Did you know that the carpet adorning your floor does not just beautify your home? It can also either improve or contaminate the healthy environment inside your house.
Take a look at the following facts and see how much you know and didn’t know about carpets:
- Bacteria can survive up to four weeks on a carpet.
- Bed bugs can settle in carpets. They’re very fast and they would travel more than 100 feet to feed, often on sleeping humans.
- Approximately 1.5 million skin flakes an hour is being shed by humans on average.
- The easiest way to keep a carpet clean is to vacuum it regularly.
- Some commercial cleaning solutions contain naphthalene, which can cause headaches and nausea in humans and is toxic to children and pets.
- Your vacuum cleaner should be emptied outdoors after cleaning the carpet. A leaking vacuum cleaner is one of the items that has the most number of bacteria in a house.
- The dry, warm carpet is an ideal environment for adult fleas. Flea eggs and larvae thrive in damp carpets.
- Some people develop allergic reactions, asthma and respiratory problems from indoor mould on wet carpets.
- When cleaned properly, carpets act as indoor air filters for your home. They trap pollutants and allergens from your air, improving your indoor air quality.
- New carpets need to be cleaned. The manufacturing process causes the carpet to emit a chemical smell which lasts for weeks and results in allergies, headaches and respiratory problems for owners.
- Different carpet stains need different cleaning methods and cleaning solutions.
- Experts recommend deep cleaning or professionally cleaning carpets every 12 months.
Lastly, a fun fact about carpets. The patterns and designs of Persian and Oriental carpets and rugs are also works of art, meant to either give a message or symbolize where the carpet or rug came from. You can actually learn something about their culture by interpreting their carpet.