Not much about housework is glamorous. Cleaning your carpets is the worst job ever but keeping your home safe and clean is about more than mere aesthetics. Sure, a tidy home looks nice, but more importantly, a tidy home is healthy. Germs, bacteria and mould can fester in unhygienic spaces, and unfortunately, even areas we think are clean often aren’t.
Cleaning Your Carpets
While most of us thoroughly and regularly wash dishes, scrub toilets and mop tiles, it’s all-too-easy to forget about the less obvious hot-spots for germs and grime — and carpets are one of the worst. In fact, carpets are on average more dirty than toilet seats! Yes, you read that right. In fact, rugs and carpets are about 4,000 times more filthy than your toilet, containing 200,000 bacteria per square inch.
The pile on your carpets and rugs can be home to dangerous bacterial like e-coli, listeria and salmonella. That’s more than gross: it’s dangerous. These microscopic organisms can make your family sick, or worse.
Then there’s the dust.
A little bit of dust doesn’t bother most of us, but for people with allergies or breathing problems (like asthma), the dust trapped deep in the pile of your rugs, carpet, upholstery and mattresses could be causing major respiratory issues.
One of the easiest and most effective ways to keep your home clean is by regularly cleaning your carpets.
Vacuuming alone won’t do
Vacuuming is effective at removing loose dirt, but it is not so good at deep cleaning or removing harmful environmental or biological aggressors. This is why carpet cleaning is a non-negotiable part of household hygiene.
While spot cleaning will remove spills and stains, there’s a whole world of dirt you can’t see — and it’s what you can’t see that can hurt you and the people you love.
How often should you have your carpets cleaned?
Every six months: that’s the easy answer. However, high-traffic areas may need it more, especially if you have pets and/or people in your home with severe allergies.
On the other hand, if you have a room in your home (like a guest room) that is hardly ever used, you can get away with cleaning the carpets or rugs less frequently, about once a year.
As with most matters of cleanliness, the best defense is a good offense. Dirt and germs will happen, but to avoid really amassing a colony of grossness in you pile, don’t wear outdoor shoes in your home, properly clean spills as soon as they happen, and if your child or pet has an accident, treat it thoroughly and aggressively straight away. Of course, you should also regularly clean your carpet.
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