Hidden Terrors in Your Carpets

Carpet is well loved by many Americans for its comfort, style elements, and much more. Carpets are a great way to protect kids from hard floors, keep pets from sliding around, and make your home feel just a little more cozy. While carpet has many positives, it can also trap allergens, dust mites, dirt, spills, and pet messes. Even the best vacuum is no match for these hidden terrors that cozy up inside of your carpet fibers.

  • Viruses.

Think of everywhere you and your family walk. Bathrooms, school hallways, city sidewalks, and we won’t even talk about what the floors under tables in restaurants look like. Everything that your shoes touch then gets tracked into your home. One virus that is commonly found burrowed in your carpet is norovirus. Norovirus causes sicknesses like stomach flu

  • Salmonella.

This can be brought in from many places, but often it is from pets who like to hunt in the great outdoors in your backyard as it is commonly found in uncooked meat. Salmonella can cause diarrhea, stomach pain, fever, and chills..

  • Dust mites.

These microscopic organisms are dangerous for those with allergies, asthma, and eczema.

  • Ticks, bedbugs, lice, and fleas.

These tiny little bugs can go undetected if you don’t know to look for them and carry harmful diseases to humans and pets.

  • Allergens.

Dander, pollen, and mold spores are some common allergens that can cause breathing difficulties, stuffy nose, watery eyes, and sneezing.

How You Can Prevent These Issues!

When left untreated, these tiny hidden dangers can cause potentially serious health problems for your family and pets and also shorten the lifespan of your carpet. Vacuuming regularly is extremely important, we recommend going over high traffic areas twice a week and low traffic areas once a week. Shampooing your carpets by yourself is also a great way to get out surface stains and a layer of dirt. If you’re using a personal shampooer, doing it every three to six months will not hurt, especially in high traffic areas and where pets tend to spend a lot of time. We recommend hiring a professional carpet cleaner like Marathon Carpet Cleaning once a year, even if they don’t LOOK like they need to be cleaned. If you can’t remember the last time you had your carpets cleaned (or if you can and the answer is never), contact us now to schedule your whole home carpet cleaning!