Whether you clean your carpets yourself or hire a professional to do the job, choosing green carpet cleaning products means a healthier home for you and your family. There are a number of products on the market today that promise to be the eco-friendly choice for carpet cleaning. To be sure you're making a green choice, get to know what ingredients to avoid and how to tell you're making the right choice for your carpets.
Chemicals to Avoid
There are a few chemicals commonly found in traditional carpet cleaners are are known to be hazardous to your health. Among the chemicals you should look for, and avoid, in a carpet cleaner are:
- Hydrofluoroic Acid
- Perfluro-octane Sulfonate
These ingredients all carry some sort of risk and have been labeled as carcinogens or as potentially toxic to humans and animals - they also have an adverse impact on the environment. If you aren't sure about any of the ingredients on the list of your carpet cleaner, it's best to look them up before proceeding. The National Resources Defense Council website is a good source of information regarding toxic chemicals. You can also search the OSHA website or the EPA website.
Green Carpet Cleaning Products and Companies
An easy way to tell if the carpet cleaner you are choosing is safe and eco-friendly is to check it against the Carpet and Rug Institute's (CRI) list of green certified carpet cleaners, all of which meet the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards for safety and earth friendliness. If you're looking to hire a carpet cleaning company, you can also look for the CRI's seal on their service, which tells you they have been vetted by the company for eco-friendly practices. Chem-Dry of Fort Myers is a local company that specializes in green carpet cleaning. The famous Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval has been given a green category as well, so you can always look for their green seal on any product to be sure it's been tested.
In recent years new "no chemical" carpet cleaning systems using steam cleaning have become popular. It's important to remember that "no chemical" doesn't mean there is no cleaning solution used - in some cases the company may use a solution made up of natural products. Even natural cleaning products can cause problems for some people with allergies, so ask for a full list of ingredients ahead of time.
A carpet cleaning company can claim to be green without any evidence, so be sure to do your research and know what to look for before you hire a cleaner to come into your home.