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Friday, 7 March 2014

YOUR CARPETS ARE CONTAGIOUS SO CLEAN THEM!




Clean carpets not only look and smell lovely, they last longer and are healthier for you and your family. 

Your carpets act as filters, trapping harmful and damaging air pollutants such as bacteria, cigarette smoke tars, chemicals, animal dander and dust which you would otherwise breathe in. As with all filters however, they need regular cleaning and maintaining to perform at their best.

Whilst vacuuming will clean the surface, the dirt in and under your carpet can only be removed by deep cleaning. For most carpets the best method is hot water extraction it's the method recommended by most major carpet manufacturers, used by us and most professional carpet cleaning services. Cleaning is advised a minimum of every 12 -18 months, sooner in high traffic areas and if you have pets and children. 

THE DIRTY FACTS ABOUT YOUR CARPETS.

1. The five second rule is a myth. Bacteria such as Noro Virus, Salmonella and Campylobacter can actually live up to, and after 4 weeks on a carpet if not cleaned. These germs can be easily transferred to food.
2. According to Dr Philip Tierno, a microbiologist, your carpet probably contains about 200,000 bacteria per square inch, making it 4,000 times dirtier than your toilet seat!
3. Each year several pounds of soil can accumulate in and under your carpet. One person sheds about 1.5 million skin flakes per hour, most of which ends up embedded  in your carpet. 
4. Dust mites thrive in warm, humid environments, eating the dead skin you have shed and nesting in your flooring. The residue left behind by the mites can mix with dust, become airborne and may be the reason why you are suffering with various allergies. 

When properly cleaned and maintained carpeting may actually improve the air quality by removing these trapped allergens.

CARPET CARE TIPS.


1. Vacuum at least twice a week and place dirt trapping mats at entrances (or get everyone to take their shoes off!). Place machine washable rugs in high traffic areas. 
2. Treat stains and spills immediately (apart from mud, see 4). The longer you leave them sit, the less likely you are to remove them.This is especially true of pet accidents and red wine!
3. To deodorise your carpet in between cleaning, sprinkle a generous layer of sodium bicarbonate onto it, let sit as long as possible then vacuum.
4. Sprinkle salt onto dried in mud stains.This will remove the  stain and brighten the colour of your carpet.
5. Always use the services of professional carpet cleaners! They have the knowledge, training and the appropriate products and equipment to use. This ensures the best possible results are achieved every time.

For advice on any carpet cleaning issues please feel free to contact us. Don't sweep it under the carpet, CLEAN IT!