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If you ask for advice from any of the professional carpet cleaning firms you would know that you are not the only one who is suffering from carpet stain woes. You are just one of those numerous families who have small kids and pets about the house making it harder for you to keep your precious carpets clean and tidy.


There are many families in Washington DC that are sick of those rotten smelling chemicals and detergents that do clean your carpets well but also rob them of their beauty and texture. If you have made up your mind to go organic when it comes to cleaning your carpets, don’t deviate. For those of you who actually take out the time to buy organic foods and utilities at the grocery store and prefer to shop at farmer’s markets, this is going to be rather easy. But it seems a bit difficult for the ones that are set in their inorganic ways.


Remember, when we use chemicals to wash and clean our carpets the spills that happen to ruin their look evidently prove to be much less harmful than what we put them through. That’s right, every time a spill occurs we call the professional carpet cleaning crew and without giving a second thought get out of their way so that they can do their job and get rid of the mess we accidentally made. This is not going to happen if you want to adopt the all natural and completely eco friendly way of cleaning your carpets. You will have to demand for organic methods to be employed.


Deodorize with Essential Oils


Many of us complain of odors and smells after the carpet cleaning is done. A very effective way to combat residual odor left behind by harmful detergents and chemical based solutions is essential oils. Yes, you can mix 10 drops of your favorite essential oil with baking soda and you are sorted.


This is the secret weapon that you can employ to quickly deodorize your carpets, rugs, upholstery, area mats and fabrics. You can sprinkle a dry mix of oils and baking soda; let it stay for about half an hour and then vacuum it really nicely. Another way to get this beautiful fragrance in your carpets is by dissolving some baking soda in water and adding 10 drops of lavender, or rose oil or any of your favorite fragrances into it. Work the mixture well into the carpet to break all the dirt and soil. Then wipe the residue with a clean cotton cloth. This is just one way of going organic and it diminishes the harmful effects of synthetic detergents already used.


Toying With the Idea of Bringing In a Green Carpet Cleaning Professional?


Sometimes you simply just don’t have the time, or the energy or the willpower to do it all on your own. You just want someone with expertise to handle the job of applying 100% safe and homemade cleaning solutions and concoctions to your precious carpets. Professional carpet cleaning companies of DC come into the scene to relieve you of all such woes and they do the job just fine. Now say goodbye to hazardous chemicals, fear of infections or exposure to fumes and residue of any kind.
 

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I truly love all these wing nuts that just have to have green Cleaning....however most of those dummies still drive gas cars, buy groceries from a grocery store, use city water, city sanitation, probably a lawnmower or lawn service. Use electricity that probably came from a coal power plant. Bath and use deodorant from from a store, but hey let's worry about what the carpet cleaner is using to scrub your filthy floor.....when in fact the carpet cleaner probably drove a gas powered car to your house and is using a gas powered machine, but it's all good in the world cause he's cleaning with organic Cleaning solutions.......
 

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One lady questioned me about the harsh chemicals I would be using. Then while I was cleaning she was on the back portch smoking cigarettes. WTF.

On top of that. They run to the hair salon and have all sorts of stuff poured directly on their head.
 

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If you ask for advice from any of the professional carpet cleaning firms you would know that you are not the only one who is suffering from carpet stain woes. You are just one of those numerous families who have small kids and pets about the house making it harder for you to keep your precious carpets clean and tidy.


There are many families in Washington DC that are sick of those rotten smelling chemicals and detergents that do clean your carpets well but also rob them of their beauty and texture. If you have made up your mind to go organic when it comes to cleaning your carpets, don’t deviate. For those of you who actually take out the time to buy organic foods and utilities at the grocery store and prefer to shop at farmer’s markets, this is going to be rather easy. But it seems a bit difficult for the ones that are set in their inorganic ways.


Remember, when we use chemicals to wash and clean our carpets the spills that happen to ruin their look evidently prove to be much less harmful than what we put them through. That’s right, every time a spill occurs we call the professional carpet cleaning crew and without giving a second thought get out of their way so that they can do their job and get rid of the mess we accidentally made. This is not going to happen if you want to adopt the all natural and completely eco friendly way of cleaning your carpets. You will have to demand for organic methods to be employed.


Deodorize with Essential Oils


Many of us complain of odors and smells after the carpet cleaning is done. A very effective way to combat residual odor left behind by harmful detergents and chemical based solutions is essential oils. Yes, you can mix 10 drops of your favorite essential oil with baking soda and you are sorted.


