Ditching the chemicals in your home cleaning routine is great when you can, and it works most of the time. However, if you run a daycare, a dog kennel, or simply live in a home with multiple pets and kids, you may discover hidden stains that are now settled deep into your carpet fibers.
Home remedies can only do so much in expelling the look and smell of long forgotten stains, but just thinking about using a carpet cleaning service has you cringing.
They’re solutions are full of chemicals like:
- Formaldehyde (found in general household cleaners)
- Perchloroethylene (found in carpet and rug cleaners)
- Phenols (found in cleaners with “sol” in the name)
- Phthalates (used in conjunction with scented products like air fresheners)
- Isopropyl Alcohol (rubbing alcohol)
- PFO’s (perfluoro-octane sulfonate, a suspected hormone disruptor)
- PFOA (another perfluorooctanoic acid and main ingredient in Teflon)
Not only are they hard to pronounce, but they’re hard on your body. They aren’t safe to inhale for humans or pets, but small humans and pets are especially vulnerable. They’re closer to the source of the chemicals, they play on the floor the majority of the time, and as we all know, hands, feet, and toys go into their mouths often. When pets groom themselves, they not only ingest these chemicals, but spread them all over their bodies and faces, even into their eyes.
A pets’ respiratory rate is faster than humans and they can suffer toxic exposure long before you show any signs or symptoms. Much of indoor pollution, which is caused by household cleaners, put pets at risk for liver and kidney damage, anemia, and cancer.
Symptoms of indoor air pollution include; headaches, irritation to eyes, nose and lungs, asthma attacks, congestion, sneezing, coughing, fatigue, nausea, and others. Long-term exposures may increase risks of developing chronic diseases, such as heart disease and cancer, depending on the chemicals involved. There are studies being done to prove the link between cleaning chemicals and Kawasaki disease, among others.
PFO’s, suspected hormone disruptors, accumulate in the environment and tissue of animals and humans, which can lead to hormone imbalances, and later on auto-immune diseases. Paula Baillie-Hamilton, a doctor and scientist, wrote a book called, “Toxic Overload”, about her plan for combatting illnesses caused by the chemicals in our foods, homes, and medicine. She takes a deep dive into our medical history as a whole and follows the evidence that links chemicals with the number of diseases that are jumping to a new record high with every generation.
This is why it’s so important to know who you’re working with, and what ingredients they’re using on your floors. We are Clifford the Carpet Cleaner a family-owned company in Minneapolis offering odor control, rug cleaning, carpet repair, and upholstery cleaning services with only safe-for-you ingredients. We try our hardest to use only botanical plant-based solutions, or standard carpet cleaning detergents that are still non-toxic, zero residue green, organic or heavy degreasers.
Clifford the Carpet Cleaner offers residential and commercial carpet cleaning, using ingredients with you in mind, and includes a satisfaction guarantee. We work hard to keep your carpets clean, while keeping you and your loved ones safe.