Why is Carpet Cleaning so Important?
• Health Concerns
The American Lung Association states that most breathing problems, such as asthma, are triggered by indoor allergens like mildew, dust mites and pet dander. People with lung problems and allergies may clean regularly, but many fail to consider the cleanliness of their carpet to be a major concern. Recent surveys suggested that nearly 45% of households in the United States have high concentrations of dust mite allergens. This number far exceeds the levels scientists suggest are known to cause the development of allergies and respiratory problems in adults and children. Carpet cleaning has a reputation of being a luxury more than a necessity, but without proper care your carpet can quickly become a health liability. Unfortunately, this is often something that people do not consider and years can pass between cleanings. The sections below are meant to provide a brief overview of some of the specific health concerns related to carpets that are not professionally cleaned on a regular basis.
Pet urine can not only create unsightly stains and unpleasant odors, it can also pose health risks. Cat urine that has dried often smells strongly of ammonia, which can be harmful to humans. The risk of ammonia to human health depends on the concentration and duration of exposure. Significant risk is more common when an area is repeatedly soiled and persons are exposed to large concentrations of ammonia over long periods of time. A cat may live upwards of 20 years and expose its owner to years dealing with a litter box or accidents on the carpet. While regular changing can minimize the concentration of ammonia in a litter box, Commented [GU7]: This is from the Carpet Cleaning subsection of “Services." Maybe integrate the sections that follow this (such as Helpful Tips for Daily Maintenance) could be integrated as blog posts? ammonia concentrations in carpet may need professional attention. Understanding this is the crucial first step toward minimizing the risk. Click here to learn more about the risks of ammonia exposure. Add clickable link to ammonia exposure information.
• Dust Mites
One potential and increasing health risk involved with improperly cared for carpet is asthma. A leading and silent contributor to asthma may often be lurking in dirty or damp carpets. This environment plays the perfect host to tiny organisms and microbial growth. In turn these minuet creatures increase the risk of asthma in individuals living in such environments. It is important that carpets are maintained and thoroughly dry throughout homes in order to decrease the risks involved with asthma. Dirty carpet serves as a host and breeding ground for dust mites which feed off the bacteria and human skin cells that naturally live within carpet. In the absence of regular, professional carpet cleaning the carcasses of dead dust mites are inhaled by homeowners. This can be extremely hazardous for people whom are allergic to dust mites causing eye irritation, skin rashes and nose inflammation.
Asthma attacks increase ten-fold when mold is present. Mold spores are known to breed bacteria and allergens. These mold spores are breathed in and can cause issues within ones respiratory system. If a family is suffering from cold like symptoms that are persistent it is likely the household should have their carpets professionally cleaned in order to remove any bacteria, mold spores and allergens that are breeding within their flooring.
The parasitic organisms from Athletes Foot can be found on carpet flooring. This in turn allows the organisms into the air and into respiratory tracks. Even the smallest cut or nick on a person’s foot can act a portal for Athletes Foot to get into the body.
• Reduce costs
Replacing flooring today can be an important and expensive venture. Regular cleaning and maintenance will usually lead to extending the life of your carpet. Over time, the dirt and soil brought in from outside will begin to get ground into the carpet fibers accelerating the wear and structural integrity of the carpet fibers. This will dramatically shorten the life of the carpet and can be prevented with regular professional cleanings.
This carpet had been already been vacuumed regularly by the home owner, yet we pulled out all of this hair and debris.
• Improved appearance
New carpet can improve the appearance of any room, but how can carpet that is walked on every day continue looking new? To keep your carpet clean, it’s necessary to vacuum regularly with a strong, well-functioning and properly-filtered vacuum cleaner. Unfortunately, due to traffic, children, pets and normal wear, carpet fibers inevitably become soiled, and a dull appearance results. Traffic lanes will begin to develop in highly used areas such as door thresholds and around furniture. Regular professional cleaning using a well trained technician is as important to your carpet as having a trained mechanic perform routine tune-ups on your car. While your carpet may appear clean on the surface, periodic cleaning by a certified Carpet Pro Cleaners technician can remove what you can’t see and help your carpet retain its fresh, beautiful appearance. Carpet Pro Cleaners suggests carpets be cleaned every six months to a year. In some circumstances, such as homes with indoor pets or children, more frequent cleanings may be necessary to ensure a healthy environment for you and your family. Proper maintenance will give your carpet a longer life while retaining an appearance you can be proud of; saving you money and making you feel better about your home all the while.