Carpets are one of the most popular and common types of flooring in the UK. They are said
to bring comfort to a room, provide warmth and insulation, and even add a feeling of luxury.
But what if you learned that your carpet could be harmful? What if you were to discover
that, lurking within this common household feature, are a range of potential dangers to you
and your home?
There’s no need to worry though, in this article we’ll show you the solutions!
So, if you’re concerned about the hidden damage which can be caused by your carpet, read
on to get informed and learn what actions to take.
DANGER #1: ACCIDENTS
The NHS reports that more than 1 in 3 adults in the UK over the age of 65 will have at least
one fall a year. Around half of these adults will have even more frequent falls, but preventative
action can be taken.
Dirty or cluttered carpets are a primary hazard here; stains and spillages are not only unsightly,
they can become extremely slippery too. In thicker carpets they may remain for days or longer.
Clutter on carpets is an obvious problem, and tidy walkways are less likely to result in falls.
Keeping your carpets as clean and well-maintained as possible is one of the best ways to
help prevent against accidents and falls in the home.
You have the option of whether you wish to stay on top of this job by taking care of it
regularly, or whether you wish to approach it longer term — like, for example, with a
‘deep clean’ and declutter on a monthly basis.
Many people choose to hire a cleaning professional for extra help and to save time.
This can be an investment in your health and safety, as well as helping your home
to look immaculate.
DANGER #2: SICKNESS
The home should be a place of safety and security. With our lives becoming busier
than ever in recent times, it is increasingly important that we can retreat to our homes
But if not properly cared for, the home itself can be a cause of sickness. Did you know
that some of the most harmful bacteria and viruses which we encounter come from
within the home?
They can be brought into the home on the soles of our shoes, or via skin surfaces
such as our palms or the tips of our fingers.
The problem is not confined to spreading bacteria by objects and surfaces either.
It can be exacerbated if the germs are absorbed by materials, where they can
grow and multiply within them.
Carpets are a key concern here. They are often thick and highly absorbent. They
can harbour germs and bacteria even if they appear to be clean on the surface,
due to fibres, glue, and fabric woven deep within the material.
Coupled with central heating or a warm home in general, this can be an ideal
breeding ground for germs.
It is vital to take action and ensure that we keep our carpets as clean as possible,
but also that we aim to disinfect before walking on them.
Many people insist on the removal of shoes before walking on carpets in the
home, for example. This is generally in an attempt to reduce the amount of
dirty marks trodden into the fabric, but it has an anti-bacterial benefit too!
DANGER #3: POOR AIR QUALITY
We spend a large portion of our time in our homes, and the quality of air we
breathe there should be a primary concern.
Many people invest in air conditioners, humidifiers, diffusers, and air fresheners
in an effort to improve the air quality — and overall scent — of their homes.
But we are fighting a losing battle if our carpets are still dirty.
Dirty carpets can not only look and smell unpleasant, they can actively harm the
quality of the air we breathe at home. Tiny pests such as fleas, dust mites, or bed
bugs can be nesting in thicker fabrics around the home, such as mattresses and bed
linen — and especially carpets.
Pests are especially likely in the home if we have pets or cannot find the time to
regularly perform a ‘deep clean’ of the property. Pet hair itself from shedding
animals can also become lodged in fabric and aggravate the respiratory tract.
This is especially important for those of us who suffer from allergies — particularly
respiratory or skin related allergies.
British charity, Allergy UK, recently reported that millions of people are effectively
‘allergic to their own homes’ due to the build-up of dust, dust mites, and dirt in
carpets. Their recommended solution was adequate ventilation and — you
guessed it! — regular cleaning.
Don’t panic! There are ways to minimise — and even eliminate — the dangers
associated with dirty carpets. Essentially, however, all of these actions consist of
hygiene and cleaning.
We can ensure that we disinfect at the door with hand sanitiser, remove our shoes,
and tidy up as we go to minimise clutter. We can also opt for regular professional
cleaning or deep cleaning, such as with our specialist carpet cleaning service.
Carpet cleaning professionals have the tools, time, and expertise to achieve the very
best results and minimise harmful germs. This is why many people consider
professional carpet cleaners, such as ourselves and Vale Carpet Cleaning, an excellent
investment in their home, and in their health.
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.