Clean for the Keen
It's time for spring cleaning, finally! Everyone is dusting off the shelves, and waiting to get back
to work! It’s awesome, but please, OH please, do NOT forget the carpet.
Even the Government of Alberta forgot to mention that carpets are, well, just yucky! Yes, they
should be part of the guidelines to safely get our livelihoods back!
Here is the jist of it:
The carpet is bacteria's favorite playground!
We don't want to over-dramatize the situation, people, we have heard all about it. But the fact is
your carpet is a hotbed of bacteria, pollen, dead skin, dust, and even insects!
No matter how much we try to prevent dirt and bacteria from coming into our homes, we can
still unknowingly introduce pathogens that get trapped in our carpet.
QUICK FACT CHECK: microbiology research published in 2001 found an average indoor carpet
to be about 4,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat, with about 200,000 bacteria per square inch,
Men's Health reports.
You see, outdoor debris from clothing and shoes works deep into carpet fibers, creating a
"reservoir of allergens" that can adversely affect nearly 40 percent of Americans, the National
Center for Healthy Housing notes. Now couple that with the COVID pandemic, and sure enough
there is room for concern!
The microscopic picture of a carpet can be awful. Thousands of dead human skin cells, which,
when shed, become primary food for dust mites. Carpets can also trap pet hair, which tickles the
nose and is just plain gross.
So what should you do about all this? We say get your clean on!
Vacuum your carpet at least weekly to keep critters under control and every six months to a
year, get it deep-cleaned with a professional service. If you have carpets in your workplace, ask
your employer if they had a deep-clean return-to-work service.
Even though it should be part of a cleaning routine, in the home or at work, stay safe by getting
the job done right.
Stay clean and healthy!
Vesta Cleaning Inc