Random Rug Facts
Ever wonder about your rug’s condition as you sit while playing cards with your kids? Or entertain in your dining room? Or even walk to the kitchen for a snack? We do, and we want you to know how to embrace the information and prevent the repulsiveness. It’s easy and interesting (well, we thought it was, and that’s why we want to share these fun facts with you).
Gross. Yuck. Ick.
Several pounds of soil can accumulate in and under a carpet every year. (a)
A person sheds about 1.5 million skin flakes an hour…and most of it settles in our rugs. (b)
Bacteria can live up to four weeks on your carpet (so much for the five-second rule). (c)
Dusty Bunnies Unite
Indoor air usually contains about twice as much dust as the air outside. Even more disgusting: about 2,000 dust mites can live on one ounce of carpet dust. (d)
Microbiologists have identified air blown from a running vacuum cleaner as one of the home’s five places that has the highest numbers of germs. (Other places include dish sponges, washing machines, bathroom toilets while flushing, and kitchen trash cans). (b)
References and Information from RandomHistory.com
a Brown, Jack. 2001. Don’t Touch that Doorknob!: How Germs Can Zap You and How You Can Zap Back. New York, NY: Warner Books, Inc.
b Tierno, Philip M. 2001. The Secret Life of Germs: Observations and Lessons from a Microbe Hunter. New York, NY: Pocket Books.
c Maczulak, Anne E. 2007. The Five-Second Rule and Other Myths about Germs: What Everyone Should Know about Bacteria, Viruses, and Mildew. New York, NY: Thunder’s Mouth Press.
d Alphin, Elaine Marie. 1997. Vacuum Cleaners. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Books, Inc.