One of the difficulties with regards to carpet cleaning is that often, what is being removed when they are cleaned is not always obvious. The experts at tell us this can apply to things like pieces of grit and dirt and grime which is embedded within the fibres and are so small that they are not visible to the human eye.

Perhaps this is why there are some who suggest that at any given time, a carpet which is not cleaned can hold up to four times its own weight due to the undesirables within it. Now that might seem staggering, and we are not suggesting you rip up your carpets to test this theory, but it does make you think what could be contributing to that.

There is going to be obvious answers like dirt and grit, but there are others which might be lurking in carpets which apart from being too small to see, create another problem. We are talking about those tiny and microscopic undesirables, that can actually be a risk to the health of anyone who regularly walks on that carpet.

Here we are talking about mould, pollen, and bacteria to name but a few. Actually when we say ‘few’ that is certainly not the word to describe the extent to which these all exist within dirty carpets. In the worst cases, it is believed that there can be as many as 200,000 bacteria living within one square inch of carpet. To put that into context, the number of bacteria on a single lavatory is thought to be 500 times less than that.

Bear in mind these numbers are worst-case scenarios but even if your carpets are 1,000 times cleaner than this example, that is still a lot of bacteria in every square inch of your carpets, be that in an office or at home.

So, just what are these nasties that might exist, and can do you harm? Well, the first is mould, which is created when moisture is around, so that includes humid conditions. They also tend to thrive near rooms where there might be water, so that is obviously the bathroom, shower rooms, and kitchens

The risk of mould to humans, apart from the fact it spreads almost invisibly, is that it can induce allergic reactions ranging from mild symptoms such as itching, to serious reactions where someone breathing is impaired. Mould can also produce toxins that make humans more sensitive to bacterial infections.

Talking of bacteria that is the next nasty on the list, and to be accurate we should say nasties, given the many different types of bacteria that can thrive in a dirty carpet. A carpet which is not cleaned is a breeding ground for bacteria, and they can cause illness, hospitalisations, and in the most extreme cases, death.

Examples of the more common ones are salmonella, which is especially dangerous for young children at one end of the age range, and the elderly at the other. Another form of bacteria which lurks in carpets is campylobacter, which is especially keen on damp carpets. This can cause a number of problems in the digestive system, with diarrhoea being the most common.

Another bacteria which may be lurking within carpets is norovirus which can remain there for long periods of time. It is not to be confused with coronavirus, however, it is also transmittable, meaning anyone who walks on a dirty carpet can spread them. The result can be severe digestive issues including vomiting.

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