Which type of flooring is least likely to transfer bacteria to food that’s been dropped– laminate, tile, or carpet? According to a recent study by researchers at Aston University in Birmingham, U.K., the answer is carpet! The study monitored the transfer of E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria from carpet, laminate and tiled surfaces to toast, pasta, biscuit and sticky candy when contact was made from 3-30 seconds. The findings show there really is something to the 5-second rule (time is a significant factor), and that carpet transfers these kinds of bacteria more slowly than other surfaces when food is left longer than 5 seconds. Does this mean it’s completely safe to eat a piece of food dropped on the floor if you pick it up quickly or if it’s on carpet? Nope! Other types of bacteria pose a risk and may be present in carpet (or other surfaces) via pet fur and dust, bacteria brought in on shoes, etc. So though the 5 second rule does appear to have some scientific weight, its efficiency in dodging bad bacteria mostly depends on which bacteria are hanging out on your floors… At Clean Earth Restorations we (naturally) suggest keeping your carpets professionally cleaned on average about twice a year. Professional carpet cleaning (San Diego) reaches deep into the pile of carpet to remove dirt and other particles that wear down the fibers in your carpet, may cause stains, and carry allergens. A regular maintenance schedule, both ongoing and professional, creates a cleaner more pleasant environment for your family, employees, and customers.
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