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Why carpet cleaning is more important than ever in the COVID era

Carpet cannot be disinfected, only sanitized.

Cleaning is not the same as sanitizing, and sanitizing is not the same as disinfecting. These terms are often used interchangeably, but there are some clear distinctions between them. In fact, carpet cannot be disinfected, only sanitized. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) only registers disinfectants for hard, non-porous surfaces. As a porous surface, carpet contains small pores, or holes, that can collect dirt and germs. The good news is porous surfaces are less hospitable to viruses like SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Because viruses are trapped in the holes of the surface, they are less likely to transfer to other surfaces and therefore don’t survive for very long.

Whether sanitizing or disinfecting any surface, the first step is always to clean it. This prevents pathogens from hiding under layers of dirt and dust. When it comes to carpets, this involves removing loose soil and other substances, like tar or paint, before deep cleaning and sanitizing.”

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Businesses that feature heavily carpeted floors have had to take more precautions than ever because of COVID. Unlike hardwood or tile surfaces, carpets require a more rigorous method of cleaning to truly remove dirt, debris, mud, and so forth. Common items such as food can also be problematic as crumbs often get buried in the strands of carpet. Having your carpet professionally cleaned will ensure that viruses and bacteria are thoroughly removed.

At Bauer Restoration, our carpet cleaning uses the hot water extraction method. This technique approved by all major carpet manufacturers keeps your carpet looking beautiful without the need for harsh chemicals or soaps. Call us at 507-333-9838 or visit our carpet cleaning page for more information.