A Healthy Home Needs A Healthy Carpet

We all want a clean, healthy home to come home to. What is often overlooked though, is that keeping the carpet clean is a large part of maintaining a clean and healthy home environment. For many of us the carpet is probably the largest item we have at home. It may cover the majority of the house. But because we are usually walking on it and covering it up with pieces of furniture it can sometimes get neglected. This can be the biggest mistake if your goal is to have a clean and healthy home.

What carpet actually does in your home, other than keep your bare feet warm in the winter, is work as a filter for almost anything that gets brought in by our feet or through the air. Think of your carpet like the filters you use in your air conditioning vents. The concept is the same. All the dust and particles that float in the air has to go somewhere. I can’t stay up forever. It ends up in your carpet. So what happens to your air conditioning filter if you don’t change it after a while? It gets covered, clogged, and looks disgusting. This is the same thing that is going on with your carpet.

This is why it is very important to vacuum and maintain your carpet on a regular basis. One of your carpet’s jobs is to filter out debris for you. Your job is to collect all that debris and remove it. If you don’t then your carpet is going to become a cesspool for bacteria, allergens, dust mites, and a number of other unhealthy organisms and germs. This will not only lead to health issues such as allergies or respiratory ailments, but will also attract more unsavory characters such as roaches, termites, and mice. Yuck.

If you have children that are constantly on the carpet then you really need to keep it clean. Crawling, rolling, and just playing in general usually has your children’s faces close to the carpet. If you haven’t maintained it properly then they are just breathing in all those unhealthy elements.

The simplest and most efficient practice is to keep your carpet vacuumed. Do this up to 2-3 times or more a week if you can and at least once per week. This will collect everything your carpet has collected during that span. You’ll be surprised at how much better the indoor air quality is when you vacuum on a regular basis.

Hire a professional to give your carpet a deep cleaning once per year. This will basically “reset” your carpet and give you a fresh slate to continue your regular maintenance on. These two things are the basis of having a healthy carpet and a healthy home.

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