• What Chemicals Are in Carpet Cleaners, and Are They Safe for My Family to Be Around?

    What you need to know about the safety of upholstery and carpet cleaning.

    Carpet Cleaning

    If you’re considering upholstery and carpet cleaning, you might have some questions. Understandably, most homeowners want to know the products they use in their homes are safe for them, their families, and their pets, and carpet cleaning products are no exception.

    While carpet cleaning is essential to a clean a healthy home, you deserve to know what is used in the process and what the level of safety is. There is some standard and comforting information available on the products and the process. Here’s what you need to know when it comes to upholstery and carpet cleaning:

    The Products

    When a carpet is professionally cleaned there is a need for products that are going to break down the dirt and oils that are in the carpet in order to actually get the carpet clean. For synthetic carpets, alkaline cleaning agents including ammonia are used. For woolen carpets, acidic solutions including vinegar are used. When the alkaline product is used an acetic acid will need to be used after the cleaning to restore the neutral pH of the carpet fibers.

    The Safety Factor

    The truth is that most commercial carpet cleaning is completely safe for people and pets. It is possible that fumes from the cleaning agents can concentrate in the air and be unpleasant, but good ventilation and open windows will disperse the smell quickly.

    Something of greater concern than the cleaning products themselves is the dirt, mold, and pollutants present in un-cleaned carpet. Over time these contaminants build up in the fibers of the carpet and can cause health issues if left untreated.

    If you haven’t had your carpets cleaned recently, you could be concerned about the safety of the chemicals and the cleaning process, especially if you have small children and pets. Before dismissing the idea of having your carpets cleaned, call the professionals to get the information you need to determine for yourself if the process is safe.

    For any and all information you need on upholstery and carpet cleaning contact our expert team at Whitehall Carpet Cleaners by calling 803-732-3200 or by clicking here.

    By: Matt Lashway Wednesday, June 17, 2015
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