How Your Carpet Could Be Affecting Your Family’s Health

Carpets are a staple part of many properties, helping to make rooms feel cosy while providing comfortable living areas around the home. However, it’s important to ensure your carpets are clean not only to keep your home looking good but for the sake of your family’s health.

Here’s what could be lingering among those carpet fibres.

Pet Waste

If you have pets, it’s natural for them to leave traces of themselves around the home, whether that be hairs, dirt or debris they’ve brought in with them from outside. These not only leave stains but can sometimes start to develop an odour. Smells may also be due to pet urine in your carpet which starts to release ammonia over time.

Dust Mites

Without regular cleaning, a build-up of dust particles can cause dust mites to inhabit your carpet. These are microscopic, so you can’t see them if this is the case. While not harmful, they may leave faeces and body fragments which may be inhaled when the fibres are disturbed, and this can even trigger allergies if you suffer with them. Deep cleaning which exposes the carpet to high temperatures can help keep mites at bay, creating an environment they’re unable to survive in.

Germs & Bacteria

Pollutants in your carpet can start to release germs and bacteria into your home while emitting toxic gases which get trapped in the fibres, contaminating the air in your rooms. This can lead to your family being more sensitive to viruses or infections. High powered vacuums and a deep shampoo treatment can help to eliminate such bacteria from your carpet.


With people coming and going from a property, allergens attached to shoes, hair and clothes often transfers to both carpets and upholstery. This can trigger allergies and in the case of pollen, can worsen a hay fever sufferer’s symptoms considerably. Other irritants in your carpet may also lead to sensitive skin becoming itchy or becoming inflamed.


If moisture, spills or condensation gets into your carpet fibres, it may cause mildew or mould spores to develop which can be harmful to your health if left for too long. Potential issues include breathing difficulties, sore throats, sinus infections and bronchitis. Mould also releases an unpleasant odour which makes spending times in rooms less enjoyable for all the family.

Carpet Cleaning Services

Many of these issues can’t be seen by the naked eye, but there is a simple remedy. Regular cleaning is essential to ensure your carpet isn’t holding any harmful particles. This is particularly important when you have young children who may be crawling on the floor around your rooms and putting their hands near their mouth. For a healthier, cleaner home and also to lengthen the life of your flooring, professional carpet cleaning provides the ideal solution. These services ensure your carpet is vacuumed frequently, and you can also schedule regular deep cleans throughout the year.

Keep your carpet spotless and protect your family’s health with Efficient Cleaning London, offering expert domestic services including specialist carpet and upholstery cleaning. We cover Surrey and South West London locations such as Mayfair, Wimbledon and Worcester Park. Contact us now to discuss your needs.