The Hidden (Chemical) Secrets of Carpet Cleaners
Most homeowners are not aware of the toxic chemicals they introduce into their homes with carpet cleaning products. These products have been known to release dangerous fumes that create toxic environments, and for the likes of our children and furry friends who spend more time in contact with carpets at a closer range, the toxicity of these chemicals increases.
Such solvents are known to be damaging to humans' central nervous systems, causing nausea, dizziness and fatigue with warnings of possible kidney and liver damage. Chemicals in carpet cleaners evaporate and concentrate in the air causing air pollution, which is linked to irritation in people's eyes, nose and lungs aggravating respiratory problems and allergies. Studies also suggest that long-term exposure of certain chemicals can be linked to chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Kawasaki Syndrome is also a rare illness that some scientists suggest may be triggered by the toxic chemicals in carpet cleaners.
How to check if your carpets cleaning products are safe:
Always check your products ingredients, if the bottle doesn't list it's ingredients consider that as a red flag and check online before you purchase. Some chemicals to look out for when buying carpet cleaning products are:
- Solvents: Butoxyethanol and other glycol ethers, Tetrachloroethylene, Perchloroethylene
- Acids and other corrosive chemicals: Hydroxyacetic acid, Hydrofluoric acid, Nitrilotriacetic acid
- Mildewcides and Disinfectants: Tributyl tin, Formaldehyde, Phenol
- Other chemicals: Butane, propane and isobutanes (aerosol propellants), Dibutyl phthalate, Nonylphenol ethoxylate (surfactant), Octylphenol ethoxylate (surfactant)
Don't believe everything you read, if the product your buying says its "natural" or "green" always check for third-party certifications to verify how eco-friendly the product actually is. Some companies like to take advantage of the eco-friendly branding by advertising their product as environmentally friendly.
AspenClean is EcoCert certified which is an internationally recognized certification that guarantees the genuine practice of environmental respect throughout the formulation and manufacturing of a product. AspenClean products were also awarded straight A's from the environmental working group, which is dedicated to protecting human health and the environment to ensure that the cleaning products we use are safe. And for all our animal lovers out there AspenClean's products are Leaping Bunny certified for our commitment to cruelty-free, vegan products and of its partnership with Leaping Bunny in the fight for animal protection.
If you think of it, carpets are a little like humans, they require a little TLC, regular washing and every now and again a makeover or deep clean to keep up appearances. You wouldn't use damaging chemicals on your body so why introduce them into your everyday environment.
All carpets should be professionally cleaned every 12 to 18 months at minimum, and that's where we come in. AspenClean provides non-toxic carpet, upholstery and area rug cleaning with products that are safe for you and the environment. We don't believe that responsibility or safety should come at the expense of quality. We will proudly put our cleaning products up against any of our competitors who use harsh or harmful chemicals. Our results and happy clients speak for themselves.
We pre-spray your carpet and pre-condition high traffic areas and spots, then use a hot water extraction cleaning system to rinse out the pre-spray solution, while extracting dirt and moisture. Our state-of-the-art system offers powerful and deep-clean suction to remove dirt. Combined with our natural cleaning products, the hot water extraction method allows us to clean your carpets in the most non-toxic and effective manner possible.