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The Dirty Truth about Carpet Cleaning

Oct 27, 2011 05:39PM ● By Tim Bag

Carpet cleaning can be a fairly toxic practice. Standard formulas contain a combination of harsh chemical solvents, perfumes and detergents that remain after cleaning. This "toxic soup" affects the health of every member of the family, especially small children and pets.

The two most common carpet cleaning additives, Perchloroethylene and Napthalene, have been known to cause dizziness, fatigue, nausea, kidney and liver damage. Toxic ingredients can also trigger allergic symptoms in sensitive individuals such as behavioral and learning problems in children, skin rashes, asthmatic attacks, constant fatigue, headaches and depression. Symptoms can occur in pets as well.

While it may sound like you should throw out your carpet and rugs, they are actually the healthier alternative. In addition to being more comfortable than hard floors, carpet acts as a giant air filter. It traps and holds dust, mites, bacteria, mold spores, pet dander and other allergens that would otherwise circulate in the air. To help your carpet filter the air more effectively, vacuum frequently (use a HEPA filter) and clean with steam-free, dry natural method and green products once or twice a year. This will prolong the life and beauty of your carpet and improve your health as well.

Tim Bagby is the owner of Greenway Carpet Care in Palm Beach County. For more information, call 866-305-2834 or visit