Installing a carpet is one of the most common accessories in many homeowners in Singapore. If you have used a carpet for many years, you probably know the advantages and disadvantages of carpets. One of the disadvantages of having a carpet is high cleaning maintenance. If you do not clean your carpet often, your carpet will become dull and can store microbes, moulds, and fungus.
Old carpets can accumulate allergens, foot fungus, dirt, and mould over the years of being used. This is why you need to hire experts to deep condition your carpet at least twice a year. When your carpet is is old enough, consider replacing your carpet.
The following are answers to your question on can you get foot fungus from a dirty carpet?
Allergens accumulate in a carpet over the years and they can accelerate allergies and cause foot fungus. DIY vacuuming is good to keep your carpet clean but it is not efficient enough to remove allergens and microbes from the carpet. There are different types of allergens that can be trapped in your carpet.
The first one is the pollen. You already know that there are people who are allergic to pollen. The allergy becomes serious during summer. When they are hit with wind containing pollen, they react. The sad news is that the carpet accumulates pollen that is brought in the house by wind. They become stuck in the carpet fibers and can cause allergies when disrupted by foot traffic.
Mould is similar to pollen because it cannot be seen unless it has accumulated for long and has caused the carpet to change color. If someone is allergic to mould, the mould accumulation can make them sick. This is why old carpets need to be replaced.
Dust mites are arachnids that live in carpets and old furniture. The dust mites can only be seen through microscopes. They eat the dead parts of the human skin and can cause skin irritation. The feet are the most affected because they come into direct contact with the carpet. A dirty carpet might have these dust mites.
Asthma attacks can be accelerated by having a dirty carpet in the house. A dirty carpet has allergens, pollen, molds, and dust mites that are irritant. A dirty carpet can trigger asthma attacks and nasal congestion. This is why you should consider hiring experts to clean and treat your carpet. So that the allergens, moulds, dust mites and pollen can be removed from the carpet.
If your carpet is dirty, it can cause fungal infections because people walk bare feet on carpets. The most common foot fungus caused by a dirty carpet is the athlete’s foot. This type of fungus infection caused an itching and burning effect between the toes. You are at a higher risk of picking up this fungus by walking on a dirty carpet. Other fungus infections include yeast infections, jock itch, and ringworm. Carpets in your basement are more susceptible to causing these fungus infections because the basement is damp and dark.