CARPET FACTS – WHERE DOES ALL THE DIRT COME FROM?

  1. Most experts recommend that all carpets should be professionally steam cleaned a minimum of every 6 to 18 months, depending on usage.
  2. Hot water extraction cleaning method is preferred for warranted carpet.
  3. Scientists believe that more than 43 million tons of dust falls over the U.S. every year, and approximately 40 pounds of dust settles inside the average home within this same time period.
  4. Each year, several pounds of soil can accumulate in and under your carpet.
  5. Indoor air usually contains about twice as much dust as the air outside.
  6. The primary cause of soiled carpets in the home of a smoker is tobacco smoke.  It leaves a filth on carpets and cannot be removed by vacuuming alone.  Tobacco smoke is also a major cause of grit.
  7. Because dogs and cats, not to mention children and infants, spend a great deal of time on the floor, they may be at risk for developing lung cancer in households with cigarette smokers.
  8. The dirt that originates from the kitchen is the second major cause of soiled carpets.  Grease gets generated from the cooking process, and then gets tracked into other parts of the house.  Grease cannot be vacuumed up and must be thoroughly washed with a steam cleaner.
  9. Most homeowners do not notice the build up of dust and dirt in their carpeting.  It grows very slowly and is not visible to the naked eye for sometimes as long as three or four years. Therefore, carpet needs cleaned “before” it looks soiled.
  10. Dirt comes through all outside doors, but especially through the doorways leading into the garage.  A car or lawnmower that drips oil is a source of oily dirt that can be tracked into the home.
  11. Homeowners with wood burning stoves or fireplaces will experience soot-like dirt throughout their home.  This dirt can be vacuumed up, but it does leave an odor that can only be washed out with steam cleaning.
  12. Homeowners who live in cities must contend with urban dirt. City pollutants and auto exhaust are the main reasons why city dwellers need to clean their carpets much more frequently than farm and rural dwellers.
  13. A person sheds about 1.5 million skin flakes an hour, most of which becomes embedded in our carpets.
  14. 87% of soils are tracked onto carpet by shoes, and the main entry typically has the most dry soils. Frequent vacuuming will remove nearly 80% of these dry soils.
  15. Carpet is the largest filter in a home or business, and it should be professionally cleaned on a regular basis.
  16. When properly steam cleaned and maintained, carpeting may improve the quality of air through trapping allergy-inducing dust and allergens.
  17. Household pets bring in their share of dirt as well as ticks and fleas.  Pet hair has an oil on it that causes it to adhere to dirt.  During the shedding season, this oil and dirt combination can cause a foul odor.
  18. Carpets are highly effective places for mature fleas to live because they thrive in the carpet’s dry temperature.  Conversely, flea eggs love wetter carpets that may be damp due to flooding, inadequate bathroom ventilation, or kitchen-generated moisture.  Fleas can bite both people and animals.
  19. Dust mites thrive in warm, humid environments, eating dead skin cells and nesting in dust-collecting carpets.  The residue that mites leave behind can mix with dust and become airborne, which may cause allergies.
  20. Carpets in particular can become heavily infested with mites. The chemical benzyl benzoate will kill mites, but their dead carcasses can still be allergenic and will need to be steam cleaned and vacuumed up afterwards.
  21. About 2,000 dust mites can live happily on one ounce of carpet dust.
  22. Bed bugs can live in carpet fibers and wooden floorboards.  For their size,  they are extremely fast and can crawl more than 100 feet to obtain a blood meal, usually at night from people who  are sleeping.
  23. Stachybotrys chartarum is a house mold that grows on wet carpeting. It produces mycotoxins  which causes dermatitis, mucosal irritation and immunosuppression.
  24. Nylon is the most popular fiber used in carpet manufacturing today.
  25. It is recommended to avoid using these products to remove spots/stains from carpet ( Carpet Fresh, Chlorine Bleach, Dawn Soap, Oxyclean, Clorox Wipes).
  26. Pittsburgh Post Gazette Carpet Article