Remember those carefree days, relaxing around the house, walking around in your stocking feet, usually a pair of white athletic socks, and have your spouse or mom point out how dirty your socks were and why you insist in walking outside in the clean socks she washed and cleaned for you and your family? You look at the socks, and point out that you’ve been inside the whole time- then the silent looks to each other, each thinking “walking on the carpet did this?” Yup!
Carpet, by its very nature, is a natural dust and dirt magnetic field. Today’s carpet is made out of a number of natural and man made materials, such as wool blends, various polymers, nylon and Dacron based posts. Fibers are usually twisted around a strong core, either warped or fused. These fibers are bonded to the backing by strong adhesives or woven through a backing mat. Pile fibers might be cut or looped, of varying lengths, such as kitchen, short pile, long pile or the memory indulging shag.
Because of the construction materials, manufacturing processes and the patterns, carpet is a perfect storm for gathering dirt, toxins and grime. You know what happens to backside soles of a brand new pair of shoes after walking outside the first time- the simple coating of everyday yuck is placed on carpet every day all day. Fiber edges grab dirt, liquid residue, oils, toxins and more assorted things than merits thinking about. HVAC systems, residential and commercial, also blow various pollens, insect detritus, flaked skin and plain old dirt in carpet surface, no matter how complicated the filtering system. All carpet fibers are subject to static electricity and some fibers are treated to be somewhat static resistant; but any static will attract contaminants. Stain treatment, while Teflon, is also a very common addition to carpet fibers- but all this does is make cleanup of liquids and stain inducing materials easier- dirt still gets into treated carpet fibers. So unless your carpet is in a skilled class 6 clean room-it’s going to get unsafe.
Some homes insist that you leave your shoes using the entry door, and walk around the carpet barefoot or in your footwear. By initial thought that might seem like the best keep your carpet devoid of many dirt sources, but the opposite is true. Oils from feet, even through socks, will get regarding carpet fibers and dramatically attract contaminates.
There is another important reason to keep your carpets clean- if all residents of your home or office are subject to respiratory distress-upper or lower- a dirty carpet can greatly expand the contaminants that help cause that distress. It’s a medically researched fact that the clean carpet decreases various causes of Asthma or other respiratory ailments.
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