The Truth About Dirty Carpets
Yes. Dirty carpets can make you sick. It is a proven fact that dirty carpets can negatively effect your health for many reasons, but it’s not the dirt that you can see that is the problem. The deep down dirt is what can be the problem, causing a variety of health issues such as allergies and asthma.
Clean Carpet, Air Quality & Healthy Living
Carpeting can actually improve indoor air quality, if properly cleaned and maintained on a regular basis. This is because your carpet is much more than a soft floor covering. It is the largest air filter in your home. Carpet catches and holds soil, allergens, bacteria, pollens, dust mites, chemicals and other contaminants that would otherwise become airborne. The average American can spend up to 90% of their time indoors. Each time you walk into your home or office, you bring in pollutants of all kinds such as fertilizer from lawns or gardens, animal feces from dog parks or sidewalks and bacteria from public restroom floors. Now, can you imagine your child or grandchild crawling across that very same carpet, putting their hands in their mouth or eyes? This is just one more reason to have your carpets regularly cleaned, whether they look dirty or not!
What Do EPA Experts Say About Dirty Carpets?
Dr. Michael Berry, Ph. D. is former director of the EPA Environmental Criteria and Assessment Office. In his book, “Protecting the Built Environment: Carpet Cleaning for Health”, Berry says that most indoor cleaning problems are related to dirty carpets, but this problem can be solved through proper maintenance and restoration. He compared carpets to a sink that collects pollutants of all kinds from indoors and out. As the sink gets filled up (the carpet gets polluted), it stores more and more soil, dust, and contaminants. When the sink gets full, it needs to be emptied. This is why proper carpet cleaning is a necessity.
You’ve heard the hype about indoor air being more polluted than the outdoor air. Well, it’s true. The main reason is because indoor air is trapped. Rarely does it get completely replaced. Outdoor air on the other hand gets blown away and new, cleaner air replaces it. Trapped indoor air gets pollutants in it from your carpet. You walk them in and they get lodged in your carpet. Then, when someone walks over them they get re-dispersed into your air and you and your family breathe them in. You can even see that when you look at a stream of sunlight and see all the dust floating around. You breathe the air over and over and that’s what makes the indoor air more polluted than the outdoor air.
If a carpet is not cleaned on a regular basis, it can become a breeding ground for bio-pollutants, says Berry. It is crucial to regularly empty the sink and make sure that your carpets are cleaned properly. Most people clean their carpets because they look dirty, although by the time you can see the dirt in the carpet, it is probably filthy. Proper vacuuming is helpful. The best vacuum, regardless of price, only picks 15% of the actual soil. The rest is left to collect all types of bacteria, allergens, and pollutants. Rarely do people clean their carpets in an effort to protect their health, Berry says, but cleaning carpet regularly will improve the indoor air quality of your home or business.
Portland Carpet Cleaning!
As Oregonians, we know what its like to enjoy the great outdoors. That is why its important for all of us to have our carpets cleaned regularly. Just think of all the germs that you track inside after every trip to Saturday market, the Rose Garden to watch a Blazer game or the outdoor hikes and excursions to Multnomah Falls. After a few months of fun and excitement, be sure to get your carpets cleaned by the best carpet cleaning service in Portland, Bridge Town Carpet Cleaning.
Bridge Town Carpet Cleaning Can Help!
We can help you create and maintain a healthy home for your family. Our professional carpet cleaning services will remove all the harmful pollutants and we can give you all the information you need to keep it that way! All of our Portland carpet cleaning services penetrate deep into the carpet fibers to remove all the soil, stains, allergens, bacteria, pollens, dust mites, chemicals and other contaminants that could endanger your families health. Contact us for a free no obligation quote and start living a healthier life!