Have you ever walked into someone’s home and immediately felt like you need to take your shoes off? Their carpets and floors are so clean and spotless, that suddenly you doubt the cleanliness of your shoes. You know they have kids, and even a pet or two, so you begin to wonder how their carpets and floors still look so new. Surely the kids have spilled a drink or two and knocked over a plate of food before, right? Pets are notorious for accidents too, but you quickly realize you can’t even smell pet odors in the house. So how do they keep their floors so clean? Aren’t carpet shampoo’s and stain remover’s toxic for the children and pets to breathe? Well, yes and no.

Some cleaners are hazardous to breathe and to walk on. Cleaners that contain toxic ingredients like formaldehyde, disinfectants, artificial fragrances, ammonia, butoxyethanol, sodium hydroxide, butane, pesticides, and bleach are just a handful of extremely hazardous chemicals that should not be used. Cleaners that produce strong fumes should be avoided as well. They can cause irritation in the lungs and eyes. Keep in mind that your pets walk on the flooring with their bare paws. The last thing you want is your beloved pet to lick his or her paw with chemicals on it. Toxins in the cleaning residue can remain on the floors long after the cleaning solution is dried. Which is also dangerous for children when they play on the floor. The toxins left behind in the residue can absorb into their skin, leading to health issues down the road.

Many cleaners on the market today use safe ingredients, but not all of them do. It’s a good idea to read through the ingredients on the cleaning products before using them on your carpets and flooring. Stick with cleaners that are eco-friendly and non-toxic. Natural ingredients, like essential oils, make great cleaning agents too. Just make sure to use the appropriate ones, as some essential oils are not safe for animals. Using non-toxic cleaning products is a good rule of thumb, even if you do not have children or pets in your home. For spot treatment between cleanings, you can use a mixture of water and vinegar. It’s both safe and effective.

Many professional carpet cleaning companies use steam cleaning methods and eco-friendly products that are safe for children and pets. Consider a company such as Cleantech, an Austin, TX carpet cleaning service.