Do you really want to know some facts about your carpets????
Some of these are not for the faint hearted
The Norwalk virus or Norovirus (the virus that causes the stomach flu) can
survive on an uncleaned carpet for a month or more.
A person sheds about 1.5 million skin flakes an hour, most of which becomes embedded in our carpets.
The oldest surviving carpet is the celebrated Pazyryk carpet, which is over 2,000 years old. It was found
in the 1940s in a Scythian tomb in southern Siberia.
Microbiologists have identified air blown from a running vacuum cleaner as one of the five places in the
home that has the highest numbers of germs. Other places include dish sponges, washing machines, bathroom toilets
during a flush, and kitchen trash cans.
Each year, several pounds of soil can accumulate in and under a carpet.
Bacteria can live after four weeks on carpet. And, thanks to “microbial adhesion,” germs such as the following
are immediately transferred to food: Salmonella typhimurium, Campylobacter, and Salmonella enteritis, a nasty
bacterium that causes horrible diarrhea and vomiting.
Bed bugs can live in carpet fibers and wooden floorboards. For their size, they are extremely fast and can
crawl more than 100 feet to obtain a blood meal, usually at night from people who are sleeping. Engorgement takes
about three to 10 minutes yet people rarely realize they are being bitten.
2000 dust mites can live happily on one ounce of carpet dust
Dust mites thrive in warm, humid environments, eating dead skin cells and nesting
in dust-collecting carpet. The residue that mites leave behind can mix with dust and become airborne, which may