Is your carpeting in need of a good cleaning? Are you concerned about the use of chemicals to get your carpets cleaned? One thing that many carpet cleaning services are using today is the use of chemical-free cleaning techniques.
What is used in place of carpet cleaning chemicals?
Typically, there are three alternative techniques used to eliminate the need for chemicals. These include:
- Green cleaning agents – only eco-safe products are used
- Vinegar – only vinegar and water is used
- Hot-water extraction – only soft-water heated to high temperatures is used
How are stains and odors treated?
Each of the techniques listed above can be quite effective in removing stains and odors from deep in the carpet fibers. Unfortunately, not every stain and odor can effectively be removed using those techniques. Your carpet cleaning specialist has experience working with chemical-free products to remove stains and odors. He or she will assess the stain or odor and determine the best course of action to take to effectively eliminate the problem without using toxic chemicals and prevent them from coming through after the carpet has dried.
What happens if the stains reappear after the carpet has dried?
In some case, the carpet will wick old stains from deep inside the fibers and show the stains after the carpet has dried. In such an instance, contact the company and have them send a technician back to your home to assess the problem. These deep stains are difficult to eliminate with one treatment, especially since they often do not appear for days after the carpet has been cleaned.
The technician can take a more focused and direct approach to treating that area and remove the stain once and for all.
Is there anything to do between cleanings to prevent difficult stains?
You can use the same natural cleaning agents as the professionals do to remove difficult stains. If you notice a spill on your carpeting, act quickly. Use a white towel or paper towels to absorb the liquid from the carpeting before it soaks deep into the fibers. Use white vinegar on a clean white cloth to blot the area until the stain has lifted. For spills that could leave odors behind, sprinkle a small amount of baking soda on the carpeting and let it dry. Once dry, vacuum the area and monitor it for a few days to be sure the stain does not reappear after it has dried. If it does, repeat the process.
Note: White cloths are used to prevent the dye in the cloth from staining the carpet further.
Talk with your carpet cleaning professionals to learn about chemical-free cleaning techniques. You can have the clean, fresh carpeting you want without the use of potentially toxic chemicals.