How Healthy is Your CarpetDo you know what one of the dirtiest things in your home is? Nope, it’s not your toilet. It’s your carpet! It’s true, your carpet is home to about 4,000 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat. Did you know that there are about 200,000 bacteria per square inch in the typical home’s carpet? And to think that you walk on it and your kids and pets play on it all day. That’s gross!

Just Where Does The Bacteria Come From?

You might be in disbelief and wondering how all of this bacteria gets into your carpet. There are actually a lot of ways in which different types of bacteria make their way into your carpet. For starters, anytime you walk into your home with shoes on, you are tracking in all kinds of germs from your shoes that you picked up in the street, from the dirt, etc. Just think of all of the different places those shoes have been. These bacteria might include different strains of E.coli, most of which are harmless, but some of which can make you and your family sick.

Another way that bacteria makes its way into your carpet is through coughing, sneezing, and dirty hands. Staph is a bacteria that lives in the nose or on the skin and can be transmitted to your carpet very easily through sneezing or even just touching your nose and then the carpet. This bacteria can also lead to a number of illnesses.

Lastly, salmonella is another form of bacteria that is commonly found in carpet. This can come from contaminated food on your hands when you touch a carpeted area. It can also be tracked in from outside, where it’s often found in the soil. And this might be a little more than you want to know, but it can also be transmitted through animal poop, which is often found on pet paws. 

How Do I Take Care Of It?

Now that you know just how much bacteria is hiding in your carpet, how it got there, and what harm it can cause, you are probably wondering what you can do about it.

The first step is prevention. There are a lot of things that you can do to keep your carpets cleaner. Never wear your shoes inside, and encourage your guests to do the same. If your pets have spent a lot of time outdoors, give them a bath–including cleaning their paws well–before they’re allowed inside the house. If you or your family member is sick, practice proper hygiene to avoid spreading germs.

The next step is to take care of the germs that are already there. No matter how hard you try, you cannot prevent all germs from entering your home. Instead, you’ll need a professional carpet cleaner to remove these germs. Be sure to choose a carpet cleaner that is proven to remove most bacteria. John’s Chem-Dry of Whatcom County removes an average of 89% of bacteria when you choose our sanitizer cleaning package. That means you can say goodbye to most germs! Our professional carpet cleaning service will not only give you peace of mind about having sanitized carpets, but it will also leave your home feeling healthy, clean, and fresh.

If you’re ready to remove the germs and bacteria hiding in your carpets in Whatcom County, give John’s Chem-Dry a call today!