Most homeowners know that in order to keep their carpets clean, they have to vacuum weekly and spot clean a spill right away. But, besides the basics, how much do you really know about the flooring you step on every day? Here are 10 interesting facts about carpets.
1. The Norwalk virus, or Norovirus (the virus that causes the stomach flu), can survive on an uncleaned carpet for a month or more.
2. The oldest surviving carpet is over 2,000 years old. It was found in the 1940’s in a Scythian tomb in southern Siberia.
3. The five-second rule is a myth! Bacteria can live after four weeks on carpets.
4. A person sheds about 1.5 million skin flakes an hour, most of which becomes embedded in our carpets.
5. To make a carpet brighter, sprinkle salt onto the carpet and let it stand for an hour before vacuuming it up. Salt is also effective in removing muddy footprints.
6. Carpet has the same Latin root as ‘carpe diem,’ which means to pluck/seize the day.
7. Vacuum cleaners were based off of a street-sweeping machine made by Edmund Heming’s in 1699.
8. When the vacuum was first invented, cleaning your carpets was called “bisseling” rather than “vacuuming.”
9. According to the American Floorcovering Alliance, any carpet smaller than 40 square feet is considered a rug.
10. Red carpets are traditionally used during formal routes and to mark ceremonial occasions. The first reference to a ‘red carpet’ is Agamemnon by Aeschylus in 458 B.C.
For the freshest carpets, call the experts at Triple S! We have the tools, equipment, and knowledge to help you make your carpets and upholstery look Clean, Fresh, & Bright again! We are a family-owned business with over 50 years of experience.
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