While carpets retain heat and add to the comfort to your home, you may be baffled by all the nasty things that live within the depths of your carpet. Dirty carpets are not only hazardous to your health, but they can also cause rancid smells and unsightly stains.

Now that spring is upon us, you have likely begun your spring cleaning process. But before you get too far, it is critical that you think about the health of your carpet. And after what you read below, you may want to invest in professional cleaning services. Proceed at your own risk.

Here is the dirty truth about what lives beneath the surface:

Food And Drinks

If you allow your family to eat in the living room, you may find that excess food and drink may have made their home within your carpet. Food is a source for bacteria and organisms, so now imagine that the food has made a colony within the stalks of carpet strands.


If you are not extremely attentive, your toenail clippings could eventually find their way nestled into your carpets. Have you recently moved into a new home? Unless your new home has received a professional cleaning, chances are that the toenail clippings of the previous owners are still hidden in the carpets.


The average U.S. home can accumulate up to an astounding 40 pounds of dust per year. To put it into perspective, that is relatively the same weight as a large bag of dog food. When we break it down, dust is comprised of many, many things. Here is a list of some of those things:

  • Dead skin
  • Dirt
  • Human and pet hair
  • Pollen
  • Lint

Fecal Matter

If you are a pet owner, you are probably aware that our animals are not always the brightest living creatures. So, imagine for a moment that your pet goes out and happens to step in their own feces or the feces of other animals. We do not think twice when letting them back into the house, and suddenly, your beloved pet has tracked in fecal matter. Now, that fecal matter calls your carpet home.

All of these things come together to make the perfect breeding grounds for dust mites. Dust mites can affect human health, and they can be difficult to remove outside of a deep, professional cleaning. These little critters can trigger allergies not associated with the changing of the weather.

How Do I Get Rid Of These Atrocities?

This all seems pretty gross, right? The moral of the story is that without proper cleaning, the culmination of all of these things can begin to slowly deteriorate our health and have a negative impact on the condition of our carpets.

At Clean Away Maids, we care deeply for the health of you as well as your home. We provide professional cleaning services that can reduce the presence of these unsightly things. Contact us today to receive a free estimate!