It’s not uncommon to worry about bacteria in the home that could be harmful to your health. This is why you use disinfecting cleaning solvents on bathroom and kitchen surfaces, where bacteria are known to populate. What you might not know is that bacteria could be lurking all over your home – not just on hard surfaces where you cut raw chicken, but also on plush surfaces like your bedding, couches, and carpeting.
In fact, there could be significantly more bacteria on plush surfaces than hard ones. What types of bacteria are commonly found in carpeting, and how can you rid your home of these tiny, lurking threats? Here’s what you need to know to keep your home clean, sanitized, and safe, starting with the flooring.
Staphylococcus aureus (Staph)
Believe it or not, this infectious type of bacteria is often found in homes, as people carry it from one place to the next. It most commonly makes its way to your carpet from gym and locker room settings, so if you have little athletes in your home or you frequent the gym yourself, it’s probably best to head straight for the shower and throw dirty gym clothes (and gym bags) in the laundry so they don’t transfer germs from the gym to plush surfaces in your home.
Especially worrisome is Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a penicillin-resistant form of staph. Any little cut could be a conduit for staph infections that quickly spread and lead to serious health concerns. Your best bet is to take precautions to keep it out of your carpeting in the first place.
Most commonly found in fecal matter, E. Coli is often present in bathrooms. However, it can reach your carpeting in a variety of ways, such as if you step in something outside and track it on your carpet, your pets transfer it directly, or your toilets splash and you track it around.
This might not cause you much distress, but if you have kids that crawl on the carpet, your family frequently sits on the carpet, and your pets lounge there and then licks their fur, you could all end up with digestive or respiratory disorders caused by different strains of E. Coli, none of which are appealing.
This type of bacteria is responsible for the onset of symptoms similar to stomach flu or food poisoning, and it is most prevalent in areas with abundant wind and dust. It can live in your carpeting and other plush surfaces for weeks and get kicked up when people and pets walk through.
Vacuuming alone isn’t enough to remove all bacteria from your carpeting, although frequent vacuuming certainly helps. If you really want to clean your carpet and keep it free of harmful bacteria, you need to take precautions and clean properly. Using outdoor mats and removing shoes can help you to avoid tracking outside pollutants in, and keeping kids, pets, and your home in general clean is also important.
In addition, you should hire professional help, such as E&L Chem-Dry Carpet Cleaners, at least once or twice a year for a targeted deep clean. This will help to keep bacteria from building up over time.