I got this email- asking about Green and Eco Friendly Carpet Cleaning. I forget about carpeting- Have not had carpets for over 10 years. So of course, I started to do some research and find out what is available. Honestly not much- there is no organization, EPA doesn’t list ‘green carpet cleaners’, but if you google green or eco carpet cleaners in your state and city, somebody will probably show up. This will probably change with time but I couldn’t find out too much. To Find out more you can go to CRI The Carpet and Rug Institute which had a Seal of Approval- but they don’t have a Certified Green Carpet Cleaner ‘Green Seal’ of Approval.
I just Gotta Tell Ya
- 200 billion square feet of carpet currently installed in more than 100 million buildings in the U.S.
- Traditional Carpet Cleaners utilize Perchloroethylen ‘perc’ known to cause fatique, nausea, dizziness.
- US Centers for Disease Control and Preventions also links perc to kidney and liver damage.
- Naphthalene (solvent) is considered toxic and a possible carcinogen by the EPA
Today many carpet cleaners are becoming plant based rather than chemical based. Such names as Bi-O-Kleen, Capture, AFM SafeChoice, NatureClean, SimpleGreen and Seventh Generation’s Natural Citrus Carpet Cleaner
If you choose to use professional carpet cleaners Try
- ChemDry, a division of Home Depot, uses carbonating cleaning bubbles instead of harsh chemicals to remove dirt from carper fibers. The company claims it uses a fraction of the water of other services and avoids harmful detergents, solvents and enzymes.
- Another is Zoots, which operates “green” dry cleaning stores in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States and which was recognized by Inc. magazine in 2006 as one of the top 50 green companies in the U.S.