Your Carpet Is Dirtier Than You Think!

If spills, spots, and stains were the only things we had to worry about in our carpets, we’d be set.

Truth is, it’s what you can’t see that you should be worried about. Dirty carpets are a hotbed for a variety of tiny, creepy creatures and other seriously gross specimen. Let’s examine the gross truth about what’s really creeping in your carpets.


  • Bed bugs can live in wooden floorboards and carpet fibers.
  • Carpet made from knotted wool can house carpet beetles or “wooly bears.” They feed on woolen fabrics, clothes, and even wool/synthetic mixtures. Their stomachs convert the wool fibers into sugar turning your carpet into their delicious sugary snack.
  • Bugs are often found where large, heavy furniture is located. This creates the perfect environment for larvae – dark and undisturbed.
  • Warm carpet, like what you would find near a fireplace, creates the perfect place for an odd little creature called a firebrat. They are similar to silverfish – which has a long, flexible body and is able to eat almost anything.
  • Dust mites thrive in warm, humid environments. They eat dead skin cells and nest in dust-collecting carpet.


  • Carcinogens from cigarettes may be ingested by household pets, children, and infants who spend a lot of time on the floor.
  • Dust mites leave behind a reside that mixes with dust and becomes airborne which often creates allergies for many of us
  • Properly cleaning and maintaining carpets can greatly improve indoor air quality and lower the amount of allergens in your home.


  • Bacteria can live up to 4 weeks in carpet.
  • Several pounds of soil can accumulate in and under a carpet every year.
  • A person sheds about 1.5 million skin flakes an hour, most of which become embedded in our carpets.
  • Wall-to-wall carpeting is less healthy than smaller area rugs because of their hard-to-clean endpoints for moisture, chemicals, liquids, crumbs, and other spills that provide mold, mildew, yeast, and bacteria such as e-coli.
  • Stachybotrys chartarum, or house mold, grows on wet carpeting.
  • Carpets can also hold about 200,000 bacteria per square inch.*

Industry experts recommend that you should have your carpets cleaned at least every 12 to 18 months. This will make sure your carpets are clean and sanitary for your family and friends to enjoy. We use our industry-preferred hot water extraction method to remove soil, bugs, and bacteria from the bottom-most layer of carpets. Our hot water extraction ensures that residue is eliminated from the surface, as well as the roots of the fibers. To schedule your cleaning, give us a call at 314-300-9567 or contact us online here.

*Tierno Jr., Phillip M., Ph.D. The Secret Life of Germs: Observations and Lessons of a Microbe Hunter, 2001