What’s Lurking in Your Carpet & Why Your Vacuum Won’t Cut It

Filthy carpetIt’s no secret that carpet provides warmth and comfort. It’s also no secret that carpet can become dirty and dusty. Dirt and dust, however, are not the only things lurking in your carpet. Invaders, such as germs, bacteria, microorganisms, and toxic allergens and particles can all be hiding in your carpet.

Professional carpet cleaning is the only way to thoroughly remove these ┬áitems and to help maintain the look and feel of your carpet. Let’s take a closer look at some of the things that could be hiding in your carpet, right now.

Mold, Mildew and Bacteria

Mold and mildew thrive in warm, wet environments, and carpeting that is frequently exposed to moisture will create the perfect platform for mold and mildew growth. Spills should be cleaned and dried immediately, as moisture can become embedded in carpet fibres and seep through to the padding. This could lead to the formation of mold or mildew within and beneath your carpeting that has the potential to go unnoticed. Additionally, illness-causing pathogens or bacteria, such as E. coli, salmonella and staphylococcus can live and thrive in your carpet fibres and pose a serious threat to you and your family.

Microscopic Insects

Carpets can be breeding ground for microscopic insects, such as fleas, bed bugs and dust mites. Fleas and bed bugs are known to bite and live on warm-blooded mammals, including humans and their pets. So, fleas and bed bugs living in your carpet could afflict you and your pets and cause itching, rashes and other skin irritation.

Fleas can be nuisances to pets, but can also be transferred to humans. However, these pests can be easily eradicated. On the other hand, bed bugs will require a specialised extermination process. Dust mites are known to leave behind feces and particles from their molted skin that can be easily inhaled, which will cause allergies and respiratory conditions to worsen.

Dander and Hair

Humans and their pets shed skin and hair, also known as dander. Dander feeds microscopic insects (fleas, dust mites, ticks, etc.), which can lead to harmful infestations. Airborne gases can also adhere to this dander and become trapped within your carpet fibres. Regular vacuuming won’t remove all of these allergens, but can help reduce the amount of dander in your carpet. However, professional cleaning can remove it completely and help keep your family safe.

Renew your carpets and protect your family with a professional carpet cleaning from Brothers in Grime. Give us a call to schedule your cleaning!