Atlas, Icarus, Pandora and 3 Myths About Your Carpet

by Jeremy Strickland

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We humans have been using myth to interpret our experience of the world since before recorded history. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the carpet of your home through the lens of three famous Greek myths…

  1. Atlas_sculptureFor his role in the war against the Gods on Mount Olympus, the Titan called Atlas was punished by Zeus to stand on the edge of the Earth and hold up the sky on his shoulders (…and you thought your job was grueling!). The carpeting is the Atlas of your home, taking quite a punishment, holding up your entire household. The carpeting is also like a cloud in the sky. When you can see that your carpet is dirty, that cloud is full to bursting. You are at critical mass, the sky on Atlas’ shoulders is about to fall, it’s going to rain! This is particularly troublesome in high traffic areas because if you were to look at the accumulated dirt under a microscope, you’d see that it looks like shards of glass. Your carpet is probably plastic (upwards of 60% are made from nylon), so your feet are grinding these shards into the plastic fibers of the carpet, accelerating wearing (AKA irreversible damage).
  2. Daedelus & IcarusTo escape the Minotaur’s Labyrinth, Daedalus built wings of wax for himself and his son Icarus, who he warned not to fly to close to the sun. Well, if you’ve ever told your kids not to give in to temptation, you can guess how well this went over with Icarus once those wings were strapped on. Sun. Wax. Melt. Fall. Nice knowing you, Icarus! You’re likely to be tempted like Icarus to clean your own carpet, and the freedom you feel with every success is going to lead you ever closer to the sun. While you can buy or rent your own carpet cleaning machine, they are no where near as powerful as the truck mounted engine utilized by a professional. Furthermore, specific spots require specific chemicals and processes to effectively clean. Which leads us to…
  3. Opened_up_a_Pandora's_box.jpgPandora had a big box filled with all of the evils of the world. When curiosity got the best of her, she peeked inside, inadvertently letting loose all of the box’s contents upon the Earth, save for hope, which she managed to close the lid on just in time. You’re like poor Pandora when you clean carpet spots yourself; your innocent action may be doing more harm than good. See, some products will work for some spots, but when you empty those bottle’s contents into your carpet, you may make the spot worse by spreading its evil or setting it in. If you are not rinsing those evils out of the carpet, their residues will create a trap for dirt, accelerating soiling.  A professional carpet cleaning technician will have the knowledge and the tools to get the job done right.

Good thing there was still hope left in Pandora’s Box! Carpet cleaning is a crucial (and in some cases, even dramatic) home improvement. It’s an investment in the health and well being of your family. Having your carpets cleaned at least once a year will keep your home looking it’s best, remove germs and allergens, and lengthen the useful life of your carpet.

That’s no myth.

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