Carpets aren’t like floorboards or tiles. Maintaining a clean and healthy carpet takes a lot of work – you might be surprised to learn what the consequences of not taking this seriously are!
Before you get to work laying your brand-new carpet, there are a couple things you need to know for your health.
1) A lot of the stains, dirt and debris in your carpets are invisible!
You might think that regular vacuuming and occasional spot cleans are enough to ensure a clean and healthy carpet.
However, the truth of the matter is that a lot of the messes in your carpet are invisible.
Carpet fibres grab on to messes, dirt and debris. Oftentimes, these messes are grabbed deep in the carpets themselves, putting them out-of-reach of most routine cleans!
2) Dirty carpets can trigger skin diseases and infections
Okay, so carpets are a sanctuary for dirt, dust, and stains. Not fun.
Even worse? In many cases, they also wind up playing host to a whole host of bugs and bacteria.
Think about how much time you spend in close proximity to your carpet on any given day. Now think about how much of those hidden bugs and bacteria might have found their way into the air you breathe or made contact with your skin…
Long story short, if you don’t make a habit of deep cleaning your carpets, you can expect health problems!
3) Carpets are a thousand times dirtier than toilet seats
Yep, you heard that right!
According to Reader’s Digest, up to 200,000 bacteria can live in each square inch of carpet (around 2.5 square centimetres) – that’s 700 times the number on your toilet seats!
If you want to avoid E. coli and salmonella among others, it’s vital you get your carpet deep cleaned (and don’t forget your toilet seat either!)
4) The type of carpet you own changes what types of bugs and bacteria take hold
So we’ve established that carpets grab on to pet dander, pollen and food particles, among other things. The amount of these messes that make their way into your carpet however will depend on the material and type.
In our experience, wool is probably the most low-maintenance type of carpet or upholstery, owing to its resistance to static electricity – something that attracts dirt.
5) Carpets improve the air quality at home
Carpet traps bacteria and germs, and grabs dirt and dust – not a great outcome.
But in a weird and almost twisted way, this actually improves air quality in some ways!
That’s because your carpet acts as a sink for bacteria and debris. When dust builds up on floorboards, it’s very easy to disturb – with carpet on the other hand, it clings to the fibres, meaning less gets into the air.
Of course, ideally your carpet won’t have anything in it – you’ll want to get it deep cleaned regularly.
6) Carpets should be deep cleaned once a year – at least!
If you want our advice, your carpet needs to be cleaned once a year at the bare minimum. This is the minimum number of times to prevent the build-up of hidden bacteria and germs.
And for high-traffic carpeted areas like hallways and bedrooms, this number goes even higher – as much as once every three to six months!
7) Some carpets and stains require specialised cleaning
If you think all stains and hidden messes can be removed using any old carpet cleaning solutions, you’ve got another thing coming!
Certain stains need specialised cleaning. Preferably, the type performed by a carpet cleaning professional.
That’s because certain carpets don’t react well to the usual carpet cleaning methods. More delicate materials such as natural fibres don’t take well to the heat and moisture that comes with traditional steam cleaning, for example.
Furthermore, strong stains like paint can require highly specialised cleaning products to make sure everything’s properly removed.
8) Regularly cleaned and maintained carpets last longer than dirty ones
It might sound like a no-brainer – but you’d be surprised how many people seem to forget this!
9) Steam cleaning is NOT the same as hot water extraction
At MasterClean Carpet Care, hot water extraction is our technique of choice.
While the names may sound similar, the truth is that hot water extraction is a completely different cleaning technique!
- Hot water extraction uses lower temperatures
- It combines hot water with specialised cleaning products
- Moisture is extracted immediately afterwards
While each of these are important differences, it’s the last one that really sets hot water extraction apart.
By hoovering up any water almost immediately after it’s used, hot water extraction ensures a much faster dry.
Moreover, this part of the process also sucks up dirt, debris and bacteria. Using conventional steam cleaning, a lot of the steam just turns into water once it cools. A lot of the dirt and bacteria then mix with this water – when the water evaporates, the mess is left behind.
Since hot water extraction immediately sucks up any moisture in your carpet, the vast majority of this dirt and debris goes with it!
Leave the carpet cleaning to the experts
Call a carpet cleaning expert today!
As you can see, it won’t do to just entrust your carpet to any old cleaner. For the best results, it’s imperative you choose a carpet cleaning professional.
At MasterClean Carpet Care, we’re the Masters of carpet and upholstery cleaning (sorry, we had to say it!)
Our dedicated team of carpet cleaners services across Bayside and Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.
Our mission? To bring life back to your carpets and keep your home healthy.
Contact the Masters today on 1300 556 748 to see how we can save your carpets.