Interesting Carpet Facts - Who would have thought?

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  • The Norwalk virus or Norovirus (virus that causes stomach flu) can survive on an uncleaned carpet for a month or more.
  • Microbiologists have identified air blown from a running vacuum cleaner as one of the five places in the home that has the highest number of germs.  Other places include dish sponges, washing machines, bathroom toilets during a flush, and kitchen trash cans.
  • Each year, several pounds of soil can accumulate in and under a carpet.
  • The 5-second rule is a myth:  bacteria can live after 4 weeks on carpet.  And, thanks to “microbial adhesion”, germs such as the following are immediately transferred to food: Salmonella typhimurium, Salmonella enteritis (bacterium that causes horrible diarrhea and vomiting) and Campylobacter (causes bloody diarrhea, periodontitis or dysentery syndrome).
  • Bed bugs can live in carpet fibers and wooden floorboards. For their size, they are extremely fast and can crawl more than 100 feet to obtain a blood meal, usually at night from people who are sleeping.  Engorgement takes about 3-10 minutes yet people rarely realize they are being bitten.
  • A person sheds about 1.5 million skin flakes an hour, most which becomes embedded in our carpets.
  • Carcinogens in cigarettes may accumulate in household carpet.  Because dogs and cats, as well as children and infants, spend a great deal of time on the floor, they may be at risk for developing lung cancer in households with cigarette smokers. 
  • Reports of families falling ill with gastrointestinal problems because of leaky vacuum cleaners that re-deposited Salmonella germs from the carpet into the household air.
  • Stachybotrys chartarum is a house mold that grows on wet carpeting.  It produces mycotoxins which causes dermatitis, mucosal irritation and immunosuppression.

After learning these facts, getting your carpets cleaned seems like something you would need to do to keep your home and family healthy.  With Green Clean’s carpet and upholstery cleaning as well as our smoke and water damage restoration, we can keep your home and family healthy and clean. 

“Restoring Healthy Environments” is what we do!