When was the last time you had your carpet cleaned? Can’t remember? Think it looks fine, so why bother? Well, it’s time to reconsider. What I’m about to tell you may change your thinking forever. Did you know that carpet acts as a “sink” inside your home? It literally filters dirt, grease, pollutants, bacteria, odors, and allergens right out of the air. It’s a collection center for your indoor environment. Even the cleanest of homes contain dust mites which are minuscule insects which feed on food and the scales of human skin. And, did you know that the human body sheds its skin cells seven times each year? It is important to keep areas around beds, sofas, and chairs thoroughly vacuumed and cleaned to minimize the accumulation of dust mites, human body cells and other biological contaminants. If the carpet is not maintained, all of these foreign soils can contribute to an unhealthy indoor environment. If the carpet is well-maintained, its filtering action is good.
Carpet literally cleans out the air and holds the foreign pollutants to a point where they can be extracted, cleaned, counter-acted, and totally removed from the indoor environment. That’s what professional carpet cleaning is all about! For years people have ignored the “condition” of their indoor air. That will happen no longer. Indoor hygiene and air quality will be prominent issues throughout the nineties and beyond.
Another important benefit gained from well-maintained carpeting is its wear ability. Clean carpets last longer. Carpet is a major investment for a family- the third largest investment most homeowners ever make. The soil, dirt and particulates in a carpet act like abrasive sandpaper upon the fiber. They pit the fiber, break down its resiliency, make it easier to stain, and generally rob the carpet of a better part of its life. Cleaning the carpet extends our carpet investment.
So, your next question is probably, “What can I do to keep my carpets clean and my indoor environment healthy?” Here are some helpful suggestions:
1. Clean spills promptly and thoroughly.
2. Vacuum at least twice weekly, concentrating on “high traffic” areas.
3. Use a vacuum cleaner in good condition. Change disposable bag regularly, and check for worn belts.
4. Place doormats at the entrances of your home. This will help prevent “tracked-in” dirt from accumulating in the carpet.
5. Open windows to provide cross-ventilation through your home at least once weekly.
6. Professionally clean your carpet at least once every 12 to 18 months.
And, remember – you can breathe easier knowing if you take care of your carpets- they will take care of you!
Written by Gordon E. Glasnow, CR
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