ITCH Institute for Total Carpet Hygiene

Welcome to the Institute for Total Carpet Hygiene (ITCH) website. ITCH has been created to highlight the importance of caring for your carpet.

Recent research undertaken by ITCH shows that even after regular vacuuming, a carpet will still harbour dirt and bacteria which can be harmful to you and your family’s health.

ITCH tested living room carpet samples, taken from the homes of a family, a young couple and a single professional, to find out what remains in the carpet after vacuuming alone.

The results were astonishing and showed high levels of bacteria as well as dirt, pollen grains, skin cells, rodent hairs and insect fragments nestling deep in the carpet fibres.

Click here to see the case studies and download a copy of the research report.

Research Report