Is your dirty carpet making you sick?

The health risks of a dirty carpet.

It’s well-known that a clean environment is better for your health.

A tidy home is better for your mental health. And clean, germ-free space benefits your physical health.

But what if harm was hiding in plain sight?

Most homes have carpets. And most of them see heavy traffic.

But not just from people. What if we told you that your carpets were a hotbed of germs, microbes and bacteria?

At ServiceMaster Clean, we have over 60 years of experience as leading experts in carpet cleaning, so we know the dangers of a dirty carpet.

Here are some of the ways a dirty carpet is damaging your health.

  1. Allergic Reactions

When you think of having an allergic reaction, you probably don’t think “Well, that’ll be the carpet.”

But often, that is where you should be looking for the cause of your current bout of allergies.

Airborne allergens are subject to gravity and get brought down to us whether we like it or not.

And where do they end up? On the floor.

Meaning your carpets can house microscopic irritants from inside and outside your home.

All of which can cause an allergic reaction.

These include:

  • Animal dander
  • Pollen
  • Microscopic insect parts
  • Dust and dust mites
  • Mould

Some of these like animal dander and dust can come from inside, but pollen and other pollutants can also become tracked in on the soles of shoes and waft through open windows.

If you’re allergic or sensitive to any of these substances or suffer from allergy-induced asthma, contact dermatitis, or allergic rhinitis, you may experience allergy symptoms.

Symptoms include:

  • Itchy, skin, eyes, and nose
  • Sneezing
  • Running nose and eyes
  • A scratchy throat
  • Hives
  • Coughing and wheezing
  • Trouble breathing / Shortness of breath
  • Pressure in your chest

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the irritants building up in your carpet mean symptoms can break out immediately after vacuuming.

  1. Respiratory Issues

As these irritants like mould and dust trapped in your carpet spread the air through, the movement of pollutants may also lead to respiratory issues.

Similar to allergens, these can include coughing or difficulty breathing.

However, while allergens are likely to affect those who already suffer, these may affect everyone.

Although, those with asthma are still likely to feel these symptoms more acutely, as they’re more vulnerable to airborne toxins.

Pets and children are also more likely to be affected, as they spend more time on the floor and touching their mouths.

  1. Health risks from pet germs

Speaking of pets: they make having clean carpets even more crucial.

Not only can pet waste carry bacteria, but it can also create smells like ammonia that can cause nose and lung irritation.

This is particularly dangerous for small children who, as we already know, are frequently low down and in contact with carpets.

Furthermore, the dampness from pet urine increases the risk of mould growth.

We know that this can cause further allergic reactions and respiratory issues, immediately treating areas of carpet that are affected by pet waste is vital.

Given that traction from the outdoors means pathogens and pollutants can be brought into the home, cats and dogs are big spreaders of diseases and germs, and insects like ticks and fleas.

  1. Gut Health

The mould from wetness on the carpet can also harm your digestive system.

According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, mould can go unseen and even host salmonella.

Thus, a dirty carpet can lead to gut issues, furthered by the presence of mycotoxins that cause severe stomach irritation and infection.

  1. Weakening your Immune System

Our bodies do a lot for us.

This includes an ongoing battle to keep us fighting fit and healthy.

If you live in an unclean environment, your body ends up working overtime to fight bacteria and make sure you don’t succumb to illness.

When you’ve been hard at work all day, the last thing you want to do when you get home is even more work.

Your immune system is the same.

If you don’t give your body a chance to rest, it’ll get tired.

With carpets inhabited by harmful toxins, this is bound to happen.

This means you’re less able to fight off infection and stay healthy.

  1. Skin Irritation

A dirty carpet can also contribute to skin irritations by triggering common conditions like athlete’s foot and eczema and can cause rashes and itchy skin.

In particular, these are often due to the dust particles in the carpet.

For example, dust mites are small and hard to eliminate through regular cleaning alone.

If you’re struggling with itchy skin, even when cleaning your carpet often, it might be caused by dust mites.

To be rid of dust mites, Prevention.com recommends using a humidifier and regularly professionally cleaning your carpets to protect sensitive skin – particularly if you have a pre-existing condition.

How do you prevent carpet-related illnesses?

To prevent spreading any carpet problems and germs, ensure you’re using the right tools for the job.

At ServiceMaster Clean, we have the right equipment, expertise, and people to deliver the best standard of cleaning.

So that you and your family don’t have to worry about carpet-related illnesses.

Getting your carpet cleaned regularly means you stay safe from the health issues a dirty carpet presents and have a cleaner home to enjoy your health!

Need a cleaner carpet?

Eliminate the risk of carpet-related health risks today and get a clean, healthy carpet with ServiceMaster Clean.

To learn more, find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business, call 0800 021 3073 today or book a visit from our experts today in select locations.

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