Is your home making you sick?

Is your home making you sick?

Is your home making you sick? 

Your home is supposed to be a safe haven, a place in which you relax with family and friends and unwind after a busy day. But did you know that the average Perth house is home not only to its human and animal inhabitants but also to a wide variety of hidden germs, dust mites, bacteria and other microbial menaces? Given that our own bodies play host to a range of microscopic life, it stands to reason that many organisms will also live and breed in our homes. Whilst many of these are relatively harmless, left to multiply, they can cause a variety of health problems, particularly for people with allergies and other medical conditions. Illnesses related to dust and germs in the home can range from mild allergic reactions through to headaches, sore throats, sinus infections, food poisoning and even pneumonia.

With over 10 years’ experience cleaning carpets, tiles, couches, leather furniture, mattresses and car seats across Perth, Pride Carpet Cleaning would like to share with you just a little of what we’ve leaned about the hidden nasties that could be lurking in your home and threatening the health of your family

Carpets and Rugs

Carpets and rugs present an ideal breeding ground for dust mites, bacteria and fungus. Even if your carpets look clean, this doesn’t mean there’s not a plethora of pesky critters hiding amongst the fibres, just waiting to feast on you and potentially make you sick. Because these germs and mites live deep within your carpets and rugs, vacuuming will do little to reduce their numbers. And did you know that whilst dust mites predominantly feed on human skin cells, it’s their poo and dead bodies that cause the most problems for allergy sufferers? Gross! So even if you regularly use a dust mite spray, this may help kill some of the little critters but won’t remove the allergens.

Even small quantities of dust mites can pose a real health hazard to people with severe allergies and asthma and can also leave everyone else feeling less than their best. Some studies have also suggested that exposure to excessive quantities of dust mites over time can even cause asthma. Individual dust mites can produce up to 20 droppings each day which can result in tens of thousands of poo particles across every cubic foot of your home’s air and carpets. Left untreated, these tiny number twos can also create a hospitable environment for other more sinister bacteria, such as Escherichia coli (E. coli), Staphylococcus aureus and Salmonella, to thrive.

What to Do

Frequently vacuuming your carpets is great for keeping them looking clean but will do little to reduce the presence of dust mites and bacteria. Some studies have even suggested that more than 10% of all vacuum cleaner heads contain E. Coli so every time you vacuum, you could be unwitting spreading this potentially dangerous bacteria even further around your home. Fortunately, regularly steam cleaning your carpets and rugs, at least once per year, goes a long way to reducing dust mite populations, removing allergens and preventing build-up of harmful bacteria. Relying on extremely hot water vapour, carpet steam cleaning disrupts dust mite nests and sucks the tiny creatures, as well as their waste, safely out of your home. It also sanitises your carpets; killing off other forms of bacteria. If you’re an allergy sufferer, it’s important to ensure you rely on an experienced carpet cleaner who does not use toxic chemicals as this could wind up leaving you even more irritated and unwell than the mites themselves.

Unlike many other Perth carpet cleaners, Pride Carpet Cleaning relies on more than 10 years’ experience, high quality steam cleaning equipment and fully qualified operators to deliver outstanding results without the use of harsh chemicals. With a diverse range of experience steam cleaning all types of carpets and rugs across Perth, including valuable Persian carpets, you can also rest assured that by avoiding the use of harmful chemicals, your carpets, family and pets will be fully protected and safe from exposure to any residual toxins once the job is done.


The discolouration that builds up on bathroom and kitchen tiles over time is not only unsightly but is also an indication that you are in the process of cultivating a healthy crop of mould and bacteria in your home. Bathrooms, in particular, are moist and warm environments which provide the perfect conditions for all sorts of undesirables to thrive. Tile grout is also porous and can act like a sponge, gradually absorbing water and stains and enabling a build up of mildew and potentially harmful bacteria. Combined with a few hefty servings of dead skin cells each day, your bathroom floor can rapidly become a veritable playground of pathogens! Bacteria and viruses that are routinely found living on tiles and grout include Staphylococcus Aureus, Streptococcus, Serratia Marcescens, E. coli and even Hepatitis. Left for long periods of time, stains, mould and bacteria will work their way deep into the surface of your grout and become much harder to remove using conventional cleaning techniques.

