How dirty is my Carpet? 7 dirty secrets in your Carpet and Mattress.

How old is your mattress? What about your carpet? We’ve got the lowdown on what’s lurking below your feet and under your sleepy head.

Two of the most important and expensive investments in your home are your carpet and your mattress. But there are hidden germs lurking in two of the places you and your family use the most.

Rest assured, National Dusters is the St. Paul MN, Eagan, and Twin Cities area leader in Carpet Cleaning Services, Area Rug Cleaning, and Mattress Cleaning Services.

About carpets: Wall-to-wall germ farms

Research by Philip Tierno, Jr., Ph.D., New York University Langone Medical Center microbiologist, immunologist and author of The Secret Life of Germs, shows that your carpet is a lot dirtier than you think. In fact, it probably has about 200,000 bacteria per square inch. That’s about 4,000 times grosser than your toilet, in case you were keeping track.

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About mattresses: Sleeping with the enemy

According to The Mattress Doctor, one of the most sacred places in your home, a place where you’re the most vulnerable, may be subject to invasion by bacteria and viruses, some of which have become more aggressive over the past several decades. Some are even resistant to antibiotics.

Those nasty little dust mites and allergens you always hear about aren’t the only things you have to worry about, unfortunately.

1. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus — This penicillin-resistant superhero of the bacterial world can run rampant in your carpet and mattress, especially if you have any athletes in the house.

They’ll bring it home from the gym or the locker room in that nasty gym bag you just realized you never wash, take off their shoes before setting a nasty dirt-covered foot on the carpet… and track in whatever they brought home after sweating through practice. You don’t just walk (barefoot) on your carpet. You play video games, wrestle, watch TV and more. Hopefully you don’t have a cut. MRSA loves those. Then it’s bedtime.

MRSA can be carried by healthy people for hours or even years. It causes red bumps that become more painful and larger over time and results in a fever and rashes. It only gets worse from there and can become untreatable, eventually leading to death.

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2. Campylobacter — Generally, this one is the most dangerous during the winter months, especially as you and the little ones track in bacteria-friendly dampness on those galoshes. It causes a potentially deadly disease known as campylobacteriosis, which can be dangerous to people with a compromised immune system, like small children or the elderly. Symptoms include bloody diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain and fever.

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3. Norovirus — Also known as the Norwalk virus, Norovirus causes symptoms similar to food poisoning or even the stomach flu. It can survive in your carpet or in your bed for four to six weeks, and it becomes airborne as people walk or roll across it. If you live in areas with a prevalence of dust, like Texas, New Mexico or Arizona, you’re in even more danger.

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4. Fungi and mold — Several fungi and molds can invade your home, some of which can cause serious allergies and even death. Aspergillus, Rhizopus, Alternaria, Geotrichum and Cladosporium are all potential bedmates.

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5. Micrococcus — This one can be particularly nasty for those with compromised immune systems. It can cause some serious-looking skin infections, septic shock, meningitis (among other things) and even death.

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6. Enterococci —This one is actually a normal bacteria that exists in your intestines, but some species can cause serious infections in humans. It can cause urinary tract infections, bacteremia, bacterial endocarditis, diverticulitis and meningitis, and some strains are resistant to treatment.

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7. Other bacteria — These certainly aren’t the only things that can live in your mattress or carpet, so it’s important to take the proper measures to reduce their impact.

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The solution

If you are concerned about the state of your Carpets or Mattress, in the St. Paul / Eagan / or Twin cities Mn. area, Contact National Dusters now.   Our Professional Carpet Cleaning Services can remedy any nasty secrets your carpets may hide.  Also, vacuum regularly, keep your carpet dry, and have it cleaned at least once per year, preferably twice. You can also cover high-traffic areas with washable (or at least more easily replaceable) area rugs.

Also, get your Mattress cleaned regularly according to the manufacturer’s instructions. National Dusters can help, just call us anytime to schedule fast and easy Mattress Cleaning Services.  You should also take a shower before you go to bed each evening to reduce what you take to bed with you and again in the morning to wash off anything you may have picked up. Add an additional layer between you and the mattress by using a washable mattress pad (and clean it regularly). And, of course, buy a new mattress every seven to 10 years, more often if you have allergies.

