The internet is an endless source of recommendations and instructions on home cleaning. Having access to so many different opinions can make it tricky to decipher which advice to listen to. When it comes to home maintenance, there is one thing the entire cleaning community can agree on: carpet cleaning is insanely important!
From maintaining a healthy environment to warding off pesky allergens, there are so many reasons why regularly cleaning your carpet is vital to the wellbeing of you and your family.
The foremost reason why carpet cleaning is so essential is to prevent any illness from being harbored in the home. A countless list of bacterias and viruses can thrive in dense, fibrous materials such as a carpet or throw rug, and can be easily transmitted to family members and guests.
If you have young children or pets who often play and relax on the soft carpets, this is an especially important reason to keep a tidy, sanitary carpet. If your child comes into contact with bacteria on a dirty carpet, there is potential for the child to translate the germs directly into their mouths. Babies love to put toys and fingers in their mouths and don’t quite grasp the concept of cleanliness yet, so it is vital that we protect them by vacuuming and washing carpets often.
Pets can create a plethora of messes on any surface in the home but have a particular interest in destroying and dirtying our expensive, fluffy carpets. Pet saliva, feces, urine, and dander can wreak havoc on any soft surface, and transmit illness to your children. Even if you live in a child-free home, spot cleaning any messes your pets make is favorable not only for your health but for the longevity of your carpet.
Fending off Allergies
Pollen, animal dander, dirt, and hair particles can all cause allergies for humans of every age. The porous surface of a carpet is the ideal place for these particles to hang out and collect dust. When you walk on your carpet, these allergens are all released into the air.
When allergens are dispersed into the air, there is a massive opportunity for not only seasonal allergies being aggravated, but the formation of respiratory problems.
When you leave your carpet unvacuumed and unwashed, these tiny allergens build up over time. If you have a sudden flare-up in allergies despite it not being allergy season, it may be from your carpet holding old pollen and dust from last season!
Unclean Environments Hurt Our Mental Wellbeing
Anxiety can be caused by many things. Living in an unclean environment is proven to cause increased stress and anxiety in adults. If you have a dirty carpet, not only are you risking your respiratory health and other illnesses, but you are putting your mental health at stake.
Keeping a tidy, organized environment is essential for healthy brain function, and having good mental health is the only way to ensure good physical health for your entire family.
Depression and other preexisting mental conditions can make many individuals too drained to properly clean up their home – this is when calling an organizational expert or professional cleaner may be a better option.
How Often Should You Clean Your Carpets?
The frequency of carpet cleaning is dependent on the amount of foot traffic your carpet receives. A heavily used living room carpet should be vacuumed 3-4 times per week, and steam cleaned every 6 months, or twice per year. Any pet stains such as urine or vomit should be promptly cleaned with a steam cleaner to prevent the buildup of bacteria and odors.
If you have children who regularly play on the carpet, it is especially important to regularly steam clean. Babies and toddlers have weaker immune systems than the typical, healthy adult, and can get quite ill or have a weakened immune system due to bacteria and other germs living in carpet fibers.
A throw carpet or throw rug can be cleaned often and can be simply scrubbed with dish soap in the bathtub, kitchen sink, or outdoors.
When cleaning stationary wall-to-wall carpeting, be sure to check the manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning products and water temperatures. Different fabrics and brands of carpet are all made differently and require different handling when it comes to cleaning.
Although important, maintaining a clean, healthy carpet is easy and doable for people from all walks of life. If you need a little extra help maintaining your home, there is no shame in seeking out professional help from a maid or cleaning service, or putting other family members to work to help out!
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