Your Carpet and Your Health

Are you doing everything you can to stay healthy? Maybe you try to go to the gym a couple of times a week, or at least go for walks around your neighborhood. You make a point to eat your vegetables, although you don’t really enjoy them. You visit your doctor for an annual check-up to make sure that you don’t have any serious health problems. Even if you don’t exercise as often as you would like, or you eat more pizza than you’d care to admit, you at least know the dangers of fast food and sedentary living. However, many are unaware that a dirty carpet can pose a threat to a person’s health and well-being.

Hiring professional carpet cleaners is an easy way to improve the quality of air in your home and help keep your family as healthy as possible. Check out our article, Your Carpet Cleaning Checklist, to keep your carpet clean if you’re interested in learning more about how professional carpet cleaning is the best method to keep it clean and looking its best.

How a dirty carpet can affect your health

Even a carpet that looks clean can be filthy. Carpet fibers hold dust mites, pet dander, dirt, allergens, pollutants, mold, and bacteria. A carpet can hold eight times its weight in allergens, bacteria, and other pollutants.

This is an obvious problem for those with asthma, respiratory problems, and allergies. But carpet that’s saturated with grime is bad for your health even if you don’t have a health condition. Prolonged exposure to indoor air pollution can cause aggravate preexisting medical conditions and increase the risk for respiratory disease and health problems.

Vacuuming can help remove some of the contaminants, but it doesn’t eliminate the allergens and pathogens that are deep in the fibers of your carpet. In fact, vacuuming can kick allergens and particulates into the air, significantly worsening indoor air quality during cleaning.

DIY carpet cleaners can actually make your carpet look worse and lead to mold and mildew. Home carpet cleaning machines saturate your carpets with water but they aren’t powerful enough to completely remove the excess liquid that’s left behind.

It can take over six hours for your carpet to dry with conventional carpet cleaning devices. A wet carpet is an open opportunity for mildew if you don’t dry your carpet properly. A soapy film left behind on your carpet can also attract dirt, which makes your carpet look dingy. Advanced Carpet & Janitorial uses non-toxic cleaning solutions and professional carpet cleaning equipment that thoroughly cleans the fibers and removes all of the excess water.

A clean carpet can also improve your health by improving your mood. A stained and soiled carpet makes it difficult to relax and stay cheerful. Maybe you feel anxious when you have company, or maybe a dirty carpet keeps you from entertaining guests. It’s surprising how much better you will feel after getting your carpet cleaned professionally. Few things in life are as satisfying as staring at a squeaky clean carpet and feeling the fluffy fibers beneath your feet.

How often should you clean your carpet?

The American Lung Association recommends vacuuming carpets at least three times a week. They also recommend that you get your carpets cleaned professionally once a year.

However, if you have dogs or cats that live indoors, or spend a lot of time indoors, you will want more frequent cleanings. You may also want to clean your carpets more often if you have infants at home. Young children are more likely to be exposed to the bacteria, allergens, and pollutants in carpet fibers that can cause illness.

Professional carpet cleaning is a simple and affordable way to help keep your family healthy. Regular cleanings can improve the quality of air in your home, and it keeps your carpet looking its best.

We offer professional carpet cleaning services in Fayetteville, Springdale, Bentonville, Rogers, and all of Northwest Arkansas. Call 479-621-6788, or get a free online quote for carpet cleaning services.

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