What’s Hiding in Your Carpet?

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Dirty Water During Carpet Extraction -yikes!

What’s Hiding in Your Carpet?

2 weeks ago I found out that my son, Tyler, is allergic to dust mites, pollen, cats and dogs! Omg! I freaked out even though I know that its not a serious illness compared to others but nevertheless I freaked out! I immediately called the office and asked to schedule a carpet cleaning for his room. The doctor told me that I need to get rid of the carpet in his room but for now I just had it shampooed…and although I’ve been studying carpet cleaning techniques for years I decided to review some of the material again just to ensure the doctor was right 😉

Dirty Water from carpet during shampoo service

Dirty water from carpet machine during carpet cleaning service – as you can see the machine picks up everything possible – pure dirt!

Well, we all know that carpets are filters for dust, bacteria, yikeness in general and still some of us may clean it once a year. I thought of all the clients we have who often mention that someone in the family has allergy problems…so this blog is for those of us who really need a wake up call when it comes to all the junk that is sitting in your carpets. It could be affecting you, your family and your pets (and yes pets are part of the family too ;).

Although a clean and fresh smelling carpet is adorable if not cleaned appropriately it can host enough bacteria, viruses and other repulsive microorganisms that can set off allergy attacks or cause serious illness.

Dr. Phillip M. Tierno & Dr. Chuck Gerba, assessed home surfaces to find out which were germiest. It turns out that home carpeting can contain an average of 200,000 organisms per square inch can be found in a dirty carpet; this amount is 4,000 times more than that found on a toilet seat! Visit this blog here to verify that fact!

Found this great blog that has lots of good info-check it out here.

A carpet that is not frequently cleaned may contain high levels of bacteria including Salmonella, E. Coli, and Staphylococcus Aureus. Carpets were also found to contain dust mites, food debris and allergens such as pollen.


Allergens such as pollen and dust might cause respiratory issues and wheezing when they get kicked into the air. Allergy sufferers could find themselves suffering from the presence of dust mites. Although dust mites are common, if they are present in large quantities, they can cause discomfort, including skin rashes and irritation of the eyes.


Dirty Water from Carpet

Dirty Water from Carpet

Another problem is the development of harmful fungus in the carpet. One of the most common fungi is the one that causes Athlete’s Foot, an unpleasant and easily spread disease. If left untreated, it can even lead to a bacterial infection.


coli comes in a variety of strings and types with different affects. Although most of them are harmless, others can cause severe stomach pain, bloody diarrhea, urinary tract infections, respiratory illness, and pneumonia while other strains of E. Coli may cause severe anemia, kidney failure which can lead to death. It can be deposited onto you carpet directly from pets, splashing out of toilets or carried from outside.

Staphilococus Aureus can easily affect little cuts that get infected by the bacteria. Some types can be treated with antibiotics, while some are more resistant. This bacteria can spread on your carpets through blood, skin, dirty hands and fingernails, and mucous.

Salmonella is a pathogen that can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps, and is especially dangerous to young children and elderly adults. It can be transferred on the carpet through contaminated food, pets, and from tracking in from outside.

The best way to avoid experiencing any problems with your carpets is to look after them properly.

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This is the final phase – here you can see the vibrancy of the carpet / color

Vacuum your carpet at least weekly to keep critters under control. Vacuuming simply won’t remove the allergens that cause many of our allergic reactions and health problems however periodic vacuuming can remove a great deal of this soiling.  If you are allergy to dust mites – doctors would recommend getting rid of your carpets altogether.

Get it deep-cleaned with a professional service every 6-12 months and even more frequently if you have pets and young children.  Cleaning processes that extract pollutants from carpets enhance the quality of the indoor environment by reducing exposure to these contaminants. If you can’t afford paying a professional company at least rent out a machine from Home Depot and do it yourself – its affordable!