Carpet does a great job at making a home feel cozy (plus who doesn’t love to sprawl out on the floor of clean carpet?!). It’s also excellent at hiding some of the grossest things you might have not even crossed your mind. 

 

Don’t continue to let your carpet impact the overall health and air quality of your home. Let’s get right to the breakdown of what might be lurking in your carpet and how to combat them.

 

What Is Your Carpet Hiding

 

Here are 7 extremely common things found in the average household’s carpet. 

 

1. Disease-Causing Bacteria

 

Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there. E Coli, Salmonella, and Staph are often found in carpet and could be causing your family’s illnesses. Yikes. In fact, carpet typically contains a shocking 40,000 times more bacteria than a toilet seat

 

2. Grimy Dust and Dirt

 

Want to hear something gross? The average home in the U.S. accumulates about 40 pounds of dust each year! Not only would that amount of dust be tough for one person to carry, but it can also causes allergies and other health hazards. And you guess it—carpet soaks up dust like a sponge.

 

3. Dead Skin, Hair and Dander

 

Did someone say furball? But seriously—your carpet is probably full of this stuff, and both humans and pets contribute to the problem. Fleas, ticks, and dust mites feed on the 1.5 million skin cells a human sheds per day on average—which is what dust mites, fleas, and ticks feed on.

 

4. Pesky Bugs

 

Here’s another problem with those ticks, fleas, and dust mites: they’re actually the number one cause of allergies and can trigger other respiratory issues, too. 

 

5. Annoying Allergens

 

Besides dust mites, other allergens like pollen and pet hair are commonly found in carpet fibers. 

 

6. Smelly Odors

 

Carpet fibers soak up smells from whatever you’re cookin’. Beyond just that, odor-causing crystals from pet urine burrow deep within carpet and continue releasing smells and bacteria into the air your breath. A special pet urine removal treatment is needed to get rid of these potent odor crystals.

 

7. Dangerous Mildew And Mold

 

If your carpets take on moisture or if too much water is used in carpet cleaning, mold and mildew can grow—causing dangerous illnesses and respiratory issues. In order to stay safe, carpet cleaning methods that dry quickly are your best bet. 

 

Kick These To The Curb With Professional Carpet Cleaning

 

You spend a lot of time on your carpet, which is why you need a carpet cleaning solution that’s safe for your family and pets. 

 

Schedule your professional carpet cleaning service at least every 6 months—every 3-4 months if you have children or indoor animals. 

 

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