5 Ways Dirty Carpets Affect Your Health
While it might not always be apparent, dirt and bacteria in your carpets can have a negative impact on your overall health and well-being.
Research indicates that, on average, people spend about 90% of their time indoors. As we commute home from work or other activities, we typically bring a slew of pollutants with us. With that said, there are several reasons why dirty carpets can affect our health:
1. Respiratory Issues
If you notice signs of mold in your carpets, it is likely that bacteria and other allergens are in your carpet as well. When you're in your home, there's a good chance that you are inhaling unhealthy bacteria, which can lead to flu-like symptoms or other respiratory problems. Furthermore, dirty carpets can bring about dust mites, causing allergies such as sneezing, itchy eyes, or even rashes!
2. Stress Levels
Studies have shown that people who live in a cleaner home are generally more active and healthy. Think about it—If you're living in a home with dirty carpets and mold, you're breathing in a lot of bad toxins which can lead to health issues, which can lead to expensive hospital bills... and nobody wants that!
3. Indoor Air Quality
The air quality inside your home is typically more polluted than the air outside. If you've ever tried cleaning your carpets yourself with store-bought sprays or cleaning solutions, there's a good chance that they contain harsh chemicals that can add to the amount of toxins in the air inside your home. Bad indoor air quality can lead to headaches, itchy throats, and the respiratory problems mentioned earlier.
4. Diseases Caused by Germs
Studies have shown that dirty and unclean carpets contain roughly 200,000 bacteria per square inch
Dirty carpets are known to contain certain pollutants and germs that cause serious health problems if left untreated for a long period of time. Studies by Dr. Philip Tierno (microbiologist and author of The Secret Life of Germs) have shown that dirty and unclean carpets contain roughly 200,000 bacteria per square inch—more than the average toilet!
5. Skin Problems
Athlete's foot is one example of a skin issue that can be caused by dirty carpets. Unhealthy bacteria can make its way into cuts, wounds, or other openings on your skin if you tend to walk on your carpets barefoot. Additionally, it is possible to experience an allergic reaction such as skin rash if your body disagrees with some of the pollutants in the air caused by your dirty carpets.