Everything's gone green. Who could have guessed that the color of envy would become the most popular color of our times? I guess the blues never really stood a chance.
Even the carpet cleaning industry is leaning towards the eco-friendly side of things. More and more carpet cleaning companies are using organic cleaning solutions and practicing eco-friendly cleaning techniques.
But even with everything going eco-friendly there is a misconception that green cleaning products and green cleaning practices aren't as effective as their chemically based brethren. This simply is not true. Here's some info on green carpet cleaning that won't leave you singing the blues.
First of all, back in the day, almost all cleaning products were simple and mostly non-toxic. They didn't have all the chemicals that are around today. Depending on your age, mom, or grandma, used solutions made by mixing water and vinegar or baking soda to do a lot of cleaning. These same products can be used today to take care of most carpet stains and cleaning needs.
A mixture of water and vinegar can be used to remove rust spots in your carpet. Ammonia and cold water can be used to get out blood. A mild soap and water mixture can help with urine if treated immediately. If the urine has been in the carpet under 24 hours then you can use the vinegar and water. Most food and drink products can be removed with a simple solution of warm water, mild detergent, and vinegar.
Many carpet cleaning companies, like us, are now using cleaning agents that are based on more natural elements rather than harmful chemicals. Non-toxic ingredients such as citrus, vinegar, and salt, are now being used more often than their toxic counterparts. This isn't saying that all the chemicals used by carpet companies are 100% chemical free. But they are much safer and a great deal less toxic than the alternatives.
But you need to ask for "green" cleaning.
Not only are the cleaning agents more eco-friendly, the cleaning methods are now getting greener. Today's high tech world has given us updated tools and more efficient cleaning equipment that are less wasteful. Steam cleaners use less water but offer the same, if not better results. There are also "dry" cleaning techniques that use almost no water at all.
The green movement is very trendy right now and it seems that everyone is jumping on the bandwagon. But if you had the choice between a safe, non-toxic cleaning and a more hazardous option, which would you choose?
The bottom line is that traditional carpet cleaning products and techniques can be harmful and wasteful. Wouldn't you prefer to have a safer home environment for you and your family if the option were available to you?
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