Carpet Cleaning Can Make All the Difference: A Guide to Less Bacteria

Bacteria are tiny microorganisms that exist virtually everywhere on Earth. The only places devoid of bacteria are the ones that have been manually sterilized by humans. While you cannot see bacteria with the naked eye, they are visible under a microscope. Carpets are one part of the home that’s particularly likely to harbor potentially harmful bacteria, but careful cleaning can help reduce bacteria levels in your carpets and other areas.

What Are Bacteria?

Bacteria are single-cell organisms. Bacteria fall into three different categories according to their shape: round, cylindrical, and spiral. Most types of bacteria multiply via binary fission, replicating their DNA to create new cells. A few types of bacteria reproduce by a process called “budding.” As bacteria reproduce, they usually vary their genetic material for future survival and to enable them to adapt to their surrounding environment.

The Dangers of Bacteria

Some types of bacteria are beneficial, while others are harmful. The human digestive system is home to specific types of beneficial bacteria that help with digestion and help to keep the immune system strong. Other bacteria can be detrimental to human health, causing illnesses and infections. Escherichia coli and streptococcus are among the most common harmful bacteria. Once a bacterium enters a host, it will try to multiply quickly. Sometimes, a person may have immunity to a specific type of bacteria, either naturally or from a vaccine. When immunity is present, the body will eliminate the bacteria without illness occurring, but if it is not, the person will fall ill: The bacteria will multiply quickly, and symptoms of infection will occur. Antibiotics may be necessary to help the body eradicate the bacteria.

Why Carpets Hold Bacteria

Carpets can trap and hold dirt that people track into the house on their shoes, and outdoor pets may also bring in germs on their feet. Bacteria can hide in the carpet fibers, and it may also settle down into the padding and backing of the carpet. Carpets hold much more dust and dirt than hard flooring because they are much more porous. The norovirus is a particularly common carpet-dwelling germ, and it is often responsible for causing gastrointestinal problems for humans. It can remain alive in carpet fibers for up to six weeks, and when people walk over the carpet, the bacteria can become airborne. Salmonella could also be lurking in carpet fibers, tracked in on shoes. If carpets become damp, campylobacter bacteria may fester in the carpet fibers. This type of bacteria is often found in moist environments where mold and mildew are thriving. For this reason, experts usually recommend that anytime carpet, padding, and backing become fully saturated, replacement is necessary.

How to Properly Clean a Carpet

Regular vacuuming is crucial for keeping carpets clean. For best results, vacuum carpets one or two times per week with a vacuum cleaner that has a high-efficiency particulate air filter to capture as many particles as possible. At least one cleaning per week should involve four minutes of vacuuming over every square meter of carpeting. Steam cleaning is effective for removing bacteria from carpeting, and this method is preferred because it does not introduce excessive moisture during the cleaning process, which could lead to mold issues. So-called “dry steam cleaning” is another option for carpets, and this method is beneficial because it saturates the carpet less so that the backing does not get wet. It’s possible to rent steam cleaning equipment, or you could hire a professional to perform the work. Steam cleaning carpets twice each year is the general recommendation to keep flooring clean. Anyone with pets or small children and those with environmental allergies may wish to steam clean their carpets more frequently to reduce the number of allergens and bacteria in the fibers.

Improving Your Green Footprint with Home and Garden Waste Recycling

Nearly all Canadians have a residential recycling program available to them. Statistics Canada reports that nearly 98% of residents utilize this type of service. However, far too many are not following best practices resulting in millions spent and massive amounts of recyclables ending up in our landfills. Life transitions like moves and remodels generate huge amounts of waste and not everyone knows how best to dispose of it. This can be improved by following some guidelines and making recycling a normal part of your household cleaning.

Learn the Recycling Rules in Your Area

Curbside recycling makes it very convenient to recycle household waste but it’s important that you follow the guidelines in your area. Some cities take only basics such as paper, cardboard, glass, and cans. Some allow plastic shopping bags while many others do not. A quick visit to your city’s waste disposal website will detail what you can and cannot put in your bins. Organic and artificial garden waste can often be recycled, too. For bulk recycling following a move or remodel there are often depots available throughout the city where items can be dropped off.

Make it Part of Your Routine

In order to have the biggest impact you have to make reducing and recycling a part of your routine. Have designated bins for recycling alongside all the garbage bins in your house. Choose cleaning products that are less toxic and have recyclable packaging. Use microfibre cloths and cloth napkins instead of paper goods. Whether cooking, cleaning, working, or playing recycling can be present in every part of your routine.

