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Domestic carpet care – the great ‘shoes on or shoes off’ debate

 Rugs and animal hides have been used to insulate flooring for many hundreds of years, yet the UK is one of the few countries in the world where carpeting flooring is still the norm. Many countries choose alternative floor coverings such as wood, vinyl, even tiles.


There’s a lot to be said for a hard floor – from a domestic carpet care perspective it’s easier to clean, holds less dust and dirt, and can offer welcome relief to pets and feet when it’s hot outside. In fact, according to research carried out by Modern Rugs, carpeted floors harbour over 20x the amount of bacteria found on hard flooring.


But, as carpets in UK households seem to be here to stay, is it possible to reduce the amount of dust and dirt in your household carpets and rugs by leaving your shoes at the door?


In the Modern Rugs research, carpets were placed in high-traffic areas of similar-sized households. The test took into consideration the presence of pets and children, believed to dramatically impact the amount of bacteria present in carpets.


After three weeks in situ, the rugs were sent to a microbiology lab for testing and there were some surprising results about the impact of domestic carpet care and the hygiene levels of carpets. The first surprise was that those carpets taken from ‘shoes off’ households had very similar levels of fungi and bacteria to ‘shoes on’ households.


The second surprise that the research revealed was that inefficient cleaning actually increased the amount of bacteria residing within carpet fibres, rather than lessening it.


Professional carpet cleaning uses equipment that delivers greater power and suction than retail carpet cleaners, removing dust, dirt and bacteria from deep in the carpet pile.


The equipment is also cleaned and maintained more effectively than retail store-rented carpet cleaners, reducing the spread of bacteria from one place to another.


Rainbow International offer professional commercial and domestic carpet care services. With our powerful carpet cleaning equipment and extensive knowledge, we can help you maintain a cleaner environment for all those who live and work within it.


With over 60 Rainbow International branches around the UK, there’s likely to be a branch within just 23 miles of your postcode so, contact us for a quote for your domestic carpet cleaning or your commercial carpet cleaning today.



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