This year, business owners are advised to take extra care with the cleanliness of their carpets to prevent spread of flu and other harmful bacteria.

Dirty carpets can affect employee’s health and wellbeing.  Carpets that are dirty harbour harmful bacteria and allergens that can cause health problems such as allergies, skin problems and asthma. If your staff suffer from existing health and skin problems, a dirty carpet in your office could make it worse.

There are many things that you can do to prevent yourself and staff from getting sick from your carpet.

We have listed below three common tell-tale signs that will tell you that your carpet is unhealthy.  If the carpet has one or all these symptoms, then it’s time to call a professional carpet cleaning company to eradicate the problem.

1. Is your carpet giving out an unpleasant odour?

Your office or home should not have an unpleasant and musty odour. This smell may be coming from your carpet. If you have pets at home or visit the office and they had an accident or were ill at some stage, the animal spills can create an unpleasant odour.  Mould can also cause carpet to develop an unpleasant smell.

Mouldy carpets can cause health problems. Breathing in mould into your lungs can result in several types of respiratory conditions.  That is why if you suspect that you have mould in your home or office, you will need to call a professional carpet cleaner immediately to treat and restore your carpet. Mould left untreated will eventually damage the carpet fibres and it becomes costly to replace or repair.

2. Are there ugly spills and stains on the carpet?

If your employees spill food or drinks on your carpets, clean the spill up quickly.  When removing spills from your carpet use a gentle dabbing or blotting action to prevent the stain from going deeper into the carpet.  What you use to clean and remove a stain depends on the type and spread of the stain.  And always, complete a spot test before attempting to remove the full stain.

Google offer many handy tips on how to remove different types of stains in your carpet.  Most tips utilise products that you can easily find in your pantry. If you are unsure of what to do, it may be prudent to call an expert and seek their advice.

More difficult or suspicious looking spills should be treated by a professional commercial carpet cleaning company.  Doing it wrong can result in the stain spreading into the carpet fibres or permanently damaging the carpet fibres or removing the colour pigment from them.

3. Are there any tears or rips in the carpet?

Tears and rips are health and safety hazards at any commercial office.  If your carpet is uneven, it can cause accidents and falls in the workplace.  A torn carpet will need to be repaired by a professional carpet repairer.  Do not try to glue it back together or use tape to hold it in place or cover it.

If the underlay beneath the carpet has come loose, you may also need to call in the experts.  The underlay holds the carpet firmly in its place.  It is also the protective layer over the flooring underneath so do not ignore it if you notice any unusual signs.

How to keep your carpet in tip top condition

There are a few simple things you can do to keep the carpet in your home in tip top health.

Here are some things you can do:

1. Use a Vacuum Cleaner with a HEPA Filter

Carpet cleaning experts do not always agree on how often the carpet should be cleaned. However, many agree that your carpet should be vacuumed at least once a week. If you have pets or young children at home, then you are advised to have to vacuum your carpet more regularly.

The best vacuum cleaners to use are the ones that have a HEPA filter. They are more effective for removing dirt and debris than traditional vacuum cleaners.

Regular vacuuming helps remove surface dust & dirt as well as small objects from your carpets.  The carpet will look cleaner and fresher.

2. Use a Doormat

You can reduce the amount of dirt and debris that gets tracked into your home and office by using a doormat. Doormats are inexpensive but highly effective.  Dust and dirt trapped in carpets when trampled on acts like a sandpaper to wear down your carpet fibres.  Over time, the carpets in your office will start to look old and worn.

3. Use Rugs

Putting a rug in high foot traffic areas (for example, the hallway) is a good way to preserve your carpets.  Rugs come in all price range.  Pick a colour from your furniture or walls and match your rug in this colour.  Alternatively, you could buy an eye-catching piece and make your rug the centrepiece in the office.

Rugs must be professionally cleaned by a commercial carpet cleaner to maintain its good looks.  Get them cleaned the same time you get your carpets cleaned.

4. Get Your Carpet Professionally Cleaned

Even if you meticulously vacuum your carpet, you will still need to have it cleaned by a professional at least once a year.  You can rent equipment to steam or dry clean the carpet but the truth is a professional carpet cleaning company will deliver better results.  Carpet cleaning companies use hot water extraction method to steam clean your carpets.  They do not use harmful chemicals and have powerful driers and dehumidifiers to ensure your carpets are properly dried.

Professional carpet cleaning is affordable and many companies will provide a service guarantee on their job.

5. Avoid Office Falls Replace Your Old Carpet

Irritants can build up in your carpet over the years. That is why you will eventually need to have old office carpet replaced. You will also need to have your carpet replaced if it is worn out.

If you live in Sydney & need a professional carpet steam cleaner?

Our blogging team have had great experience dealing with Deluxe Carpet Cleaning, one of Sydney’s best commercial and residential carpet cleaning companies.  For more information about their wide range of services or a free quote, visa their website here:

Experience does matter and they have been in business since 2004. They use high-quality products that are non-toxic, biodegradable, leaving no chemical residues, providing a healthier environment for all your employees & loved ones.


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