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What You Can’t See Hiding in Your Carpets

They say that sometimes there is more to a situation than what meets the eye.  With your carpets, this is often true.  While you can easily notice muddy footprints, a red wine stain, or even the cumulative wear of foot traffic, this is only part of what is going on with your carpet.  You can’t always see the harmful elements that exist in your carpets, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there.  Be aware of these invisible items that may be hiding in your carpet.

Dirt and Dust

You are probably aware of dirt and dust in your carpet at least to some degree.  However, you may not realize just how much dirt and dust can collect in carpet.  The fibers of your carpet act as a filter, grabbing dust, dirt, pet dander, and even pollen out of the air.  You can be sure that your carpet is holding onto particles that are not visible to the naked eye, especially if you have kids or pets that are walking or playing on it.

Unwanted Chemicals

Like it or not, we live in a chemical world.  Many chemicals are used outdoors for functions like lawn maintenance, automotive upkeep, painting, cleaning, and even protection from winter weather.  As you move through the world, you are bound to pick up some of these chemicals and bring them inside.  Just as inevitably, you will shed some of the same chemicals onto your carpet, especially if you do not remove your shoes when you get inside.

Bacteria and Viruses

You will never be able to see pathogens, such as bacteria and viruses.  If you could, you would probably never leave your house or invite anyone in.  You’d probably just spend all day everyday cleaning and sanitizing.  Yet it is certain that these disease-causing agents are all around.  Again, your carpet acts as a filter, attracting these dangerous microbes.  On the one hand, it is good that your carpet catches microscopic pathogens out of the air where you might breathe them in and become infected.  On the other hand, do you want them on your carpet?

Mold and Mildew

Another dangerous substance that can invade and take up residence in your carpets is mold (and its relative mildew).  These fungi can grow in and under carpets when the right conditions exist.  Mold and mildew colonies flourish in a dark, moist environment, sometimes without you even being aware of their existence.  Exposure to these fungi can cause health problems, including some which may be severe, for those living in your home.

As you can see, when it comes to your carpet, there is a lot that you do not see.  These invisible elements lurking in your carpets can be undesirable and even dangerous.  Regular vacuuming is your first line of defense.  However, regular carpet cleanings by dependable professionals is essential to combat them.  Langenwalter’s expert technicians will perform deep cleaning on your carpets, letting you start with a clean slate.  It should be noted that some of these elements can be caused or exacerbated by flooding that is not adequately remediated.  Again, Langenwalter is here to help.  Our team of water remediation specialists is ready 24/7 to take care of your water emergency.  Call us at 317-876-9944 to enlist our help!

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