Ever Wondered Just How Dirty Your Carpets Are?If you’ve watched your kids play on your carpets or ever laid down on your carpets yourself, you might find yourself wondering just how dirty your carpets are.

We have bad news for you: there are about 200,000 bacteria that live in the typical home’s carpet. That makes it one of the dirtiest places in your home. Yes, even dirtier than your toilet seat! And you let your kids play there!

How Does Carpet Get so Dirty?

There are so many ways that carpets get dirty. Here are some of the most common sources of bacteria in carpets.


Do you wear your shoes indoors? If so, then they are dragging in a lot of germs and bacteria from outside. Even if you don’t wear your shoes indoors, if you have ever ran outside to grab the paper without shoes on, or you have pets that spend time both outdoors and indoors, then all those germs are still being brought in.

It’s a good idea to take off your shoes immediately when you walk in the house and encourage your kids and guests to do the same. You should also put a doormat by all of the doors to catch any dirt and germs from feet and paws. Some people even train their dogs to wipe their feet when they walk in from the outside.


If you’re sick and you cough or sneeze into the air (kids are notoriously bad at this), guess where all of those germs end up? That’s right, they settle down into your carpets. Plus, you pick up germs from the public even when you’re not sick, and spread those to your carpets as well.

Make sure to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, wash your hands regularly to help avoid spreading germs, and teach your kids to do the same.


Salmonella is unfortunately a common bacteria in carpets, and it comes from two main sources. The first is from contaminated food. If you have ever bought in the groceries and put them on the carpet before putting them away, that’s an opportunity for the uncooked meat to spread salmonella. Another common source is from pets. Pets often drag in salmonella from the outside, including from their own feces.


Dust is a normal part of everyday life, and that means it ends up in your carpets too. While dust isn’t necessarily a type of germ, it is a common allergen. If anyone in your family has allergies or asthma, then the dust in your carpets can cause respiratory issues.

There are many more places where germs can come from, but those are the most common.

How to Get Clean Carpet Again

If reading about how dirty your carpets are has freaked you out, then don’t worry! You can get carpet cleaning in Santa Rosa from North American Chem-Dry. Our professional carpet cleaning can remove 98% of allergens and 89% of bacteria.* Plus, our carpet cleaning solutions are non-toxic and safe for your kids and pets, the family members who spend the most time in the carpets!

Routine vacuuming is important too, but most vacuums don’t have the suction power to remove all of these germs. Our professional carpet cleaning service will not only give you peace of mind about having sanitized carpets, but it will also leave your home feeling healthy, clean, and fresh.

Call us today at (707) 938-9614 for your free, no-obligation cleaning quote.