Coronavirus is the most heated subject during these times. We don’t really believe that anyone needs any introduction regarding the disease at this point. But, even then, we can fulfill the formality just for the folks who have been spending this year on mars; covid-19 is an infectious disease caused by coronavirus. The first case of covid was reported in Wuhan, China in November 2019. Within no time, the virus spread around the world and there is hardly any country on earth which is not affected by the virus. Due to this, it is called pandemic. The symptoms of the virus are very mild as these are common sensations that a human may experience in common instances. Flu, cough, fever, and difficulty in breathing are among the common symptoms of the virus. The person infected may experience these mild symptoms and may recover without getting a special or heavy treatment. Quarantine and self- isolation are amongst the most effective methods of recovering from the virus. Whereas wearing masks, sanitizing and washing hands on regular intervals are the most common preventive measures issued by WHO (World Health Organization). The spread of the virus in itself is directly related to its symptoms. When a person coughs or sneezes, the droplets released fall on the surface as they cannot rest in air as a result, anyone who touches the surface or is in close contact of the infected person gets infected, too. Many industries and sectors have been affected by the virus. Many livelihoods are shattered and nations are faced with extreme economic crises. Due to nationwide lockdowns, the earnings of many families were affected as many people were left unemployed. Anything and everything has been infected and affected. Many people might be wondering if their area rugs can get infected by the virus or not and they think rightfully so. We are here to exactly answer all your questions regarding the coronavirus effect on your favorite rugs. Questions like how does it affect rugs, how to disinfect etc are going to be the key focus of the blog post. So, keep reading!
Can rugs get covid?
The simple answer is; yes! Nothing is safe from the virus, not even rugs or carpets. Obviously, when a person coughs or sneezes near a rug, the droplets may fall on the rug and stay there for some time. Your rug may not be in close contact of an individual but they still are a part of your house. Especially bedroom or living room rugs can be the most prone to infection. Germs can stay attached to the fibers of the rug and stay there for a while. Anyone coming in contact with the rug or a person who sits on it can get infected. Also, a rug can get infected by the sole of one’s shoes. The germs of the virus have the capacity to stay on the surface for hours and days, people walking on an infected surface cause the germs to stick on the sole of their shoes. Anyone who then walks over the carpet or rug can infect it, too.
How long can the virus stay on the rug?
The lifespan of the active virus germs depends on numerous factors. While scientists release the most advanced and new research regarding its lifespan as they dive deeper into the nature of the virus. This depends upon the surrounding temperature, porosity and the humidity that is of the surface. Generally, a dry and cold atmosphere increases the life of it. The idea of the longevity of the virus on a rug is not yet clearly identified and proven by scientists. But, it is still believed that it has the capacity to stay for a minimum of two hours to a few more days.
How to prevent the spread of virus through rugs?
Vacuuming your area rugs is not just essential during these times of covid but is also included in the basic maintenance and cleanliness of rugs. It can prevent the germs staying on top of the fibers but it’s still not enough to “disinfect” the virus. Making sure of the fact that the vacuum you are using is of high quality and is known for its efficiency. Getting a good vacuum through proper research should always be your priority. When we talk about preventing the spread of virus via rugs, we come exactly at the basic and normal preventive measures. That is; wash your hands regularly, don’t touch surfaces that are not sanitized regularly etc. one more way is to regularly spray disinfecting and sanitizing sprays on your rug. You can find various sprays and disinfectants from your nearest store that help in preventing the virus.