9 Reasons Business owners choose Green Cleaning for their Commercial Cleaning Services

9 Reasons St. Paul Mn area Business Owners should switch to our Green Commercial Cleaning Services.

Have you thought about green cleaning, but aren’t sure why it’s so much better than conventional cleaning? Discover 9 great reasons to make the switch today and rest easy knowing you are protecting your health, your family’s, and that of the planet.

Make Your Business Safer

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Warning! Flammable! Toxic! With labels like these on some conventional cleaning products, you get a pretty good idea that they aren’t really that safe. Many chemicals (e.g., chlorine and ammonia) when mixed together can be downright dangerous. Small children and pets are especially vulnerable due to higher exposure levels because of their size. Plus, household cleaning supplies are one of the top five substance classes accounting for calls to the National Poison Control Center.

2 – Protect Your Health

Feel better with green cleaning products – literally. Unlike conventional cleaning products, you’ll know what you’re using won’t harm you, your family, or your pets. Symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, skin rashes, headaches, and more may “mysteriously” disappear once you stop using toxic cleaning chemicals. Considering many of the hazardous chemicals in conventional products are often carcinogens, neurotoxins, mutagens, teratogens, or endocrine disrupters, it is definitely worth ditching them in favor of natural green cleaning products.  National Dusters offers the very best Commercial Cleaning Services that include their Green Cleaning Service.

3 – Clean Up Your Indoor Air

Did you know that the use of conventional cleaning products can contribute to higher pollution indoors than outdoors? Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which have been associated with a host of health problems like damage to the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system, are released when products are used and stored and can also linger in the air long after use according to the article “An Introduction to Indoor Air Quality” by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). That’s nothing to cough at. Breathe easier knowing that this is not a problem with cleaning products that are truly green.

4 – Help the Office Environment

When you choose to use green cleaning products, with National Dusters Commercial Cleaning Services, your business is making a vote to protect the environment so to speak. Most ideal green cleaning products are made using sustainable manufacturing practices and naturally derived, safe, non-toxic, and biodegradable ingredients that don’t negatively impact the environment. On the other hand, some conventional cleaning products contain ingredients that are toxic, hazardous, non-biodegradable, and from non-renewable resources like petroleum, so they adversely affect the earth’s eco-systems.

5 – Save Some Money

Add some green to your pocketbook by making your own green cleaning products. Or, save money by buying eco-friendly all-purpose cleaners that do multiple jobs, so you won’t have to purchase other products. Also, with more and more manufacturers entering the green cleaning scene, natural products are often competitively priced with their conventional, chemical-laden counterparts, and in some cases even cheaper.  This allows National Dusters to keep their prices down and lets you the business owner benefit.

6 – Make Cleaning Easier

It’s much easier to have a few products that take care of your general cleaning needs than a whole arsenal of toxic products. For example, vinegar can easily replace mold and mildew removers, window cleaners, all-purpose cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, and more. So, you can often tackle multiple cleaning jobs in your home without switching products as you clean! Plus, you don’t have to worry about getting bleach stains on your clothes or accidentally mixing dangerous chemicals together as you clean when you go green!

7 – Give Back to Your Community

Many manufacturers of green cleaning products take social responsibility very seriously and often give a portion of their profits to organizations that further social, environmental, and educational change, for example. So, purchasing products from these companies means you are also giving a little back to your community, whether local or global.

8 – Know What’s in Your Products

Manufacturers of cleaning products aren’t required by the U.S. government to divulge ingredients; however, many green cleaning manufacturers make it their policy to be fully transparent, whereas some conventional manufacturers don’t and may only list a portion of their ingredients.

9 – Become a Green Role Model

Once you start using eco-friendly, green cleaning products and tools and see how well they work, others will most likely follow suit. So, don’t be shy about green cleaning at home or the office. As more join in, it means a healthier planet for us all to enjoy! Also, setting an example for children guarantees a brighter future for our planet as well.

Let National Dusters and our Green Cleaning team schedule regular Commercial Cleaning Services to keep your St. Paul, Eagan, and Twin Cities business clean and your employees healthy.