Health Issues With Neglected Carpets

As your first stop for commercial carpet and floor cleaning in Utah, we’re floor experts at ProKleen. We know everything there is to know about the benefits a clean floor can offer, and perhaps more importantly, about the dangers posed by carpets badly needing cleaning after months or years of neglect.

What are some of these dangers? Let’s look at a few of the most common health issues that can be caused by dirty, contaminated carpets that aren’t receiving the proper cleaning attention.

Asthma and Allergies

Many people aren’t aware, but damp carpets are one of the main causes of asthma attacks in the home. Harmful organic compounds and microbes thrive in damp and dirty environment, and when carpets are repeatedly neglected in this area, the risk of bronchial asthma skyrockets.

In addition, allergies are commonly triggered by dirty carpets. They become a breeding ground for dust mites, microscopic crawlers that cause allergies and various irritations. Dust mites feed on dead skin cells, fungi and bacteria found on dirty carpets, and they’re equally dangerous when they’re dead as when they’re alive – they can still cause rashes and inflammation of the nasal passages.

Mycotoxins

Perhaps the most dangerous microbe found in dirty carpets, mycotoxins are generated by mold. These toxins can lead to weakening of the immune system, stomach issues and, in extreme cases, death. They’re also associated with various allergies and respiratory issues.

Fungal Infection

Parasitic organisms like dust, fungi, mold spores and others can be found on dirty carpets. Fungal infections are particularly likely to enter the body through microbes touching the feet or any open wounds – these can include athlete’s foot, ringworm and other infections.

Respiratory Issues

Mold is also common in darker, dank environments, and it can lead to major respiratory issues. Allergens and bacteria live in mold spores, which can be inhaled by humans and begin to inflame the respiratory system.

With the right commercial carpet cleaning, all these potential issues can be avoided. To find out about our services or schedule an appointment, speak to the experts at ProKleen today.

10 Expert Hacks to Give your Home a Professionally Cleaned Impression

Imagine that feeling, when you walk into a well kept office building, doctors office or school. The fresh smell and dusted picture frames always creates a feeling of wonder; how in the world do they keep this place so impeccable? Well, it’s thanks to professional services like yours truly, ahem.

However, for most of us, keeping a house immaculately clean when it’s over taken by kids and dogs and a hectic schedule, can seem like an impossible feat. So, we thought we’d share some tips and tricks from the pros that can be implemented in your own home to achieve that professionally cleaned, spick- and-span impression.

1. Use a Pillowcase to Dust Ceiling fans

Slipping an old pillowcase over each fan blade is a great way to dust them. This makes it so that the debris falls into the pillowcase rather than onto furniture or the floor.

2. Use an Old Sock to Clean Blinds

Ever wonder what to do with those mateless socks that take up space in your laundry room? Reuse them by spraying with water and sliding the sock onto your hand and grip the slat of blinds to clean. Voila!

3. Spot Clean Fabrics with Baby Wipes

The best way to clean upholstered furniture is to hire our Carpet and Floor specialists, however, between your professional cleanings, this is a great way to keep your fabric clean and looking fresh. Just be sure to use baby wipes and not cleaning wipes, which contain bleach and other harsh chemicals that could potentially damage fabrics.

4. Use Tennis Balls in the Dryer with a Comforter 

Tennis balls in the dryer with a comforter will prevent the insides of your comforter from bunching up in the corners.

5. Have your Kids Clean your Mattress for You

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Why not let jumping on the bed be pragmatic? Kids will be kids, allowing your little monkeys to jump on the bed will force dust to the surface of the mattress so that you can vacuum it up afterward. Fun and useful.

6. Use Vinegar and Lemon Oil to Clean Wood

Wipe down wood surfaces using a mix of 1 part lemon oil to 1 part white vinegar. Orange oil by itself can also be used, and it smells divine.

7. Clean Your Dishwasher with Ease

Place 1 cup of baking soda in the bottom of an empty dishwasher and let it sit overnight. Run the hottest cycle using vinegar instead of detergent to clean and refresh your dishwasher. Remember to remove debris from the filter. No more weird smells!

8. Clean Cabinets with your Vacuum

Use your vacuum’s brush attachment to pick up dust and crumbs inside. Outside, concentrate on the area around the hardware using a cloth dampened with warm water and Murphy Oil Soap.

9. Use Black Tea to Clean Windows and Mirrors

Tea Black Tea Glass Jug

The tannic acid in black tea along with a microfiber towel or old t-shirt, will leave a streak free clean on your windows and mirrors.

10. Clean in the Right Order

Believe it or not, there is an order to cleaning. Begin with the most labor intensive room, which is typically the bathroom, then move on to dusting and organizing, then mopping and vacuuming the floors and finish in the kitchen. Cleaning in this manner will help you from tiring out before you finish.

 

**Bonus: Cleaning more frequently will cut down on time spent cleaning daily.** 

Written by: Ashley Baker – Marketing & Digital Media