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How Dirty Are Your Office Carpets?

How Dirty Are Your Office Carpets?

In a world where everyone is wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and sanitizing and disinfecting everything, what about your office carpets? Many employers focus on keeping keyboards, desktops, and other high-touch surfaces clean. But your office can’t be fully cleaned while neglecting the carpet, which contains about 200,000 bacteria per square inch. That’s 4,000 times dirtier than most toilet seats!

Here’s what might be lurking in the carpets in your office.

Food and Drink

Unless you have a ban on food and drink in your office, your carpets are covered in crumbs and residue from spills. Larger spills can become a significant problem for bacteria and even mold growth, while crumbs can attract pests if left uncleaned. Dust mites and bed bugs can even be found in carpet that hasn’t been cleaned in a while.

Pathogens and Bacteria

Every time someone sneezes, tiny droplets containing germs, bacteria, and even viruses settle into the carpet. This can cause illness to spread quickly between employees, who can pick it up on their shoes and track it home with them. If you’ve had a lot of sick people in your office recently, that’s a good sign it’s time to have your carpets professionally cleaned.

Other pathogens can find their way into the carpets in your office on the bottom of employees’ shoes. Someone steps in dog poop on their way to work. They do their best to wipe it off in the grass, but some of the residue still remains and is tracked onto the carpet. All sorts of bacteria and pathogens get into your office this way, which is why it’s so important to have your carpets cleaned regularly.

Skin Cells

The average human sheds close to 500 million dead skin cells per day. Think of every person who works in your office and how many skin cells are regularly falling into your office carpets. This can be a huge source of dust and allergens and contributes to poor air quality in your office.


Mold can grow anywhere in your office that is exposed to moisture. A spilled cup of coffee or boots dripping in rainwater can easily cause mold and mildew to grow in the carpet. Other common culprits include water jugs, dripping pipes, and drinking fountains. If you notice dark stains on the carpet or musty odors, have your carpets cleaned by a professional right away.

Town & Country Office Cleaning Can Help

The best way to keep your office a safe place for your employees is to have your office carpets cleaned at least once a year. If it’s time to have the floors in your office professionally cleaned, Town & Country Office Cleaning can help! We understand that maintaining clean carpets for your office can be time-consuming. That’s why we offer commercial office cleaning, carpet cleaning, and handyman and janitorial services in San Jose, California. Our professional and courteous staff will work hard to keep your office sparkling clean all year long. Contact us today to get started!