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DEATH TO THE MITES
We don’t want to over-dramatize the situation, people. But the fact is your carpet is a hotbed of bacteria, pollen, dead skin and dust.
Bringing outdoor debris inside can turn problematic since you could unknowingly introduce pathogens that get trapped in your carpet. Imagine, for instance, if your dog steps in feces at the dog park and tracks it into your home. You could have illness-causing germs like e. Coli in your carpet without even knowing it. Pretty gross, right?
Indeed, microbiology research published in 2001 found an average indoor carpet to be about 4,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat, with about 200,000 bacteria per square inch, Men’s Health reports. And THAT is certainly something to think about.
But the main risk here isn’t bacterial infection… it’s allergies.
These allergens — like pollen and dust — can cause respiratory issues and wheezing when they get kicked into the air. While sniffles aren’t life-threatening, living in constant discomfort is certainly irksome.
Then there are the thousands of dead human skin cells, which, when shed, become primary food for dust mites, according to the National Center For Healthy Housing. Carpets can also trap pet hair, which tickles the nose and is just plain gross. So what should you do about all this?
Every six months to a year, get it deep-cleaned with a professional service.
Note the word “professional” here. Numerous experts stress that at-home carpet cleaning systems are NOT the way to go. They often leave a layer of moisture which is “mold central.” People who are allergic to mold can suffer from stuffed noses, irritated eyes, wheezing, or skin irritation, according to the CDC.
Phoenix 21 Cleaning Service of Philadelphia recommends getting a deep clean during your spring cleaning routine, and another just before the holidays so your home will be ready for guests. Between appointments, be sure to vacuum weekly and use a hand-held vacuum on areas where pets tread every couple of days.