Germs and Bacteria
Carpet’s germs and bacteria: how to minimise it.
Many people love a fluffy, soft and warm carpet (especially during winter), however, did you know that it could be (by far) one of the dirtiest parts of your house?
Stains, from beer, food, milk, wine, ice cream and other stuff are easy to spot as we can easily see them. However, the biggest problem is what we cannot see.
According to specialists, carpets probably hold more than 300,000 bacteria per square metre! Yes, more than your toilet bowl, shoes and even the kitchen sink.
Not only do we carry lots of germs on our shoes by walking around the house (and so do our pets), but we also feed them by shedding our skin cells. Therefore, our carpets are hotbeds of bacteria, pollen, dead skin and dust – not to mention all the allergens.
Some of these germs and bacteria antibiotic resistant. Some are really stubborn and can really cause problems: Campylobacter is a winter strain that threatens the immune system and can cause diarrhea, cramps, fever and pain.
Norovirus survives on the carpet or rug for many weeks then it gets airborne and then causes stomach flu on humans. Fungi and mold cause allergies and even death. These are just a few and there are many other types that live in your carpet, rug or mattress that you must watch out for.
In order to minimise the risks to you and your loved ones, it is essential that you keep on top of your carpet cleaning routines. Vacuuming at least once a week is crucial. For best results, vacuum carpets one or two times per week with a vacuum cleaner that has a high-efficiency particulate air filter to capture as many particles as possible. At least one cleaning per week should involve four minutes of vacuuming over every square meter of carpeting.
To keep the critters under control and your carpets and family healthy, aim to have the carpets deep cleaned professionally every six months or once a year. If you have children or suffer from allergies, try to have it done more often.
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