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.