What Things Are Growing in Your Carpet?

Carpet can be a wonderful option for your home, it adds warmth, style, color, and it feels so good on a cold winter morning, but because it is like an air filter it traps all the nasty stuff that falls from our clothes and bodies.

 

What nasty things are growing in your carpet?  Well, carpet mites or dust mites, animal dander, dirt and even bed bugs. It is good to vacuum on a regular basis, at least 1 time per week, and it is recommended to have your carpets cleaned 3 to 4 times per year. If you have a busy household with children and animals, it would be wise to do so more often.

 

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Dust and Dust Mites: Ten square feet of carpet can be the home to 10,000 dust mites, they are smaller than the period at the end of a sentence.

  1. They live in warm humid places filled with dust, like carpets, bedding, and furniture.
  2. Their presence and remains can lead to allergies and can trigger asthma.
  3. Avoid sweeping floors. Vacuum your carpets and floors to keep the dust down.
  4. Pets with large amounts of fur can greatly increase dust mites in your home.
  5. Keep the clutter down. Clutter seems to bring on the dust and dust means dust mites.

What can I do If I have Dust Mites? In the bedroom where they would be the worst, start by:

  • putting an airtight plastic or polyurethane cover over your mattress.
  • washing your sheets and blankets in very hot water every week.
  • washing your pillows in hot water every week and put them in a polyurethane cover and then a pillow case.
  • vacuuming the carpet every week and spray it with a solution of 3% tannic acid every 2 months to kill the dust mites.
  • putting stuffed animals (if your children have them) in the freezer for 24 hours or wash them in very hot water.

 

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Skin cells – The average human sloughs off 1/3 ounce (10 grams) of dead skin a week and dust mites feed on our skins cells. A typical mattress can contain tens of thousands of dust mites. A single dust mite produces about 20 waste droppings each day, each containing a protein to which many people are allergic. Bathing regularly cuts down on the amount of skin cells dust mites have to eat.

 

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Bacteria and Viruses – Could your carpet possibly be more contaminated than your toilet seat? Yes, it can with as many as 200,000 bacteria per square inch.  One of the most harmful effects of a dirty carpet is that it makes you and your family more sensitive to viruses.  Imagine your dog or child stepping in some dogs dodo and bringing it into your home on their feet. You have a lot of bacteria coming into your house in that 1 moment. Yuck!  Take advantage of the carpet cleaning offers your favorite company will run to get your carpets cleaned several times a year.

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Pollen and Animal Dander – Pollen and Animal Dander are high contributors to allergies and asthma because they are extremely sticky and they cling to surfaces like carpets or upholstery. Even if you do not have pets, people bring in dander on the bottoms of their shoes from the outside, from stores, and from their homes. Every time your pet returns from being outside wipe them down with a damp cloth to minimize pet dander.

 

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Mold and Mildew – If you have mold in the basement you may end up having it throughout your whole house if the mold is left untreated because the mold emits spores that fly through the air to other places. If food or beverages are spilled on your carpets, that is a breeding ground for mold or mildew to form which can cause serious health issues. Beware of a musty smell in your carpet. If people in your home are struggling with allergies year-round then mold is likely to be present.

 

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Dirt – You can’t keep it out. As hard as you try dirt will find it’s way into your house and onto your carpet. On average a carpet will accumulate more than 1 pound per year in any given room. Regular vacuuming is a good solution for removing the dirt that gets into your carpet.

 

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Bed Bugs – Bed bugs can live in carpets too. When you return from traveling do not put your luggage on the couch, your bed or carpet. Keep it in the garage or outside and clean it carefully.

Before we tell you the right way of getting rid of bed bugs in carpets, you must also educate yourself about what the wrong methods are:

  • Never sweep or wipe a floor having bed bugs. This will only spread their eggs and larvae over a larger area. The key is to ‘lift and remove’ them which can only be achieved with vacuuming.

Here are the steps to bed bug removal from rugs and carpets:

  1. If you haven’t already, start by removing things off the floor. This includes pet feeding bowls, toys, footwear, books etc.
  2. Remove and seal area rugs in plastic bags. Sealing will help trap the bugs so they are restricted to the bag. You can now heat treat the bag or take the rugs outside to a public Laundromat for washing. Clean and wash the rugs on the highest setting of the washer and dryers.
  3. At home, you could use a carpet shampoo for the wall to wall carpet. If needed, get the carpets steam cleaned by professionals.
  4. You can use diatomaceous earth powder or Borax powder to treat the carpets and rugs. Let the powder remain on the carpets for 3-4 hours. Both powders have a mechanical killing action in that; their sharp glass like molecular structure literally rips the exoskeleton of the bugs and dehydrates them from the inside. Ensure using food grade Diatomaceous earth powder as it is safer around pets and kids. Do not let Borax get in contact with pets or children as it can be irritating to their skin.
  5. Next, you must vacuum the entire house to remove bed bugs from the carpet. The thing to remember here is to only Use a vacuum cleaner with a bag. This way, you can dispose off the bag outside. If you use a bag-less vacuum cleaner, it will be a hassle emptying it outdoors.
  6. When you start vacuuming, ensure that you first vacuum some of the applied DE powder. This way; the bed bugs that are picked by the vacuum get mixed with the powder for further killing action.
  7. After you have finished vacuuming one room, take the entire vacuum cleaner outside your home and dust it out. Remove the bag and if it is filled with bugs, seal it and discard it. Even if a single bed bug escapes, it is going to come back right into your home, multiply and give rise to a large infestation. Hence, it is very important to follow these precautions when getting rid of bed bugs in carpets. http://www.bedbugsbites.net/how-to-get-rid-of-bed-bugs-in-carpets/

In summary, I wanted to share with you this great infographic.howcleancarpet

The more I learn what things can live and breed in carpets, the more conscientious I want to be to keep my carpets clean so my family stays healthy. I hope this information will help you to be more cleaning conscientious as well.

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