Some Fun, and Not So Fun, Facts About Carpets
There are lots of interesting things about carpets from throughout history. Carpets have been used in homes for a long time, but how much do you really know about your carpet and carpets over the years? Also, how many misconceptions about your carpet could really be leading you to live a less healthy life? Whether it has to do with dirt, or history, or both, here are some interesting facts that you might like to know about carpets.
- The word “carpet” in English is take from the Latin term carpere, which means “to pluck”. It is likely that this term arrived because carpets were created from the fabric that had unraveled being plucked. You might recognize the root of this Latin word from the phrase carpe diem if you are a fan of Dead Poet’s Society. The phrase means literally, “pluck (or seize) the day.”
- Did you hear about the five second rule as a kid? Well, you probably figured it out, but that is certainly a myth. Bacteria can live for over four weeks on carpet. These germs are immediately capable of being transferred to your food because of the process of microbial adhesion. There are many nasty bacteria that can live in a carpet and make you very sick, so you really should avoid the five second rule when making decisions on eating food that touches the carpet.
- Scientists believe that dust falling over the U.S. each year amounts to more than 43 million tons. The air inside your home has about twice the amount of dust as the outdoor air. That means that there is a lot of dust in your home. It is approximated that 2,000 dust mites could be living on one ounce of your carpet dust. That means that vacuuming and deep cleaning are essential.
- If you are looking for an easy way to brighten up your carpet, then sprinkle some salt onto it about an hour before vacuuming. Salt is a great way to remove small amounts of dirt that cause dingy carpets.
- Dust mites tend to thrive in the most humid and warm environments. They feed on dead skin cells and the live and nest in carpets that collect dust. Their left behind residue mixes with dust and has the ability to become airborne, which is a cause for many allergies.
- The figurative usage of the phrase, “sweep it under the carpet” was first recorded in the year 1963.
- If you want a clean carpet and a clean home, it is essential that you get your carpets professionally cleaned or do a deep cleaning yourself every 12-18 months. This is the only way to protect yourself and your family from the bacteria that lives deep inside of your carpets. It is also the best way to keep your carpet looking brighter and smelling great.
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