Using green products can mean different things to different people. Begin by looking at the chemicals on the product’s label. Chemicals are what is used to release the soils from the fibers in your clothes or carpets. If you’ve ever forgotten to add laundry detergent to the washing machine, you probably had to re-do the load with detergent to get the dirt out. Plain water won’t do it.

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An example of chemicals that can be used in the carpet cleaning business is:

Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH). Also known as lye or caustic soda, but promoted as a non-toxic “special” water. The properties of the chemical make it ideal for use in a number of different cleaning products, water purification, and the manufacture of paper products. NaOH can affect you when inhaled and by passing through the skin. It is a strong irritant to the skin as well and must be handled very carefully. NaOH is highly corrosive and can damage your eyes, irritate your mouth, nose and throat and burn your skin. Inhaling it can cause a build-up of fluid in the lungs (pulmonary edema), a medical emergency. If it comes into contact with water it may generate enough heat to ignite combustibles.

Other chemicals that carpet cleaners brisbane may use include dibutyl phthalate, nonylphenol ethoxylate and octylphenol ethoxylated. The last two are surfactants. Surfactants are wetting agents that lessen surface tension, helping to release dirt from the carpet fiber. Some of these ingredients may cause eye and throat irritation and must be used in a well-ventilated room.

One last recommendation. Be very careful of the advertising and hype for “green carpet cleaning”. Some franchises are spending an incredible amount of money on ads and endorsements to convince you that they are extremely safe for you and your family. If you are sensitive to Sodium Hydroxide for example, you really have to probe to get the truth out of them as to what chemical they are using. If they say “we change the pH of water” (it takes a chemical to do that) or it is a patented process, insist on them telling you what chemical they are using. Then do a Google search to make sure you want that chemical in your home or business.

What is safe to use?

Green cleaning products do not rely on toxic and dangerous chemicals to get carpets clean. Green products use active ingredients like water, surfactants and fragrances. Google the ingredients for your own safety. Biodegradable, non-toxic cleaning chemicals are available. Ask your cleaner if he/she uses them.