Perhaps you’ve never thought of the many things that can settle into the carpeting in your home. Beyond simply dirt and dust, carpets can accumulate pet dander, mold spores, pesticides and dust mites. The problem is so serious that the Environmental Protection Agency has judged indoor air quality to be one of the top 5 greatest pollution dangers in the country. Of course, you want to keep your carpeting clean so it looks good and enhances your home, but indoor air quality is a major reason to keep your carpeting as clean as possible at all times.
The very health of your family and any visitors is an added incentive to regularly vacuum your carpeting. A single, square-foot of carpeting can hold more than a pound of dust, dirt and allergens, according to carpet experts. However, an efficient vacuum machine and at least once weekly cleanings can make a huge difference. If you have a large family, regularly have many visitors or have young kids and pets, those are all reasons to vacuum the carpeting twice weekly. In addition, follow your carpet manufacturer’s recommendations for regular professional cleanings. These involve water-extraction machines that circulate water deeply into the carpeting and then remove it so that mildew is not a danger.
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