What is Really Creeping in Your Rugs and Carpets?

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If only spills, spots, and stains were the only things we had to worry about in our carpets.

Truth is, when you hire a professional cleaning company to clean your carpets every 12 months (as you should), it is what you can’t see that should cause the most concern.

Many of us do not realize it, but dirty carpets are a hotbed for a variety of tiny creepy creatures. Not only are bugs an area of concern, there are also other nasty things living in your carpets that you just can’t see. Let’s examine the gross truth about what’s really creeping in your carpets.

Here are a few Random Facts about: BUGS

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  • Bed bugs can live in wooden floorboards and carpet fibers.
  • Carpets that are made from knotted wool can house beetle grubs or “woolly bears.” According to Random History.com, special chemicals in their stomachs convert wool into sugar so they will munch through carpet like cotton candy.
  • Warm carpet like what you would find near a fireplace creates the perfect place for an odd little creature called a firebrat, similar to silverfish–which has a long, flexible body and is able to eat almost anything.
  • Regardless of whether the carpet fibers are natural or man-made, the caterpillar will use the fibers to make a cocoon in a deep cavity in carpet.
  • Dust mites thrive in warm, humid environments. They eat dead skin cells and nest in dust-collecting carpet.

Here are a few Random Facts about: ALLERGENS

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  • Carcinogens in cigarettes may accumulate in household carpet and be dangerous to 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 become airborne.
  • Properly cleaning and maintaining carpets can greatly improve indoor air quality.

Here are a few Random Facts about: BACTERIA

  • Bacteria can live after 4 weeks on 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 becomes embedded in our carpets.
  • Stachybotrys chartarum, or house mold, grows on wet carpeting. 

 


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Tyler wrote on August 2nd, 2017 09:08:58pm
I had no idea that much contamination could be inside the fibers and padding of your carpet. I agree that you need to vacuum regularly. The tips of this blog really help me understand more about the way to go about carpet cleaning. I really appreciate your carpet cleaning tips and this blog.