The Truth About Your Carpet (And Why You Need It Cleaned!)

Many people believe that frequent vacuuming of their carpet eliminates any reason to hire a professional carpet cleaner.  This is a huge misconception that can not only damage your carpet, but it can also be hazardous to your health.  Did you know that a 3 bedroom home can accumulate roughly 30 pounds of dirt, dust and debris a year? Shocking, isn’t it?  Let’s talk about what’s hiding in your carpet and why you need a professional carpet cleaner.

What’s Lurking Below

Think about this; every time you walk across your carpet, you are pushing the dirt and bacteria further down essentially trapping it in your carpet.  Your vacuum cleaner may do a nice job on the visible dirt and dust, but it cannot effectively clean what is lurking below.  Here is what you find hiding deep within your carpet:

  • Dust mites – While dust mites do not bite, sting, or burrow into skin, they produce large amounts of microscopic waste. The harmful allergen created by dust mites comes from their fecal pellets and body fragments.  For those with asthma or sensitivities to dust mites, ongoing exposure to dust mites dramatically affects your health.
  • Bacteria – The main sources of bacteria in carpet are the soles of shoes and the feet of pets. The carpet forms the ideal conditions for the growth of bacterial colonies. This is especially true in carpet not frequently cleaned.
  • Allergens – Seasonal allergens such as pollen enter through windows and are also carried in on shoes. These allergens stick in the fibers of the carpet.
  • Pet Hair, Dander, and Fleas– If you own a pet, you are aware that it sheds fur. This fur is deposited in the carpet.  Even if you vacuum daily, some of the pet fur still remains trapped between the fibers.  As for fleas, one flea can lay 40 to 50 eggs per day.  The eggs drop off into carpet and bedding. The hatched eggs release larvae that move away from light, deeper into carpets and under furniture.
  • Human skin flakes – On average, one person sheds 1.5 million microscopic skin flakes daily. These skin flakes scatter throughout your home and often settle in the carpet creating ideal conditions for bacterial growth.
  • Food and drink remnants – Although you may clean a spill immediately after it occurs, the traces that infiltrate your carpet are the perfect food for bacteria and bugs.

Now that you are aware of some of the things that may be hiding in your carpet, let’s talk about what to look for in a professional carpet cleaner.

The IICRC Logo
When hiring a professional carpet cleaner, the most important thing you want to look for is the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) logo.  This logo represents IICRC-certified status that is earned by a firm through meeting a rigorous list of standards in business and ethics expertise.  The IICRC logo and patches are symbols of technical proficiency and high ethical standards distinguishing IICRC technicians from the rest.

Rainbow International Restoration is IICRC-certified and provides professional carpet care and cleaning according to the high standards set by the IICRC by following these steps:

  • Removal of dry soil
  • Applying a preconditioning solution
  • Agitation of the preconditioning solution
  • Soil removal with a hot water rinse
  • Grooming
  • Drying

Not only does Rainbow International Restoration know and understand what you should receive from a professional carpet cleaner, they also strive provide it.  Their technicians are experienced, professional, and the type of people you want in your home. Call them today at 877-853-2445 or visit Rainbow International Restoration to arrange a free consultation for your professional carpet cleaning needs.