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Carpet Deodorizer-Disinfectants-Abstract

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1 C ARPET D EODORIZER & D ISINFECTANT Carrie Street and Justin Woody Executive Summary Carpet can serve as a haven for dust mites, mold, mildew, and bacteria. On average, one gram of dust includes 19,000 dust mites, which results in significant amounts of harmful fecal matter. Dust mites require a moist environment and humidity above 55% because they do not drink water but absorb it from the air. Dust mites’ main food source is dead human skin cells. Humans shed about 1.5 grams of skin cells per day, aiding in dust mite growth and reproduction. Molds are microscopic fungi which mature rapidly and require moist areas and high humidity for growth. They produce an identifiable smell which can be overwhelming and, most importantly, produce health hazards, such as floating spores and even lethal mycotoxins. Bacteria produce butyric acid, which is known for a rancid butter or vomit smell. Shampooing carpets leaves up to 20% of the water in the carpet, creating the moist environment in which dust mites, mold, mildew, and bacteria thrive. A dry freshening and disinfecting powder product was designed to address the problems of dust mites, mold, mildew, and bacteria, as well as provide a long lasting fragrance. The
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