Is Carpet Cleaning Safe?

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When it comes to having their carpets cleaned, many people ask the question: is carpet cleaning safe? In recent years, people have become more conscientious of the potential dangers associated with bringing harsh chemicals and products into their homes. One doesn’t have to look very far to find an cases where a product that was long thought to be safe is now know to be a significant hazard.

Historically, many carpet cleaners have contained a wide variety of chemicals. Sometimes these chemicals can be hidden on the product labeling due to them being considered proprietary or trade secrets. Carpet cleaners and spot removers frequently contain formaldehydes, pesticides, acids, or worse. One such chemical, perchloroethylene, has been shown to cause dizziness, fatigue, and nausea if ingested or inhaled. It has also been linked to liver and kidney damage. Another offender, naphthalene, is considered toxic to the human nervous system as well as a possible carcinogen. Suffice it to say that you wouldn’t want either of these chemicals in your home.

The good news is that recent years have seen a major growth in eco-friendly carpet cleaning companies that use green methods. Steps have been taken to minimize the use of water and to ensure that wastewater is either treated or transported safely. Many of these companies have taken other steps to reduce their environmental impact, such as using energy-efficient equipment or making a commitment not to leave their vehicles running to power their equipment.

Due to these recent developments, people no longer have to worry about being subjected to dangerous chemicals when they have their carpets cleaned. Options abound for the conscientious consumer looking for a green carpet cleaning.