Study Says 60% of Americans Eat Off Floor; Most Unaware It’s Germier Than Toilet Seat

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A recent national survey found that nearly 60 percent of Americans admit to eating food that has fallen on the floor. Obviously they had not seen statistics showing that a typical home carpet has up to 4,000 times more bacteria particles – even after vacuuming – than toilet seats.

“Antibacterial soap and bleach are common tools to kill germs in the home, but people often overlook what’s right beneath their feet”

When told about germs and bacteria on their carpets, tile and wood floors, two in three respondents quickly backtracked and voiced concern for their health and the health of their families. These findings come from a comprehensive health survey of 1,000 American adults conducted by Kelton Research.

Using one-square-inch samples, here’s the total number of bacteria particles independent tests from the University of Arizona found on different household surfaces:

  • Toilet seat: 49
  • Kitchen counter: 1,686
  • Kitchen tile: 2,546
  • Bathroom floor: 18,025
  • Carpet: more than 200,000

Oreck has recently introduced a product aimed at keeping the three-second rule alive. The Oreck® Halo™ is the world’s only upright vacuum that uses ultraviolet light to clean and kill germs, bacteria, viruses, allergens and mold.

“Antibacterial soap and bleach are common tools to kill germs in the home, but people often overlook what’s right beneath their feet,” said David Oreck, Founder of the Oreck Corporation. “Now there’s a solution that allows people to clean and kill germs without any extra time, effort or expense.”

The Oreck Halo uses proprietary UV-C technology – the same technology that safely and effectively disinfects drinking water and sterilizes operating rooms – to eliminate many of the harmful things you can’t see. Independent tests prove this UV-C light kills more than 99 percent of many common germs it comes in contact with.

About Oreck

Headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., Oreck Corporation is a leading manufacturer in the homecare industry, offering a variety of vacuum, air purification and other cleaning products. Oreck sells its products through approximately 450 Oreck Clean Home Centers, as well as through phone and online direct sales. The company distributes products in the U.S., Canada and parts of Europe. For more information, please visit


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