Residue. Fumes. Mold. Damage. You already know that most professional carpet cleaners use harsh chemicals and a lot of hot water to clean and remove stains from carpets everywhere. Even do-it-yourself products contain harsh active ingredients to fight stains and problematic organisms that live in carpet fibers. Pet accidents and dander cleaning products, flea and pest control agents, odor-masking carpet fresheners, and typical stain removers can have negative effects on our health, yet many people use these products because…how else can they get their carpet clean?
Regular carpet shampoo and steam cleaning processes typically soak your carpeting to the foundation with a variety of chemicals and hot water, potentially damaging the carpet fibers, padding and backing. This process can also weaken the adhesive holding the carpet in place, as well as damage the sub-floor and insulation materials used to build your home.
Not only that, but noxious fumes are often produced when heated water mixes with the chemical agents used for cleaning. This almost always requires providing sufficient ventilation, and in some cases, even temporary evacuation of the premises.
Excess chemicals and moisture not completely removed may evaporate eventually, but lengthy drying times mean extended exposure to fumes and residue long after the carpet is cleaned.
Additionally, your floors may be wet for a long time afterward, which can create a breeding ground for mold and bacteria. Dirt, dust, allergens and other contaminants lodged in carpet become airborne when agitated during the cleaning process. Without the proper filtration, these once-hidden contaminants are now circulating in the air throughout your home.
So many families live their lives within close proximity to their carpet. Baby’s first steps. Family movie night. Sleepovers. Holiday celebrations. If you or someone in your family has breathing difficulties (brought on by allergies or asthma) or chemical sensitivities, making sure your carpet is as clean and chemical-free as possible is a top priority.
However, there is some good news! There are gentle-yet-effective cleaning methods that do not require the use of heavy chemicals or saturate your floors with liquid. Specialty companies can also provide tandem services that include air and surface treatment, and premium filtration that can combat particles dislodged during the cleaning process.