The problem is that whilst your carpets may look clean, there are millions of germs lurking deep within the pile just waiting to cause you trouble. You can’t see these germs with your eyes. You would need a microscope to see them!
Even clean carpets can contain dust mites, human skin cells and particles of human or pet faeces containing E. Coli or Salmonella.
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In addition to the above health hazards, dirty carpets can contain mycotoxins. Which is a dangerous metabolite produced by fungi. These mycotoxins can cause serious infections in immunosuppressed people and can even result in death.
1. Weakened immune systems
Anyone with a weakened immune system can be very susceptible to germs in their environment. This can include the very young and the elderly. As well as those suffering from leukaemia, undergoing cancer treatments or who are malnourished or anaemic.
Two of the most frequent health concerns created by dirty carpets are skin and respiratory problems.
2. Skin problems resulting from dirty carpets
Bacteria living in your carpets can quickly enter your body through cuts or abrasions in your feet. Resulting in a host of infections, including athlete’s foot. Many of us walk barefoot in our homes. So it’s important to keep the floors and carpets as clean as possible to help prevent anyone from picking up an infection.
3. Asthma resulting from dirty carpets
Mould particles, dust mites and pollen, can all cause severe asthma attacks in susceptible people, regardless of age. If you have carpets in your home and a family member suffers from asthma. Then you already know that keeping your carpets clean is a major priority.
Even if no-one currently suffers from asthma in your family. Keeping your carpets clean and free of dust mites, pollens and mould particles will help to prevent anyone from becoming sensitised to these allergens (particularly babies and toddlers).