Carpets fill our rooms with warmth and coziness that make it feel ….. well, more like home. Carpets or rugs can add to the aesthetics and make your home or rooms, feeling more welcoming and inviting. It’s no secret that carpets collect dirt and dust but there’s a whole lot of other things hiding there too. Things such as bacteria, germs, toxic allergens, and micro-organisms can all be lurking in the depths of your carpets.
So Let’s take a closer look at what your carpets or rugs might be hiding beneath their lovely colors or patterns.
Mold and mildew love an environment that is warm and damp, and if your carpet is left overly damp by an inexperienced carpet cleaner and takes ages to dry, there’s every chance that mold will start to form on it. If not treated right away, it can ruin your carpet, leaving you with no alternative but to replace it. In addition, any spills on your carpet should be mopped up and dried as quickly as possible otherwise the liquid can seep through the carpet fibers into the padding below.
These basic situations can lead to mold forming beneath the carpet, which you may not notice until its too late. Harmful pathogens or bacteria such as salmonella, E.Coli, and Staphylococcus can live and thrive unnoticed within your carpet and cause your family to fall ill.
Carpets can also attract microscopic insects such as dust mites, fleas, and bed bugs. An easy sign that you have fleas in your carpet is when you find that you’ve been bitten on your feet and legs because insects like these like to jump onto your skin from the carpet. Not only do these bites look unsightly, but they can cause skin irritation and rashes.
Fleas tend to live on pets who pick them up from walking in long grass, or from other animals, and unfortunately can then be transferred to humans. Luckily they can be easily killed by using a quality flea killer spray on your carpet and pets. Bed bugs, on the other hand, require a specialized extermination process which is best left to a professional. Dust mites don’t live on humans or pets but they do leave behind particles of molted skin and feces, which if inhaled, can cause respiratory problems or trigger allergies.
Both humans and pets shed their hair and skin. Microscopic insects such as ticks, fleas, and dust mites are attracted to dander. This Dander is a food source for them and once word gets around, your carpets could become heavily infested with insects. Regular vacuuming won’t rid your carpet of all these allergens but it will help reduce the level of dander present.
So, you may be asking, what’s the solution? The answer is professional carpet cleaning and using hot water extraction. Calling in experts with heavy-duty, powerful cleaning equipment, will leave your home looking and feeling fresh and clean.