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3 Types of Bacteria That Are Lurking in Your Carpet

Did you know that there are approximately 200,000 bacteria per square inch of carpet in your home?

Yes, you heard that correctly. And it’s not just everyday organisms like dust mites and allergens. A lot of the bacteria found in carpets pose serious health risks.

Below are just three kinds of germs hidden in your carpets.


1. Fecal Matter

Particularly common in households with pets and young children, fecal bacteria can cause E-coli diarrhea, salmonella or shigella. Along with these serious health risks, there are also viruses transmitted through human feces, including rotavirus, norovirus and hepatitis A and E.


2. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

These aggressive bacteria are resistant to antibiotics and can have a nasty effect on anyone who is infected. Symptoms typically include inflamed, painful red bumps and fever. MRSA can be contracted by coming into contact with an object or surface that an infected person has touched – including your carpets!


3. Mold

Molds can produce allergens, irritants, and even dangerous mycotoxins, leading to a variety of health risks. The most common health concern is allergies, with symptoms ranging from sneezing and coughing to inflammation of the throat and lungs. One particular type of mold that poses a risk is Aspergillus Versicolor, a slow-growing fungus commonly found in damp carpet. If a clump of this particular mold enters the lungs, it can cause a cough, fever, chest pain and even difficulty breathing. If the spores enter the bloodstream, it can lead to chills, shock, seizures and even blood clots.
84 percent of adults believe that their carpets are clean, but only 9 percent claimed to wash their carpets regularly. At Amsteam, we use the highest quality products and industry-leading methods to ensure anything harmful in your carpets is removed.


In fact, our cleaning procedures remove on average of 98.1% of common allergens from carpets and upholstery.

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