How many times have you ordered your loved ones to grab a shoe to whack a pint sized intruder crawling through your home?
The "hit-them-with-a-shoe" technique works great on bugs you can see; but what about the dust mites and other microscopic intruders we can't see? Who's getting rid of them?
Dust mites (which are only 0.01 of an inch long) are perhaps the best known of the micro sized bugs which inhabit our homes.
According to an article which appeared in the August 2000 edition of ICS Cleaning Specialist, a cleaning industry magazine, a frequently washed pillow case can have 10,000 dust mites. A pillow case that has not been changed in a while can have as many as 400,000 mites. Can you imagine how many are in your carpets?
There is hope: regular cleaning. "Basic carpet cleaning chemistry in its cleaning process has the ability to eliminate certain microbes by disrupting their environment," says the ICS article.
The bottom line, says the ICS: "A carpet should be cleaned when it's biologically soiled and should not be delayed until its surface is soiled."
Now, don't get the wrong idea. Carpet cleaning does not replace an exterminator. But, it has been proven that carpet cleaning is an excellent method to keep your carpets healthy and virtually pest free.
Elegant Cleaning Services recommends cleaning carpets and upholstery at least once a year -- even if they don't look dirty. If your house is active with children and pets, then it is recommended to clean your carpets every three to six months.