The Health Risks of a Dirty Carpet

Here is a an eye opening thought, even if your carpets appear clean to the eye, they can be a host for bacteria, microbes and other irritants. Ick! Now you might be asking yourself what am I not seeing and what do I need to do? The first step is being aware. Understand what these things can do to your health if they are not addressed.


Do you have allergies? Do you frequently wake up with drainage or allergy like symptoms? Your carpet can actually be the culprit causing this. Allergens can build up in your carpets, bacteria, dust mites, pollen, ragweed, you name it. The American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology warns that these irritants can build up in your carpet and that your symptoms can actually flare up in the immediate hours after vacuuming.

Stomach Issues

Mold can grow in your carpet, and you may not be aware of its’ presence there. Damp carpet is a breading zone for mold, basements are big culprits of wet carpets, damp air gets in basements settle into your carpeting. The presence of mold can cause a variety of health issues, but the presence of mycotoxins can cause severe stomach irritation and infection.


Do you have pets?  If so, pet accidents cause another level of bacteria and mold growth. Animal urine and feces carry bacteria, causing lingering odors that can irritate your nose and lungs. If not treated quickly and properly can influence the growth of mold in your carpets from the dampness as well. If you have children that play on your carpets, the bacteria can also cause skin irritation from dander, dust mites and possible fleas.

A clean carpet goes a long way to improving your health and your mental well being. The American Psychological Association has confirmed that stress produces physical symptoms and leads to a weakened immune system.

There are a couple steps to take to ensure you are protecting yourself and your family. Make sure you are vacuuming regularly, and that your vacuum has a HEPA filter. Also make sure that the filer is changed and cleaned often. We recommend professional carpet cleaning every 6-12 months, depending on the amount of traffic your carpeting gets. Give All Clean ChemDry a call to book your next appointment

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