A carpet that is not adequately cleaned makes a home or office look shabby, but the problem is not just an aesthetic one. A poorly cleaned carpet can also present serious health hazards, which are invisible to the eye. Here are some of the most common dangers lurking in a dirty carpet.
At first glance, you might think, how can the carpet pollute the air? Well, all the minute particles that circulate in every home and office, such as dust, skin flakes, pet hair, microbes, fungi, and bacteria, will eventually settle into the fibre of the carpet.
Every time a person walks over the carpet, they will be stirred up into the air, and breathed in by the occupants of the room. Even healthy people with no respiratory problems will eventually be affected by constant exposure to these pollutants. This can manifest itself in bouts of coughing and sneezing, breathing difficulties, and even asthma.
Dust mites, fleas and vermin
Some of the particles lurking in your carpet are actually alive, which is a slightly creepy thought. Dust mites are inevitable, even in reasonably well-maintained carpets. They feed off dead skin cells, and the waste they produce can trigger allergic reactions in humans.
For anyone prone to allergies, such as asthma, eczema, and rhinitis, they will find that their symptoms are far worse when they are in a room that is not vacuumed on a regular basis. Even people who don’t usually have allergic reactions may find that they are suffering from itchy eyes, and inflamed nasal and respiratory passages.
Finally, even more undesirable pests, which bite and spread bacteria and infection, such as mice, fleas, and cockroaches, will be attracted to dirty carpets.
While it is impossible to avoid some dust and bacteria becoming worked into carpet fibres, you can ensure that they don’t become a health hazard by following a regular cleaning routine.
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