What to Do

Regular tile cleaning will help stem the growth of mould, mildew and bacteria but, for most of us, performing a really thorough clean requires more time, effort and skills than we are able to dedicate to the task. Having your tiles periodically cleaned by a professional, one who is experienced working on tile and grout surfaces, will help ensure your bathroom and kitchen spaces are thoroughly clean and free of unsightly mould as well as potentially harmful bacteria. Pride Carpet Cleaning offers a comprehensive range of surface cleaning services across Perth with tile and grout cleaning being one of our specialties. We rely on an intensive tile and grout cleaning process that involves sweeping, mopping, treating the area with a professional tile and grout cleaning solution, scrubbing, high-pressure water cleaning and finally, polishing. Our meticulous approach and more than 10 years’ experience enable us to offer what we believe is the absolute best tile and grout cleaning service in Perth. And because we don’t use any harsh or toxic chemicals during the tile cleaning process, our clients can rely on the fact that their family, as well as any specialty surfaces, like marble or coloured grout, will be safe from harm.

Upholstered Couches and Leather

Most of us regularly clean toilets, bathrooms and kitchens because we know that, being wet areas, they are susceptible to bacteria growth if not well maintained. But there are many other areas of the home that are far less commonly recognised incubators of mould, dust mites and bacteria. Pretty much any area, or items of furniture, that are heavily used, if not regularly cleaned and sanitised are likely to be hiding entire colonies of microbial monsters that have the potential to exacerbate allergies and cause illness. If you’re part of an average family with kids and pets, chances are you’ll all enjoy your fair share of couch time. Whilst you’re all sitting back and relaxing, you are unwittingly depositing a mix of skin cells, skin oils, moisture and germs onto your couch. Throw in a few food spills, some dust build-up and a warm environment and your couch can become a breeding ground for dust mites, mould and bacteria.

What to Do

Choosing a couch that has adequate air flow underneath it will help prevent dampness and the potential for mould growth. Regular vacuuming will also reduce the build-up of dust and skin cells but will not remove dust mites and bacteria. Leather couches are a better choice for allergy sufferers, but these can still play host to a variety of stains, bacteria and mildew, particularly in humid environments. Having your couches and leather furniture regularly cleaned by a professional will not only keep them looking their best but will also help keep your family better protected from allergens, viruses and germs. At Pride Carpet Cleaning, we believe we offer the absolute best upholstery and leather cleaning services in Perth.

With over 10 years’ experience cleaning a vast range of uphostery, including macrosuede, suede, cotton, wool, blends, linen, microfibre, acrylic and leather, we guarantee outstanding results. Our expert knowledge of stain removal, sanitisation and upholstery materials ensure we’re able to deliver incredible results without the use of toxic chemicals that can potentially damage your furniture or irritate allergy sufferers. Our meticulous approach includes thoroughly steam cleaning all areas of couches including underneath the cushions. Our state-of-the-art steam cleaning equipment effectively cleans as well kills and removes dust mites and bacteria; leaving your couch looking and smelling like new again. For leather, we rely on our special blend of leather cleaner and hand clean every inch of your leather lounge to nourish, protect, rejuvenate and restore it to its former glory. Working with clients right across Perth, our professional upholstery and leather cleaning services will ensure you can really enjoy your couch time in a clean and germ-free environment.

Car Seats and Interiors

Just like your home, your car is a space in which the whole family spends considerable time, so it is highly susceptible to the build-up of dirt, bacteria and viruses. Families with young children and pets will understand that it is often difficult to keep the interior of the car clean and when you add spilled food and drinks (as well as the occasional little accident!) into the mix, your car’s seats and interior have the potential to become a pretty unsanitary environment. Some studies have reported that the seats of a car, and in particular child car seats, contain more bacteria than the average toilet seat! Findings included the presence of faecal and gut bacteria as well as E. coli, Staphylococcus and C. difficile. Whilst in small volumes, most of these bacteria are not harmful, a small percentage, particularly in larger quantities, can cause anything from a mild cold through to dangerous infections.

