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Disgusting Things in Your Carpets

  • Pet dander. If you have cats, dogs, or other furry pets, chances are their hair and dry skin is ending up in your carpet. Pet dander causes allergies and discomfort. If it’s in your carpet, you and your family could experience itchy eyes, sore throats, and congestion.
  • Dust mites. These itty-bitty bugs are often found in carpets, pillows, and mattresses. They feast on dead skin. Since your carpet houses thousands of dead skin cells from your family, it’s a popular place to find these pests.
  • Germs. If you don’t have a “no shoes” policy in place at your house, you may want to start. Shoes that are worn outside and then worn inside your home track in all sorts of germs. Bacteria and viruses can live on carpet for up to a month. This can cause serious health issues for you and your family.
  • Pollen. Not only will shoes track in germs; they can also bring in pollen. Shoes and open windows both allow pollen and outdoor allergens to rest on your carpet, aggravating your allergies.
  • Mold. While it’s normal to spill on your carpet every once and a while, it’s important to clean it up immediately. Moisture can easily settle into your carpet’s fibers, causing mold and mildew to develop. If left unchecked long enough, mold can cause serious problems. If it reaches your carpet pad, you’ll have to replace the whole pad as there is no way to disinfect it.
  • Fleas and ticks. If you’ve got pets, you may be surprised to learn that they are bringing in some unwanted visitors. Fleas and ticks are often spread throughout your carpet because of cats and dogs. Because the fibers of carpet are so similar to fur, they then settle in, get comfy, and begin to breed-creating an even bigger problem for you. The only way to make sure you get rid of these insects and all of their eggs is through steam cleaning.

Based on home assessments, professionals say that the average carpet is more germ-infested than a toilet seat. With over 200,000 bacteria per square inch, it’s no wonder your carpet needs frequent cleaning in order to stay sanitary. Make sure that you are vacuuming your carpet at least twice a week to remove any dust and debris. Schedule professional carpet cleanings at least twice a year to prevent bacteria, mold, and other pests from living within your flooring. If you notice that your carpet is beginning to look worn, it’s time to replace it.