Why You Should Clean Your Carpets Regularly
A clean carpet is a healthy home.
There was proudly displayed in a neighbour’s home a plaque that read, “Clean enough to be healthy, but dirty enough to be happy.” How clean is clean enough to be healthy? It is a question that has puzzled mankind since the dawn of civilization. It became even more of an issue when upholstered fabrics and carpets were invented. Then the question shifted to the best method to keep the carpets and upholstery clean.
Canada in the twentieth century saw central heating overtake stoves and fireplaces. At first central heating involved coal, which left coal dust throughout the home. Then came natural gas furnaces that dispersed warm air into every room. Thank goodness for the invention of the furnace filter to help prevent some of the dust from also being blown throughout the house. Still, carpets and fabric upholstery seem to get dusty and dirty.
Gone are the days of taking rugs outside to bash them with carpet beaters. We now have vacuum cleaners that can keep carpets clean. Or can they? Have you ever vacuumed your carpet, then emptied the bag or receptacle and vacuumed again? Somehow there is more dirt and dust that seems to spring from even the most thoroughly vacuumed carpet. We breathe that dust, every day. Walking on the carpet or sitting on furniture releases the dust and dirt and even germs into the air for us to inhale.
Where does the dust and dirt and germs come from? Most come from outside. We live in a four season climate with each season having its own challenges for keeping homes clean. And none of our homes are hermetically sealed, so the problems of dust, dirt and germs are universal.
Clean carpets and upholstery can help prevent some of that dust and dirt and germs from getting into the air we breathe. Regular carpet and upholstery cleaning is imperative for a healthy home.
There are basically three options for carpet and upholstery cleaning other than just vacuuming: professional wet cleaning; professional chem-dry cleaning; and DIY carpet cleaners, either owned or rented. There are pros and cons for each method. Professional cleaning can get expensive especially if done twice a year as recommended. Do it yourself cleaners mean that there is effort demanded of the homeowner, but at a price far cheaper than the professional methods.
Although recommended twice per year, the frequency that people clean their carpets varies. Which brings us back to the original question, how clean is clean enough to be healthy? Small children, seniors and people with health issues need the carpets and upholstery to be a bit cleaner than others. Keep your carpets and upholstery as clean as you need it to be with regular carpet and upholstery cleaning, then you can make as much mess as you can tolerate so that your home is clean enough to be healthy, but messy enough to be a happy home.
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