This is the secret weapon that you can employ to quickly deodorize your carpets, rugs, upholstery, area mats and fabrics. You can sprinkle a dry mix of oils and baking soda; let it stay for about half an hour and then vacuum it really nicely. Another way to get this beautiful fragrance in your carpets is by dissolving some baking soda in water and adding 10 drops of lavender, or rose oil or any of your favorite fragrances into it. Work the mixture well into the carpet to break all the dirt and soil. Then wipe the residue with a clean cotton cloth. This is just one way of going organic and it diminishes the harmful effects of synthetic detergents already used.


Toying With the Idea of Bringing In a Green Carpet Cleaning Professional?


Sometimes you simply just don’t have the time, or the energy or the willpower to do it all on your own. You just want someone with expertise to handle the job of applying 100% safe and homemade cleaning solutions and concoctions to your precious carpets. Professional carpet cleaning companies of DC come into the scene to relieve you of all such woes and they do the job just fine. Now say goodbye to hazardous chemicals, fear of infections or exposure to fumes and residue of any kind.


You do know you posted this home made green carpet cleaning garbage, on a forum full of owner operated professional carpet cleaning companies.

Baking soda and snake...i mean...essential oils...hahahahaha!
 

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I clean green mostly. In the chemistry department that is. I dont feel like I've given up any cleaning power by doing so and the chemicals are safer for use. Its not so much the customer that I worry about but myself and my guys. Years ago I realized touching and breathing in harsh chems 8 hours a day may not be that great for your health.



By the way rubbing oil into your carpet is a terrible idea. You may want to study a bit and rethink your post.
 

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Green cleaning is not for everyone, and thats ok. But you can be successful and be safe.
I personally dont think or criticize what people do in their home or environment, I am mainly concerned with me being the end user of the cleaning agents I am being exposed. Dont get me wrong it can seem funny.
 

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What is the definition of organic? It is not clearly defined. At least "green" has some clear definitions based on third party certifying organizations and the EPA list. https://www.epa.gov/saferchoice/safer-ingredients From my perspective the focus of green is on the chemical and not the results. If the cleaning fails, then the carpet is thrown away into the landfill (some is recycled). This is not a "green" result so the use of chemicals that get the job done is "greener" than using a "green" product that fails.

However, there are alot of "green" chemicals that work. We have about 20% of our product offerings that meet our Green Balance manufacturing standards. There are some gaps in product categories where "green" is not available. Powdered pre-sprays and rinses, solvent-based ink removers, fluorochemical protectors, etc. are not "green". I have argued that fluorochemicals are the basis of a "green" practice as they extend the useful life of a variety of home furnishings. If you can add 20% to the life of a furnishing by its use then it saves resources and slows down the build up of the land fill. We need to broaden our perspective to not only focus on the micro (chemical) but also focus on the macro (restoration) in order to reach a balance.
 

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What is the definition of organic? It is not clearly defined. At least "green" has some clear definitions based on third party certifying organizations and the EPA list. https://www.epa.gov/saferchoice/safer-ingredients From my perspective the focus of green is on the chemical and not the results. If the cleaning fails, then the carpet is thrown away into the landfill (some is recycled). This is not a "green" result so the use of chemicals that get the job done is "greener" than using a "green" product that fails.

However, there are alot of "green" chemicals that work. We have about 20% of our product offerings that meet our Green Balance manufacturing standards. There are some gaps in product categories where "green" is not available. Powdered pre-sprays and rinses, solvent-based ink removers, fluorochemical protectors, etc. are not "green". I have argued that fluorochemicals are the basis of a "green" practice as they extend the useful life of a variety of home furnishings. If you can add 20% to the life of a furnishing by its use then it saves resources and slows down the build up of the land fill. We need to broaden our perspective to not only focus on the micro (chemical) but also focus on the macro (restoration) in order to reach a balance.

Unrelated Tom, are peroxide based products safe on wool?
 

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Jose Holguin, Wool Safe has written that a 3% peroxide is safe for incidental spotting on a wool rug. I would not routinely use a peroxide based pre-spray to clean wool as I do not know of any long term studies done to validate continued use of peroxide below 3% being safe for wool. Since you are limited in the strength of H2O2 you can use on wool, it increases the importance of protecting wool with an acid dye resistor which significantly limits organic staining and thereby the strength of peroxide needed to remove the stain.
 
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Jose Holguin, Wool Safe has written that a 3% peroxide is safe for incidental spotting on a wool rug. I would not routinely use a peroxide based pre-spray to clean wool as I do not know of any long term studies done to validate continued use of peroxide below 3% being safe for wool. Since you are limited in the strength of H2O2 you can use on wool, it increases the importance of protecting wool with an acid dye resistor which significantly limits organic staining and thereby the strength of peroxide needed to remove the stain.

Thank you, I was referring more about wall to wall wool carpeting. Would that change?

For example, can I use Encapuclean O2 for wool carpet spotting?