Carpets – the Facts You Never Knew

Carpet CleaningCarpets are usually considered to be just another part of a room’s interior. Indeed they are so, but carpets are also unique in many ways. Below are listed some of the most interesting and unknown facts about carpets. If anything it makes for an interesting read!

  • The Norwalk virus (aka Norovirus) is one of the main causes of stomach flu. The Norwalk virus can survive on an uncleaned carpet for at least thirty days.
  • The origins of the word ‘carpet’ are Latin, the Latin word for carpet is ‘carpere’ which means ‘to pluck’. Perhaps this has to do with the fact that carpets (rugs) at the time we made of unravelled or plucked fabric.
  • The oldest example of a carpet known in the world is still surviving, this is the Pazyryk carpet, which is over two thousand years old. The thing was discovered in the nineteen forties, in a prehistoric tomb in Siberia.
  • When vacuuming the carpet, the air stream blown behind the appliance contains one of the largest amounts of germs and bacteria throughout the house.
  • During the US Civil War, Northerners who wanted to seek refuge or join The South, were called ‘carpet baggers’ because they usually carried their possessions in bags made of old carpet.
  • The swastika (despite its menacing twentieth century meaning) is in fact a good luck symbol, appearing on many ancient carpets from around Europe, Asia and the Americas.
  • The phrase ‘sweep under the carpet’ got its figurative meaning in nineteen sixty three, when it was first officially entered in the dictionary.
  • Each year, the average carpet generates several kilograms of soiling in, and underneath it.
  • The ‘five second rule’ doesn’t work on carpets as most bacteria survive (even thrive) in carpets for many weeks. Germs have the ability to adhere to anything from carpet fibres to food.
  • Bed bugs also live in carpets, not just in beds. This bloodsucking little crawler can make its way through up to a hundred feet of carpet to obtain its blood meal.
  • On an average, a person sheds about one and a half million dead skin flakes per hour – most of this becomes embedded in carpets.
  • Carpets cause twice as much dust inside as there is outside, on the same note – about two thousand dust mites can live and feed off an ounce of carpet dust.
  • Wall-to-wall carpeting is harder to keep clean and causes poorer indoor hygiene as opposed to freestanding rugs and carpets. Edges and corners of wall-to-wall carpets are a real problem to clean properly.
  • Many carpet cleaning products contain naphthalene – the chemical is toxic and should be avoided, don’t use concentrated cleaning products which contain naphthalene close to children or pets, or just call a company like Carpet Cleaning Chingford, they know what to use for cleaning.
  • ‘Woolly Bears’ – a type of bug found in knotted wool carpets, feeds off wool as it can digest the fibre and turn into sugar. Woolly Bears can actually destroy wool carpets.
  • Table salt removes soiling from synthetic and natural fibre carpets, sprinkle the salt, leave there for an hour, and then vacuum off. This will also brighten the carpet colour notably.

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