There are many carpet cleaner agents you can choose for carpet and rugs. There are hundreds of different products all claiming to be the best. So which ones are safe? I’m sure you’re concerned about the safety of your carpet. But even greater, you’re concerned about the safety of your family. I’ll give you the basics on both.
NEVER use this on carpet or rugs…
First, chlorine bleach products should NEVER be used on carpet or rugs. This is one of the chemicals that’s not only harmful to the fiber, but also harmful to the person applying the chemical. Bleach is much more harmful than most people think. Did you know some cleaning agents could actually cause a stain to be permanent? For instance, some high PH spot removers can cause a pet stain to permanently set into a fiber?
To make sure you’re applying the right cleaning agent, use a neutral PH spotter. Or, choose a spot removal agent designed specifically to treat pet stains. Many types of carpet cleaning shampoo can leave a sticky, soil-attracting residue in the fiber. In particular, the types of shampoo that foam up and are scrubbed into the fiber are the worst culprits. These cleaning agents are often laced with “optical brighteners” to temporarily make the fibers look better. But in the long run, they ruin the fibers. And even worse, the soil that accumulates isn’t good for your indoor environment. Keep the use of solvents to a minimum.
There are indeed some solvents that may be used to remove oils in extreme soil instances. These include amyl acetate (in nail polish remover), rubbing alcohol, and odor-less mineral spirits. But be WARNED! These solvents should be used at a minimum. After cleaning, the area should be rinsed with water and extracted.
Are professional cleaning agents safe?
Some are. The most dangerous equation here is typically the technician cleaning your carpet. If the technician in your home is poorly trained, you could be in for trouble. It is suspected the disease Kawasaki Syndrome has been brought on by improper carpet cleaning methods. The disease affects small children. This is suspected to sometimes occur by the use of an excessive amount of high PH cleaning agents followed by very little rinsing of the fibers. Many cheap portable cleaning machines can’t rinse high PH cleaning agents properly. For your utmost safety, we always clean your carpet with the safest cleaning agents possible.
After cleaning, we make sure your carpet is left in a PH balanced state. We use some of the best professional grade equipment available. In addition, our technicians are FANATICS about rinsing your carpet. Our technicians understand the importance of rinsing and performing extra dry passes to insure your carpet dries quickly. This is safer for your family and also prevents the possibility of spots returning later.