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How Dirty is My Carpet?

If your carpets haven’t been cleaned recently, your carpet is dirty. Most people don’t know how dirty it actually is, though. Did you know that your carpet can actually hold 4 times its weight in dirt? That is a lot of dirt! If you have ever pulled out old carpet, you might have noticed this. There can be lots of dirt underneath the actual carpet because your floors catch everything. This includes dirt, bacteria, mold, pet hair, and dust mites, among many other things. Especially if you have kids or pets, your carpets are much more likely to be dirty. A dirty carpet can actually cause serious health problems. That is why having your carpets professionally cleaned is so important. While vacuuming a few times per week is great and a good thing to do, it still won’t get much of what is deep in your carpet.

75% of people walk on their carpet with shoes, which usually doesn’t harm the carpet, but it does grind dirt down into the carpet. It also brings more dirt into your home. Vacuuming alone won’t remove all the dirt. If you suffer from allergies or asthma, vacuuming can actually be harmful to your health. The cause of this is the air that blows out from your vacuum. Surprisingly, when you vacuum, that room becomes one of the top five dirtiest places in your home. The other 4 are washing machines, dish sponges, garbage cans, and flushing toilets.

Carpets can actually be 4,000 times dirtier than your toilet seat. Think of your carpet as the biggest air filter in your home. If you have ever changed your furnace air filter, you probably know there is a lot of “stuff” in the air. Having a professional carpet cleaner will help in many ways! They can fix many of these issues. Unlike vacuuming, professional carpet cleaning will remove the deep dirt in your carpet, as well as dust mites and bacteria. It will even extend the life of your carpet! Otherwise, your carpet can break down much sooner than it normally would. It will also remove stains that a normal vacuum can’t get out. Overall, professional carpet cleaning will make your carpet look brighter and cleaner!

Four out of ten people have never had their carpets cleaned. This is a huge number of people and should be much lower. The general rule of thumb would be to get your carpets professionally cleaned every six months or at least twice per year. You should have them cleaned more often if you have pets, children, or allergies/asthma.


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