10 Interesting Facts about Carpets

10 Interesting Facts about Carpets

Here are ten interesting facts about your favorite living room carpets.

  1. The Norwalk virus or Norovirus, zoonotic virus found mostly in dogs, can survive on an unkempt carpet for a month or more.
  2. The oldest surviving carpet is the celebrated Pazyryk carpet, which is over 2,000 years old. It was found in the 1940s in a Scythian tomb in southern Siberia.
  3. Microbiologists have identified air blown from a running vacuum cleaner as one of the five places in the home that has the highest numbers of germs. Other places include dish sponges, washing machines, bathroom toilets during a flush, and kitchen trash cans.
  4. The five-second rule is a myth: bacteria can live after four weeks on the carpet. And, thanks to “microbial adhesion,” germs such as the following are immediately transferred to food: Salmonella typhimurium, Campylobacter, and Salmonella enteritis, a nasty bacterium that causes horrible diarrhea and vomiting.
  5. Each year, several pounds of soil can accumulate in and under a carpet.
  6. Naphthalene is commonly found in carpet cleaners. In concentrated form, it is dangerous to breathe and can cause headaches, nausea, vomiting, and urinary irritation. It is a suspected carcinogen and can be toxic to children, infants, and pets.
  7. The term “carpet bagger” is a derogatory reference to Northerners who sought to take political and economic advantage of the South’s defeat after the Civil War. The name refers to the travel bag made from carpet that many Northerners used to carry their possessions.
  8. Bed bugs can live in carpet fibers and wooden floorboards. For their size, they are extremely fast and can crawl more than 100 feet to obtain a blood meal, usually at night from people who are sleeping. Engorgement takes about three to 10 minutes yet people rarely realize they are being bitten.
  9. A person sheds about 1.5 million skin flakes an hour, most of which become embedded in our carpets.
  10. Scientists believe that more than 43 million tons of dust fall over the U.S. every year. Indoor air usually contains about twice as much dust as the air outside. That’s a million microscopic particles in a cubic inch of air. About 2,000 dust mites can live happily on one ounce of carpet dust.

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