Do you know your carpet is like a filter? How to clean the carpet in your home

Carpets may not have filters but they function as filters.  This filtering function of the carpet is very important in ensuring indoor air quality and preventing contamination in our home. That is the reason why we should take cleaning our carpet filter seriously.

What our carpet collects

Have you ever wondered what your carpet is really collecting? Or just what things are tracked through it or spilled into it on a daily basis?

The most common household pollutants are; dirt, dust, pollens, stearic acid, hair, pet dander, asphalt, sand, smoke residues, hydrocarbons, mites, fleas, dead skin, dead mites & fleas, tar, bacteria, foods, drinks, fungus, and sometimes viruses.  The hydrocarbons come from outdoor pollution and your gas appliances, the stearic acids come from cooking food. How many of these common, everyday pollutants would you say are not in your carpets and upholstery this very minute? Far too many and not very pleasant when we think about it.

At a glance your carpet may look clean. Maybe.  But carpets are designed to hide dirt, soil and pollutants from your eyes.  They may not be visible to the naked eye but they are definitely lurking between the carpet fibres and perhaps underneath the carpet itself.  The dirtier the carpet is, the more chances it will have of making you and your family ill.

Find out what carpets collect with this simple test

This simple test will help you determine what carpet collects from daily use.

Place a new bag inside your vacuum, thoroughly vacuum all of your carpets.  If you do not have time to do the entire house, then vacuum the section of the house you use the most.  For example, the lounge or the bedroom.  When done remove the bag and cut it open and take a look at what was inside your visually clean carpet.  You will be surprised how many nasty things you can find in the bag.  Pollutants are tracked into your home every day.  As you walk across the carpets in your home, you re-distribute the dust and pollutants back into the air that you and your family breathe.

Eventually, if left uncleaned, the carpets in your home will start to look dirty and tired.  Visual soil can take up to 1 or 2 years before they become visible to the eye.  By then it has already done damage to the carpet and to the indoor air quality in your home.

How to maintain your carpet

You could start by cleaning the carpet regularly.  A good vacuum at least once a week will lift most surface dust, dirt and grit from your carpet and rugs.  But the dust and pollutants trapped in the fibres will require a deeper cleanse which can be achieved if you dry clean or steam the carpet.  Ideally your carpet should be professionally cleaned at least once a year.  If you or a family member suffer from allergies or respiratory-related illness, or if you have young children and pets in the home, then more regular cleaning may be required.

Still not convince?  Pretend your carpet is a pair of socks.  Would you wear the same pair of socks for an entire year without washing it?   Your carpets are subjected to far more pollutants on a daily basis than a pair of socks, yet most of us do not clean their carpet regularly.

Consider the carpet as a soft, warm and fuzzy pollutant filter.  It will require regular maintenance and cleaning so it can continue to perform its function.  As mentioned at the beginning, the benefits of having a carpet filter in your home will result with less airborne dust and pollutants in your home; thus improving indoor air quality and health.

Furthermore, a dirty carpet tends to wear down faster because the dirt and grit trapped inside its fibres act as an abrasive on the material every time you step on it. Over time the fibres will start to pack or flatten resulting in an ugly worn look in your carpet.    If you do decide to sell your home, a good, clean carpet will always fetch a better price than a dirty and smelly one.

Which one is better?

Here is a simple quiz for you.  Imagine two identical homes with the same number of inhabitants.  One home has tile and timber floors while the other is fully carpeted.  If the fireplace is on, which home do you think will have a better indoor air quality?

If you say the tile and timber home, you are wrong.  The home with the carpet will have a better indoor quality because the carpet is able to trap dust and pollutants.  In the former, the pollutants (for example particles of ash) will continue to circulate in the air and affect the air quality.

Keep up on the dry particulate soil by investing in an efficient vacuum cleaner. A good vacuum should come with a HEPA filter to capture the very small particles that normally go right through most vacuums and back into the room. By frequently and thoroughly vacuuming your carpets you can remove as much as 70% of the soils and pollutants that exist inside your carpets. The remaining 30% is usually trapped within the fibres or has been bonded to the sticky wet soils; thus the need for steam or dry cleaning.

Maintenance is the key to carpet longevity so call an expert carpet cleaner and keep your carpet filter in tip-top condition.   If you have not yet made an appointment to have your carpet professionally clean, now is a good time to ring the experts.  Professional carpet cleaning is affordable.  The health benefits you get from the final result is priceless.  Call DryTech Carpet Cleaning today for all your Sydney carpet cleaning needs.

DryTech Carpet Cleaning is one of Sydney’s best domestic cleaning and carpet cleaning companies.  For more information about our wide range of services or a free quote call: 0408 578 918 or email: info@drytechcarpetcleaning.com.au

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