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What Lives in Your Carpet?

Posted on Thursday 10 October 2019

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3 Little Nasties that Live in Your Carpet and What You Can do About Them

While you may think you keep your carpet relatively clean, there is probably still a build-up of bacteria that traditional cleaning just won’t eradicate. Getting professional carpet cleaners in at least a couple of times a year is essential to keep your home happy and healthy.

Philip Tierno, a medical centre microbiologist, immunologist and author of ‘’The secret life of germs’’, completed research over a period of time and surmised that an average carpet holds onto 200,000 bacteria per square inch! This is 4,000 more than the average toilet! If that isn’t enough for you to book a steam carpet cleaning immediately, I don’t know what is!

So what nasties live in your carpets? Let’s take a look.

Skin Cells

It’s a fact of life that dust is going to settle all over your home, but did you know that the majority of that dust is made up of skin cells! Sounds disgusting right! Every person sheds on average 1 million skin cells a day, so if you have many people living in your home that’s a lot!

A weekly hoover will of course help eradicate some of these cells, but regular steam carpet cleaning is essential to truly give your carpets a deep clean. Dust mites will feed on these skin cells, so if you don’t keep on top of them, they will be on a feeding frenzy and multiply even faster!

Dust Mites

There are millions of dust mites living in your carpets, mattresses, curtains and all types of soft furnishings. These mites feed on discarded skin cells and breed very quickly if not kept under control. Allergy and asthma sufferers can be extremely allergic to these and could experience intense reactions.

Dust mites are going to be in your home no matter how clean you are, but the amount you have can be controlled by changing a few things. Make sure you; vacuum regularly, wash bedding at high temperatures, lower the humidity in your home, avoid upholstered furniture, switch to blinds instead of heavy curtains and get your carpets steam cleaned at regular intervals.


If you have carpet in a high traffic area, it is going to accumulate bacteria. Some of the most harmful bacteria found lurking in carpets are; E Coli, Salmonella and Staphylococcus! These could be brought in by pets or the soles of shoes in the form of faeces.

While it is a disgusting thought, bacteria will find its way into your home no matter how careful you are. All you can do is battle it by keeping up with a regular cleaning schedule. Get your local steam carpet cleaning professionals in Adelaide into your home at least a few times a year and even more if you have pets. Take shoes off at the door and keep pets out of certain rooms where you want to keep the carpets fresh.

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