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How Germy are Your Carpets?

Millions of homeowners enjoy the lush comfort of carpet on their bare feet and its attractive appearance in their home, but do they enjoy the nearly 200,000 bacteria that are inside it?  Believe it or not, your carpet is one of the germiest places in your home.  It contains about 4,000 times as much bacteria as the toilet seat!

Germs, germs everywhere

Just how does all of this bacteria get trapped in your carpet?  There are a number of ways in which different types of bacteria collect inside carpet. First off, you are tracking in many different germs from your shoes.  These bacteria may include different strains of E.coli, many of which are harmless, but others that can make you ill.  To help avoid this from happening, you might want to consider removing your shoes before entering your home. 

Another way in which bacteria is spread to 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.  It can also be transmitted through blood, skin, and fingernails.This could also lead to a variety of illnesses.   

Lastly, salmonella is another form of bacteria often found in carpet.  This can come from contaminated food on your hands when your hands touch a carpeted area. It can also be transmitted through feces of people and animals.  It can even be tracked in from outside. 

How to take care of those unwanted germs

In order to help prevent these types of germs and bacteria from taking over your carpet, it is highly recommended that you consider getting a deep cleaning twice a year from professional carpet cleaners to clean and sanitize your carpets to help rid your carpet of bacteria and unwanted germs. While routine vacuuming is also important, most vacuums don’t have the suction power to remove all of these germs.  It is certainly helpful and important in the routine maintenance of your carpet, but a professional cleaning will help to rid your home of many of these unwanted germs.  It will not only give you peace of mind about having sanitized carpets, but it will also leave your home feeling healthy, clean, and fresh.

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*Based on studies conducted by independent laboratories of Chem-Dry’s HCE (Hot Carbonating Extraction), P.U.R.T. (Pet Urine Removal Treatment), Granite Countertop Renewal, and Tile, Stone & Grout cleaning processes. Allergens tested were dog and cat dander and dust mite allergen. Pet odor results based on testing with the most common odor sources found in dog and cat urine. Pet urine bacteria results based on Chem-Dry’s HCE cleaning process and a sanitizer, combined with P.U.R.T. All bacteria results include use of sanitizer. Figures are an average across multiple tests.