Where’s the last place in your home that you would ever want to eat dinner? Probably the bathroom, right? All those germs… yuck!

What if I told you that your living room may be more damaging to your health than your toilet seat? According to this study by Philip Tierno Jr. (a microbiologist and immunologist) at the New York University Langone Medical Centre, our carpets are 4,000 times dirtier than our toilet seats.

If you have carpets and are inviting guests over for a dinner party, you might want to re-think your dining location. That, or schedule a carpet cleaning.

In each square inch of carpet are about 200,000 types of bacteria. These bacterias can result in symptoms related to asthma, dust mites, mould, athlete’s foot, and mycotoxins— all of which could have damaging effects on your health. Learn more about those illnesses right here.

Why Are Carpets Magnets for Bacteria?

On average, humans shed roughly 1.5 million skin cells every hour. These skin cells are bacteria’s breakfast, lunch and dinner.

In addition to our skin cells, all the dirt and debris we track into our homes gets trapped in between all the carpet fibres as well. In just a few minutes, we can track bacteria like E-coli, rodent droppings, toxic herbicides, cigarette residue, pollen and lead dust all on the bottom of our shoes and lead them inside our homes.

So, What Do You Do?

First things first hot water extraction by steam cleaning. This is a pre-treatment that breaks down oils and cells which bind carpet fibres together. From there, you can apply a commercial carpet cleaning solution, or contact Ideal Carpet Cleaning for best results.

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