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The Old Office Carpet: It's Alive!

Fact: every hour, the average person sheds their skin, in the form of 1.5 million skin flakes. That’s 36 million skin flakes in a 24-hour period…and for at least eight hours a day, every day, those flakes are shed at work.
As such, your workplace’s desks, chairs, carpets and indoor air space is teeming with floating particles of dust and skin. Multiply the individual figures by however many people work in your office, and you have a staggering amount of dead skin cells to contend with, just floating around and settling on the surfaces. Click here for Birmingham's finest carpet cleaning services.
Now, this is not an appealing prospect anyway, but when you consider what kind of creatures and organisms such a build-up might be attracting, it’s enough to make your skin crawl.
So…when was the last time you got your office carpets professionally cleaned?
Well, a lot of businesses fail to give their carpets the recommended annual deep clean, relying solely on weekly cleans to keep things fresh and hygienic.
Of course, professional cleaning services will get rid of dust and dirt, so the place looks, feels and stays clean week to week. However, the problematic dust, which plays host to all manner of nasty inhabitants, is deep-set and stubborn, so it requires extra work and specialist attention.
As with anything though, knowing what you’re up against is half the battle. So read on to see what lurks in your carpet, and why you need to wave goodbye to them.
Dust Mites

These tiny mites make themselves right at home in human habitats, feeding on dead skin cells and other such microscopic organic matter. They are one of the most common causes of asthma, and they have been linked to various allergic reactions. Not only are dust mites unpleasant, but they are also uncomfortable for many people to be around.

Fleas aren’t just for cats and dogs. Office carpets can be either crawling with them, because of a rogue infestation or because pet-owning colleagues bring them in on their clothing and shoes, eventually leading to an office-wide infestation. This is a problem because fleas are just as much of a nuisance for humans as they are for pets; itching, bites and in some cases, more serious reactions.

Another unwelcome guest might come in the form of a silverfish or an entire infestation of silverfish. These tiny, wingless insects are distinctive in their silvery, fish-like appearance and, though nocturnal, they can prove to be a nuisance in commercial premises. They eat everything from dead skin cells and hair, to paper, coffee, sugar and clothing; they even consume carpet. Keeping them away from the office canteen is especially important as they can contaminate food. Otherwise, they aren’t harmful to humans.
And there you have a brief guide to your microscopic office squatters. They don’t mind that you shed your skin all day, every day; in fact, they thank you for it. Sprinkling your skin everywhere means they never go hungry…a pleasant thought, no?
Before you take drastic measures and rip up the old carpet though, get in touch with Relkogroup and ask about our specialist carpet cleaning services. We can clean even the most stubborn dead skin-filled carpets, reducing the accumulation of dust and dirt, and minimising the risk of mites and other such unpleasant guests.