If you’ve ever typed into Google ‘dirty carpet facts’, then you’ve likely been exposed to the abundance of blogs written by carpet cleaning businesses to hopefully entice you to try their services.  What the majority of these blogs will talk about are the high-level facts around dirty carpets and why you should have them professionally cleaned, i.e. to remove dust, bacteria, mould and allergens such as pollen that get caught up in the carpet fibres.  But what is really going on in your carpets and just how clean do you think they are?

Clean carpets 101

It’s not uncommon to read or hear about the benefits of keeping your carpets clean but one should wonder if this is enough in order to motivate someone to get them cleaned.  It’s fairly widely accepted that relying solely on vacuuming your carpets will not lead to cleaner carpets. Even giving your carpets a steam clean just once a year might not be enough to really keep them clean. 

To give you an idea of just how clean your carpets may be, let’s look at how dirty they likely are.

Facts on dirty carpets

A UK-based sofa and carpet cleaning specialist, SaS, complied a whole lot of data around bacteria that live in our carpets.  To give you some perspective, SaS found that bedroom carpets were by far the dirtiest carpets in the average home. To measure this, SaS used what’s known as Colony Forming Units (CFU) which is essentially a measurement used to calculate the number of viable bacteria or fungal cells in a sample. A sample from a gym floor came back with a CFU of 14.5.  The same method was used to measure the bacteria in a standard bedroom … want to have a guess at what it came in at?

140 CFU!

That’s right – the study conducted by SaS concluded that the average bedroom carpet is almost 10 times dirtier than a gym floor. The combined bacteria and least level was 140 CFU. 

So what does this mean for your carpets?

Although you can get your carpets looking nice and clean by vacuuming them regularly, this, unfortunately, will not make them ‘clean’.  Instead, you should aim to maintain vacuuming them regularly (1-2 times per week) and then depending on how many people live with you and if you have indoor pets, you should look at having your carpets professionally steam cleaned at least 1-2 times per year.  This is the most convenient way to help avoid growing levels of bacteria, mould and yeast.

To combat dirty carpets and to book in your next professional carpet clean, give our professionals a call on 0400 634 609.  You may also leave an enquiry HERE.