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Trends in carpet cleaning chemicals

October 13, 2010
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From global warming to carpet cleaning products, what is best for the environment has been getting plenty of publicity. This appears to be a trend that will continue for some time.

A few companies jumped on the bandwagon early and introduced “green” as soon as they could. However, the concept of green cleaning is too important to rush into.

There are many definitions of what constitutes a green product. Simply changing to a more environmentally favorable packaging can be enough to earn a product the green moniker.

But there is much more to green than simply adding a natural ingredient or replacing on component with another that will biodegrade faster. The product has to work. As Dr. Michael Berry stated, “Doing the right thing has to become doing the rational thing.” Research and development should trump hype.

Green cleaning should be more than a product choice. It should be a systematic, scientific approach to cleaning procedures to get results that are best for the environment and also best for the technician, for the health and safety of people in the home or building being cleaned.

Here are some ways to go about this approach:
  1. Maintain control of your cleaning solutions. Do not allow children to be present when cleaning solutions are being sprayed.
  2. Assure proper ventilation.
  3. Vacuum using high efficiency filter bags.
  4. Use pre-sprays that have high dilution ratios that require no more than 4 to 6 ounces per gallon.
  5. Use sprayers with a large tip, for example 8006, and keep the sprayer below knee level. This assures large droplets that impact the carpet rather than a fine mist that fills occupants breathing zone.
  6. Use the hottest water that is safe for the conditions. The EPA has demonstrated the sanitizing effect of cleaning carpet with water at 130 OF or above.
  7. Maximize your extraction capabilities by sufficient vacuum and enough passes to minimize chemical, water and soil residue.
  8. Dispose of waste water in accordance with applicable regulations. Never dispose of waste water into a storm drain or where it can enter lakes, streams or other bodies of water.

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