Ahhhh, the feeling of plush carpeting between our toes. According the a national survey by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), 92% of homes have a carpet or rug in at least one room. But besides popularity among American homeowners, carpets can attract an array of other things, many of which you don’t want as a house guest. The National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) reports that carpets can accumulate 5-25 grams of dust and dirt per square meter of surface area, significantly more than hard flooring options. This can take a toll on those sensitive to allergens and with asthma. Furthermore, within this debris are flakes of human skin, the main food source for dust mites. Once they take residence in your carpets, dust mites are difficult to remove. Moisture and humidity can bring on additional pests, such as mold and fungi. The good news is that, according to NCHH, research has shown that airborne dust levels can actually be lower in carpeted rooms than in non-carpeted rooms due to their ability to hold particles as they settle from the air. However, this was true in scenarios where the flooring was maintained with a consistent cleaning schedule. NCHH goes onto report the importance of intensive carpet cleaning, for it can result in a 50% reduction in airborne fine particles. Vacuuming is a must, but supplemental cleanings can also make a huge difference. Enter South Florida’s top home cleaner, Rugsies, where we employ an advanced HOST® Dry Extraction Cleaning System. We pre-vacuum to capture loose particles before getting into the nitty gritty, using Green Seal Certified solutions in combination with organic HOST® extractor sponges to lift and remove dirt. The process uses minimal liquid, so fibers dry almost immediately to avoid any mildew build-up or dirt re-attraction that would defeat the whole purpose of a good cleaning. All Rugsies carpet cleaning services are environmentally-friendly, meaning they are also safe for your family, including children and pets. Now, that carpet under your feet is really starting to feel good. Rugsies Tip: To ensure the cleanest environment possible, we recommend a professional carpet cleaning every 6 – 12 months, supplemented with regular vacuuming (vacuums with High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are preferred according to NCHH).