Did you know that, according to a 2003 study, stomach flu germs can linger and thrive in dirty carpets for up to a month? On the most basic level, regular carpet cleaning helps carpets last. More importantly, your health, and the health of loved ones and pets, may depend on the removal of dirt, grit, allergens, and particles trapped in carpets. What is one of the most common carpet cleaning myths, and how does it hold up against hard facts?
Myth: Carpet Cleaners Use Hazardous Chemicals
American carpet cleaning is often regulated by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The non-profit organization promotes carpet cleaning methods, and, as such, the use of harmful chemicals is largely outdated. In fact, many carpet cleaning companies use green methods, and regular carpet cleaning can actually promote good health.
- Green Methods
Avoid carpet cleaning solutions containing perchloroethylene and naphthalene. Both chemicals may induce nausea and dizziness, and can release carcinogens. To ensure safe and environmentally friendly cleaning, the Mother Nature Network (MNN) recommends asking cleaners about planted-based solvents and nontoxic steam emissions. If you opt for renting a steam cleaner, scour the cleaning chamber with hot water to remove any chemical and/or pesticide residue.
- Do Clean Carpets Promote Good Health?
Dirty carpets can harbor dirt, dust, and allergens. Germs, such as the common cold, can even thrive and fester on dirty carpets. Vacuuming can help; homeowners can ensure that carpets remain clean and allergen-free, however, with professional carpet cleaning. Likewise, minor stains can be removed (shortly after spills and accidents) using club soda. For major, unhygienic stains, such as cat or dog urine, residents may want to consider a professional pet stain removal service. Keeping carpets clean promotes high quality air, free from allergens.
Work with carpet cleaners for green cleaning solutions, and keep your family healthy by using professional carpet cleaning and pet stain removal services to keep carpets allergen and germ-free.