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Carpet: 4,000x Dirtier Than a Toilet Seat?

According to research detailed in a Men's Health article, carpeting contains 200,000 bacteria per square inch

March 25, 2013

Pop Quiz: What’s 4,000x dirtier than a toilet seat, contains 200,000 bacteria per square inch and is home to hundreds of thousands of different species?

If you answered with “home carpeting,” then you’re correct – at least according to research conducted by Philip Tierno, Jr., a microbiologist/immunologist at New York University’s Langone Medical Center. The research, which was detailed in a recent Men’s Health article, doesn’t paint a pretty picture for carpeting and rugs.

According to the article: “The average person sheds about 1.5 million skin cells every hour; these skin cells hit the rug and serve as food for germs. Add in food particles, pollen, and pet dander, and you have a gratis buff et... And since a vacuum cleaner’s suction and rotating beater brush don’t usually reach the bottom of the carpet, you’re bound to have communities of E. coli, salmonella, staphylococcus, and other bacteria down there. Every time you walk on the carpet or roll around on it with your kids, you disrupt the bacteria, bringing some closer to the surface.”

You’re probably already quite knowledgeable about the benefits of regularly cleaning carpet, but it never hurts to have additional information to share with your customers, especially those that give further support to home carpeting being a germ cesspool.

Be sure to check out the full article in Men’s Health, for info on carpeting and more germ-ridden household objects (water bottles, gym bags, remotes, etc.) by clicking here.

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