Even though you vacuum regularly and remind your children to either wipe their feet when they enter your home or remove your shoes, your carpet can still be harboring bacteria. Some of the bacteria found in carpet can actually be dangerous to your family’s health. In fact, a report by New York University found that carpet has about 200,000 bacteria per square inch. That is 4,000 times more than found in a toilet. These are just a few of the bacteria that can be found in your carpets.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)
If you have athletes living in your home, it is more than likely you have MRSA in your carpeting. When your athletes come home from the gym or practice, they often drop their gym bag on the floor. Even if they take their shoes off, their feet and socks are probably filled with bacteria after their sweaty practice or workout. This bacteria is now living comfortably in your carpet. Healthy people can carry MRSA for hours and, in some cases, the bacteria can cause an infection that could lead to death.
Campylobacter is more common in winter months and is often tracked into your home on boots or galoshes. The bacteria can lead to campylobacteriosis, a potentially deadly illness for the elderly and small children. Cramping, abdominal pain and fever are just a few symptoms of a campylobacteriosis infection.
Known more commonly as the Norwalk virus, this bacteria can survive in your carpet for four to six weeks. The bacteria spreads when it becomes airborne as people walk across your carpet and it is very common in dusty areas like Texas, New Mexico or Arizona. Symptoms are similar to food poisoning or the stomach flu.
It is important to remember that you don’t just walk across your carpet barefoot which can lead to contracting bacteria that could lead to illness. Your children play on your carpet, you wrestle on it and may even lie on the floor to watch television or play games. Open wounds or cuts make you more susceptible to develop an illness as bacteria can enter your bloodstream through the wound. The best way to protect your family from these nasty bacteria is to vacuum often and have your carpet cleaned at least twice per year. Learn more about carpet cleaning services by calling today or visiting us online.