Carpet is a popular flooring option for homes and businesses. It feels great underfoot and gives warmth to a room. You probably don’t think much else about your carpet, other than it covers your floor.
But, you’ll be interested to hear there are several surprising and even shocking facts about carpets, you probably never heard about. Let’s dive in and learn what’s going on in our carpets.
- 5 million skin flakes shed from the average human every hour. Most of this falls into carpets!
- Bacteria has the ability to survive on a carpet for up to four weeks. Germs like the Norovirus and salmonella could be lurking. So forget the five second rule and throw away food if it falls on your carpet
- Bed bugs like to hide on carpets while waiting for their next blood meal. After being bitten, the swelling can take up to 10 minutes to appear, which is why it’s hard to know when you’re being bitten
- Some carpets are made of knotted wool which can be a hiding place for beetle grubs. These carpet loving bugs, feed on fabric and animal products and will destroy a carpet if left
- Professional carpet cleaning removes allergens and dust, which improves air quality. If a carpet is not cleaned regularly, allergy symptoms can get worse
- Over a year, your carpet accumulates multiple pounds of soil and debris
- A cubic inch of indoor air contains over one million tiny dust particles and one ounce of carpet contains up to 2,000 dust mites!
- Carpet laid in a home with smokers can collect cigarette carcinogens. This may increase the chance of lung cancer for animals and children who spend more time on the floor
- Firebrats love to live in warm carpets and enter homes in cardboard boxes, furniture or infested books
- The Norovirus (which causes stomach flu) can live in a dirty carpet for a month or longer
- According to research, many homeowner’s carpets are seven times dirtier than city roads and 4,000 times dirtier than toilet seats
- Damp carpeting is the perfect place for the mold stachybotrys chartarum to grow. If left, it can cause skin irritations like dermatitis and mucosal inflammation
- The original Hoover vacuum cleaners didn’t sell well. This was primarily because homeowners refused to believe that their carpets were that dirty