Carpets are germ breeding grounds and could be at least 4000 times dirtier than a toilet bowl! —
There are at least 200,000 germs and bacteria per square inch, thriving in the average rug. This is in addition to dust mites and various household allergens. Some of these germs and bacteria are even antibiotic-resistant. Some bacteria are particularly stubborn and can cause more serious problems. For example, Staphylococcus aureus, also known as staph, clings to wet or sweaty feet and may be deposited on a carpet or rug. It will remain there until the rug is cleaned out. If transferred to humans, staph may cause respiratory and skin infections and, in some cases, may cause death.
Campylobacter is another bacteria that gets caught by carpet. It’s a winter strain that threatens the immune system and can cause diarrhea, cramps, fever and pain. Similarly, Norovirus survives on the carpet or rug for many weeks before it becomes airborne and then causes stomach flu on humans. Fungi and mold cause allergies and even death. Micrococcus can cause skin infections, meningitis and sometimes death. Enterococci, a treatment-resistant strain, causes urinary tract infections, as well as a host of other problems including diverticulitis and meningitis. There are plenty of other types that live in carpets, rugs or mattresses that homeowners must watch out for.
Carpets, especially oriental carpets, are a home’s treasure. It is where kids play and watch TV and exposure to the germs on the carpet is often hard to avoid. The best way to keep these problems at bay, aside from professional rug and carpet cleaning, is to clean the carpet regularly, making sure that it remains dry. Another good tip is to wash before going to bed so that any bacteria that has been collected isn’t transferred to the mattress.
Stains, from beer, food, cola, ice cream and other stuff are not only unsightly, but are also are a haven for germs if left untreated. One way to clean a stain is to leave a damp cloth over the stain with a weight on top. This will transfer the stain to the cloth. To speed the process up, you could iron the cloth in situ using a steam iron. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when cleaning a rug. To freshen a rug, dab using a 50-50 combination of water and vinegar with a few drops of essential oil, such as lemon. Sprinkling baking soda over the rug and then vacuuming it up also helps.
For more information about Devine Rug Care, please contact Tam Le on (02) 9982 1000 or by email to email@example.com. Please address any postal queries to 17 Mitchell Rd, Brookvale NSW 2100 and check out their website https://rugclean.com.au/ for any further information.
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