The Top 5 Nastiest Things Hiding In Your Carpet
5: Dust and Allergens
The dust that collects in your home and carpet is made mostly from dead human skin cells. In other words, your house is filled with former bits of yourself! The average person sheds almost one million skins cells per day and over 8 pounds of dead skin cells per year! However, its not just dust. If you live in San Antonio you know that oak pollen and mountain cedar cause lots of seasonal allergies for people in the area. Throughout the year these allergens are brought into your home by your shoes, pets, or air.
4: Rotting Food
If you’ve ever dropped food on your carpet and haven’t had it professionally cleaned then there are tons of microscopic rotting food particles trapped within your carpet. These rotting food particles provide habitat and food for lots of nasty organisms that would love to make your carpet their home.
3: Dust Mites
However, it gets even worse. Your carpet is filled with MILLIONS of microscopic organisms called dust mites that survive by eating dust (aka your dead skin cells). Dust mites can also live in upholstery, mattresses, and air ducts.
2: Pet Feces and Urine
If you have a cat or dog there is Poop and pee molecules in your carpet. It doesn’t matter if your pet is well trained because that will only affect the amount of poop and pee in your carpet but not completely prevent it. Even if your pet does all their business in the right places they track the poop and pee particles back onto your carpet. This is especially true for cats because they walk in their litter boxes and then walk on your carpet. Just imagine putting your foot in your toilet and then walking on your carpet. Yuk! Animal feces can have lots of nasty bugs in it and is a prime location for bacterial growth.
We saved the worst for last! Dirty carpetsare an excellent habitat for all kinds of nasty germs. The most common types of nasty bacteria found in your carpet include: Escherichia Coli (E. Coli), Staphylococcus Aureus (STAPH), and Salmonellosis (Salmonella). E. Coli can cause stomach aches, diarrhea, and intestinal infections. E. Coli is found in the poop of mammals such as dogs, cats, and humans. Then there is Staph which is a bacterium that lives on the skin of a lot of mammals. Staph can end up in carpet from skin cells, dirty hands/feet, or blood. Staph can be harmless or life threatening depending on the exact strain of the Staph bacteria. Most cases of staph can be treated with antibiotics but in recent years antibiotic resistant staph has become a significant problem. Finally, Salmonella is transferred to carpet from feces from pets or people. Salmonella is particularly dangerous and causes: fever, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. Salmonella can usually be treated by antibiotics but is particularly dangerous for children and senior citizens.