How Your Carpet Can Affect Your Health, And What You Can Do About It

Many people never realise their carpets can affect their health. There are things in the carpets of many homes and buildings that can have a mild or devastating effect on people in the form of allergies, and even disease. There's a lot you can, and should do to keep these things out of your carpet. 

Your Carpet Is Home To More Than Just Carpet Fibres

Pretty much anything can become stuck in the fibres of your carpet. All of your daily activities contribute to a buildup of dead skin, hair, dirt, smells, and other things. Unfortunately, if these things are left long enough, they invite bugs, bacteria, and pathogens.

Outright diseases can sit in your carpet. Biting insects can make homes in it. And while vacuuming your carpet frequently help, it's not enough. Vacuuming won't remove everything that's penetrated deep into the fibres, and stuff that leaks underneath the carpet.

What You Can Do Yourself

You can do a lot to keep your carpet clean.

  • Vacuum regularly
  • Pick up anything that falls onto the carpet immediately
  • Treat stains immediately, do not let them sit
  • Consider laying area rugs or runners over high traffic areas

If you know what you're doing, or don't mind learning, you can try a more professional carpet cleaning system. These are usually home versions of what the professionals use and all operate in different ways.

  • Water extraction systems
  • Dry extraction systems
  • Steam cleaners

These machines come in all sizes and do have a learning curve associated with using them properly. However, all of these methods can go a long way towards keeping your carpets free of contaminants. Even if you cannot practice all of them, you should do as much as you can.

Hire a Professional Carpet Cleaning Service

Even when you do everything you can to keep your carpets clean, you still need a professional cleaning once a year. A professional service (such as Kelly Carpet Cleaning Ltd) will have the means and methods of cleaning that your particular type of carpet requires.

In fact, you should hire a professional carpet cleaning service for various reasons.

  • Sudden and persistent allergies
  • Bug sightings
  • Particularly bad stains

You may need a professional cleaning more frequently if there are a lot of people or foot traffic over your carpet. That also goes for if you have pets. You don't need professional cleaning all the time, but you should certainly have one if you want to maintain your carpet and your health.