Recycle the Right Way

Once those plastics have been reused to the point of no return it’s time to send them to be recycled. If you want those items to actually get recycled, it is paramount that you recycle the right way. Your bin, along with all the others in your city, go to a sorting facility. If your items are in a trash bag inside your bin, they will get tossed out and head to the landfill. If you do not properly clean your items before putting them in the bin, they could cause that item and much more to head to the dump. Why? Contamination. CBC reported that one spoonful of peanut butter left in a jar could contaminate an entire tonne of paper and send the whole lot to the landfill. Recycling the right way matters or you may not be recycling at all.

Canadians have the best intentions when it comes to recycling, as evidenced by nearly all of us utilizing local recycling services. It’s time to up our game and become more responsible for our waste to ensure our items actually get recycled and we reduce the amount of waste we send out of our homes for processing.

Credits:  Jennifer Veidman, Calgary Alberta

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We believe customer satisfaction is the cornerstone of every successful firm and we are committed to 100% client satisfaction. In the unlikely event you are dissatisfied with anything we’ve done, we ask that you contact us within 24 hours of the service and we will make it right by having our team return and correct any areas that may have been overlooked.

What our Customers are saying:

“This was great! We were amazed at how much was covered in only 1 hour! Exceeded our expectations! ”  Melissa  Calgary, AB
“Thanks so much for doing such a great  job of cleaning up my home post renos.  Made my life much easier.”      Candace Calgary, AB
“I got my house cleaned yesterday and was extremely pleased with the job done in my master bathroom!  The counter in it was neat, tidy and clean.  Honestly the best it’s been done!  Thank you!”   Dixie   Calgary, AB
“Very pleased with service. Ladies did a great job. Thanks.”   John    Calgary, AB
 “Great job was done by the two guys, sorry didn’t get their names!  The outside sunroom was not easy but they made it work! Windows look great and they saved me a ton of time! Thanks for everything and I will recommend your company to friends/family! Have a wonderful summer!”   Carol    Calgary, AB
“The cleaning service has always been great.  Over the years, every team that has been in my house, has done a great job, and I am very happy with the results.  Thank you for your service.  I always look forward to seeing the ladies, I have no complaints.   Very satisfied…”    Elizabeth    Calgary, AB
“The ladies have done a great job again – thank you”   Sharen    Calgary, AB
 “Your girls were awesome! Thank you so much. Thanks!”   Aline   Calgary, AB
“Last Thursday we had Char and her team cleaning our house.  We like the job they did and they were very professional.  We would like to request that Char’s team clean our house in a regular basis. Thank you.”     Jan    Calgary, AB
“Very happy with the service we received.  Received a phone call to let me know when they would arrive and he was on time.  Did a thorough, quick job and we are pleased with the results. Thank you,”  Jennifer     Calgary, AB
“You guys are awesome!  So happy with your service. I will be sure to recommend you guys to all my friends 🙂 Thank you!”   Rachel Calgary, AB
“Good morning the work that the fellow did on our house last Friday was excellent and we would have him back again.  He was very courteous and efficient.  Our windows look great. Thank you,”  Doug    Calgary, AB
 “The ladies that came this morning did a wonderful job and the window guys made everything crystal clear.”  Margaret    Calgary, AB
“Thank you for your time and support – the unit looks great!”    Patricia   Calgary, AB
“Hi – The ladies did a fantastic job yesterday, I always come home to a beautifully clean house.  Thanks very much!”    Theresa     Calgary, AB
“Yesterday I had Char and Winnie cleaning and it was UNBELIEVABLE!  These girls are a wonderful team and cleaned everything in sight!  I don’t think I’ve ever had such a great job done in my home over the many years I have had various cleaning services.   I would love to have them for every clean if possible.   Deb   Calgary, AB
“Always nice to have your lovely ladies in my home.  They do a great job. Thanks.”    Linda   Calgary, AB
“The young man that came was super nice, accommodating and good at his job.”  Darlene   Calgary, AB
“Thank you! The ladies did a great job.”    Sandi    Calgary, AB
Thanks so much for the services that was provided in our home yesterday, given that we received services from two different departments within Servpro; let me provide the same feedback to both (via one eMail to each):
