The Carpet's Dirty Secrets: More Bugs Than Your Toilet Seat
If the toilet seat is the gold standard for germs, then most carpets have them beat by a wide margin. Your carpet could be harboring many germs, potentially causing serious health problems, even to otherwise healthy people.
Forget the 5-second Rule
We've all heard of the '5-second rule,' the belief that food dropped on the floor is safe to eat if picked up within five seconds. However, considering the multitude of bacteria, mold, and allergens that can thrive in dirty carpets, it's safe to say that this rule should be forgotten.
The moment food makes contact with the carpet, it can immediately become contaminated with microorganisms, making it a potential health hazard.
Even if you can't see them, remember that germs, bacteria, and other unseen guests could be lurking within your carpet fibers, ready to hitch a ride on your fallen snack.
The Norovirus: A Silent Invader
Another overlooked inhabitant of dirty carpets is the Norovirus, commonly known as the stomach flu virus. This virus is incredibly resilient and can survive in an unclean carpet for up to four weeks.
Disturbingly, it can become airborne when people walk across or disturb the carpet. Infection can lead to severe stomach upset, vomiting, fever, and other flu-like symptoms, making carpet cleanliness crucial in preventing illness.