What’s Hiding in Your Carpet?
How often do you get your carpets cleaned? Did you know you are meant to give them a deep-clean evey 12-18 months at least? Those with pets and children should be doing it more frequently.
Keeping your house clean and healthy shouldn’t be seen as a luxury, but an American survey conducted by the Institution of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) found that most people saw it that way, or at least as something that wasn’t entirely necessary.
Of those surveyed only 50 percent had their carpets deep-cleaned yearly and even less (34 percent) had them done biannually – recommended for those with children and pets.
What’s lurking among the fibres isn’t something we often think about. But if you consider the dirty feet, food, pet hair, muddy little fingers and bugs that are stomped into the carpets on an often-daily basis, it should come as no surprise that vacuuming alone doesn’t quite do the trick.
Over time the hidden nasties begin to accumulate. Dust mites, though harmless on their own, create a large amount of microscopic excrement which can cause a number of respiratory problems. If that hasn’t got you ordering a steam clean, bed bugs, skin flakes and allergens are also commonplace in an uncleaned carpet.
If it has been a while since your carpets have had a deep-clean don’t be fooled by their appearance – often looking clean doesn’t mean they actually are. For the good of your health and your family’s keep on top of it, don’t treat it like a luxury.
By Natalia Rietveld