What’s Lurking in Your Carpet?

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Carpeted floors are pretty to look at and during winter, it’s great to have this kind of flooring because it shields your feet from the cold. However, if you don’t take care of your carpet, it will become a thriving place for deadly germs.

So, know more about the dangerous germs that could be making a come in your carpet. You’ll dread them so much that you might want to be a DryMaster Systems authorized partner just to make sure your carpets stay clean all the time.

Enterococci

Not all Enterococci are harmful. In fact, some of these bacteria live in your intestines, so those kinds are perfectly safe. But, there are other species that can cause urinary tract infections, bacterial endocarditis, and even meningitis.

Fungi and mold 

Fungi and mold are dangerous organisms that could live in your carpet, especially if it's damp. Breathing in fungi and mold can lead to several respiratory diseases. 

One particular fungus that can be extremely harmful to humans is Aspergillus. It's harmless to people with healthy lungs, but for those who have a weakened immune system due to a chronic illness, breathing in Aspergillus can lead to an infection called aspergillosis. The infection will start in the lungs, and the symptoms include fatigue, shortness of breath, coughing up blood. From the lungs, the infection will spread to other organs such as the liver, kidneys, and even the brain.

Campylobacter 

Campylobacter is a bacteria that can cause diarrheal illness. The disease caused by this bacteria that can kill a person is called campylobacteriosis. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever. Fortunately, people with a healthy immune system are strong enough to protect themselves from this bacteria. But, people with a weak immune system, such as those with a chronic illness, children, and the elderly, can get infected and exhibit the symptoms.

Norovirus 

If you get infected by the Norovirus, you'd show symptoms similar to food poisoning and stomach flu. These include diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, weight loss, fever, and joint pain. 

You should take extra precaution against this virus by cleaning all of your carpets properly because it's airborne. Even if someone simply walks through the carpet, they can already dislodge the virus from the fibers in the rug and send it through the air for anyone to breathe in.

Cleaning carpet

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus 

This bacteria may make a home in your carpet, but it can start thriving in your gym bag if you don’t clean it regularly. According to reports, this bacteria can often be found in hospitals and health care facilities, as well as in gym facilities. The people who are at the most risk are those who frequently have skin-to-skin contact, such as wrestlers.

The symptoms of this bacterial infection are swollen red bumps on the skin that look like spider bites and are painful. Worse, the bacteria can dig deeper into the skin, infecting the joints, bones, heart valves, and lungs, too. The infection can worsen to the point that the person could die if not treated right away.

So, before you lie down on your carpeted floor, make sure to clean it first. And don’t just run your vacuum through it once. Clean it thoroughly and regularly because you never know if something deadly is already living in your carpet.

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