Did you know that bacteria can live for 4 weeks after being left on carpet? And that the average person sheds around 1.5 million skin flakes in just an hour? The average carpet collects several pounds of soil every year, especially high traffic areas like an office or entryway. If carpet cleaning is neglected for long periods of time, it can reduce indoor air quality and make occupants ill. The carpet fibers will hold onto indoor air pollutants ranging from dust to organic compounds, trapping them in their fibers.
Homes or businesses that experience higher than average humidity will need to pay special attention to their carpet maintenance programs. Carpets can actually grow hazardous mold, which can compromise the structural integrity of the flooring below it as well as exasperate allergies or those with weak immune systems. In addition to mold, humidity helps dust mites thrive and radically multiply.
Dust mites are the most common cause of allergies from the indoors and can irritate asthma in children and adults alike. It is often the case that dust mites cannot be eliminated by normal cleaning procedures and that vigorous cleaning can actually spread them around and up into the air. It is best to hire a professional carpet cleaning service to deep clean your carpets and get to the root of the problem. Long-term exposure to poor indoor air quality can lead to regular illnesses among staff or family members and the development of respiratory problems.
To truly eradicate those deeply embedded organic compounds, you should opt for a routine carpet maintenance program by a professional. This will extend the longevity of your carpets, maintain healthy indoor air quality and keep them appearing bright and beautiful. Call ServiceMaster Cleaning & Restoration Services for residential carpet and area rug cleaning as well as commercial carpet maintenance programs today at (866) 856 – 4007.