A clean carpet is a clear signal of a well-cared for home. But the benefits of regular carpet-care go beyond aesthetics: the fibers can be safe-havens for bacteria and allergens. These can be especially damaging to the undeveloped immune systems of young children. With the help of Sears Clean, here are some ways that cleaning your carpets are beneficial to the health of any young children that are either in your family, or that will be passing through for the holidays.
Although having a clean carpet is important to keep your home clean and healthy, the chemicals themselves can be very dangerous for young kids. Make sure these harmful substances are kept out of reach of young kids, and that the proper amount of time after their application is observed before allowing children to play on carpets. It may be a good idea to invest in some cleaning agents that are child friendly.
Young children do not have the developed immune systems that adults do. This means that exposure to bacteria that we are used to as adults, can potentially lead to serious illness in children. Think about it, kids spend a lot of time playing, crawling, and rolling around on the carpets at home so they can potentially be exposed to a lot of germs. To imagine the scope of the bacteria festering in your carpet, take a look at the surfaces you walk on each day. Everything from that rain puddle you didn’t see on your walk to work to the mess you stepped in from the neighbor’s dog can end up in carpets. Keeping children from coming into contact with these germs is crucial to their healthy development into strong adults.
Carpets can also be home to pollen, dust, and other allergens that are tracked inside and then ground in by walking feet and shoes. These factors can contribute to respiratory problems like asthma and allergies, keeping people from feeling perfectly at home in your house. Again, the close proximity and the amount of time that children spend on carpets can contribute to difficulties breathing, especially if they have one of the issues listed above.
Keeping carpets clean is imperative to preventing dirt from building up. As dirt builds up, it can wear down the fibers that make up the carpet and lead to holes. A young child that is still figuring out how to walk, or an even a slightly older one that’s not paying attention to where they’re going, can get their feet caught in these openings and fall over. This opens up the possibility of skinned knees and elbows, which can be especially bad because of the bacteria issue addressed above.