When was the last time you had your carpet professionally cleaned? At times, homeowners may let the carpets go a long time in between deep cleaning. In many cases the carpet looks clean and has little to no stains on them, so why have them cleaned? Even though carpet may look clean on the surface, you may be surprised to know what is underneath the carpet’s surface. Even carpets that are well kept should be deep cleaned for many reasons. Heart of Texas Chem-Dry will share the hidden effects of dirty carpet and why it is important to keep the carpets clean.
Dirt, Mold, Dust Mites & Allergens Trapped in Carpet Fibers
Basic carpet maintenance is vacuuming the carpet at least once a week if not more to ensure less dirt gets trapped in the carpet pile. However, even with weekly vacuuming, dirt can still get trapped deep in the fibers where the vacuum cannot reach. Over time the dirt in the carpet will build up and only the surface layer of the carpet is really staying clean. The dirt and particles in the carpet isn’t the only problem either. Mold and mildew can set in the carpet, especially after moisture exposure. Mold and mildew can feed on the particles in the carpet. Mold can also develop in the under padding of the carpet, making mold difficult to detect. Other organisms can thrive in carpet, such as dust mites which feed on the dead hair and skin left behind by humans and their pets. Dust mites in turn can shed their skin and leave behind their waste.
Dirty Carpet Can Decrease Indoor Air Quality & Cause Respiratory Problems
When considering what is inside carpet, it may seem pretty nasty but what many don’t realize is that mold spores, dust particles, dust mite skin and waste can become air borne and are released inside the home. Dirty carpet is one of the major leading contributors to indoor pollutants and poor indoor air quality. The air we breathe in has it affects. For those with asthma, dirty carpet can trigger troubling asthma attacks. Those with other respiratory problem are also sensitive to the air inside their home. For those with sensitive immune systems, they can suffer from indoor allergies and never find relief. The bacteria in carpet can also cause skin issues such as athletes foot and rashes. Additionally, the bacteria and other contaminates in the carpets cause odor in the home.
How Often to Professionally Clean Carpet
Maintaining clean carpet isn’t just for a cleaner looking home but for a healthier living environment. To maintain healthier home carpet, you should have it professionally cleaned. How often can vary from each household. For those with smaller families and no pets, deep cleanings can be scheduled about every 8 to 12 months. Homes with bigger families and no pets can often go every 6 to 8 months between deep cleanings. However, families with pets often need more frequent deep cleaning. In this scenario, you may need a professional carpet cleaning service every 3 to 6 months.