile organic compounds, and many other types of allergens clinging to the fibers.
Let’s take a look at some facts…
• Your carpet could be up to 4,000 times dirtier than your toilet seat.
• Shockingly enough, despite being your home’s biggest air filter, 4 out of 10 people have never had their carpets professionally cleaned.
• The Norwalk virus or Norovirus (the virus that causes the stomach flu) can survive on uncleaned carpet for a month or more.
• Microbiologists have identified air blown from a running vacuum cleaner as one of the five places in the home that has the highest number of germs.
• A person sheds about 1.5 million skin flakes an hour, most of which becomes embedded in our carpets.
Despite all of this, properly cleaned carpet is shown to provide a healthier indoor air environment over hard surface flooring by filtering contaminants from the air. If you have kids, pets, or allergies; vacuuming at least twice each week and professional cleaning at least every six months is recommended to not only maintain health, but to extend the life of your carpet.