The new COVID-19 has gone viral digitally and literally, and there is a load of quarries flying around related to it – and more than just a tad too much panic and misinformation. Now we have got the essential disclaimer out of the way, time to move on to the problem of whether carpet cleaning may prevent you from the subjection of the novel Corona Virus Infectious Disease – 2019.
Can Viruses Live On Rugs and Carpets?
The issue with the COVID-19 is that it is a new one, and nobody has got immunity to it as the immune system has not seen anything related to this before in the history of mankind. That is to say, and it is severely infectious. People always ought to be vigilant regarding not spreading viruses and maintaining good clean and hygiene environment regarding things we touch unconsciously; this new virus is only giving us a good kick in the importance to do the things we are prone to have been doing but got a little slack about, like wiping down high-touch surfaces.
Carpet comes into the class of a porous surface. Carpets also receive their fair share of the viral load if people cough or sneeze and don’t cover their faces adequately so that the spray falls onto the fibers. People also take in things on the downside of their shoes if they do not have the manner of leaving their shoes outside the room door.
The problem is what happens to the virons (the bits of stuff that viruses transfer themselves as – they are not really cells or spores because viruses are weird) when they hit a surface. Bacteria such as nice warm porous surfaces like paper and fabric – and that involve carpets. Viruses, on the contrary, tend to live over the hard surfaces (non-porous). Virons can live – if that is the right sentence for a virus – on a suitable surface for a bit sometimes after someone’s sneezed on it or touched it with grubby fingers. In the case of the COVID-19, the current research suggests that it stays active for up to 28 days, but it’s still early days, and the researchers are working on this. The thing with porous surfaces, especially natural fibers such as wool in carpets, is that they dry out the virus, given time and the right conditions, and kill the little pest.rug cleaning
Not all carpets are created equal. The rug in your office has more pairs of feet, more street shoes, and more people likely to sneeze over it. Your bedroom carpet is another story. If you take your shoes off at the door, your bedroom carpet will probably not get much in the way of the virus, as you probably don’t have strangers coming into your bedroom and spitting on the floor or licking the carpet or even sneezing.