5 Nasty Germs Lurking in Your Mattress and Carpet

germs in mattress and carpet

One sacred place in your house, an area in which you are the most vulnerable, might be subject to invasion by viruses and bacteria, some of which have become more aggressive over the last several years, according to The Mattress Doctor. Some are also resistant to antibiotics.

These nasty allergens and dust mites you often hear about are not the only things you need to be concerned with, unfortunately.

MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) 

The penicillin-resistant superhero of the bacterial realm may run rampant in your mattress and carpet, particularly if you have athletes in your home. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus may be carried by healthy folks for hours or perhaps years. It’ll cause red bumps which become larger and more painful over time and causes rashes and a fever. It only grows worse from that point and may become untreatable, ultimately causing death.


Usually, this is the most harmful during the wintertime, particularly as you and the kids track in bacteria-friendly moisture on those galoshes. It’ll cause a possibly fatal disease referred to as campylobacteriosis, which may be hazardous to the elderly or small children. Symptoms involve fever, abdominal pain, cramping, and bloody diarrhea.


Also referred to as the Norwalk virus, Norovirus produces symptoms that are similar to food poisoning or also the stomach flu. It may survive in the carpet or in the bed for 4 – 6 weeks, and it’ll become airborne as folks roll or walk across it.

Mold and fungi

Several molds and fungi may invade your house, some of which may cause severe allergies and perhaps death. Cladosporium, Geotrichum, Alternaria, Rhizopus, and Aspergillus are all possible bedmates.


Micrococcus may be especially nasty for the ones who have compromised immune systems. It may cause some severe-looking skin infections, meningitis, septic shock, and perhaps death.

The solution

Regularly vacuum, keep the carpet dry, and have the carpet cleaned at least one time a year, preferably two times. It’s also possible to cover high-traffic spaces that have washable area rugs. Also, regularly clean the mattress according to the manufacturer’s directions.