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It's always interesting to learn a little bit more about objects in our everyday life.. You can learn a bunch of fun facts about carpets in this post.

The Carpet Cleaning Experts in Nephi Bring You 20 Carpet Facts

We've talked about the reasons why wall to wall carpeting is a good idea and how to properly care for it. We’ve even talked about upholstery care, but in this post we’re going to go in a different direction. Today Utah County Cleanpro-Carpet Cleaning brings you an extensive list of interesting facts about carpets. Why not learn a little bit more about the soft, fluffy flooring we use on a daily basis? You never know when these tidbits may come in handy.

General Carpet Facts

  • The precise place where carpets were first produced is unknown, but it’s believed that they come from Central Asia centuries before Christ. Nomads probably used carpets to insulate their tents. Carpet weaving was carried across Asia and into the Middle East by nomads, traders, and invading armies.
  • The oldest existing carpet, the Pazyryk carpet, is 2,000 years old. It was found in a Scythian tomb in Siberia. Since it was preserved in ice the original red dye is still visible.
  • The word “carpet” comes from the Latin carpere, which means to pluck. At that time, carpets were made form plucked unraveled fibers. It shares the same Latin root as carpe diem, meaning “seize the day” or literally “pluck the day.”
  • Have you heard the term “Carpet Bagger?” It was a derogatory name used to call the Northerners who sought to take economic and political advantage over the losing Southerners during the Civil War. They used to carry all their possessions in travel bags made out of carpet, hence the name “Carpet Bagger.”
  • Some carpets can go for millions of dollars in top auctions. They are made with gold and silver strands and gemstones are woven into their patterns.
  • Red carpets, like the ones used during celebrity events, were used to mark the ceremonial and formal routes of leaders and politicians. The first recorded reference to a red carpet was in 458 B.C. in the book Agamemnon by Aeschylus.
  • In the Middle Ages, rich households covered their floors with rushes, straw-like flooring used as disposable carpets. Unfortunately, they weren’t replaced often, and the bottom layer only gathered more dust. The horrible smell released with the changing weather was a health hazard.
  • At first, Hoover vacuums were hard to sell because potential customers refused to accept that their carpets could be so dirty. What an insulting idea!
  • The phrase “sweep under the carpet” was first used in 1963. It literally means to sweep something under the carpet instead of cleaning it altogether. Now, we use it to pretend something doesn’t exist.

Carpets and Health

  • Dirty carpets can host the Norwalk virus or Norovirus for over a month. This virus causes stomach flu.
  • The Kawasaki Syndrome, named in the 1960’s after the Japanese physician who first diagnosed it, is a rare illness believed to be triggered by the toxic chemicals some carpet cleaning supplies contain (fortunately Utah County Cleanpro- Carpet Cleaning doesn’t use any of them). Actor John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston have declared that the toxic chemicals in some carpet cleaners are to blame for their son’s disability and eventual death.
  • According to some studies at Anderson Labs, mice have dropped dead after breathing some new carpet fumes.
  • Don’t believe the five-second rule; bacteria can survive after four weeks on carpet. Microbial adhesion causes germs such as Salmonella typhimurium, Campylobacter, and Salmonella enteritis to be transferred to food. These can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Think twice before eating something that has fallen on the carpet.
  • Children and pets who sped a lot of time on the floor in homes with cigarette smokers may have a greater risk for developing lung cancer. Why? Because carcinogens in cigarettes can accumulate in carpets.
  • Firebrats are tiny creatures with long, flexible bodies that live in very warm places, like carpets near fireplaces.
  • Carpets may improve air quality by trapping allergy-inducing dust and allergens, if cleaned correctly that is. However, many people blame carpets for their allergies when in fact they don’t clean their carpets properly. Don’t be one of these people! Enjoy all of the health benefits carpets can bring by scheduling your annual professional carpet cleaning session in Nephi. If you’re looking to prolong your carpet's life and keep the allergens away, Utah County Cleanpro- Carpet Cleaning can help you out. Call them at (801) 884-8762 to schedule your carpet cleaning appointment.

Carpets and Traditions

  • The colors in Persian carpets have symbolic meanings. Blue means honesty, solitude, and power; green means hope and renewal; yellow means royalty; brown means fertility; red represents wealth and happiness; and white signifies peace, purity, and grief.
  • You can often find religious motifs such as a mosque lamp, a sacred stone, a water basin, or a stylized mountain woven in Muslim prayer carpets.
  • The swastika is actually a symbol of good fortune found on carpets from India, China, Europe, and America.
  • Some oriental carpets had borders that supposedly protected the people sitting within its magic confines.

Maintain Your Carpets with Regular Carpet Cleaning in Nephi

With a little more information about carpets, you’re probably more interested in getting them cleaned. Schedule your annual professional carpet cleaning in Nephi by calling Utah County Cleanpro-Carpet Cleaning at (801) 884-8762. Let the experts in carpet cleaning prolong your carpet’s life and looks, while leaving you with fresher, cleaner air.

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