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What calls our carpets home?

And why dont they pay rent?

Our carpets are wonderful. They are without doubt one of the major contributors in making our homes comfortable, cosy and of course warm. But they need a little TLC to keep them looking their best and also, arguably more importantly, to keep them healthy!

When we dust our coffee tables or other furniture and surfaces, we are cleaning a hard flat surface which is generally not going to cling to dust particles when wiped. Our carpets on the other hand like to hold on to particles. Unlike a flat surface these 3D micro environments we have beneath our feet are the perfect trap for microscopic particles to be held.

When we run our vacuum cleaners over the surface, of course some of the dust and soil will be removed but much it is left behind. We wouldn't vacuum our bed sheets or our clothes and consider them to be clean would we?

Now believe it or not this is actually a really good thing! Lets picture a house with just hard flooring. The same particles will be present but instead of being trapped under our feet they wil simply float down to floor level. Now when you open a door, a window or even walk past these particles can be blown up into our breathing zone!

Our carpets act like an air filter for our homes helping to keep nasties out of our lungs!

A single sq meter of carpet can contain:

  • Millions of Bacteria
  • Millions of Dust Mites
  • Dust Mite Faeces
  • Shed Skin Cells
  • Body Hairs
  • Pet and Vermin Hair/Dander
  • Insect parts
  • Mold Spores
  • Silverfish
  • Carpet Beetles
  • Car Exhaust Carbon Particles
  • Pollen
  • Viruses
  • and more ...
So what is in our carpets?
picture showing dust bug

Like all filters our carpets need deep cleaning to keep them looking their best and to keep them healthy. For more information on what our carpets contain check out the "why have your carpets cleaned" video on the gallery page where a microbiologist explains the benefits in more detail.

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