Do you know what’s lurking in your carpet?
If you looked through a microscope (not recommended!) and saw what is lurking in your carpet, you’d be horrified! It would be a cocktail of sweat, grime, skin flakes, human and pet hair, food and drink spills to name just a few. So, what can you do? Read on.
Researchers have found carpets can contain as much as 200,00 bacteria per square inch - which is roughly 4,000 times dirtier than the average toilet seat! Now that we’ve grossed you out, here’s what you can do.
Whether you have wall-to-wall carpeting or a few rugs, vacuuming at least once per week is a must. And if you have pets and/or kids you should do it more frequently.
- Make sure you have a high-quality vacuum cleaner with strong suction.
- Vacuum slowly and go over high-traffic areas several times for the best results.
- Use a lint roller for quick clean-up of crumbs.
- Grab a rubber edged squeegee or pop on a rubber washing up glove and run it over the carpet to collect pet hair.
- Freshen and brighten carpet with a liberal sprinkling of baking soda every month. Let it sit for an hour or so to absorb oily stains and odours and then vacuum it away.
- Clean up spills and stains as soon as they happen.
- Have your carpets professionally cleaned at least once every 12 months.