The Five-Second Rule & Professional Carpet Cleaning

Everyone’s heard of the five-second rule. If you drop a piece of food on the ground, you have five seconds to pick it up before it becomes contaminated, right? In actuality, germs can transfer to any dropped object as soon as it hits the ground. You wouldn’t stick your tongue on the carpet for five seconds and think you’re safe, would you? A dropped pacifier or fork can lead to illness if used again, even within the fictitious five-second safety net. Even with regular professional carpet cleaning services, your floors still hold daily germs. When you forgo cleaning a dropped object or retrieving a replacement, you’re exposing your body to all kinds of germs.

Dust and Dust Mite Droppings

Your carpets and rugs are a lot dustier than you think. And where there’s dust, there are dust mites. These microscopic creatures leave behind droppings that are highly infectious, especially if ingested. While your vacuum and spot cleaner can get a majority of the dust and dust mite droppings out of your carpet, they aren’t powerful enough to penetrate the deeper layers of your carpet. Without professional carpet cleaning, your carpets actually become dirtier faster. So even when you vacuum and spot clean, you can still risk germ transfer to dropped items a few minutes later.

Dirt Tracking

Every time you enter your home, you’re bringing every place you walked with you, especially if you don’t take your shoes off at the door. You can track dirt and mud from outside, and even things like squished bugs and leaves. And if you happened to have visited a public restroom, well, let’s just say dust mites aren’t the only ones whose droppings you need to worry about. Even if you do take your shoes off at the front door, your socks and bare feet can carry outdoor germs with them. Every time you drop something on the floor, it’s like you’re dropping it on the floor of every place you’ve visited recently.

Professional Carpet Cleaning

Getting your carpets cleaned regularly is a great way to help keep your home healthy and fresh overall. However, a professional carpet cleaning isn’t going to make the five-second rule any less of a myth. Your floors will always have some level of dirt and dust to worry about, and it’s better to be safe than sorry. If anything, a professional cleaning will show you all that lies hidden in your carpets and all that could possibly contaminate your dropped items.

Get a Professional Carpet Cleaning from Cardinal Carpet

At Cardinal Carpet and Air Duct Cleaning, our goal is to help you and your family stay safe and healthy with professional carpet cleaning services. As a father-and-son team, we understand how important your family’s health is. With our detailed cleanings, you’ll be amazed at how fresh your floors can look and feel. And while we still never recommend abiding by the five-second rule, there will certainly be less to contaminate when we’re done.

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