Why your bedroom carpet could be dirtier than your toilet — as we reveal how often you need to vacuum
- Carpets and other floors can be neglected while cleaning the house
- Bedroom carpets are at the top of the list of the dirtiest areas in the home, according to research
- Experts suggest using a weekly vacuum to help keep dirt buildup at bay
When you clean your home, kitchen countertops and bathroom sinks may be your main focus, which can leave other surfaces neglected.
Research by retailer ScS found that carpets and other floors can be neglected during a cleaning session.
I have provided some top tips on how to ensure that your carpets are kept in top shape.
Bedroom carpets are at the top of the list of the dirtiest areas in the home, according to findings from retailer SCS
The retailer ran the swab test in different areas of the home and found different levels of aerobic batteries, yeast, and mold particles.
And I found that bedroom rugs and living room rugs were at the top of my list of dirtiest areas.
This is compared to other areas like the gym floor, desk mat, and even the toilet seat.
Experts suggest using a weekly vacuum to help keep dirt buildup in your carpets
Experts suggest using a weekly vacuum to help keep dirt buildup in your carpets.
TheY recommends using a vacuum with soft bristles and strong suction for best results.
Jack Ogden, from SCS, said: “Vacuuming is a great way to stop the build-up of dirt and dust that can dull or damage a carpet over a long period of time.
“It is best to vacuum your carpet at least once a week using soft bristles and strong suction to help extend the life of the fibers.”
How much dirt?
Retailer ScS did a swab test of different areas in the home and found different levels of aerobic batteries, yeast, and mold particles.
The following test items are ordered in order of infection (colony-forming units per cm2), where a score of zero means no bacteria:
1. Bedroom Rug (140)
2. Living Room Rug (52)
3. Gym floor (14.5)
4. Toilet seat (12.4)
5. Desk Mat (2.9)
He went on to add: ‘For any sticky stains such as wet mud, it’s best to use products meant for carpet cleaning to ensure nothing too strong is placed on the surface and could potentially cause further damage.
For liquid based stains – use a clean cloth to absorb as much of the spill as possible. Do not rub the stain, as this will damage the fibers and push the stain further down. Instead, pat the stain until most of it is gone.
If you use a specific cleaning product, remember to spray the product onto the cloth and not directly onto the carpet. Spraying the carpet will make the stain deeper and encourage it to spread.
To give carpets a complete makeover, Ogden recommends a deeper cleaning each year.
‘If you want to keep your wool carpet looking its best and get rid of any dirt that has stained the fibers,’ he said, ‘it is recommended that you steam-clean your carpet every 12 to 18 months.
This can help extend the life of your carpet and keep it soft and clean. If you regularly steam your carpet more than that, you could end up damaging the natural wool fibers.