Now that school is back in session, there is a major concern for respiratory illness. School buildings and day cares are especially affected by the spread of germs and bacteria because of the close proximity that children have with one another. Additionally, areas like hospitals, clinics, and doctor’s offices should be hyper-vigilant about proper hand-washing and sanitizing procedures and signage for visitors.
One way to limit the amount of exposure and transmission of bacteria and illness in your building is to have your carpets professionally cleaned on a regular basis. Some of the benefits to have your carpets regularly cleaned include:
- The carpets in your building act as a large air filter and trap particulates from the air. When bacteria and pathogens are floating around in the air, they need a place to land on and your carpet is the largest surface in the room. When they land on the carpet, foot traffic will push the particles into the fibers of the carpet, where they become trapped. When your carpets are cleaned, all of the bacteria is removed from the fibers and the “filter” is clean again to trap more.
- The particles that are trapped in your carpet can grow and multiply if they are left and not cleaned. This can cause your carpet to become a place of contagion, and can dramatically reduce the quality of your indoor air. A dirty carpet can actually cause more spread of illness by leaving the indoor air quality poor and full of contaminants.
- We all know what most of the dust that is laying on the surfaces around your building is made from, and it is not a pretty thought. Having your carpets professionally cleaned on a regular basis will reduce the amount of dust. When people walk on the carpet, the pressure of the footprints pushes dust and particles out of the carpet and into the air. By eliminating the particles from the carpet, you are reducing the amount of dust that is pushed into the air.
This time of year, it is especially important to have your carpets cleaned as it is the end of allergy season, and the beginning of the cold and flu season. Make the transition a healthy one by having your carpets cleaned.