For a normal 9 to 5 job we spend 1/3 of our days at work. Making phone calls, working on the computer, and having meetings are normal activities we do on a daily basis. Thinking about how clean your environment is probably doesn’t take up much of your time unless it becomes glaring (like that microwave fiasco no one seemed to be guilty of…). Even if it isn’t staring you in the face, it is something that should always be in the back of your mind. Why? Because clean matters. You may notice a water ring from your cup that you quickly wipe from your desk or crumbs from a guilty pleasure cookie you had for an office birthday you threw away before any evidence could be seen.
Now, think about all the things you use every day, all the time. One thing in particular you may realize is your carpet. It’s one of those things that you barely notice until you move that corner cabinet and see a pristine, indented rectangle that is at least 10 shades lighter than the one you’re standing on now. So with eyes wide you quickly move the cabinet back; as good as new.
It isn’t “as good as new” though. Those 10 shades of darker carpet are hiding dust, dirt, skin, bacteria, and even viruses. Waiting to get a thorough clean allows for these harmful allergens to settle in even more, which can cause mold to grow. Not only does this leave a dirty looking carpet, but can make you or others at your office sick (The Hidden Health Risks). On top of that it leaves a bad impression with visitors and knowing that you’re surrounded by dirt and bacteria isn’t the most comforting thing when you’re trying to be productive at work. Lastly, I have to admit I’m a barefoot type of person who prefers to kick off my shoes while I’m in my office, so a dirty carpet is not something I want to worry about.
Many carpet warranties have the bear minimum of having you clean it once a year but in high traffic areas this may not be enough. The solution is to thoroughly clean your carpet at least twice a year as to not allow your carpet to become “too far gone”. Do this at your home as well- even though you’re more familiar with the inhabitants think about all the extra activities you do running in and out of the house, kids from soccer practice and animals from the backyard. And if I’m being honest, I don’t care too much about the germs I bring in and out of the house because I don’t see them, all I normally care about is how clean it looks. But the reason why I don’t have to worry is because every few months I get that thorough clean and it puts me at ease and I can go back to enjoying life rather than worrying about the accumulation of all the harmful allergens that no longer rest beneath my feet.