With school back in session and the kids coming into contact with all sorts of germs, it is important to take a concentrated effort on washing hands and keeping bacteria, viruses and other germs as far away from your home as possible. While clean hands are a great start to keeping harmful germs away from you and your family, there are other areas that you should concern yourself with keeping clean. Your carpet can be one of the biggest hosts to a large amount of bacteria that is settling into your home. While vacuuming and dusting are great daily chores to fight against dirt build up, your carpet requires extra TLC to avoid bacteria sinking into your home.
Norovirus Bacteria in Carpet
There are a few common types of bacteria that are great at hiding out on the surface of your carpet and can cause a great deal of discomfort to you and your family. Norovirus is probably the most common bacteria that linger on the surface of carpet in homes today. Norovirus, also known as the Norwalk Virus, causes symptoms that are similar to food poisoning and the stomach flu. The Norovirus can survive on the surface of your carpet for four to six weeks, and it becomes airborne as people walk or roll across it.
Staphylococcus Aureus Bacteria on Carpets & Mattresses
One of the stronger bacteria that can survive on the surface of your carpet is the staphylococcus aureus bacteria. These bacteria can withstand penicillin and can run rampant on the surface of your carpet or even on your mattress. If you have an athlete in the home, then the chances of this bacteria showing up in your home are quite high. Staph bacteria can be brought home in a gym bag or on the surface of athletic shoes. This bacterium can cause red bumps all over the skin that are extremely painful, which can grow into a more severe rash and cause fever.
Carpet Cleaning, Stain Removal in Tracy, Livermore, San Ramon, Dublin, Mountain House, Walnut Creek, Danville & the East Bay of California
Not only can your carpet fall victim to many different types of bacteria, but it can also be invaded by mold and fungi. When moisture is tracked into your home and forced into your carpet, mold will grow and can spread quickly if not cleaned properly. To lessen the amount of bacteria that sinks into your carpet, place rugs over high traffic areas throughout your home. Most importantly, have your carpets cleaned by a professional at least twice a year. Contact Carpet Care 2000 for professional carpet cleaning service that will leave your carpet clean and bacteria free.