Can a Carpet Be Sanitized?

Reblogger Barbara Todaro
Services for Real Estate Pros with RE/MAX Executive Realty 104763

Good info here....

Original content by Dan Johns

The outbreak of the coronavirus dominates headlines. Thousands of new people are infected every day around the globe. Facilities, such as hotels, restaurants, hospitals, schools, and offices are ramping up disinfecting and cleaning of high-touch surfaces to curb the spread of infection.

The importance of proper carpet maintenance should not be overlooked. Being mindful of the difference between cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing carpet helps protect visitors and occupants as well as the investment in the carpet. 

Currently, there is no published research on how long the coronavirus lives on surfaces. The World Health Organization tells us it may persist on surfaces from a few hours to several days. Pay attention to both soft and hard surfaces. That includes carpets. 

The Truth About Disinfecting Carpets

Soft goods cannot be disinfected. However, they can be safely and effectively sanitized. Many consumers buy products under misleading or false pretense. Words such as ‘clean and sanitize’ and ‘clean and disinfect’ are words to upsell a product.

By definition, sanitizing means bringing something to a safe level for human use. Disinfecting kills organisms. It is impossible to kill all microorganisms on soft surfaces such as upholstery, carpets, rugs, and even tile.

Think about how laden with soil commercial restaurants and bathrooms must be. All the bleach in the world will not help remove the impacted soil unless the grout is cleaned with a high-performance hot water extraction process.

The same is true for rugs and carpets. Deep cleaning is a green activity. It removes unwanted allergens, molds, bacteria, and oils from the indoor environment. There is no need to buy a sanitizer unless there is an issue such as blood, vomit, mold remediation, or pet urine with which to deal.

The cleaning and heat of high-performance extraction provide a health benefit to indoor structures if appropriately done with accepted standards. Many biocides and disinfectants harm carpet stain resistance properties. 

Do-It-Yourself Sanitizing

Vacuuming is useful for removing loose crumbs and dust that accumulate on the carpet. It works well for day-to-day cleaning. Vacuuming does not sanitize. Although it is free of crumbs and dirt, bacteria remain. 

Occasionally, a sanitizing routine that removes dirt and kills bacterial should be incorporated. The do-it-yourself method entails a steam cleaner, white vinegar, and hot water. A solution of one-part water to one-part vinegar is used to fill the steam cleaner’s detergent vessel. 

Follow the directions for the steam machine to run over the carpets. Do not use the carpet until it dries. It is recommended to clean carpets before going to bed, allowing them to dry overnight. The vinegar smell dissipates as the carpet dries. 

Hire a Professional

It is best to have carpets, rugs, and upholstery cleaned by professionals. They use sanitizers that do not affect stain resistance. The EPA Design for the Environment program approves the products they use. Contact a professional with any concerns you might have. Sanitizing can be done by ozone blasting the entire home and fogging HVAC ducts with a disinfectant.


Dan Johns

Professional Rug cleaning Services in NY




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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Barbara, for sharing this reblog selection.

Mar 25, 2020 08:10 AM #1
Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I have to say that I never knew that vinegar should be added to the water.  A few years ago, my wife decided no more carpets for us, though.  This is good stuff to share with my clients.  Thank you for the re-blog.

Mar 25, 2020 08:15 AM #2
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Barbara Todaro - this information is vital right now.  I have done some sanitizing.

Mar 25, 2020 09:26 AM #3
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Barbara... a great selection for a reblog... learned something new today!

Mar 25, 2020 11:44 AM #4
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Useful blog to share at the current time. Did not know all that was in the post.

Mar 25, 2020 12:48 PM #5
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Barbara.

Leave it to the professionals, they have the resources and training to get it done, the right way

Mar 26, 2020 12:49 AM #6
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Thursday morning, Barbara.

Have a great day!

Mar 26, 2020 07:17 AM #7
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Barbara great reblog and something that we should all consider to do if anyone comes over.


Mar 26, 2020 09:50 AM #8
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

This was very interesting and informative. I wish it made me to stop itching and touching my face...

Happy Thursday and many positive thoughts to you my friend Barbara Todaro 

Mar 26, 2020 11:06 AM #9
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Great post to reblog, and had no idea.  I did know you cannot shampoo out mold from carpet, learned that the hard way.

Mar 26, 2020 12:01 PM #10
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