5 Best Eco-Friendly Carpet Cleaning Methods
It may not be immediately obvious to the naked eye but carpets are a haven of dirt and germs. Even clean-looking carpets harbor mildew, mold, pesticides, fungi, and dander; all of which are responsible for allergies or infections. We spend 90% of our time indoors according to studies, whether it’s at home, or in the office. When we come into indoor spaces from outside, we bring with us a variety of pollutants stuck to our shoes and feet. A lot of these are transferred to the carpets we walk on, whether they are visible or not.
Experts have also estimated that 80% of pesticide exposure happens within our homes and carpets can hold eight times their weight in dirt and germs. The longer you wait to clean the carpet, the more toxic it becomes. When children and pets are exposed to these threats, the health hazards they face could be very serious.
In order to ensure that not only are the carpets getting cleaned properly but there is no addition of more harmful chemicals to the mix, it is best to use eco-friendly carpet cleaners. One way to achieve this is by carrying out the research on products, identifying purchase locations and acquiring them and then doing the cleaning; or you can contact a carpet cleaning company known for its Eco Clean Solutions to do it for you.
Whichever option you choose, here are five ways to clean your carpet in an eco-friendly way.
Hot Water Extraction Cleaning
This is also known as steam carpet cleaning and it uses hot water at high pressure to penetrate and infiltrate carpet fibers, dissolving and dislodging dirt and germs. Use of a cleaning agent is necessary in this case and there are several eco-friendly ones on the market. Many firms use perchloroethylene or naphthalene, both of which are known to have toxic effects and health risks. This is why it is necessary to ensure that the carpet cleaning company of your choice uses only plant-based alternatives in addition to non-toxic steam extraction methods.
The hot water extraction method uses a cleaning agent applied on the soiled surface. Biokleen Carpet and Rug shampoo is an effective plant-based cleaner that utilizes enzymes to dissolve dirt in the carpet while remaining gentle on pads and backings. It also does not leave behind a harsh chemical residue. It’s highly concentrated nature means that very little is required per wash. Another option is Citra Solv Natural Cleaner & Degreaser Concentrate which acts as an effective shampoo. After a thorough scrub, the carpet is rinsed with carpet cleaning equipment and then air dried. This method is time and labor intensive but also a very effective and healthy alternative.
Dry Carpet Cleaning
This is also known as compound cleaning and it’s the latest method to debut in the market. Its popularity stems from the fact that it’s effective and convenient. Since its invention in the 80s many cleaning compounds has been developed by different companies some of which are easy to duplicate in your own kitchen. An example is Arm and Hammer baking soda which is an all green cleaner. One simply spreads it on the carpet, let it sit and then vacuum it up. It very effectively cleans and deodorizes the carpet and leaves behind a lovely lavender smell.
This is arguably the most widely used method to clean carpets. The disadvantage of shampoos is the wet foam residue it leaves behind takes a longer time to dry. It is also subject to recontamination because the residue is sticky. Using a product such as Earth Friendly Products Carpet Shampoo ensures that it removes those hard to dislodge pieces of dirt and grime while not being too hard on the carpet. The shampoo is also plant-based, with refillable ingredients.
You can rent a commercial steamer or buy one for your home. Should you rent one, be sure to clean out the chamber using warm water and then flush the residue away. This cleans out any lingering chemicals and pesticides thus preventing recirculation into your home. Use natural cleaners such as Simple Green Naturals carpet care which is 100% naturally sourced and Green Seal certified.
Apart from the yearly thorough cleanse your carpet needs, it can be kept fairly fresh and clean using stain removers such as Begley’s Household Stain and Odor Remover, or Martha Stewart Clean Carpet Stain Remover. A sprinkle of baking soda followed by vacuuming will dissolve dirt, germs and stains quite effectively.
Eco Clean Solutions make it easy to keep your carpets clean and fresh while also ensuring that the environment does not suffer for it. It’s the healthy and wise choice because green products are easier on your skin, ensure better air quality and have less antibacterials.