When it's time for your carpets to be cleaned, you should know that you do have options that could be safer for your family. Your children and pets come in contact with your carpet constantly, and you should be concerned about the chemicals used in carpet cleaning, both do-it-yourself and commercially. Read on to learn more about environmentally-safe ways to get your carpets cleaned.
Dangerous Cleaning Agents
Whether store-bought or used by professional cleaning companies, some carpet shampoos and spot treatments pose serious health issues. The ingredient perchloreothylene (perc), also used in dry cleaning, can be extremely toxic. The Centers for Disease Control has linked it to kidney and liver damage. Another problem chemical to be on the alert for is naphthalene, which has been labeled a carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency. It's important to remember to these dangerous chemical are not just possibly endangering your family and pets, but they can end up in the groundwater as well, which affects everyone.
Do-It-Yourself Spot Treatments
Regular vacuuming and vigilant spot treatments can help delay the inconvenience and expense of a whole-house job. You can find an array of earth-friendly carpet cleaning solution "recipes" online using common (and safe) household ingredients like borax, salt, vinegar and cornstarch. Commercially available carpet "fresheners" are loaded with chemicals. You can make your own freshener by sprinkling baking soda over your carpets and vacuuming up after 30 minutes.
Do-it-Yourself Carpet Shampooing
Steam cleaners have become an increasingly popular and affordable way to deal with bigger carpet cleaning jobs. For those who don't want to make the investment, these steam cleaners can be rented by the day as well. This type of cleaning uses hot, pressurized water, which can help reduce the need for harsh chemical cleaners. Household vinegar is an excellent additional to a carpet steam cleaner and is environmentally safe.
Professional Carpet Cleaners
Many major carpet cleaning services and chains have responded to consumers' concerns about the use of dangerous chemicals and have begun to tout the use of plant-based solutions for cleaning. An entirely new method of carpet cleaning is also available in some areas, which uses a carbonated-infused cleaning solution to help "bubble" the dirt out of your carpets, without the need for cleaning chemicals. If you do decide to use a professional service, be sure you ask questions about the cleaning solutions used and ask for the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), which will give you more information about the chemicals used.
For more information about environmentally-friendly carpet cleaning, contact Southwest Chem-Dry or a similar company.Share
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