Is Your Dirty Carpet Making You Sick?

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asthmatic personDirty Carpets makes you sick, The majority of people get their dirty carpet cleaned for no other reason than it looks dirty. Once their cream carpet has turned a dingy grey, then they’re on the phone booking a carpet cleaner. However, the real reason why a carpet should be cleaned isn’t for aesthetics but for your health.

Whilst most people do all they can to minimise obvious health risks such as putting fire guards around an open fire and keeping saucepan handles on the hob turned inwards, very few people consider the health risk associated with dirty carpets.

Harbours toxins

A carpet that doesn’t receive a regular professional clean can quickly accumulate all manner of fungus, bacteria, and other irritants. In fact, an old carpet can weigh up to 8 times its original weight thanks to toxic dirt which has got trapped at the base of the fibres. Over the years a dirty carpet can also harbour toxins from paints and cleaning sprays as well as toxic residues from pesticides, which can only be removed by a deep professional clean.

Although your carpets may look clean, if they haven’t been professionally cleaned for a couple of years, they pose a significant health risk to you and your family. Here’s why:

  • Allergies – Many allergens may be lurking in your carpet which are responsible for a lot of common allergic symptoms. Fungus, recycled dirt, dander, pet hair and dust mite are just some of the troublesome allergens that are likely to be present.
  • Skin conditions – A dirty carpet has been attributed to ailments such as athletes foot and unexplained rashes in young children. Unless you adopt a no shoes policy, fungus and bacteria picked up outdoor can be left on the carpet from shoes and all that’s needed for them to multiply and grow is a small spillage of liquid.
  • Respiratory infections – Asthma is often triggered by pet dander which has nestled safely in the depths of the carpet fibres. Accumulated allergens and toxins in a dirty carpet can also affect the lung’s capabilities to operate properly.

Symptoms associated with a dirty carpet

If you or your family are suffering with any of the following symptoms it cold well be an indication that your carpet is harbouring allergens.

  • Eyes which are watery, red, or itchy
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Wheezing
  • Excessive sneezing
  • Blocked nose
  • Runny nose
  • Rashes
  • Itchy skin

Naturally it’s recommended to seek medical advice, but the first step should be to get your dirty carpet professionally cleaned to make your home as healthy as it can be.

Call Carpet Cleaning Kings on 1300 7000 75 to make a booking or request a free quote.

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