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Liability Issues Associated with Dirty Carpets

Liability Issues Associated with Dirty Carpets

February 11, 2021

Carpets can greatly affect the environment of your living space. Having a dirty carpet can cause a multitude of issues. It can be a liability issue if you are an owner of a business or a landlord. It is important to keep the carpets clean because a dirty carpet can cause a multitude of health issues and thus lead to a lawsuit if there are any issues because of the carpet.

Bacteria, Dust Mites, Mold

If the air inside is moist, your floor is regularly damp for any reason, or if your carpet is not thoroughly cleaned and dried, it can lead to the development of mold. The development of mold can cause allergies and other respiratory issues to develop.

Without regular cleanings, bacteria can build up in carpets. This build up can cause various issues and affect the immune system. Mycotoxins can develop from bacteria and fungi that are in dirty carpets and aggravate allergies, asthma, weaken the immune system. These bacteria and toxins can also cause skin irritations and rashes like athlete’s foot.

Dust, dirt, and mold can easily get trapped in the fabric of carpets. These trapped pollutants create toxic airborne gases that can be released in the air through daily activities like walking or vacuuming.[1] These toxins released in the air can cause respiratory issues like coughing. This can be even worse for those with asthma. Dust mites can also become an issue and make indoor allergies worse. If you do not have your carpet cleaned, their fragmented limbs and feces will be expelled into the air just like other carpet pollutants from daily activities like walking or vacuuming.

Along with health issues, not cleaning your carpet regularly and the buildup of dirt and bacteria can cause the carpet and the flooring beneath it to rot. This rotting can cause even more health issues. It is important to maintain a watchful eye on the status of your carpet to make sure that it is not rotting and then causing your floor to rot as well.
Pet Urine

Having pets in the home makes it even more important to keep your carpets clean. Along with the buildup of pet dander that can exacerbate allergies, animal urine and feces can cause a myriad of issues. Pet urine can produce ammonia that not only smells bad but also causes nose and lung irritation, exacerbating conditions like asthma and emphysema as well as allergies. The dampness can also increase the probability of mold growth.


To prevent any issues with a dirty carpet, vacuum regularly to prevent dust and dirt from getting tramped into carpets. Schedule regular professional carpet cleanings to prevent and get rid of dirt, bacteria, and dust mites that may develop. Taking these steps to keep a clean carpet would reduce any health and liability issues that may occur if you did not take the steps to clean your carpet. Setting into the carpet. By maintaining a regular cleaning schedule, your carpets will stay clean and not cause any issues.

[1] The EPA reports that these pollutants cause toxic airborne gases that are released into the air.