If you have carpeting, you know regular cleanings are important to keep them looking good and protect them from wear and tear. Household vacuums can only get so much dirt, and eventually stains and odors accumulate to the point where it’s time to call a professional. Have you ever noticed that you feel better after your carpets are cleaned? That’s because a professional carpet cleaning offers a few health benefits, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Health Issues from a Dirty Carpet
Dirty carpets trap pollutants like pet dander, insect allergens and toxic gasses between their fibers. These pollutants build up and are released every time someone or something walks on the carpet. A piece of furniture that hasn’t been moved in years is a pollutant minefield. During a professional carpet cleaning, all furniture is removed and powerful cleansers and equipment remove trapped particles.
Dust mites are microscopic and are a known allergen. They become airborne when a carpet is disturbed and cause respiratory problems when inhaled. Infestations are very common and no indication of housekeeping quality. The equipment used by professional carpet cleaners produces steam hot enough to kill dust mites and stop the invasion.
Mold is a problem in areas with high humidity, such as finished basements, bathrooms or during a home carpet cleaning. Once mold begins to grow in carpet, it sinks down to the padding and spreads, often undetected. This can aggravate allergies and cause breathing problems. Professionals know how much steam to use, and have the equipment to thoroughly dry carpets before they leave.
Have upholstery cleaned regularly too. If carpets can trap pollutants, dust mites, and mold, upholstery can too. The cleaning schedule depends on your lifestyle. A family with young children will need more frequent cleanings than a single person.
When your carpets and/or upholstery need work, call the experts at ServiceMaster DAK. We’ll remove stains, dirt and odors at your home or office. We’ll work with you to put together a maintenance schedule that keeps your carpets and upholstery looking their best at all times.
Carpet cleaning prices vary, depending on maintenance schedule and square footage. HomeAdvisor.com places the national average at $174.00, while the national average for furniture cleaning is $156 per piece.