5 Facts Dirty Carpets Might Surprise You
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 fibers. Given time, this dirt can actually change the color 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 with 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 harboring 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 feces, insect husks, bacteria, mold, volatile organic compounds, and many other types of allergens clinging to the fibers.
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 fibers.