Redefining a Clean Carpet: Why it’s important to look below the surface – Nanaimo News Bulletin

It’s easy to look at your carpet after you vacuum and assume it’s clean, maybe adding a little spot cleaning after a spill.

But when a typical carpet contains roughly 200,000 bacteria per square foot, there’s often much more than meets the eye! With several surprising components involved in your home’s carpet surfaces, it may be time to redefine the way you clean.

You carpet, below the surface

Investing in clean carpet is also an investment in your health. Out of all the materials in your home, carpet is the most effective trap for dust mites, mould, mildew, fungi and more – you can think of it as a type of air filter for your home. Because of this, your average vacuum most likely isn’t stripping the fibres in your carpet of everything you’d like it to be.

To understand why your floor may look cleaner than it actually is, it’s important to first consider the difference between cleaning and sanitizing.

The process of cleaning or vacuuming simply removes any visible dirt from a surface, but does not remove any bacteria that may be present. Professional carpet cleaning, on the other hand, removes grease and soil that live deep beneath the surface. More importantly, it will remove bacteria and germs that might be present on the surface. In essence, everyday house cleaning does not remove the harmful contaminants that live beneath the surface.

It’s important to remember that our floors see a lot more use than we may realize. Outside shoes, along with pets and other common articles often bring unwelcome germs into the home. To put it into perspective, the thousands of bacteria that reside in the typical carpet make it roughly 4,000 times dirtier than an average toilet seat.

If that’s not shocking enough, these contaminants actually pollute the indoor air you breathe every day – all while your carpet looks clean on the surface. Many vacuum cleaners also spit the germs and fine dust hiding in your carpet back into the air where they spread and trigger allergies.

Redefining a Clean Carpet: Why it’s important to look below the surface – Nanaimo News Bulletin

So how do you go about achieving clean, sanitized carpet?

Achieving a Deep Clean

Your vacuum cleaner should still be used to routinely remove dirt and grime from your floors, but it’s worth considering some additional action to rid your carpet of everything you need it to. One of the easiest and most efficient ways to achieve this is by deep steam cleaning your carpets.

Steam cleaning not only lifts dirt but effectively kills bacteria and removes build-up that may be contributing to mould or unwanted scents. It’s important to note that the optimal results depend on the quality of equipment and technique used – the best procedure may vary based on the carpet type, the fibre integrity and soil level.

With this in mind, it’s wise to invest in a professional service that ensures the most advanced commercial-grade equipment is used to provide as deep and thorough a cleaning as possible. For example, COIT’s professionally trained technicians tailor each treatment to match what’s best for your particular carpet, paying special attention to high-traffic areas to remove ground-in dirt and stains that carpet shampoos and vacuums simply cannot handle.

COIT’s cleaning techniques incorporate deep-down extraction, while still following manufacturers’ recommendations and warranty requirements so your carpet looks new and stays protected at the same time. COIT recommends professionally cleaning and sanitizing your carpets every 6 to 12 months.


It’s safe to say that many surfaces in our homes may look and feel clean while unwanted contaminants still lurk under the surface. Now is also the time to get ahead of allergy season – call the pros at COIT to ensure the best cleaning experience possible, leaving you with a healthier and happier home.

Call COIT today at 1-877-584-2648!

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