What’s Lurking in Your Carpet?

Carpet cleaning is, astonishingly enough, not a regular part of most homeowners’ cleaning routines; but ignoring your carpets can lead to more than a home that looks dirty, it can also lead to all sorts of organisms growing in your home. Here are just a few of the things lurking in dirty carpets, all of which can be scrubbed away with steam cleaning.

Mold and Fungus

Mold loves three things more than anything else: a cool environment, some moisture, and darkness. Carpets, when left uncleaned, are all of these things, especially if it’s that comfy, deep carpeting. Mold and fungus will start to grow at the base of the carpet, growing and multiplying for a long time before you’ll even notice and once you do, it may be too late. Certain mold will make it all but impossible to remove, meaning you may have to replace the carpet instead of simply getting it cleaned. The best defense against mold and fungus is to clean your carpets regularly, from the top to bottom, to stop any unwanted fungal friends.


Carpets, for people with allergies, are problems just waiting to happen. They can easily collect and trap dust, pollen, and other irritants deep in their fibres, only to release them into the air the second someone disrupts the carpet. This can lead to constant reactions by people who can’t stand certain allergens, whether it’s guests or people living in your home. The good news is that dust and pollen can be easily removed with constant attention. Be sure to vacuum your carpets regularly, accompanied by regular steam cleanings to make sure your carpets are a sterile environment.


Under the right conditions, and with enough ignoring, your carpets can actually become breeding grounds for rot. All it takes is a little mess by a pet, a leak into basement carpeting, or a spill that gets forgotten. If left for a considerable time, the moisture and chemicals can actually start to rot the subfloor, leading to widespread rot that can be extremely expensive and labour intensive to fix. This only happens in the most extreme of circumstances, but is more likely to happen in places infrequently visited. This is why it’s important to clean all of your carpets, not just the ones everyone sees, to be sure that they won’t turn into insurmountable problems down the line.


Stomach ulcers, lung complications, even salmonella poisoning are all possible results of dirty carpets, mostly because carpets can house deadly bacteria without you even knowing. These microscopic, almost undetectable organisms lurk in most carpets, but especially dirty ones. A thorough vacuuming can help keep them at bay, but bacteria is one of the reasons a steam clean is necessary. The combination of hot water and anti-bacterial cleaning agents can rid your carpets of dangerous bacteria to keep you and your family safe.Clean carpets are an absolute necessity, for your health and to keep your home looking its absolute best. At AmSteam, we use the latest carpet cleaning technologies to rid your carpets of stains and anything else that may be lurking deep down. Our friendly, professional staff will have the job done quickly too, so you can have cleaner, safer carpets sooner.


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