A few days ago I visited different forums about carpet cleaning. And one of the topics that catch my attention is this “How often should you hire a professional carpet technician to have your carpet cleaned?” Some of the answers surprised me because there are people who let their carpets untreated for more than a year. Someone even admitted that they haven’t called a professional carpet cleaner ever since their carpet was installed four years ago. Because they vacuum their carpet once or twice a week they thought that it is properly “maintained”.
But let me share with you here the dangers caused by dirty carpets. And when we say “dirty carpets” it doesn’t necessarily mean carpets with a huge stain on it.”Dirty carpet” can also mean carpets that are regularly vacuumed and with no evident stains, meaning it can be those carpets that are “seemingly clean”. Because carpet cleaning is actually beyond what our eyes can see. Here are some of the reasons why a dirty carpet turns out to be a serious health hazard.
- Fatigue & Weak Immune System
Long exposure to the unclean environment directly affects stress level and can increase it to a certain level where your immune system is weakened which makes you more susceptible to sickness.
Dirty carpets make the perfect breeding ground for dust mites and other microscopic pests, which are the leading cause of allergic reactions. These allergies can manifest as mild symptoms like sneezing and headaches or even fatal anaphylactic reactions in severe cases.
- Respiratory Problems
Dust mites thrive on bacteria and fungi, making dirty carpets the perfect breeding ground for them. When inhaled, they can cause flu-like symptoms and other respiratory problems. In other instances, this could also trigger asthma attacks.
SALMONELLA – This bacteria is often spread to your carpet by tracking in faeces, from people and our animals. Salmonella infections can result in fever and abdominal cramping.
CAMPYLOBACTER – Campylobacter is commonly found in moist or damp carpets. Campylobacter infections cause an illness called campylobacteriosis, which can lead to diarrhoea or dysentery syndrome.
E COLI – Perhaps the most notorious bacteria out there, E. coli is not to be taken lightly. E Coli can cause diarrhoea, abdominal pain, and fever. In more severe cases, it can lead to bloody diarrhoea, dehydration, or kidney failure.
One of the most dangerous microbes that can thrive in dirty carpets is Mycotoxins. Mycotoxins are made up of different types of moulds. Exposure to mycotoxins can weaken the immune system and cause different health problems such as stomach infection, allergies, and respiratory diseases.
Norovirus is a contagious stomach and intestinal virus. It can survive in carpets for an extended period of time.
- Kawasaki Syndrome
This is an illness that can cause physical disabilities and severe health issues. It occurs when people breathe in bacteria and chemical toxins found in the carpet that adhere to their lungs.
Now, will you still take for granted carpet cleaning? We hope not. A regular vacuum cleaning is good to maintain the cleanliness of the carpet’s surface. But a deep carpet cleaning like the one that uses Hot Water Extraction Method at least once every six months will give you peace of mind that none of those mentioned intruders will thrive underneath your carpet and jeopardise the health of your family.