Does Carpet Cleaning Harm the Environment?
You may think that something as simple as cleaning your carpet couldn’t possibly harm the environment. That may be true if it is done with a damp towel, but what about professional cleaners? Much depends on the kind of products they add to their steam cleaner. Increasingly, professional carpet cleaners are moving towards cleaning products that do not harm the environment.
Remember, that whatever is in waste water ends up in the environment somewhere. Waste water sometimes washes straight out into the gutters along the road if it is not flushed away down the drain. Even when it goes down the drain it can end up in the rivers or the soil somewhere due to overflowing of blocked pipes.
Don’t poison precious resources
Our waterways are precious resources needed to keep plants and all creatures – both human and animals – alive and in good health. If they are poisoned with chemicals, so will everything else be as we all drink water in some form. You may think that at least humans have the option of buying bottled water that is purified – or that tap water goes through a process to cleanse it, but there is plenty of water that is not clean.
This water is used to irrigate crops of all kinds – vegetables, wheat, rye and so on. Crops that are then eaten by both animals and humans. And humans eat the animals that eat the crops. So if those crops have chemicals in them from the water used for irrigation, guess where those chemicals will end up?
What is left in your carpet?
It is not only the problem with chemicals in water that we have to think about when it comes to carpet cleaning. Chemical residue stays in the carpet fibres after it dries out. This will transfer to skin, especially if children sit or play on the carpet. This can cause skin problems such as itch, eczema or worse. Chemicals also give off fumes that can cause breathing problems in those people who are allergic to them.
Use not-toxic products
This is why it is essential to only deal with a professional carpet cleaner that uses non-toxic and biodegradable cleaning products to clean your carpet. That way you can be sure that your home will always be a safe environment for yourself, your children, pets and whoever else lives there.
Biodegradable products break down quickly when added to water and they don’t leave behind any harmful residue that can poison plants, fish, wild animals, livestock or humans. When we take care of the environment our planet will remain in good condition for all the generations to come and we will all be healthier. So before hiring a carpet cleaner, find out what they are going to use to clean your carpet.