Carpet Trivia: 8 Interesting Facts About Residential Flooring

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Carpet is a common choice for residential flooring because of the comfort it adds in a home. If you have carpet at home, then you likely walk across it daily without thinking much about the materials or upkeep needed to care for carpet. If you have carpet in your home, then you might be interested in a few facts about your flooring:

  1. There’s no such thing as the 5-second rule: Think twice before eating food that has been dropped on the floor. It’s been found that bacteria can live on carpet for up to four weeks, and can be instantly transferred to food upon contact.
  2. Carpet vs. Rug: The terms “rug” and “carpet” are often used as synonyms, but there is a difference between these floor products. Often, carpet and rugs are made of the same materials. The difference is that a rug is a piece less than 40 square feet, while a carpet covers the whole floor.
  3. Dirt accumulation: Normal household activities can track in a little bit of dirt every time you walk in the door. This dirt adds up, resulting in several pounds of soil accumulating in and under the carpet annually.
  4. Skin flakes and dust: Each hour, it is estimated that a human sheds about 1.5 million skin flakes. These cells leave traces of dust through the home, many of which collect in the carpets.
  5. Carpet materials: Some carpets are designed using synthetic plastic fiber, but other carpets are made using knotted wool.
  6. Air quality improvements: Carpet traps dust and allergens, which can help to improve indoor air quality. But, if the carpets aren’t cleaned regularly, the trapping of these particles can increase allergy problems.
  7. Chemicals in cleaning products: Cheap carpet cleaning products often contain ingredients that are toxic to children and pets when breathed in concentrated form. The best way to minimize toxicity is by hiring a professional carpet cleaning team.
  8. Professional cleaning services: All carpets should be cleaned professionally at least every 12 to 18 months, minimum.

Is it time to clean the carpet in your home? Call Scott Peterson at Home Perfect Carpet and Tile Cleaning for a consultation and estimate: (951) 303-1333.