July is National Carpet Cleaning Month, which is meant to bring awareness to the carpets and rugs of your home and the germs and bacteria harbored in their fabrics. Let the cleaning technology of Empowered Water from Zerorez do the hard work of removing embedded soils from your carpets while you enjoy these facts in honor of National Carpet Cleaning Month:
All About Carpets
- Carpets were made from unraveled “plucked” fabric giving it the name “carpet” which was derived from the latin “carpere” meaning “to pluck”.
- Aladdin technically rode on a flying rug. According to the American floor covering industry, any piece smaller than 40 square feet is considered a rug while anything larger is a carpet.
- Carpets date back to before the time of Christ. Nomads in the heart of Central Asia weaved rugs to insulate their tents.
- The Pazyryk carpet dating 2,000 years old is the oldest surviving carpet. It was found in a Scythian tomb in Southern Siberia in the 1940s.
- Oriental carpets are rich with symbolism. Floral designs known as palmettes are fashioned after the lotus or peony. Large Persian carpets present small-scale visions of Heaven and Earth, while others feature an “X” or an eight-petaled flower representing the Four Directions.
Lurking in Your Carpets
- Several pounds of soil can accumulate in and under carpets each year and bacteria can live in your carpet beyond four weeks.
- Most of the 1.5 million skin flakes we shed each hour become embedded in our carpets. About 2,000 dust mites, which eat human skin cells, can house themselves on one ounce of dust within a carpet and cause airborne allergies.
- Bed bugs, which can crawl more than 100 feet per night seeking food (aka you) can also live in carpet fibers and even in wooden floorboards.
- Carpets made from knotted wool attract beetle grubs or “wooly bears” like Cotton Candy due to their special stomach chemicals which convert the wool into sugar.
- “Firebrats” have a long flexible body, eat almost anything, and may be nesting in the warm carpet in front of your fireplace.
Carpet Cleaning Tips
- Vacuuming isn’t enough and may even be spreading airborne bacteria and allergens. All carpets should be professionally cleaned at a minimum every year.
- Chemicals such as Naphthalene can be found in common carpet cleaners and is a carcinogen toxic to breathe causing an array of symptoms. Some toxic carpet cleaning chemicals are even suspected to cause illness like the rare Kawasaki Syndrome.
- By using a Zerorez Cleaning System, there will be no harsh chemicals or soaps with potential harm to you or your family. The patented technology of Empowered Water removes embedded germs and soils via high-pressure spray which leaves no residue.
- Club soda is an effective carpet stain remover. Just pour it on and sponge it off.
- Remove candle wax by placing a brown paper bag over the wax topped by a hot iron. The wax will absorb into the bag and be removed from the carpet. Hot irons can also be used to steam and fluff heavy furniture indentations in carpet by holding it above the indent.
- Use ice cubes to remove gum from carpets by making the gum cold and brittle enough to break off.
Whether you have wall-to-wall carpets or rugs littering your hardwood floors, trust in the advanced technology of Zerorez to clean your fabrics in honor of National Carpet Cleaning Month. If you are interested in giving others the opportunity to keep their family safe from carpet bugs and airborne allergies, visit Zerorez for more information about opening a carpet cleaning franchise.