1) The Carpet Cleaning Service:  Pros:  – I received a reminder of the service the day of the service.  – The technician was on time, super friendly, professional and I have nothing but EXCELLENT things to say RE: this individual… FANTASTIC JOB  – Efficient service, worked on some problem spots and even removed some spots that I had been told by other carpet cleaners ‘that they were impossible to remove’ (SUPER IMPRESSED)… Guess they were not, as they are now gone…. AWESOME!!!  – The technician left ‘booties’ behind as he was aware that I had Window Cleaners coming in later that day and he wanted them to have these; both so their socks wouldn’t get wet and so that the carpet stayed clean (AGAIN; VERY IMPRESSIVE)  – The day following the service (today), I received an opportunity to provide feedback, including a copy of the invoice (thanks and very nice)  Cons:  – NONE! – The service was awesome and sorry, I have no improvements to provide.  Jan Calgary, AB
“Thank you to your team for yesterday’s clean, floors looked good! I appreciate the small details too, the empty of the coffee pot, the folding of a blanket! The attention to detail is much appreciated!”  Jillian    Calgary, AB
“The service person was friendly and thorough and did good work. Will call again next time need this type of service.”  Eric    Calgary, AB
“I am very pleased with the service I received.  Kevin was very thorough and my carpets look great.”  Keith   Calgary, AB
“Monday, March 21st I had my regular two week cleaning service.  To cheerful young ladies appeared promptly at 9 a.m., came in left shortly thereafter and my house was sparkling clean and fresh.  Very thorough.”     Margaret    Calgary, AB
“We were absolutely satisfied with your team’s service. The women worked swiftly and efficiently and were pleasant and personable.  We would not hesitate to use your company again.”   Naida   Calgary, AB
“It was easy to get an appointment. And very convenient to have both services (window cleaning / home cleaning) done at the same time. And I am very happy with the service results; everything looks great! Many thanks.”    Sandy    Calgary, AB
“Very happy with the service – friendly and efficient ladies.  Thanks!”    Sharen E     Calgary, AB
“We’ve had the cleaners to our house twice now and I would like to pass along my gratitude and appreciation! The house looks, smell and feels really clean (and I’m ridiculously picky!). I appreciate the cleaners’ care, attention to detail, thoroughness and pride. It has also been very nice not to have to worry about payment, scheduling, cancellations, no shows…the list is long. We’ve hired other cleaners in the past few years and each one was an absolute disaster. It’s so nice to arrive home to a clean house and to have one less thing to do or think about. Thank you very much for taking such good care of our home.”    Marli & Greg    Calgary, AB
“Excellent friendly service!!!”   Desiree   Calgary, AB
“Was very happy with the work Kevin performed – fast, friendly and the carpet still looks great after it dried.  Thanks and I’ll be sure to refer! “      Gloria   Calgary, AB
“Koodos to the three young ladies who clean my house the first Friday of every month.    They come to my door promptly with smiles on their faces and quickly go to work.  They seem very well organized and do an excellent job. Thanks again ladies for a job well done. Cheers”  Linda  Calgary, AB
“Absolutely my mom couldn’t be happier the staff is friendly and professional she wanted me to tell you that herself fantastic job!!  She has signed up probably for life now due to the girls that went she want the same team thanks”   Warren   Calgary, AB
“The team did an incredible job.   They were just wonderful – did everything I wanted and then some……    They were so efficient and detailed oriented.   I’ll ask for the same team again    Thank you,”    Candace    Calgary, AB
“Super happy with the service, Ram was very professional and did a fantastic job. I especially appreciated his concern for making sure the cats and puppy were kept in and couldn’t escape. Will definitely refer these services to anyone who is looking for recommendations. A++! Thanks so much.”  Rina   Calgary, AB
“The clean completed on Jan 29 was fantastic!  Everything met my expectations, a job well done. “   Darrel Calgary, AB
“Kaylee and her team did a great job.  I was very happy with the service and would ask for Kaylee again.  All three women were very pleasant and professional and worked hard. Thank you!!”  Kathy   Calgary, AB
“The ladies did a very good job, I am very pleased”   Susan   Calgary, AB
“The Servpro team did a WONDERFUL job.  They always do.  I’m looking forward to having them twice a month.  They will make my life a lot easier!”   Deb   Calgary, AB
“Excellent job! The carpet cleaning turned out great. He even got the gum out!!!”   Jen   Calgary, AB