Almost every household in the United States has carpet in their home. Soft carpets are extremely comfortable walking on and are less sensitive to transferring heat or cold, meaning carpet will keep your feet at just the right temperature no matter the time of year. Although carpets come with many amazing benefits, they need to be properly cared for in order to last a long time and continue to feel amazing. In this post, we will share 5 facts you may not know about your carpet.
Your Home's Largest Air Filter
Everyone with an HVAC system knows that there is a lot of dust in your system's air filter collected over time. But what you may not know is your carpet is by far the largest air filter in your home. Carpets can hold more than a pound of dirt per square foot! The problem with your carpet acting as an air filter is that carpets are not made to be air filters; they are made for walking on, which means you are walking on the dust captured inside, which can then be released back into the air. Proper and regular cleaning is necessary to get rid of the dust and dirt that accumulates over time and even help reduce allergies.
Carpet Warranty Small Prints
Nowadays, most carpets come with warranties that protect you from early signs of damage and replacing your carpet too soon. Although those warranties should give you peace of mind, many of them require regular carpet cleaning and proper care to keep your warranty in place. Carpet manufacturers know the importance and benefits of cleaning your carpet regularly and thereby require you to comply with cleaning procedures. If your carpet has a warranty, check your terms and conditions to see if regular cleanings are required.
Colors stay true - Everywhere
Have you ever seen carpets appear to have a different color in certain places due to sun damage or frequently walked areas? If you wait too long to address this problem, some damage cannot be undone. Regular care can prevent discoloration and revive your carpet's true colors. If you are concerned about specific areas that get walked on or dirty all the time, a fiber protectant can also help minimize the wear on your carpet's fabrics and keep them healthy. A fiber protectant and proper care can make your carpet last longer, saving you money in the long run.
Pest Producing Paradise
Did you know that your carpet is also the biggest paradise for all sorts of crawlers and pests? Carpets are not only good at catching all sorts of organic matter, but the soft and deep fabrics also keep crawlers alive and protected from steps or vacuums. If you have ever wondered why you keep finding ants or other pests in your home, even though you keep it clean, your carpet is a common and most forgotten reason for it. Eliminating the food source does not just take care of those problems, but it also keeps those pests where they belong - outside.
Mold & Mildew
Do you live in a high-humidity area? Even if you are not, moisture, organic material, and carpets are the best formula for creating mold and mildew. Most of the time, mold grows underneath your carpet, so you can't see it grow. Once it reaches your soft fabrics at the top, and you step on it or vacuum your carpet, mold spores will be spread all over your house. Besides mold causing health issues when breathed in, it can grow and spread fast and create unwanted odors in your home. When choosing the right carpet cleaning solutions, it is important to get as much moisture out of the fabrics as possible and properly dry your carpet as long as needed. Moisture left behind from carpet cleaners that soak your carpet with soaps and chemicals is a common issue that creates mold and mildew right after your carpet has been cleaned. Next time you wonder why your allergies keep coming back at home, your carpet is slowly losing its color, you incur an ant infestation, or your home has a stale smell, remember to think, "It may be time to clean the carpets with Zerorez." So you can also bring back the feeling of truly enjoying a smell and feel of a residue-free home.