As society focuses more on the effects that our behavior has on the environment, a thriving industry has bloomed involving products that focus on being “green”, eco-friendly, and overall, better for the environment, our pets, and our families. How our behavior impacts the environment has gone from simply answering the question, “paper or plastic?” to also asking ourselves which products we wish to use in other areas during our day-to-day activities.

When it comes to cleaning tile and grout or shampooing rugs, carpet and upholstery, it should come as no surprise that you should also consider using eco-friendly products in this realm of cleaning. In fact, it should be of top priority! There are many reasons why choosing eco-friendly products for deep household cleaning tasks such as carpet shampooing and odor removal is worthy of consideration, especially when they are done on a regular basis. Some of the top reasons will be explained further.


Chemical-Heavy Products Can Be Extremely Harmful

Perchloroethylene is a chemical used in many dry carpet cleaning products. It is commonly referred to as “perc” for short. Perc not only causes fatigue, dizziness, and nausea if inhaled, but can be potentially fatal if ingested. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has also linked the chemical to nerve and kidney damage.

One would assume chemicals like these would be banned from use, but the reality is they are still commonly used today, and unfortunately, many professional carpet cleaning companies maintain their use in your household. The negative effects of using dangerous products like Perchloroethylene are especially troubling for babies, small children and four-legged family members who spend a considerable about of time coming in intimate contact with your carpets, tile and floors.

In addition to Perchloroethylene, another commonly-used cleaning chemical called Naphthalene can also potentially damage your nervous system should it be inhaled in large quantities. Naphthalene is an organic solvent which is formulated using coal tar. It’s important to note that even if you don’t plan to inhale these chemicals in large quantities (and let’s be honest… who in their right mind would plan for this?), just having them present in your carpet, rugs, and upholstery means you’re unwillingly breathing them in constantly while in your home.

Failing to seek out non-toxic, eco-friendly cleaning products when selecting a company to clean your carpets could easily land you in a potentially dangerous situation that needlessly exposes the ones you love to preventable hazards. At New Sunrise Cleaning & Restoration, we proudly use eco-friendly, pet safe products to get the job done right and to keep your home and family safe from harm.


Green Cleaning Supplies Have Limited Impact on the Environment

Beyond the harmful potential side effects caused by having dangerous chemicals injected into your rugs, carpet, and upholstery through non-eco-friendly cleaners, the development of these non-green chemicals also has a negative impact on the environment. This includes the chemical’s production process, as creating them hurts the environment, and following use, as the chemicals released in the air are harmful in many ways to plants, animals, people, water and air quality.

Large scale industrial accidents, which happen more than we’d like to admit to ourselves, are less of an issue when they do occur if and when the products are non-toxic and eco-friendly. Spilling a gallon of eco-friendly carpet cleaner into the dirt, while not advised, is far less harmful then spilling cleaners containing Perchloroethylene, Naphthalene, and/or others.


Eco-Friendly Products Work Just As Good or Better

Some companies will try to argue that these harmful chemicals are needed to get a deep clean when it comes to treating stains and tackling the dirt deep in your carpet and under padding. The truth is that this is not at all the reality. There is no benefit to choosing carpet cleaners that use harmful chemicals over ones that use eco-friendly alternatives.

In many tests, eco-friendly carpet cleaners perform just as well or better than those containing dangerous chemicals. However, if there is no benefit in using these products, why do some carpet cleaning companies still choose to use them when shampooing or deep cleaning carpets and upholstery for their customers? Is there really no benefit at all?

The only benefit comes not to the consumer, but to the company utilizing these dangerous products. Because these products are being used less and less, and companies manufacturing them don’t take extra precautions, they are generally much cheaper to use than green alternatives. In other words, a carpet cleaning company trying to sell you on cleaning products that are not eco-friendly is simply trying to give you a cheaper carpet cleaning that is potentially dangerous to you while saving themselves money! This is one of those instances where you really do get what you pay for.

When it comes to making the decision between green, eco-friendly cleaning products for your carpet cleaning and chemical heavy alternatives, there really is nothing to question. When it comes to the safety of your pets and family, choose the safer, healthier, environmentally friendly cleaning products and methods used by us at New Sunrise Cleaning & Restoration.


When Considering Professional Carpet Cleaning, Always Ask

As our world shifts towards more eco-friendly alternative products and services, it is becoming more common for professional carpet cleaners to go green. However, when making the decision to choose a professional carpet cleaner, ALWAYS ASK! At the very best, you’ll save yourself the dizziness, headaches, and potential hazards of a chemical-heavy carpet cleaning experience. At the very worst, you’ll spend some extra time to have the peace of mind knowing your carpet cleaning has been performed with the safety of you, your family, and the planet in mind.

If you’re in the market for an eco-friendly company to come to your home and steam clean or shampoo your carpet, rugs, or upholstery, New Sunrise Cleaning & Restoration is the number one choice in the Reno/Sparks Nevada area. Whether you’re in need of pet stain and odor removal, performing a yearly deep clean to maintain your carpet’s warranty, or moving out of your current home or rental, give us a call and we’ll prove to you why so many families trust us to get the job done right the first time. Don’t gamble on the cleanliness of your carpet and the safety of your air following cleaning! Choose your green carpet cleaning company, New Sunrise Cleaning & Restoration, today!

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We look forward to booking you for your next carpet cleaning today!


Written by Alexander Chambers of WONDER Web Development 03/20/17