Just How (Un)Healthy is Your CarpetHave you ever stopped to ask yourself just how unhealthy your carpet actually is? If you haven’t, you probably should!

Your Carpet is Full of Bacteria

No one likes to think about it, but it turns out that your carpet is absolutely full of bacteria. On average, there are about 200,000 bacteria living in the typical home’s carpet. Yes, that’s a lot. It might be hard to believe, but your carpet is one of the most germ-filled areas of your house, even dirtier than your toilet seat! In fact, carpet is home to about 4,000 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat. Not only is it gross, but it can be a health hazard to your family. 

Why Are Carpets So Dirty?

You might be asking yourself how carpets can be so dirty, or telling yourself that your carpet can’t possibly be so dirty. So how does all of this nasty bacteria end up in your carpet? The truth is that carpets get dirty in a variety of ways. One of the most common ways is from shoes or feet. If you wear your shoes inside the house, even occasionally, they are dragging in all kinds of bacteria. You pick this bacteria up from the street, grass, public spaces, or anywhere else you might have been. These bacteria might include different strains of E.coli, most of which are harmless, but others that could make you sick. The best way to avoid this is to remove your shoes before stepping on your floors and to ask your guests to do that same. 

If you have pets, they also bring in bacteria every time they go outside. You might not want to think about it, but pets also lick themselves, spreading germs from a certain area to all over their fur, then from their fur to your carpets.

Another way that bacteria makes its way into your carpet is through coughing, sneezing, and dirty hands. Staph is a bacteria that lives in the nose or on the skin and can be transmitted to your carpet very easily. This bacteria can lead to a number of illnesses.

Lastly, salmonella is another form of bacteria that is commonly found in carpet. This can come from contaminated food on your hands when you touch a carpeted area, or from food you drop on the floor. It can also be tracked in from outside by you or your pets.

How Do You Get Rid Of This Bacteria?

Luckily, you don’t have to live with bacteria in your carpets. A professional carpet cleaner will be able to deep clean your carpets and help remove bacteria. Chem-Dry’s carpet cleaning method and sanitizer have been proven to remove an average of 89% of the airborne bacteria in the home and 82.3% of the bacteria in carpets. That means your whole home will be a lot cleaner!

If you need help removing bacteria from your carpets in the greater Detroit area, give Short Stop Chem-Dry a call today to find out how we can help!