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Dark, cold mornings can make getting out of bed a harder task than it already is. Stepping out of bed onto a warm, cosy rug or carpet will give your feet a warm treat and make crawling out of your snug bed that little bit easier. Whilst feeling beautifully soft underfoot, a recent study from SCS (Sofa Carpet Specialist) has shown that bedroom carpets are over ten times as dirty as our toilet seats – a less than comforting thought. We are taking a look at the findings of this study and how you can reduce the build-up of microorganisms on your carpet to keep your bedroom hygienically cleaner.

Carpet Hygiene Study

In her recent blog, digital writer Rebecca Knight from Ideal Home Magazine summarises the recent study commissioned by sofa and carpet specialist SCS. The study compares the colony forming units (CFU’s) on different types of flooring, with bedroom carpets showing the highest number of viable bacteria or fungal cells per sample.

SurfaceColony Forming Units
Bedroom carpet140
Living room carpet52
Gym floor14.5
Toilet seat12.4
Office carpet2.9

Considering that we all spend a significant amount of time in our bedrooms, these are alarming results that have sparked discussions around carpet cleaning practices.

Dale Gillespie, Head of Acquisition at SCS says: “To think that people’s carpets are dirtier than their toilet seats is shocking when we think about how often we or our children sit on the floor”.

Why do our bedroom carpets become so dirty?

When it comes to cleaning our bedrooms, we often think of bed sheets and covers, duvets and dusting furniture first. A commonly overlooked area of cleaning is our carpets, with 4 out of 10 people admitting that they never clean their carpets other than hoovering occasionally. People tend to clean their bathrooms more frequently than they do their carpets.

Bella Middleton, founder of Norfolk Natural Living says: “Psychologically, we are all more aware of the need to give our toilets a good clean. Despite the amount of dirt and detritus that gets trampled through our carpets on a daily basis.”

How to combat dirty carpets?

How often you deep clean your carpets depends on your living circumstances. Bella Middleton from Norfolk Natural Living recommends: “As a general rule, you should clean the carpets in your home once a week with a powerful vacuum cleaner […]. However, if you have pets or young children who play on the floor, you should increase this as necessary.” In addition, she recommends to deep clean carpets to a professional standard at least once a year or every six months if you have allergies or pets.

Whilst manually and chemically removing dirt is a quick and effective way to get rid of any microbes on hard and textured surfaces, microbial build-up can be significantly reduced by employing antimicrobial technology.

BioCote® antimicrobial additives can be easily and cost-effectively integrated into fibres during the carpet manufacturing stage, allowing the antimicrobial additive to become part of the fibres without affecting the look and finish of the final product. Alternatively, BioCote® antimicrobial protection can be applied to a variety of textiles as a topical or finishing treatment. Read here to learn how trusted BioCote® partner GTECHNIQ delivers antimicrobial surface preparation and finishing products for car interiors making them more hygienic, reducing bad odours and staining, and protecting them from degradation.

Benefits of using BioCote®

BioCote® antimicrobial additives contain active substances that are proven to reduce microbes, such as bacteria, fungi and the H1N1 virus, by up to 99.99% on protected surfaces.  Integrated into material, BioCote® antimicrobial technology will last for the intended lifetime of your product.

BioCote® antimicrobial technology is used across a variety of materials and product applications and trusted by leading brands globally, such as Akzo Nobel, Deb (SC Johnson Professional), Waterlogic, Formica and many more.

To find out more about our range of additives from textiles to polymers, or if you are interested in protecting your own products with proven BioCote® antimicrobial technology, use our quick and easy to use Additive Wizard, or get in touch with a member of the team on +44 (0)2477 712 489. Alternatively, you can contact us via the form below.

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