Best Rug Washing in Superior, CO 80027, Should You Air Out Rugs in the Sun?
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There is at least one big advantage that the air outside the house has over the air inside the house: On a sunny day, the air outside the house comes with a good dose of ultraviolet radiation from the sun. While ultraviolet rays are not so great for your skin, it turns out that they are good disinfectants -- they kill bacteria. So if you haul a rug that your animal has done a number on, to a sunny spot on the driveway so that it gets several hours of strong sunlight, you are using the sun to disinfect it. With something big like a mattress or an area rug, it's one of the few inexpensive ways to kill bacteria -- you can't exactly throw a mattress in the washer If you need further cleaning, we clean mattresses and rugs at Cleancare of Boulder. I've also put family sleeping bags, unzipped, out int the bright sunlight to get rid of odor caused from simply sweating while they slept. This does wonders.
It turns out that ultraviolet light gets used as a disinfectant in a number of different products. For example, you can buy swimming pool systems that disinfect the water in the pool by running it past a strong UV light. Some municipalities do the same thing to augment the chlorine that treats drinking water. You can even buy a device that uses UV light to disinfect your toothbrush!
In third-world countries, there have been experiments using clear plastic soda bottles filled with contaminated drinking water. People leave the bottles in the sun, and it actually helps to reduce bacteria in the water.
Yes, you should absolutely put your rugs out in the sun. Take advantage of natural disinfection! Less bacteria means less odor.