Carpets and flooring can be a magnet for dirt.
Scuffs, stains, and sticky patches are a daily occurrence in some of the most highly used areas of the home.
But did you know that clean carpets are not simply a matter of appearance? The cleanliness of your carpets
can also have an impact on your personal health and hygiene.
A recent study published by the National Library of Medicine showed that carpets have an impact on both
germs and air quality.
This is especially important for anyone suffering from asthma, chest infections, or even the common cold.
But a clean and well-maintained carpet will help to keep your home — and your health — in top condition.
Below, we’ve rounded up some of the most common indoor ‘nasties’ you might find in your carpet.
Fortunately, with regular cleaning, they can all be eliminated from your home.
BEDBUGS AND DUST MITES
Both bedbugs and dust mites can be found in various areas of the home. They can hide and breed in
bedding, upholstery, mattresses, and carpets.
Signs of bedbugs in the home might not be readily visible.
Occasionally there can be marks on bedding or the carpet, such as small unidentified stains. You may
even notice marks on your own skin, or small patches of blood on bedding from bites.
If you have itchy skin or feel that you are regularly bitten, bedbugs might be the culprit. Dust mites,
by contrast, may not regularly bite. They can, however, severely irritate those with respiratory allergies
or skin complaints.
Washing bedding and upholstery is important for controlling the problem, but carpets also play a
Ensure that your carpet is regularly cleaned so that anything that falls from your bedding does not
remain on the ground. Carpet cleaning also eliminates any eggs or larvae.
With preventative measures like these, you will not have to take pest control actions with harsh
So why not incorporate carpet cleaning into your routine by booking the occasional deep clean
FUNGI AND MOULD
Moisture and fluctuations in temperature can quickly lead to fungi and mould. Some of the most
common can include alternaria, aspergillus, cladosporium and more. They can all be responsible for
aggravating allergies and harming hygiene, as well as causing damage to the carpet itself.
Carpet cleaning can help prevent one of the major causes of fungi and mould: moisture. It is very
easy for carpets to become damp, but they can be difficult to dry.
The heat is often constantly changing in our homes due to air conditioning, central heating, and
the bustle of opening and closing doors and windows.
Cleaning the carpets regularly ensures that they stay dry and well-maintained, even amongst the
busyness of home. Cleaning maintains the moisture balance and ensures that no nasties like mould
and fungi are able to grow.
Regularly cleaning the carpets ensures that your home not only looks beautiful, it is healthy too.
Poorly maintained carpets can be host to a plethora of allergens.
Dust, bugs, floating fabric hairs and more can all aggravate common health conditions, while skin
complaints such as eczema and even acne may be exacerbated by dirty carpets.
Respiratory conditions such as asthma or bronchitis can also be made worse. With the British Lung
Foundation estimating that over 5 million people in the UK suffer from asthma, this can be a serious
problem for friends, family, and visitors.
With a clean and cared-for carpet, however, you immediately reduce the chance of aggravating any
existing conditions. You may even experience some relief from your symptoms.
BACTERIA AND VIRUSES
Don’t panic… but your home could be harbouring a wide array of bacteria and viruses, right beneath
your feet! The good news is that you can solve the problem.
Clean carpets not only look great, but they help keep you healthy too.
Research by the New York University Medical Centre suggests that viruses and ‘superbugs’ aren’t only
limited to hospitals — they can be found in the home too.
It is possible that MRSA (that’s Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, for those who want to know)
could be lurking on your shoes, or in your gym bag, and then be walked straight into your home.
While MRSA can be carried safely for years by a healthy person, it’s still unlikely to be welcome in your
Norovirus is another common and unwanted presence. Without the regular maintenance of high traffic
areas such as kitchen surfaces and carpets, it can spread quickly. The symptoms are similar to food
poisoning, and the virus can survive for up to six weeks in the carpet if not thoroughly cleaned.
Enterococci and micrococcus have also been found on poorly maintained floors, and can compromise
the whole immune system.
But it’s not all doom and gloom!
Keep calm, clean your carpets, and carry on. A deep clean — especially by trained
professionals — can then be maintained with regular carpet cleaning to prevent all of the above.
Clean Carpets for a Healthy Home
Cleaning large surface areas in the home, such as carpets and floors, can seem overwhelming at
first. Many of us have busy home lives and are working hard to achieve the all-important balance.
That’s where professionals can come in. With a professional carpet cleaning service, you can rely
on a deep clean of these important areas and then simply maintain the results with your normal
Clean carpets are not only beautiful to look at, they are far healthier too.
You can prevent a wide range of allergies, health problems, and infections simply by keeping
your carpets well-maintained.
It is more economical in the long run too.
Booking a professional carpet cleaning can be an investment. It can lead to years of good use
and a better appearance for your carpet, where general wear and tear could otherwise quickly
In short, a regularly cleaned carpet is healthy, hygienic, and will provide years of pleasure!
About Kleen and Fresh
Kleen and Fresh is a carpet and upholstery cleaning business which services Milton Keynes,
Bletchley, Bedford, Loughton, Newport Pagnell and the surrounding areas. A family business
dedicated to providing the highest quality service, Kleen and Fresh will restore your home
environment back to its best condition.
This article was produced by New Frontiers Marketing.