Did you know that if you wear shoes in your home you could be tracking in bacteria in large quantities? You could be putting the health of your family at risk. Repeated exposure to bacteria and other contaminants brought into your home, over time, could cause severe health problems.
Vacuuming regularly is a good start but it does not remove bacteria or viruses from your carpet. A professional steam cleaning is better, and will reduce some contaminates, but it doesn’t sanitize your carpets.
Steam cleaning is defined as any carpet cleaning that includes hot water extraction, usually at temperatures of 170 to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Although, most bacteria and viruses do not survive at temperatures about 158 degrees Fahrenheit. That heat must be sustained for at least 30 seconds to kill microorganisms. Mold can survive at this temperature for up to 30 minutes. This means steam cleaning does not have enough sustained heat to kill the bacteria or mold in your carpet.
Carpet sanitizer is the best solution to rid your carpet of these microorganisms. A sanitizer can be applied to your carpet, brushed in, and allowed to dwell for 10 minutes before a professional cleaning. This will effectively kill the bacteria in your carpet.
Chem-Dry of Tampa FL, professional carpet cleaning service, can actually reduce the airborne bacteria in your home by 89% when your carpet is sanitized (testing was completed by an independent air quality company). Not only does carpet sanitizer kill carpet borne bacteria, it actually kills bacteria in your breathing zone, making your house a healthier place to live.