What’s Really Living in Your Office Carpet?

Have you ever walked into a building and noticed a funky smell? Would your first thought be the carpet?

On the contrary, it might be one of the last things you pay attention to. Yet there are dozens – possibly hundreds, depending on the size of your company – of people who walk on it every day.

Even though a vacuum cleaner goes over every square inch at the end of the day, is it enough?

Check out some alarming things that might be living in your office carpets:

  1. 1.5 million skin cells (per hour) fall off a person. [2]
  2. The only way to kill dust mites embedded in carpets is by steam cleaning (a 230- degree hot-water extraction process). Even worse, they survive by feeding off all those skin cells. [7]
  3. The flu virus can remain in carpet for up to a month or more.[3]
  4. It doesn’t take much for mold to grow on carpets: just humidity and oxygen. Even worse, our shoes track in food for the mold to grow and feed on overtime.[8]
  5. If employees walk through grassy areas or muddy parking lots before entering your building, several pounds of dirt can start to build up in your carpets.[4]
  6. Since we all wear shoes to work, it’s inevitable the bottom of our shoes are tracking in all kinds of bacteria and dirt from our homes, city streets, and parking lots. Vacuuming alone can’t remove it at this point since it grinds into the carpet each step that goes over that same spot each day.[1]
  7. There is about 200,000 bacteria per square inch on carpet.[5]
  8. Is everyone complaining about their allergies at work? A major component could be what’s been living on the floor. Pollen and dust can quickly build up and cause problems in the office.[6]

These stats aren’t very pleasant to think about, are they? If you can’t remember when your carpet was last steam-cleaned, let City Wide help. We offer vacuuming, stain removal, extraction/steam cleaning, deodorizing and sanitizing, walk-off mat fitting, carpet removal, carpet installation, upholstery cleaning, and flood remediation. Contact City Wide today for a total floor care and building assessment.

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References:
1. https://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/how-clean-your-carpet.html
2. https://www.factretriever.com/carpet-facts
3. https://www.factretriever.com/carpet-facts
4. https://www.factretriever.com/carpet-facts
5. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/carpet-cleaning_us_570fb9d0e4b03d8b7b9fa45e
6. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/carpet-cleaning_us_570fb9d0e4b03d8b7b9fa45e
7. https://fightingdustmites.com/best-steam-cleaners-killing-dust-mites/
8. https://www.nachi.org/carpet-mold.htm
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