When you think of cleaning, air quality is probably not the first thing that crosses your mind, but the truth is that indoor air quality (IAQ) is affected by a surprising cleaning source: carpet maintenance.
Dr. Charles Gerba, University of Arizona microbiology researcher, conducted a study in which a group of people were asked to wear brand-new shoes for two weeks. After two weeks of wearing the shoes everywhere – to school, work, shopping, walking the dog – the shoe bottoms were tested for contaminants.
- The shoes all had varying amounts of bacteria, some more than 420,000 units of bacteria.
- Potentially hazardous levels of E. coli were present on about one-third of the shoes.
- Greywater (wastewater generated from domestic activities like laundry, dishwashing, and bathing), food, drinks, grease, tar, and dust were found on all of the shoes to varying degrees.
These kinds of contaminants and bacteria hitch a ride on shoe bottoms into facilities where they can have a negative impact on indoor air quality; however, carpets act as an environmental filter, trapping soils, bacteria, and contaminants and stopping them from becoming airborne, which translates into healthier IAQ for everyone.
But, the effectiveness of carpeting as an environmental filter is dependent on maintenance. Carpets must be properly cleaned and maintained at regular intervals in order to protect IAQ.
This is where carpet cleaning comes into play. With a focus on Indoor Air Quality, Brilliant Services in Birmingham, Alabama offers an effective program for extracting dirt and germs, which helps to maintain a clean and healthy carpeted environment. Trained professionals evaluate and make recommendations for regular carpet maintenance and special services, such as extraction.
To find out more about how a regular carpet maintenance program, like the individualized programs Brilliant Services offers, can help preserve the healthiness of your indoor air quality read the full article here, and to get a price quote for your home or office, click here.