Everyone has their own personal standard of clean when it comes to their home. One person might spend 45 minutes steam cleaning their kitchen countertops while another may haphazardly spritz a surface with disinfectant and hope for the best. One thing is certain: cleaning a home is time consuming, and just when you think everything’s finally clean…life happens. Pets track in mud. Kids spill apple juice in their bedroom…and don’t tell you about it. That darling flea-market curio cabinet is – surprise! – filled with dust and debris. The surfaces in your home start to get dirty the second you’re finished cleaning them. What if there was a better way, that didn’t mean more time or more chemicals – it simply meant the air and surfaces in your home were continuously being treated without any extra elbow grease on your part?
Some of the germiest, nastiest surfaces in your home are the ones you probably touch the most often.
The most germ infested places in your home are the towels in your kitchen and bathroom.
A May 2014 University of Arizona study funded by Kimberly-Clark Corporation found that 89 percent of kitchen rags carried coliform bacteria, which is found in both animal and human digestive tracts. Twenty-five percent of the towels tested positive for E. coli!
Did you also know?
- A toilet bowl has about 3.2 million bacteria per square inch. The handle itself has around 83.
- In fact, the 3 – 6 foot radius around your toilet? Is super-gross. (And yes, that radius includes your toothbrush holder. So you might want to rethink its location.)
- That bathroom hand towel? That you just dried your clean hands on? Likely a germ-magnet, since germs thrive in moist environments. Wash hand towels often. (Tip: Use a Laundry Pro to get towels, clothes and linens clean and sanitized. You won’t even need hot water or detergent. How cool is that?)
- The kitchen faucet handle has about 13,227 bacteria per square inch. (More than twice what your bathroom faucet handle has, by the way.)
- Microwave button pad? About 214 bacteria per square inch.
- Kitchen countertop? 488 bacteria per square inch.
Your Carpet Is Dirty Too
And then there’s the issue of your carpet. According to an article in Men’s Health, research published in 2001 found an average indoor carpet to be about 4,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat, with about 200,000 bacteria per square inch.
And what are you bringing into your home? The National Center For Healthy Housing (NCHH) asserts that outdoor debris from clothing and shoes works deep into carpet fibers, creating a reservoir of allergens that can adversely affect nearly 40 percent of Americans. Additionally, you’ve likely got thousands of dead human skin cells in your carpet, which serve as food for dust mites, according to the NCHH. Carpets can also trap pet hair, which can mean unpleasant odors, dander and it’s an eyesore as well.
Regular vacuuming and carpet shampooing can dramatically cut down on the amount of dirt, grit, bacteria and allergens that can build up in the carpeting of your home.
We like to think of our Lux Guardian Platinum canister vacuum and the Lux Floor Pro Shampooer as the dynamic duo of floor cleaning. The Lux Guardian Platinum is an exceptionally quiet vacuum with a high-powered motor and two sealed HEPA filters, ensuring the tiniest contaminants are captured and only clean air is released. Our Lux Floor Pro features a balanced triple-brush system to effectively shampoo, wax or polish your floor surfaces. Its unique Circular Dry Foam Method of cleaning removes more soil with less water, and when used with our Turbo Shampoo, the Lux Floor Pro offers a quick-dry solution that helps prevent the growth of mold and mildew, leaving your carpets fresh and residue-free.