Carpeted flooring is an investment for your home or business, and adds value and prestige to your establishment. However, carpet needs extremely fine care! We use state-of-the-art tools ranging from extraction machines to rotary bonnets to remove stains, clean the carpet, and protect your investment. We utilize the newest technology, equipment, processes, and supplies to provide an exceedingly high standard of cleanliness and appearance. Professional cleaning and regular maintenance are key toward keeping your carpet looking like new and protecting the surface from stains.
How long has it been since your carpet was professionally cleaned? Usually, people wait until a special event or the carpet has unsightly stains before having the carpet cleaned. However, several carpet manufacturers recommend cleaning every 12-18 months using the hot water extraction method of cleaning, as part of regular maintenance. Carpets contain bacteria and hot water will kill the bacteria. Dr. Phillip Tierno, Jr. PhD* stated in an interview with Men’s Health “…your carpet probably contains about 200,000 bacteria per square inch, making it 4,000 times dirtier than your toilet seat…” and “…Rugs are botanical and zoological parks…”.
Things you can find living in your carpet:
- Dust Mites – feed on the dead skin shed by people (approximately 1.5 million skin cells per hour/per person). Dust mites are a common cause of asthma and other allergic symptoms of various kinds. The industry recommended method of eradicating dust mites is by exposing them to temperatures near 220°. The most thorough method to help get rid of dust mites is hot water extraction-the water temperature during cleaning reaches 230°F or more.
- Fleas – even if your family doesn’t have pets, fleas may hitch a ride into your house on your shoes and clothing. Since your carpet closely resembles fur, fleas take up residence and begin to eat, defecate, reproduce, and bite.Fleas live on average 30-90 days and the female can lay 5,000 or more eggs during their life span.
- Bacteria/Virus – did you know that some viruses, like Norovirus, can survive on uncleaned carpet for more than a month? Streptococcus, a family of viruses known for causing strep throat, toxic shock syndrome, necrotizing fasciitis, scarlet fever, and pneumonia could be living in your carpet.
- Pollen – With trees and beautiful flowering plants comes pollen that plant life uses to reproduce. Both pollen and spores can lead to allergic reactions in humans.
- Mold – remember the black mold issue that was a result of foreign produced drywall? It led to legal actions and settlements, and some very sick people. Do you know that your carpet can be a really great place for mold to grow? It only needs a surface to land on, some humidity, a little oxygen, and ample food. Carpet can foster ideal conditions for mold to grow.
*Dr Phillip Tierno, Jr. PhD is a well-known microbiologist with more than 35 years of experience in the field of Clinical and Medical Microbiology. He is the Director of Clinical Microbiology and Diagnostic Immunology at Tisch Hospital, New York University Medical Center, and is a part time Associate Professor, Departments of Microbiology and Pathology at the New York University School of Medicine and also at both the NYU College of Dentistry and the SUNY School of Optometry in New York City. He is a member of numerous respected scientific societies and did his graduate studies at the New York University, where he was awarded a M.S. degree in 1974 and his Ph.D. in 1977. He has recently authored a book entitled “The Secret Life of Germs; Observations and Lessons from a Microbe Hunter” published by Pocket Books division of Simon & Schuster.