Simple Steps to Greener Living

Perchloroethylene, or "PERC," is a common chemical used in the carpet cleaning industry. If inhaled or ingested, it can cause health effects ranging from dizziness, fatigue, and nausea to long-term kidney and liver damage.

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April 21, 2010

Eco-Friendly Carpet Cleaning

Puppy accident or red wine,
Carpets get dirty all the time,
Make your dirty carpets clean,
Using cleaners that are green!

Cleaner, Greener, & Healthier

Traditionally, professional and do-it-yourself methods of carpet cleaning involve the use of a cocktail of volatile chemicals. Unfortunately, there are a number of health issues that can be caused by the use of these cleaners. If it is time to cleanse your dirty carpets, be sure to use earth friendly options and services.

  • The major on-site issue with volatile chemical cleaners is that they can circulate through the air of a room. Furthermore, kids who play on the floor soon afterwards can ingest the chemicals.
  • Carpet cleaning chemicals can also pollute groundwater sources if they are not disposed of properly. The wastewater from cleaning requires treatment and/or filtration in order to neutralize potential contaminants.
  • If you are going to use a professional carpet cleaning service it is important to ask them the following questions: Does your cleaning process utilize plant-based or chemical-based cleaners? Do they have the proper systems in place to treat and/or transport their wastewater?
  • If you are going to clean your carpets yourself be sure to look for products derived from natural ingredients such as Seventh Generation's Natural Citrus Carpet Cleaner. It also important to remember that keeping your carpets continuously clean will avoid the need for extensive cleanings. offers more information on eco-friendly carpet cleaning options.

Chem-Dry is a professional carpet cleaning service that uses a natural cleaning process.


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