It’s flu season and this year the flu has hit many people hard. If you are one of the fortunate ones to not have caught the flu bug you are more than likely taking preventive measures to ensure you and your family stay healthy and virus free. Some of those measures obviously include the frequent washing of hands, keeping hands away from eyes nose and mouth as much as possible, eating healthy, drinking plenty of water and taking vitamins. Did you know that having clean carpets can make a profound impact on your flu prevention efforts?
Carpets and Rugs are two the favorite spots in your home for germs to congregate. Without proper routine care and cleaning your carpet can carry more germs than a toilet seat! Yes that’s right a toilet seat! Gross! An article in Men’s Health a little over a year ago wrote an article stating that carpet can carry 4,000 times the germs that a toilet seat can.
So what can a person do to keep all of those germs out of the carpet or least to a bare minimum? The first step is to get a professional deep cleaning. Nothing can get your carpet as germ free and sanitized as it can possibly be as a professional carpet cleaning. Trustworthy and experienced professional cleaners have heavy truck mounted equipment ready to clean with a high level of pressure and suction to kill whatever is hanging out in the carpet and suck right out of your carpet and home all together.
The next step after the pros have come in to get your carpets back to a new level of clean is to maintain them until your next cleaning. (It is recommended that you have your carpets professionally cleaned once a year.) The first step in maintaining your carpets between cleaning is regular proper vacuuming. Vacuuming is the most important thing you can do for your carpet. Homes should be vacuumed at least once a week, more if you have high traffic, small children, or pets in the home.
It is beneficial to use area rugs in high traffic areas. With the use of a machine washable area rug you can more easily keep the high traffic areas of your home that hold the most germs much more clean. Slip the area rug into the machine weekly and be sure to vacuum those areas under the rigs as well to get any germs hanging out and to re-fluff the carpet fibers under the rug.