Keeping a clean home is imperative in making sure that you and your family stay healthy. Especially during the current pandemic, and before cold and flu season comes back in full force, make sure that you take the time to shelter your family from these viruses by making sure your carpet is clean and not making you sick.
Even if your carpets look clean, they could very possibly be hosting bacteria, microbes, and other types of toxic substances. Below we outline the many different health issues that could come from or worsened by a filthy carpet.
Health Issues Linked To Dirty Carpets
The same dust mites and mold that have the potential to inflame your lungs can also make your eyes red or nose runny if you suffer from allergies. The accumulation of germs and dirt in your carpet are easily able to trigger an allergy attack or make your everyday life just a little more uncomfortable.
If you find yourself often waking up with a runny nose or other allergy-like symptoms, your carpets might just be the culprit— and should be the first place you investigate to eliminate dirty build-up. Now that fall is just around the corner, you might begin experiencing skin irritation and sneezing due to ragweed and mold. The American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology cautions that these pesky irritants are able to build up in your rugs and carpet, making you prone to allergic reactions in the hours following you vacuuming your home.
If you have a furry friend or two, maintaining the cleanliness of your carpets becomes even more essential in disease prevention. Animal excretions— such as feces and urine— can cause a myriad of problems in your carpet. Pet waste can cause bacteria and create smells such as ammonia that can lead to nose and lung irritation, making it especially dangerous for younger children who frequently play on the dirty carpet.
The dampness also has the potential to increase the risk of the growth of mold, so it’s important to immediately treat affected areas. Especially with outdoor dogs and cats, germs and other irritants are easily spread through their constant excursions in and out of the house. Pests like ticks and fleas can easily enter your home if you’re not regularly washing your furry friends and carpets.
Layers of mold, dirt, dust, and other residue can all get trapped in your carpets. Day-to-day activities like walking around or vacuuming the floors can release these particles from the carpet and disperse them throughout the air.
All in all, dirty carpets can make you sick. The cycling of pollutants throughout the house are able to lead to respiratory issues— including coughing or a tight chest from breathing difficulties. Asthma sufferers can feel these symptoms on an even more intense level, because of their general sensitivity to airborne irritants.
The American Lung Association suggests that pets, in addition to children who spend a significant amount of time on the floor and have a tendency of placing their hands around their mouths, are at a higher risk of being adversely affected by the toxins laden in your carpet.
If your carpet has a tendency of being damp on a regular basis, you might be putting your health in danger. It’s a breeding ground for mold to grow, among other toxins. The presence of mold can lead to various health issues, but the presence of mycotoxins (a natural byproduct of different kinds of molds) cause severe abdominal irritation and infection.
According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, mold can go undetected and grows more frequently in basement carpeting. On top of this, your carpet might even be a host for salmonella. Salmonella isn’t only a foodborne disease— this pathogen can be spread throughout different areas of the home, putting everyone in your household at risk.
Did you know that itchy skin, athlete’s foot, eczema, and other skin rashes are all dirty carpet dangers that can be aggravated by or flare up due to dust mites in a dirty carpet? Even if you are able to maintain a consistent cleaning schedule, dust mites are microscopic enough to evade even the most diligent home cleaners.
Because of this, it’s important that you run a humidifier and regularly deep clean your carpets to protect your skin— sensitive or otherwise.
Weakened Immune System
Never take for granted how hard your immune system works to keep your body healthy. Whether you’re at home or out and about, your body is actively fighting off bacteria, viruses, and toxins.
When you inhabit a dirty environment, your body has to work overtime to combat bacteria and keep you healthy. Over time, your immune system can exhaust itself if you’re living in a home with a buildup of germs and toxins in the carpets.
Infants and toddlers have developing and delicate immune systems and are regularly crawling about floors, putting them at a higher risk of growing ill from your carpet. If your home is filled with babies and children, it’s important to frequently vacuum and scrub down your carpets to ensure the physical well-being and safety of your little ones.
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How To Clean Your Dirty Carpet
Make sure that the first step of your carpet cleaning process is vacuuming it to remove the upper layer of loose dirt, dust, and debris. Skipping this step will just push the dirt around or drive it even deeper into the carpet’s fibers.
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Spray the Shock It Clean solution onto the carpet until it’s very damp. Avoid saturating.
Follow a grid to keep track of what area you have already cleaned.
Allow the cleaning solution to remain on the carpet for around five minutes so that it can break down the soil.
Use the cleaning sponge provided to blot away the solution and dirt. Keep a bucket of clean water near you in order to rinse the sponge. Change the water as frequently as you need to as it becomes soiled.
Allow the Carpet to Air-Dry
Increase airflow in the room by opening the windows and door (or even bring out any oscillating fans you have in storage) to speed up the drying process. Do not allow anyone to tread on the washed carpet until it is fully dry.
However, if you find that you must absolutely use the room while the carpet is still in the process of drying, cover the floor with plastic sheeting or tarps to prevent staining.
Tips to Keep Your Carpet Clean for Longer
- Strategically place doormats inside and outside of all entrance doors to trap unwanted dirt and debris.
- Have everyone take off their shoes at the door to keep dirt from tracking in.
- Run the vacuum throughout your home several times a week.
- Treat and remove stains immediately.
- Clean or change out your HVAC filters to optimize its ability to trap dust particles circulating in the air.
- Maintain and clean your vacuum regularly so that it will always function properly.
- If you have cats or dogs, make sure that you groom and bathe them often to protect carpets.