What to Do

Keeping the interior of your car tidy, vacuumed and regularly cleaned will help prevent the build-up of dust, skins cells and any decaying food spills. But, because your car contains many hidden crevices, such as the seat stitching and around the seat belt clips, these present the perfect hidey holes in which all sorts of germs can lurk and evade apprehension.

With over 10 years’ experience servicing vehicle owners across Perth, Pride Carpet Cleaning can transform the interior of your car, caravan or even boat. Relying on specialist knowledge of all types of upholstery, the latest steam cleaning equipment and safe, eco-friendly cleaning solutions, our car seat cleaning services will leave your car’s interior looking and smelling like new again. Treating every client’s vehicle like it was our own, at Pride Carpet Cleaning we maintain meticulously high standards; thoroughly cleaning and sanitising all the nooks and crannies overlooked by other Perth car interior cleaners.


You’ll spend around one third of your life on it but, chances are, if you knew what was lurking in your mattress you may consider spending less time there! The average person sheds millions of skin cells each day as well as producing litres of sweat each year. The combination of skin, sweat, dust and a warm environment can transform your mattress from cosy and comforting to a quagmire of mildew, dust mites and bacteria. So, if you’re generally not waking up in the mornings feeling refreshed, it could be because you’ve spent the night inhaling a heady cocktail of fungal spores, dust mite faeces and germs. There have been many studies into what lurks in the average mattress and the results are disturbing. Older mattresses, in particular, have been found to contain millions of dust mites, and mattresses can actually double in weight after ten years due to their presence! If you have a newer mattress, you could also be inhaling all manner of chemicals that have been used during the manufacturing process including flame retardants, boric acid, polyurethane and formaldehyde. In addition to all the critters, spores and particles that could be playing havoc with your allergies, your mattress could also be the perfect breeding ground for a host of other nasties. Various studies have detected the presence of a range of potentially harmful bacteria, particularly in older mattresses, including Staphylococcus, Enterococcus and Norovirus.

What to Do

If you’re an allergy sufferer, opting for an organic mattress that has been manufactured free of toxic chemicals, or adding an allergy protection mattress cover, is a good place to start. Regular vacuuming will also help reduce the accumulation of dust in the room which, if not removed, will regularly become airborne and later settle on your bed. The other way to keep your mattress clean, fungus-free and clear of large volumes of dust mites, is to have it regularly cleaned by a professional. Pride Carpet Cleaning offers high quality mattress cleaning services throughout Perth. Our professional steam cleaning and deodorising services will totally invigorate your mattress, leaving it clean, fresh and healthy. Our meticulous approach kills off bacteria, viruses, fungus and dust mites without the use of harsh chemicals that could potentially irritate you even further. Relying on state-of-the-art steam cleaning equipment, as well as more than 10 years’ experience cleaning mattresses across Perth, we guarantee outstanding results every time. And by having your mattresses regularly cleaned by a professional, you’ll not only create safer and healthier sleeping environments for you and your family, but also prolong the life of your mattresses.

Comprehensive Cleaning Services Across Perth

As our name suggests, at Pride Carpet Cleaning, we take the greatest pride in what we do. Delivering a comprehensive range of carpet, upholstery, tile, mattress, leather and car interior cleaning services across Perth, we rely on meticulous standards and state-of-the-art equipment to deliver outstanding results every time. Working with both residential and commercial clients throughout the Perth metro area, all our cleaning services are carried out to the highest standards and without the use of harsh chemicals. With over a decade cleaning all manner of materials and surfaces, our clients rely on us to deliver exceptional results without harm to their belongings, family members or pets.

Contact us today to discuss our high quality, competitively priced cleaning services.

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