Having dirty carpets can make you sick. Allergens and dust mites can live in the fibers of your carpet and upholstery. So can dander and dirt. Other germs and bacteria can live in carpet as well. The Norovirus can live for a month in your carpet.
There is still a lot we don’t know about the current novel coronavirus. Scientists don’t know if it can live in carpet or on surfaces the way Norovirus can. Even the flu virus can live on surfaces for three days and on fabrics for 12 hours. There is a mutation of the coronavirus that causes the lethal disease feline infectious peritonitis in cats. That form of a mutated coronavirus can linger in the home for two months. Diseases like SARS and MERS are other types of coronaviruses. SARS can live for two days on plastic. What we do know about COVID is that it can live on surfaces after it leaves the body, but it is primarily an airborne disease. While that is slightly more comforting, we still aren’t out of the woods and should continue to take measures to safeguard ourselves and our homes.
Since there is still so much we don’t know about this version of coronavirus, it makes sense to err on the side of caution. Having a professional come in and deep clean your home is prudent. Even if COVID doesn’t linger the way other germs do, a deep cleaning can make you and your family feel healthier.
In addition to a deep cleaning, there are things you can do to keep germs at bay during these difficult times. Vacuuming daily will help pull up some germs and dirt that sit on your carpet. Making sure that you wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer will help keep germs off of your hands. Wiping down counters and other high touch surfaces with cleaners containing alcohol or bleach will also help kill germs in your home.
For questions specific to your home and needs or to get a quote for services, contact our office.
To learn more about what a deep cleaning is and other common FAQs on this topic, please read our FAQ section below.
What exactly is a deep cleaning?
Deep cleaning is a bit more intense than other types of cleaning. Also, stronger cleaning agents are used to ensure that germs and bacteria are killed. During a deep clean, the strongest possible equipment is used so the technician can penetrate the deepest levels of your carpet. Even the vacuum is the strongest available. The goal is to get to the deepest levels of your carpet and get out every speck of dirt and germs.
A deep cleaning will also require different cleaning agents that aren’t normally used. That does not mean that the tech will be using harsh chemicals! It means that any cleaners will be approved by the EPA for the killing of viruses. It also means the machine will use water that is on the warmest setting possible. Any spots on your carpet may also be shampooed in addition to any other cleaning services.
To make sure coronavirus isn’t anywhere else in your home, all other surfaces should be cleaned with agents approved by the EPA for COVID cleaning. Soap and warm water can help remove dirt and some germs, but it doesn’t get deep enough for viruses like COVID. Using a cleaner with bleach will help kill this kind of virus.
During a deep cleaning, technicians will use the strongest machines possible on your carpet. They will also disinfect surfaces like counters, molding, etc. If someone in your home has contracted COVID, partner with a biohazard cleaning service.
Can COVID live in my carpet? Do I really need to take all these precautions?
No one really knows yet how long coronavirus can live in your carpet or counters. The virus is too new for there to be large volumes of information on it. There are many types of coronaviruses in the world already. The amount of time they live outside of the body and on a surface varies. Rather than take any chances with an unknown virus, just be on the safe side and get your carpet deep cleaned.
Having professionals deep clean your carpet, and possibly other areas of your home won’t cause you any harm. Depending upon how often you vacuum and clean, your carpet may need this type of service anyway. You and your family will now be living in a much cleaner and healthier house. Regular allergens and pollutants are enough to make some people sick and trigger allergies. Additional illnesses are the last thing any of us need right now. Especially any that mimic the signs of COVID (running nose, sore throat, headaches, etc).