From the top, carpets look benign. We sit on them, play on them and if properly selected, they add color and beauty to the room. High quality carpet is a joy and can last a long time. Looking from the top carpet presents a benevolent surface to be enjoyed, but like flying over a triple canopy tropical forest, looks can be deceiving.
Dust Mites in Carpet
Like a jungle, your carpet has inhabitants. Most prevalent is dust mites. The small denizens are a mixed blessing. Beneficially they devour dander, hair and other debris shed by us and our pets. These creatures help keep the garbage generated by living organisms manageable, but they are also allergenic and can cause misery and distress for allergy suffers.
Carpet Beetles, Ants, Silverfish & Other Insects
Carpet beetles and their larva are attracted to organic carpets with wool fibers. The larva feed on wool, hair, feathers and dead insects. These bugs can be very destructive to furniture, carpets and clothing if made with natural fibers. The adults tend to migrate away from the house, it’s the larvae that are destructive. Ants live any place they can find shelter and find food. Spilled snacks and sugary beverages may attract ants. Seen one, there are many more hidden. Silverfish, these simple but prolific insects lack wings but are everywhere chewing up crumbs, dead insects and even are attracted to glues, paper and leather. These bugs are mentioned because they are attracted to the litter that accumulates in your carpet. Through use your carpet attracts and captures dirt and debris. Ever pull up a carpet in a dusty climate, like in the southwestern state or nearly any desert. With a lack of plant cover the wind can carry significant amounts of particulates, i.e. sand and soil. Some of these geological invaders also carry bacteria and viruses into the home.
Mold Can Grow in Wet Carpet
But not only are carpets bombarded by moving living animals, but the plant world has its gremlins as well. Mold may not be scientifically classified as a plant, but this fungus is not mobile in the classical sense, but is highly destructive if not caught in the early stages. Molds are fungi decomposers of dead organic material such as leaves and plants. Molds not only destroy carpets but are prodigious producers of allergens. Organic debris carried in by pets or naturally in the air provides the food. Drips and flooding add the moisture needed for growth. Living in an area where the humidity is high may provide sufficient moisture for mold growth.
Pet Stains & Odors
Last but not least is pet urine, odors and stains. Do not carpet clean use heated carpet cleaners like steam as the permanently sets the stain by bonding the proteins to the fiber. Attack the stain first, then clean. Walk through your carpeted rooms and hallways using a black or ultraviolet light if you have pets, particularly dogs and cats. You may uncomfortable by the urine glow. Pets leak some, not a full blown urination, but more like dribbles.
Why Carpet Cleaning is Important
So why clean our carpets? If the above list of carpet denizens concerns you, consider carpet cleaning. Many of us look askance at chemical intensive cleaning regimes, advertising and buzz words like ‘green’ are used as selling hype. You are surrounded by chemicals; water is a chemical so some chemicals are always present. Your liver is a prodigious producer of chemical, life is chemistry. What we want are safe chemicals like soda water. DM Carpet Cleaning uses a two part carbonated solution that lifts the dirt and organic debris from deep with the carpet fiber down to the pad. This process is less liquid intensive and dryer than the typical steam cleaner allowing carpet traffic in a hour instead of 4-5 hours