General routines like, taking shoes off at the door, or wiping your house regularly, does not necessary lead to a cleaner home.
In support to the initial statement, study conducted by the Carpet and Rug Institute found following results. Shoes were not the reason for increased level of bacteria in the home. In fact, the result is pointing to something many of us think makes our homes bacteria-free: REGULAR CLEANING.
Study case provide information that inappropriate cleaning can increase the bacteria level if it is done on a regular basis. This means that more you clean dirtier it gets. Main reason for this effect is lack of equipment, wrong cleaning materials or cross contamination.
Staphylococcus aureus, which is common harmful bacteria that lives on human skin, increased most significantly when ineffective cleaning took place. Staphylococcus aureus can cause infections such as boils, abscesses, impetigo, scalded skin syndrome and other skin infections if left untreated. Asthma and skin or bacterial infections were also more common in homes which were cleaned regularly, but which were cleaned inappropriately.
What you need to do to prevent the spread of bacteria:
- Use the correct cleaning products in the correct order.
- To avoid cross contamination colour code your cloths and use them only in the allocated area, do not use them on multiple areas.
- Ensuring mop heads are clean and dry between uses, change the water before mopping the next area.
As the study found, many people do not know that their bad cleaning habits are, or do not follow the rules, actually make their homes dirtier. So to improve the hygienic level of your home, follow the simple rules:
- Use only clean, dry cloths. Avoid using the same cloth for multiple areas.
- If your house suffers with damp, a humidifier will be useful. Humidifiers prevent the spread of fungus and potentially infectious bacteria.
- Use a steam cleaner and a mop to prevent bacteria growing on food sources.
- Opt for hardwood floors or laminate in high-traffic areas, as this holds fewer potentially dangerous bacterium and can be cleaned more thoroughly than carpets.
If you have a carpet, you may be unknowingly growing bacteria in your home. If a carpet gets very dirty or damp, this becomes good environment for growing fungus and bacteria. Main threat would be for babies who may be crawling on it. The other threat from carpets is that they hold dirt, dust, hair and dust mites, which can increase allergic reactions and asthma. Rugs are relatively safer option as they cover a smaller area, so probably would not pose a threat to your health as a damp, dirty carpet may do and more importantly, you can change them if needed