What comes to your mind when you hear the phrase safe carpet cleaning?
Do you see this phrase from a liability standpoint such as preventing slip and fall accidents?
Perhaps this phrase brings thoughts of a technician safely cleaning your custom-made carpet without damage.
Although relevant, the above two examples better describe carpet cleaning safety rather than carpet cleaning from a safe or non toxic point of view.
For our purpose of discussion, safe carpet cleaning relates to carpet cleaning products and the effect they can have on the health of the building occupants.
The number one reason people have their carpet cleaned is appearance. They look at their carpet full of spots, stains, pet odor and dark traffic patterns. It’s embarrassing!
Carpet cleaning is more than just improving the carpet appearance. It’s all about removing the dirt, toxic contaminants, allergens, and the bacteria lurking in your carpet that can negatively affect your health.
It’s about providing a healthier indoor environment for you and your family. The improved appearance is really the icing on the cake. It’s what every cleaner strives to improve. Unfortunately, appearance is often the only gauge customers use for determining satisfaction.
How Safe Are Your Cleaning Products?
As a 30+ year veteran of carpet cleaning, I’m all too familiar with the vast array of carpet cleaning products available to professional cleaners.
Most of these cleaning products will get the job done with respect to spot/stain removal as well as improving the carpet appearance, but at what cost? A negative effect on your health (and of equal or greater importance, the technician’s health).
If I told you I was removing all the dirt and harmful stuff from your carpet but would be leaving toxic cleaner residue behind you would ask me to leave.
But that’s what often happens when carpet is cleaned with unsafe cleaning products. While the cleaning product removes soil and other carpet contaminants, it leaves behind a toxic residue that’s often more harmful to your health than the dirt and nasty stuff the cleaner came to remove. Defeats the purpose of having the carpet cleaned.
Chances are, unless you suffer from allergies, asthma or chemical sensitivities, you’re not aware of what you’re being exposed to. Consider the technician using less than safe carpet cleaning products on a daily basis.
In this day of environmental consciousness, “green” is the buzz word. Green is synonyms with environmental friendliness. It’s all about sustaining our planet and somehow through this sustainability our lives become more enriched.
Labeling a cleaning product (or anything for that matter) “green” gives the product authority as being earth friendly. Thus, if good for the earth then it’s beneficial or safe for us.
A parallel example is when the word “natural” is placed on a food label. We have been conditioned to think of the naturally label food as healthy or good for us and not processed or harmful.
Unfortunately, most green carpet cleaning products are formulated for the health of the planet not the health of people. They’re designed to be bio-degradable or break down quickly for minimal environmental impact.
Quite often, the list of ingredients on carpet cleaning products labeled “green” are similar to the ingredients found on cleaning products not labeled green.
If the cleaner contains enough of an ingredient considered “green” by industry guidelines, then the product can be legally labeled green even though it’s not truly a green cleaning product.
The same with the food product labeled “natural”. As long as there is enough of an ingredient considered “natural” in the food, then it can be legally labeled natural even though it may be full of unnatural ingredients.
Seems we can’t trust anything in this day and age.
Although I can’t speak for other carpet cleaners, I can assure you that New Life Carpet & Upholstery Service practices what we preach: safe carpet cleaning.
Our cleaning product of choice is Soap Free Procyon. As the name suggests, this soap/detergent free cleaner won’t leave behind any soapy sticky residue commonly found with detergent based cleaners. Without the sticky residue to attract dirt, your carpet stays cleaner longer.
The hypoallergenic formula is odor free, colorless, non-toxic and contains ZERO Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) to aggravate allergies or asthma in even the most chemically sensitive. Procyon will not negatively impact air quality.
Soap Free Procyon Cleaning Products have earned several certifications. These certifications include: Green Seal, The Carpet & Rug Institute, Asthma and Allergy Approved and Woolsafe Approved to name a few.
Soap Free Procyon is highly effective and provides superior cleaning results, leaving your carpet clean, fresh, healthy and bright without the toxic residue. It’s all about creating a healthier indoor environment. Your health and your family’s health are our highest priority.
For a free estimate or more information on how safe carpet cleaning can provide your home or business with a healthier indoor environment, call New Life Carpet & Upholstery Service today!
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