Eco-Friendly Carpet Cleaning

No matter the reason, pets, kids, spills, or just plain foot traffic, carpets get dirty. While many of us do our best to manage the appearance of our carpets, we have been using traditional cleaning methods with products that include volatile chemical ingredients. These substances can create numerous health issues and are unsafe for the environment. An eco-friendly carpet cleaning approach is better for humans and the planet.

The Eco-Friendly Way

As a suggestion to improving the look of your carpets when cleaning, look for products that feature natural ingredients. Citrus derivations, sodium percarbonate, and sodium carbonate are a few of the naturally derived ingredients included in these cleaners. A homemade natural cleaning solution combines 2/3 cup warm water and 1/3 cup vinegar. A combination of ½ teaspoon gentle laundry detergent or dishwashing liquid and one cup warm water can also be effective.

By regularly cleaning carpets and vacuuming at least two times per week removes surface dirt so it cannot be ground into carpets. The vacuum cleaner should have a HEPA filter, strong suction, and rotating brushes. Carpets in high traffic areas should be vacuumed several times to remove all dust and dirt.

Volatile Chemical Cleaners

Beware of volatile chemicals in cleaning products that can circulate through air, where they can be ingested or inhaled by humans. Perchloroethylene (PERC) is a commonly used chemical that can create everything from fatigue, dizziness, and nausea to liver and kidney damage if ingested or inhaled. Children are especially at risk because they tend to play on the carpet before it has completely dried following cleaning.

If volatile chemicals are not properly disposed of, they can pollute groundwater sources. Wastewater created by cleaning carpets requires filtration or treatment. Protect your home, your family, and the environment and use more natural, eco-friendly carpet cleaning products.

North Bay Carpet Care has set the standard for eco-friendly carpet cleaning in Santa Rosa and the North Bay area. Give us a call for an obligation-free quote, (707) 540-0175 or (877) 893-9374.

Misconceptions About Carpet Cleaning Services in Santa Rosa

There are still several misconceptions about carpet cleaning services in Santa Rosa and the North Bay. Despite the advancement of modern technology, here are some of the popular myths along with the reasons why they are not relevant today.

Myth 1:  “Wait as long as possible before cleaning a carpet.”

Carpet does not get dirtier faster because you clean it. In fact, if dirt is allowed to remain on the carpet it will cause damage when it is ground into the fibers. If not kept clean, your carpet will have to be replaced sooner than if it were clean.

Myth 2:  “Only clean a carpet when it looks dirty.”

Clothes are generally washed after wearing them, even if they don’t look dirty. Why? Because air contains pollens, fungi, bacteria and air pollution such as cigarette smoke, car exhaust fumes and hundreds of other chemicals all of which seep into the fibers of your clothing. Do you think carpeting is any different?

Your hair, skin, clothing and shoes can transport pollen, fungi, bacteria, and dirt from outdoors to end up in your carpet. So it is recommended you clean your carpet even when it doesn’t look dirty.

Myth 3:  “All cleaning methods have the same result.”

There are two primary methods, dry cleaning or hot water extraction:

(a) Dry cleaning with dry foam or dry chemicals are two methods that are similar but fail to achieve a deep clean and can also damage carpet fibres.

(b) Hot water extraction, also known as “steam cleaning,” uses high pressure and deep cleaning action to fully penetrate every fiber and then extracts almost all the moisture pumped into the carpet, along with soil and residues, for the most effective clean.

Myth 4:  “Anyone with the right equipment can do the job”

Training and experience are important. Many cleaning companies own hot-water cleaners but some employees have little or no training and even some owner-operators don’t know how to use them properly. For this reason, it is important to choose a carpet cleaning service wisely.

Myth 5:  “The lowest price must be the best value.”

(a) Make sure that comparative quotes are for identical services.

(b) Verify that the price you see advertised is for the services you want.

Do not be misled to believe lower price is for the better service, it might not be.

Myth 6:  “An honest company cannot quote over the ‘phone”

Reputable carpet cleaning companies often price a job by the square footage of carpet on the basis that this will determine the amount of products they need to use and time to be spent cleaning.

They generally leave some room for variables such as carpet type, amount of soiling, pet “accidents” and odors, as well as the amount of furniture to be moved but will cover this information when you get the estimate. So, yes, an honest comapny can give you a quote over the phone for carpet cleaning services in Santa Rosa and the surrounding area.