Your Carpet Is Dirtier Than You Think

If spills, spots, and stains were the only things we had to worry about in our carpets, we’d be set. Truth is, it’s what you can’t see that you should be worried about. Many of us do not realize it, but dirty carpets are a hotbed for a variety of tiny, creepy creatures and other seriously gross specimen. Let’s examine the gross truth about what’s really creeping in your carpets.


  • Bed bugs can live in wooden floorboards and carpet fibers.
  • Carpet that is made from knotted wool can house carpet beetles or “wooly bears.” They feed on woolen fabrics, clothes, and even wool/synthetic mixtures. Their stomachs convert the wool fibers into sugar turning your carpet into their delicious sugary snack.
  • Bugs are often found where large, heavy furniture is located. This creates the perfect environment for larvae - dark and undisturbed.
  • Warm carpet, like what you would find near a fireplace, creates the perfect place for an odd little creature called a firebrat. They are similar to silverfish - which has a long, flexible body and is able to eat almost anything.
  • Dust mites thrive in warm, humid environments. They eat dead skin cells and nest in dust-collecting carpet.


  • Carcinogens from cigarettes may be ingested by household pets, children, and infants who spend a lot of time on the floor.
  • Allergies can be created from the residue that dust mites leave behind once it mixes with dust and becomes airborne.
  • Properly cleaning and maintaining carpets can greatly improve indoor air quality and lower the amount of allergens in your home.


  • Bacteria can live up to 4 weeks in carpet.
  • Several pounds of soil can accumulate in and under a carpet every year.
  • A person sheds about 1.5 million skin flakes an hour, most of which become embedded in our carpets.
  • Wall-to-wall carpeting is less healthy than smaller area rugs because of their hard-to-clean endpoints for moisture, chemicals, liquids, crumbs, and other spills that provide mold, mildew, yeast, and bacteria such as e-coli.
  • Stachybotrys chartarum, or house mold, grows on wet carpeting.
  • Carpets can also hold about 200,000 bacteria per square inch.*

Experts recommend that you should have your carpets cleaned at least every 6 to 12 months. This will make sure your carpets are clean and sanitary for your family and friends to enjoy. We use our industry-preferred hot water extraction method to remove soil, bugs, and bacteria from the bottom-most layer of carpets. This process uses clean, hot water to ensure residue is eliminated from the surface, as well as the roots of the fibers. To schedule your cleaning, give us a call at 314-300-9567 or contact us online here

*Tierno Jr., Phillip M., Ph.D. The Secret Life of Germs: Observations and Lessons of a Microbe Hunter, 2001

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Jordan wrote on February 29th, 2016 10:02:03am
Good points here. Just because your carpet looks clean on the surface does not mean it is! Lots of things can get trapped deep within the fibers, so it's important to get it deep cleaned every so often.
Harit Long wrote on June 15th, 2017 07:06:02am
Carpets were always dirty after a limited period of time but we ignore that because it seems ok to have it for a couple of days or weeks until it completely gets dirty. But it filled with dust, germs, bacteria which we can't see and also they are awful for our environment too.
Richard Learner wrote on February 13th, 2018 12:02:29am
Very good discussion about carpet cleaning. Carpets should be cleaned on regular basis as they get dirty due to stains and it is normal actually. Thanks a lot for sharing this.
Richard Learner wrote on February 13th, 2018 12:02:43am
Very good discussion about carpet cleaning. Carpets should be cleaned on regular basis as they get dirty due to stains and it is normal actually. Thanks a lot for sharing this.