The Things Your Carpet Could Be Hiding

Carpets provide warmth to homes and can make any area look stylish and inviting.   

But while it may look cozy and inviting, a carpet is a great hiding place for some awful things you don’t want to keep inside your home. This is especially true when carpet cleaning is not done on a regular basis.

A deluge of dead skin flakes

Did you know that an average person sheds about 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells every hour? That’s roughly a million dead skin cells every single day.

Think of those microscopic skin flakes floating in the air like snow and landing on your carpet every time you scratch that itch or rub your hands.

In fact, we shed even if we don’t do any of those things. The skin constantly regenerates itself and the old cells fall off to make room for new ones. Unfortunately, they often get deposited and trapped in your carpet.

Where there are dead skin flakes, there are likely dust mites.

Skin flakes are just the beginning of the problem because there are critters such as ticks, fleas and dust mites that feed off dead skin from humans and animals.

They can be found not just in carpets but also in air ducts, mattresses, pillows and upholstery. If left unchecked, these organisms can cause a variety of health issues like allergies, asthmatic reactions and are even carriers of tapeworms and bacteria.

Improper carpet cleaning encourages the growth of mildew, fungi and moulds.

If you do your own carpet cleaning, make sure you do it the right way. Carpets that haven’t been cleaned and dried properly are susceptible to mildew, fungus and mould growth.

The same is true if you live in a humid place or if your carpet is located in the basement, and other highly humid areas of your house.

Spores from fungi and moulds can develop deep inside the carpet’s fabric—especially if they are made of cotton or wool—and can quickly spread in your home because they don’t just stay in the carpet, they can also be carried through the air.

Pollens and other allergens can get inside your home through your shoes or window.

Pollens and other allergens can enter your home through open windows. It can also get stuck on your shoes so if you don’t take them off when entering your home, you will unintentionally deposit these allergens inside.

They can easily get stuck in the fibers of your carpet. Over time, it accumulates and can be difficult to remove even with a vacuum cleaner. In many cases, vacuums can only pick up allergens on top of the carpet, not those embedded deep inside the fabric.

The best way to remove these allergens is through Hot Water Extraction carpet cleaning commonly known as carpet steam cleaning. Water is heated at high temperature, penetrates deep into the carpet before being flushed to effectively remove the allergens.

Carpet steam cleaning is also effective in killing germs and bacteria, stain removal and can help prevent mould development.

If you’d like to know more about our carpet cleaning services,  please check out our website www.protectorclean.com.au or give us a call.

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