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Your carpet could be making you sick, says study

Research by the carpet cleaning brand Bisell has revealed bacteria like salmonella and E.coli can be found in many carpets, creating a health risk.

The study revealed that 41% of adults have not cleaned their carpets for years and this can lead to carpets becoming infested with germs and mites. Most people realise that germs can reside in dirty bedding, but few are aware of the dangers of dirty carpets.

Dr. Lisa Ackerley, a hygiene expert, said:

“This research is of concern as unwashed carpets can become home to bacteria and germs, in particular dust mites.

“These can put some people at greater risk of asthma, eczema and perennial allergic rhinitis caused by allergies to dust mite faecal matter.”

Often, germs are bought in from the outside and then spread into the carpet by walking around on it while wearing shoes.

Some people believe in the ‘three second rule’ that says if you pick up food within three seconds of being dropped on a carpet, then it is safe to eat. There is no scientific basis to this ‘rule’ though, and no food is safe to eat after it has been on the floor. Despite this fact, the survey found that 63% of those surveyed allowed children to eat items that had been on the floor.

A carpet may look clean, but may still contain bugs and germs. Dr. Eckersley recommends cleaning carpets regularly. Within professional carpet cleaning, Cheshire homeowners can benefit from advanced equipment that thoroughly cleans carpets, removing bacteria.

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