Coronaviruses, including the current novel strain COVID-19, are spread through droplets leaving a person’s mouth or nose, when they cough or exhale, and landing on surfaces or objects which can then spread to others who touch their eyes, nose or mouth after infected surfaces.
Carpet may be a surface not regularly touched by the hands, but it is not exempt from virus spread, and germs become attached to carpet fibres when people cough, sneeze or talk and the spray falls to the floor. Carpets can also collect germs from people walking substances into your facility on the soles of shoes.
The infectious lifespan of the COVID-19 virus depends on humidity, temperature and the porosity of the surface hosting the virus. How this relates to specific surfaces such as carpet remains unknown for the new strain of coronavirus. Similar viruses, such as SARS and MERS, can survive for anywhere from 2 hours to 9 days, while some virus strains, such as Norovirus, can live for up to 12 days in your carpet, even when regularly vacuumed.
Whether your facility has known cases of coronavirus or not, carpets are a known germ harbour. Your typical carpet contains as many as 200,000 bacteria per square inch – almost 29 million per square foot – and every square foot of a clean looking carpet could be hiding a pound of dirt.
The fibrous texture of carpets also acts as a natural filter for the air in your facility, trapping dirt, dust and germs. While this is great for the people within your building, it only adds to the germs collecting in your carpets, which aren’t easily removed by even the most powerful vacuums.
Proven methods to create conditions inhospitable to the infectious lifespan of viruses are employed regularly by professional carpet cleaning. Steam cleaning is the most appropriate technique for killing viruses living in your carpets, due to the high temperatures involved in the process. Research into viral outbreaks has supported the practice following an outbreak, and the use of steam cleaning to remove germs from carpets is also considered effective by the NHS.
While recommendations for removing COVID-19 from carpet can only be based on existing methods for dealing with general coronaviruses, having your carpets professionally steam cleaned can help ease your mind about the presence of the virus. The issue of cleaning carpets is especially sensitive in facilities such as nurseries and schools, in particular primary, where younger children are likely to sit on, and touch, the carpets – which, of course, increases the likelihood of children coming into contact with any germs harboured by your carpets.
As the Coronavirus has been identified as an enveloped virus, similar to Influenza, Monthind has proven cleaning methodologies and protocols to combat the spread of known coronaviruses.
When you engage Monthind’s professional carpet cleaning services, your carpets are treated with only the most effective and efficient techniques and equipment. Our specialist operatives deliver first class results and, to keep disruption to a minimum, can work around your schedule, including out of hours at evenings and weekends.