In our last blog post, we talked about how high touch surfaces, such as keyboards, coffee pot handles, and the refrigerator, tend to attract germs. And while most people know that keeping a clean office environment is beneficial to their (and their employees’) health, people often tend to forget that carpets can be a host for microbes, germs, bacteria, and other types of irritants.
Below are just a few of the ways the unclean carpets could be having a negative impact on the health of your staff, and in some cases, your customers.
Dirty carpets make allergies worse
Pollen and microbes don’t just collect in the air—they’ve also been known to collect (and build up in) carpet. When carpet buildup is substantial, this can often trigger an allergy attack. For some, this means fits of uncontrollable sneezing, whereas in others, it leads to clogged sinuses and itchy eyes. You may also be surprised to learn that while vacuuming removes some of these irritants, it also flushes tons of particles into the air. In fact, scientists note that in-office (or in-home) allergy attacks are often worse within an hour or two after running the vacuum.
Dirty carpets can make people sick to their stomachs (literally)
Dirty carpets aren’t just unpleasant to look at—they can literally make people sick. Data from the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors notes that mold— and salmonella—can go unseen in carpeting. Although most people assume that salmonella is food-borne contaminant- that’s not always the case. The bottom line is this- when your carpet has a buildup of mycotoxins, it has the potential to make people sick.
Dirty carpets can harbor insects
Dirty carpets are often a hotspot for dust mites and other types of insects. And—considering how fast that insects reproduce, a small problem can quickly turn into a big one. Suffice to say, if you’re not getting your carpets cleaned on a regular basis, it could be hosting an enormous bug population.
If you’re interested in learning more about how TJS Janitorial & Floor Care can help clean and sanitize your office, inducing your office’s floors, call us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. We’re currently offering 15% off your first floor care treatment, and we’re also offering 15% off your first month’s janitorial cleaning costs with an annual contract. Are you ready to get started? Call our office today to speak with a representative.