We all know that good personal hygiene helps us stay healthy. We also work hard to maintain a clean home. But despite our best efforts, bacteria, fungi, and viruses fall to our floors and flourish in the fibers of our carpets. What microscopic evildoers lurk in your rugs waiting to become sources of allergies and illness?
Most strains of this bacteria that live in the environment and intestines of humans and animals remain harmless. But some can cause diarrhea, urinary tract infections and respiratory illnesses.
Also present everywhere and harmless to people with adequate immune systems, staph germs that breach the skin through a cut can become serious infections. Some strains have become almost entirely resistant to antibiotics and can be extremely difficult to treat if they infect a suitable host.
Although many strep species cause no human sickness, and some even help in the production of cultured foods such as cheese, several species can attack vulnerable humans. When they do, they can cause strep throat, meningitis, tonsillitis, rheumatic fever, pneumonia and even the so-called flesh-eating disease.
Found in the mouths and on the skin of animals and humans, Corynebacteriaceae can cause diphtheria and other upper respiratory conditions.
You've probably heard more about salmonella in the news than any other bacteria. It's famous for causing food-borne illnesses that cause vomiting, diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. You can pick up an infection by handling reptiles and birds or failing to wash fruits and vegetables before eating.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the norovirus tops the list of agents that cause acute gastroenteritis, popularly referred to as the stomach flu. Additionally, if you do get a food-borne sickness, the odds favor norovirus as the culprit. It gets spread through contact with contaminated surfaces, food and infected people.
Fungi and Mold
Of course, ordinary mold spores and fungi can take up residence in your carpets, particularly if the humidity levels rise and you don't use a dehumidifier.
While all the possible pathogens that could be snuggling in your carpet fibers may never cause a single symptom to anyone in your home, why take a chance? Wouldn't you rather keep your carpets as clean as you can just in case?
Kill the Germs with a Semi-Annual Steam Cleaning
Weekly vacuuming will go a long way towards removing the dirt, hair and skin cells that host any number of microbes. But a good steam cleaning with the hottest water safe to use on your carpets will kill many nasty carpet critters on contact. Be sure to have your rooms cleaned at least once per year, but better still, twice annually.
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