There is a large portion of homeowners who are trying to be more conscientious in terms of eliminating toxic chemicals from their homes and cleaning regimens. Whether it be the paint they choose for walls or any other material in their house, homeowners are moving towards healthier, safer homes. Here are four non-toxic cleaning tips to help you in your search for environmentally friendly products and usage.
One aspect that people tend to forget about when it comes to avoiding toxic chemicals in their home is how they clean their home. Cleaning is done often and has a major impact on the products you choose. There are many cleaning solutions that contain harmful chemicals, especially those for carpets and upholstery. To help you avoid these, below you will find 4 non-toxic cleaning tips to keep your home safe.
Avoid ‘Green Washing’ Commercial Cleaners
Unfortunately, it’s common for companies to ‘green wash’ their cleaning products, which means that they claim that their product is non-toxic and eco-friendly when it is not. A couple of trustworthy seal of approvals to look for are the Carpet and Rug Institute and the Green Good Housekeeping Seal. If you see a commercial carpet cleaning product with its insignias, odds are you can trust them to keep your home toxin-free and clean. Check out this list of 11 eco-friendly carpet cleaners to use!
Use Toxic-Free Ingredients for Spot Stains
If you have food or drink stains on your carpet or upholstery, there are many DIY home remedies you can find. They will remove a spot and keep your couch, chairs, and carpet free of toxins. Vinegar, baking soda, and distilled water can all be used to get rid of pesky stains. Be sure to spot treat an area that is not visible first. Be sure that your cleaning will not do more harm than good.
Create Your Own Cleaners with Toxic-Free Solutions
Give your chairs, couches, and carpet a thorough wash by sprinkling baking soda mixed with 30 drops of essential oil. Then vacuum it up after a few minutes. Steam cleaning with a vinegar-water solution can also be extremely effective for deodorizing while getting rid of stains as well. Non-toxic, full liquid cleaning solutions should be kept water-based with baking soda for gentle cleaning.
Do Some Research
Before going out and purchasing the first toxin-free cleaning solutions you find, do some research to make sure that it has positive reviews and that it will do the trick for your type of carpet and upholstery. Also, when it comes to cleaning supplies, you get what you pay for. Do not be afraid to spend a little extra when it comes to making sure that your home is fresh and healthy.
Tough Stains That You Cannot Get Rid of? Cannot Seem to Clean Your Upholstery or Carpet Well Enough? Call ServiceMaster!
ServiceMaster experts take a detail-oriented approach when it comes to cleaning the carpets and upholstery in your home. First, we determine the best method of cleaning based on your item. Next, we pre-treat any stains or problem areas. The cleaning solution will then be applied to the carpet, upholstery, or tiles which will loosen deeply embedded dirt and grime. This makes it easier to remove. With hot water, the cleaning solution is then rinsed, and post-treatment begins.
After the cleaning process is complete on your carpets, they will be groomed to ensure proper drying and help the floor look uniform throughout your home. Any furniture will have protective pads put beneath them while the carpet is drying. A final inspection is done to ensure you are happy with your freshly cleaned carpet. The same is true for your upholstery. ServiceMaster will follow up with you after the cleaning to be sure that you are satisfied.
Hopefully, these 4 non-toxic cleaning tips were valuable in your search for safer cleaning agents. If you are in a battle with a carpet or upholstery that needs cleaning but cannot figure out how to win the battle, call ServiceMaster today. We will get your upholstery and/or carpet looking new in no time! ServiceMaster is also available to assist in cleaning windows, air ducts, tiles, windows, and more. We do commercial cleaning too, not just residential properties. Call today with any questions.
This is an updated blog. The original was first published on November 14, 2018.