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Hidden Health Hazards Lurking In Your Carpet

We hear a lot about how our environment affects our health, but many of us fail to consider the implications of our home’s indoor environment. While you may not control the air you breathe outdoors, you can maintain your indoor spaces’ cleanliness, which can impact your family’s health and happiness.

Hidden death lurking in your carpet

Indoor carpets significantly affect the air quality of your home. Even if your carpets look clean and you vacuum regularly, they could be making you sick. Carpet fibers and padding can host a range of bacteria, microbes, dust, dirt, and other irritants that can lead to respiratory illnesses and more. If you want to make sure your home is as healthy as possible, it is essential to know what can be lurking in your carpet and the risk it carries for your family’s health.

Respiratory Issues

Carpet traps in pet hair, mold, dust, skin flakes, and dirt can be released into the air through routine vacuuming. Such pollutants can aggravate respiratory issues such as asthma, leading to coughing and difficulty breathing. Airborne toxins are the leading cause of respiratory sicknesses, and our carpets are full of particles that can lead to a myriad of respiratory illnesses.


For people who battle seasonal allergies, carpets can be a significant source of aggravating issues. The same mold and dust that inflame your lungs can also irritate your eyes and nose, causing allergic reactions that inhibit breathing. Allergies are easily triggered by these particles and cause unpleasant reactions such as sinus drainage and sneezing.

Pet Bacteria & Germs

Indoor animals may be fun to have, but the bacteria and germs left in our carpets can cause disease. Urine and feces are full of harmful elements that become embedded in the carpet even after regular vacuuming. These particles can cause lung, nose, and eye irritation, not to mention the unpleasant smell of ammonia and other odors. Pests such as fleas can also become difficult to eradicate without proper cleaning.

Skin Rashes And Irritations

Dust mites and unclean carpet can trigger skin irritations such as rashes, eczema, athlete’s foot, and other inflammatory conditions. Regularly having the rug cleaned can help keep the dust mite population to a minimum and decreasing skin problems caused by an allergic reaction to the mite and inflammatory response to other substances in the carpet.

Keeping Your Carpet Safe

Regularly vacuuming your carpet will help to decrease the number of toxins that are trapped in the fibers. However, basic cleaning measures are not enough to ensure that your carpets are free from the pollutants that can affect your family’s health. To keep the carpet healthy, it is recommended that you have it professionally cleaned once a year. Deep cleaning will rid the carpet of bacteria, molds, dust mites, and other toxins that build up over everyday use. Jacobson’s Carpet Cleaning will service your home’s carpet annually or as needed to ensure your carpet keeps you happy and healthy.