The majority of industrial carpet cleansers contain harmful chemicals. And even mild exposure to these chemicals can cause respiratory, throat, nose, and eye irritation, and headaches; some are even known to cause damage to the nervous system. And while having your carpets cleaned with these substances is typically safe under cold, well ventilated conditions, it is not always a guarantee.
It is true that there exist many chemical cleansers that are completely safe under prolonged exposure, but keeping track of thousands of common cleaning solutions is a daunting task. In fact, even with some common household carpet cleaning substances, prolonged exposure can cause various health related issues.
At GreenChoice, we make it simple; we only use green carpet cleaning solutions that are certified by The Carpet & Rug Institute, Green Seal, and Environmental Choice. For example, many of our approved cleaning solutions contain naturally occurring enzyme-based cleansers including common table salt, antimicrobial salts, citric acid, and soda ash.
These substances are so safe that many of them are actually found in the foods we eat. Not only are they safe for use around family members of all ages, including pets, but the environmental impact is inconsequential when compared to conventional cleaners.
To see the Material Safety Data Sheet for our most common cleaning agent, please click here.
Here are just a few examples of common chemicals found in conventional carpet cleaning solutions that you should avoid if at all possible:
Ethylene glycol monobutyl ether (aka 2-butoxyethanol): This chemical does not typically present a great health risk, but when exposed to heat, it can release toxic fumes that are harmful to breathe and cause damage to the nervous system.
Perchloroethylene (aka "perc"): An additive that causes dizziness, fatigue and nausea if ingested or inhaled. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also claims it causes kidney and liver damage.
Naphthalene - A solvent produced from coal tar. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, it is toxic to the human central nervous system and a possible carcinogen.
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