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By Ashley Dillon | 22 August 2022 | 0 Comments

Revealed: the hidden germs that could be harming your health

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Revealed: the hidden germs that could be harming your health

 

Smart home appliance company Proscenic surveyed the UK public to find out more about their floor cleaning habits. This shocking survey revealed that many of the UK don’t clean their flooring as sufficiently as they should, with 16.4% of people admitting that they never clean their floors.

 

With this scary statistic in mind, Proscenic wanted to look further into the importance of keeping floors clean…
 

 

Carpets contain more bacteria than toilets 

Research by Philip Tierno, Jr., PhD, New York University Langone Medical Center microbiologist, reveals that carpets hold around 200,000 bacteria in each sq. inch - that’s 4,000 times more than the amount in your toilet! 

 

This bacteria can be brought into the home due to a range of factors such as wearing shoes indoors, pets, and even simply leaving doors and windows open. Washing and vacuuming floors regularly can prevent a buildup of these germs and bacteria - Proscenic’s F20 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner is a 2-in-1 vacuum cleaner that vacuums and deep cleans multiple surface types, this product is a great way to keep flooring as clean as possible.

 

Below are some of the most common germs on our flooring…

 

Mould

Mould infestation is a common problem with carpets and is often found in homes with high moisture levels. Typically, mould tends to be in bathrooms and basements, however, spores travel through the air so mould can spread fast and often go unnoticed for a while.

 

Having mould within your home can cause a range of health issues - it can lead to allergy-like symptoms such as nasal congestion and coughing. If somebody within the home has a weakened immune system, these symptoms can worsen and often result in severe asthmatic reactions.

 

Skin Flakes and dander

The average person sheds 1.5 million skin flakes a day, many of these fall into your carpet! As well as human skin flakes, those with pets are also likely to have animal skin flakes (dander) in the carpet too, as well as their pet hair. Whilst this in itself is very disturbing, microscopic insects such as fleas, ticks and mites feed on these dander and skin flakes.

 

Not vacuuming regularly can create a build-up of hair and skin in your carpets, which can cause health problems such as dermatitis, and hives, and can also trigger asthmatic reactions. The microscopic bugs that live off these elements can bring a range of health risks to humans and pets - if a tick attaches itself to a human it can cause Lyme disease, and fleas carry and can spread disease to humans and animals.

 

Using a good quality vacuum cleaner is the best way to remove skin flakes and dander from your carpets - the Proscenic P11 Smart Cordless Vacuum has ultra-strong suction, which will remove these remnants from your carpet!
 

 

Dust and dirt

Carpets can hold four times their weight in dirt. Many of this debris is difficult to see but can cause many issues. As well as dust and dirt generally just looking bad and potentially creating smells, it can also bring health risks such as allergies and asthmatic symptoms. A lot of dirt is brought in via shoes and pets, as the soles of shoes and the paws of our animals track in a wide range of germs and bacteria, including faeces! 

 

Vacuuming gets up dust and debris from carpets and hard floors, and mopping hard floors should do the job, but getting dirt out of carpets can be a challenge - try using a 2-in-1 vacuum that can deep clean your carpets at the same time as vacuuming, such as the Proscenic F20.

 

 

Bacteria build-up

Along with the above, both carpeted and hard flooring can host a range of bacteria, many of which result from the above. Some of the most common bacteria found on our flooring are…

 

E Coli

Escherichia Coli is a type of bacteria that often lives in the intestines of humans and animals and is usually harmless. However, certain types of E Coli can cause intestinal infection. E Coli can be tracked into the home from the soles of shoes, and if there are pets in the home, the chances of E Coli being on your floor is even higher as it is found in pet and human faecal. The symptoms of E Coli infection are very unpleasant and include diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting, and mild to severe stomach cramps. 

 

Worryingly, past research has revealed that 59% of the public follow the ‘three-second rule’ when dropping food on the floor - 63% even let their children eat food that has fallen on the floor. This is especially concerning given that our research revealed that 16% of the public never clean their floors. To avoid this nasty infection, it’s important to vacuum carpets and mop hard floors often. DO NOT eat food that has dropped on the floor - the three-second rule is not real!

 

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

MRSA is a more problematic bacteria to treat than others and is often called ‘the superbug.’ This lives harmlessly on the skin of around 1 in 30 people and usually will not make you ill and go away after some time. However, it could become more serious if it gets deeper into your body causing symptoms such as redness, swelling, and warmth on the skin - it can also cause a high temperature, chills, dizziness, plus more. MRSA can get into your bloodstream which can cause endocarditis and even sepsis - these situations are difficult to treat and if they aren’t, MRSA can cause death. 

 

MRSA may be running rampant on your carpets, especially if they are not kept clean - this is even more likely if you have athletes living in the home as MRSA tends to be very active in the gym as it is spread by skin-to-skin contact and can gather on the shared equipment. MRSA can be brought into the home from shoes, gym bags and equipment etc. Keeping your floors as clean as possible can help prevent MRSA in your home. 

 

Campylobacter 

Campylobacter bacteria is one of the leading causes of diarrhoeal disease according to the World Health Organisation and can cause Campylobacterosis. The main way people can get this is from eating undercooked meat or something that has been in contact with it, however, eating other foods such as seafood, and also can get it from contact with animals and drinking untreated water. Symptoms of Campylobacterosis include diarrhoea, cramping, abdominal pain, fever and potentially nausea and vomiting. If left untreated, it can cause gallbladder infection, as well as some rare side effects such as IBS and Kidney Disease.

 

Campylobacter tends to live in carpets during the winter months and in damp carpets and is especially dangerous to those with weakened immune systems, children and the elderly. To prevent this bacteria, ensure your carpets are cleaned often and also thoroughly dry after cleaning. 

 

Salmonella

Salmonella is a common bacterial disease that infects the intestinal tract - humans are usually infected through contaminated water and food. Often, people will have no symptoms, but most will develop diarrhoea, fever, and stomach cramps within 72 hours. Sometimes, diarrhoea can cause severe hydration which can be dangerous - if the infection spread beyond the intestines, it can cause life-threatening problems. 

 

This bacteria thrives in carpets and is usually brought in from shoes and pets. Similarly to E Coli, a common way to become infected is by eating food that has fallen on the floor - it’s important to avoid eating food from the floor, and clean flooring regularly using a good quality vacuum cleaner such as the Proscenic P11 Smart or i10.



 

How to evict these germs and bacteria from your flooring

Many of the above germs and bacteria are similarly brought into the home - via the soles of shoes, pets, bugs, etc. Many can also cause symptoms and illnesses (sometimes severe) in humans by eating food off the floor, not cleaning up spills or food, etc. 

 

The main way to keep these out of the home and prevent people from falling ill is by vacuuming carpets as often as possible, and keeping hard flooring clean, especially after cooking! If you have pets, this is even more important as they can bring many germs into the home. 

 

For many of us, especially those with children and busy lifestyles, it’s difficult to clean flooring as often as we probably should to keep it as clean as possible and free of germs and bacteria. Luckily, there are products out there that can help ease these tasks, such as the Proscenic M8 Pro Robot Vacuum Cleaner which can hoover the floors automatically, even when you’re not there, and even is self-emptying, Alexa compatible and also has a 2-in-1 function which vacuums and washes floors. The Proscenic F20 Vacuum Cleaner is a wet dry vacuum that can deep clean carpets and flooring whilst vacuuming any dirt and debris - the self-cleaning and odour-free rolling brush will make your life even easier!


 

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