Other measures include, using alcohol based wipes or products for disinfecting rugs. Remember alcohol based wipes don’t mean baby wipes at all and don’t be using them thinking that you are killing germs. Well, you are not at all doing that but are instead fooling yourself like a ‘baby’! Whenever you clean your rugs with a certain piece of cloth, make sure that you need to dispose of it immediately without getting it touched by other hands. Discarding it immediately without putting it somewhere else should be done on a high priority basis so that the germs don’t circulate around other areas of your home. Always wear gloves while cleaning an infected rug so that your hands are clean in every way. Not just in terms of rug cleaning but in all forms of cleaning, wear gloves as a safety measure, always! Oh by the way, the gloves need to be disposable, too! In addition to this, as we have mentioned above that; shoes can be a major transmitter of germs and infection when it comes to area rugs. So placing an entryway mat/ rug in order to clean or rub your shoe soles is also a god idea. This way, germs are left at your doorstep without entering your main house. Another measure is to keep control of your pets. As pets can also have the capacity of spreading germs around. Understanding the fact that pets are uncontrollable and are always roaming here and there. And yet they can get exposed to multiple germinated surfaces and can obviously transmit in your rugs, too. so, try keep them outdoors so that they come in lesser contact with your insides, most notably, your rugs!
Other than that, you can find many DIYs on the internet that can help you disinfect your rug. They are not only beneficial but are less costly. Some of them are listed and elaborated by us only in one of our previous blog posts; vinegar with steam method, vinegar without steam method and homemade cleaning detergent are one of the DIYs we have made you aware of. (Also, we have a blog post listing all the DIYs plus other methods you need to disinfect your rug)
Should I get it professionally cleaned?
Getting your rug professionally cleaned post covid infection is indeed a very good idea. This way, you are discarding all the germs that may not have gotten discarded otherwise. Professional cleaning will clean not just the top fibers but deeply clean your rug. From its back to its internal, a good professional cleaner can make your rug looking new without you having to worry much. It’s not just the “looking” factor but the insides of your rug will also become new; free of germs and infections. Steam cleaning the proven method of killing the virus from your rug, it is because of the temperature involved during its cleaning. The steam cleaning method of rug is especially practiced in offices and nurseries where rug is an essential part where there is constant touching involved. It is considered the most effective and efficient way of disinfection. Moreover, you can even clean your rug yourself. We have provided all the steps and ways you can clean your rugs at home if you don’t have the budget to get it professionally cleaned. It may be a little bit of a hassle but it can definitely save you money. Both the methods can work out only if you follow the correct guidance and assistance (Such that we offer!).
Should you completely discard your rug?
The answer can be in both forms; yes and no! We have emphasized on it before as well. it all depends upon the value of your rug. If your rug is expensive then we would suggest you to not discard it and rather take care of it by cleaning and sanitizing it. However, if your rug is old and the cost of simply cleaning and sanitizing your worn out rug us greater than it is worth then we suggest you too discard it right away and buy a new one. Your new rug will save you unnecessary cost and you won’t think twice on spending on its maintenance, too. For that matter, you can always visit us to get the most amazing rugs, without a doubt!
Some safety measures to keep in mind
We, at RugKnots care about not just your rugs but you, too. During these unprecedented times, it is very important that we all take care of ourselves and of others as well. If you are taking care of yourself then you are directly looking out for other people, too. Always make sure that you follow the rulings set out by your government and WHO. Make sure that you practice social distancing and all other preventive measures. Never forget to wear a mask whenever you step out of your house and remember to wash your hands after regular instances or keep a sanitizer with you. Maintain a safe distance whenever you are in contact with another person and avoid physical confrontations. Make sure that you disinfect your house regularly. Don’t just emphasize on your area rugs but also sanitize other furniture of your home such as door knobs, tables, glass etc.
And that’s a wrap! We hope that you found this article as informative as we wanted it to be. We tried bringing the most authentic and certified information for you so that you don’t have to wander around on your browser to know each and every detail of the subject. Prevention is better than cure and so you should always make sure that you are making the necessary preventive measures. Rugs are not very tricky to deal with but are instead fun. Once you start getting the right kind of guidance, you are going to nail it in terms of your rugs. Don’t fret, and try to always make the best out of your rugs. We hope that you make use of the tips and tricks we have listed above.
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