DO you take your shoes off before entering your home?
The decision as to whether you take your footwear off at the front door has divided opinion for years, however what about the cleanliness issue?
An investigation carried out by Bissel, the carpet cleaning experts, reckon that 41 per cent of the population, 27 million British adults, never clean their carpets with 84 per cent erroneously believing them to be clean. The consequence is that a whole lot of dirt is accumulating in our carpets with outdoor footwear spreading unhealthy bacteria throughout the house.
In this article, a leading expert in the hygiene field, Dr Lisa Ackerley, dispels five carpet myths – and it’s not easy reading.
MYTH 1: It’s alright to wear shoes in the house.
75% of Brits wear their outdoor footwear in the carpeted rooms of their home, completely unaware of the fact that they are spreading E. Coli, found in animal and human faeces, around their house.
MYTH 2: Dangerous bacteria cannot live in my carpets
62 per cent have no idea that E Coli and Salmonella bacteria could be multiplying in our carpets. Dr Ackerley points out that E. Coli can be found in animal and human faeces, meaning that if your pet has an “accident” or you’ve walked animal waste indoors, then babies, toddlers and young children are being exposed to these faeces which can be harmful if they put their hands in their mouths.”
MYTH 3: The “three seconds rule” states that eating food that has falling onto the floor for no longer than 3 seconds is safe to eat
59 per cent admit to following this rule and 63 per cent of parents allow their children to eat food that has fallen on carpets, putting them at risk of ingesting dangerous germs that may have been carried in on their shoes or deposited by their pets.
79% of the population know that nasty allergens and bacteria could live in amongst their bedsheets, but 63% don’t realise that they could be festering in their carpets as well.
Carpets can become homes to dust mites, which can cause eczema, asthma and rhinitis caused by an allergy found in dust mite faeces. A dust mite produces roughly 20 droppings a day which equals about 20,000 particles of faeces in every cubic foot of indoor air.
By removing dust mite waste with regular carpet washing, these symptoms can be alleviated.
It is estimated that 86% of people regularly wash their bedding while only 9% regularly wash their carpets.
When you consider all of the muck that is walked in over carpets, and the drink and food that is dropped and spilt, then regularly washing of carpets is a great idea.
Carpet cleaning experts BISSELL recommend that your carpets are washed 4 times a year thus managing the effects of allergens and bacteria and ensuring they keep looking clean and smelling fresh.