Did you know that the idiom “sweep under the carpet” dates back to the 1950s? Or that the word “carpet” means “to pluck” (carpere) in Latin, because they were traditionally made from pulled apart fabric? Did you also know that another version of this Latin word is the famous “carpe diem,” which means “to seize the day”?
You probably don’t. It’s about time to get to know this popular flooring option deeper. Here are some amazing facts that will make your jaw drop:
FACT #1: A Stomach-flu Causing Virus Can Live for a Month Under Your Carpet
A scientific survey in 2003 found out that the Norwalk virus or Norovirus, which causes stomach flu, can live on a dirty carpet for a month—or longer. Obviously, this can pose serious health risks to you and your family, so go hire a carpet cleaning professional right now.
FACT #2: The Dust You Collect from Carpets are Mostly Made of Dead Human Skin Cells
In just about 60 minutes, you shed up to 1.5 million skin flakes. This means the dust that collects on your TV, coffee table, windowsills, and most especially, your carpet, is made mostly of dead human skin cells—or bits of yourself! What’s more gross is that your house is full of dust mites that eat your old dead skin. Most of them are living inside your carpet.
FACT #3: Carpets were Once Forbidden in Australia
A very long time ago, Australia forbade carpets in homes because people were developing allergies and asthma. Millions of dust falls over the country every year—and surprisingly, dust is twice as many indoors than outdoors.
FACT #4: Carcinogens Can Get Embedded in the Carpet
If you smoke or there are other smokers at home, your carpets are prone to cigarette burn marks. What is more disturbing is that the carcinogen in the cigarette gets embedded in the carpet. Your playing infant or toddler might be inhaling them.
These grim facts may make you feel a bit woozy. You may also look at your carpet a bit differently—instead of seeing it as the godly fabric that warms your feet and beautifies your home, it’s a piece of disgusting cloth that’s nothing but all dirt, dust, and who knows what. Take a good look. Have it cleaned right now.