Interesting carpets facts – PART 1

locationFebruary 2020

Interesting carpets facts – PART 1


  • The Norwalk virus or Norovirus (the virus that causes the stomach flu) can survive on an uncleaned carpet for a month or more.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • The five-second rule is a myth: bacteria can live after four weeks on 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.


  • The phrase “to sweep under the carpet” in its figurative sense was first recorded in 1963.


  • Scientists believe that more than 43 million tons of dust falls 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.


  • Each year, several pounds of soil can accumulate in and under a carpet.


  • 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.


  • A person sheds about 1.5 million skin flakes an hour, most of which becomes embedded in our carpets.


  • 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.


  • Early Hoover vacuum cleaners were hard to sell because potential customers refused to believe (and were even insulted by the suggestion) that they could have that much dirt in their carpets.


  • In the Middle Ages, floors were covered with rushes, which acted like a disposable carpet. If it got dirty, it was thrown away. Today, carpets are more permanent and in poor quality vaccums or vacuuming you can often miss much more of the dirt and germs.


  • Some modern carpets are made from manmade fibres (plastics) others are made from which can be affected by carpet moth. Carpet moth only attach natural fibre carpets in which they eat the fibres for the protein.


  • All carpet should be professionally cleaned a minimum of every 12 to 18 months


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Come back this time next week for part 2 and loads more facts!