Vacuuming....not a task that most of us love to do right? But the dust and dirt pile up fast and no one likes things sticking to their feet. EWWW! Did you know that there is more to vacuuming than just aesthetics? Vacuuming offers benefits to your physical health, mental health and also can prolong the life of your carpeting itself.
How often should I vacuum?
There isn’t exactly defined schedule for vacuuming any given space. Many factors come into play when determining the best vacuuming schedule. A few facts to consider that may surprise you:
People lose nearly 1,000,000 skin particles every single day
50 to 100 strands of hair are lost from the average human head every day
The allergens adhering to dog and cat fur can maintain their strength for months
Carpets and rugs feel nice on the feet and add a beautiful aesthetic. But did you know that they also trap many airborne contaminates and can harbor bacteria and disease? The problem is that carpets and rugs do not have the ability to remove these particles on their own. Leaving you the job of vacuuming.
Experts in the carpet installation and cleaning industry recommend that you vacuum at least two times a week. Even more for heavily trafficked areas or areas where pets frequent: on a daily basis to be exact. Pet’s contribute extra dirt, hair dander and smaller microscopic allergens that are invisible to the naked eye.
If you don’t vacuum frequently, dirt can be ground into the rugs and carpets, making them harder to clean the next time you call in a professional. Vacuum the dirt away as much as possible to keep it from attaching to the carpet and being ground into the fibers over time. It is much harder to properly clean a carpet if there’s too much ground-in soil, and over time the covering will actually become discolored and an eyesore as well as a health hazard.
Health benefits of vacuuming
The benefits of vacuuming are clear. Not only does it look fantastic having clean carpets, you are ensuring that your family and pets stay healthy and happy!
Hundreds of microbes float around in the air and cause problems for people with allergies and lung related issues (i.e asthma and COPD). Dust mites, mold, and airborne bacteria can induce asthma attics and cause them to wheeze, have difficulty breathing, or cough violently at night. Hay fever is also aggravated by the same airborne particles.
Accumulation of pet hair and dander (dead skin cells that animals shed regularly) can cause people with pet allergies to experience nasal, respiratory, or skin symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, and rashes.
Infrequent or incomplete vacuum cleaning can cause severe reactions in people who are sensitive to pet dander, dust, and other debris that accumulates on carpets and rugs. Regular and thorough vacuuming is a must. Even though it’s not possible to completely sanitize carpet fibers, proper attention can reduce the likelihood of a symptom outbreak.
Psychological and physical benefits
Not only does vacuuming improve your general health, there are also psychological benefits to be achieved. Research indicates that people with the cleanest homes are also the healthiest and most active. One study conducted by the University of Indiana suggests that keeping their houses and apartments clean may be even more important to their overall health than taking long walks or even practicing yoga. Vacuuming not only provides exercise, but it also removes harmful bacteria and pathogens.
Cleaning also gives you a true sense of accomplishment. Seeing the dirt disappear and everything all tidy, does amazing things for your brain. Vacuuming can also help stave off depression. Have you ever heard the saying “Idle hands, idle mind”? It’s true. Taking out the vacuum cleaner and tackling a messy carpet can prevent you from dwelling on depressing thoughts and make you feel like you’ve accomplished something.
Vacuuming can save you money
Everyone loves to save money! Your carpets and rugs can, and will, last longer if they are well maintained. Eliminating the need for costly and inconvenient replacement of your rugs and carpets is a smart idea! When all the particles and dirt are removed, the carpet fibers receive less wear and tear. This causes them to stay fluffier for a longer period of time. For those family members with health problems, vacuuming can save costly trips to the doctor and for prescriptions.
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