A visit to any supermarket will show you shelves of varied products available for carpet cleaning. Some of these products are meant for general carpet cleaning and some are specifically meant for certain types of cleaning. Shampoos and spot cleaners are the two commonly found carpet cleaning products. Some of these products are spray and leave on, while with some products you are required to follow up with a water wash.
Rotary bonnet cleaners and carpet shampoos are the most commonly used carpet cleaning products. Misuse or over-application of these maintenance cleaners happens all too frequently. In the event of improper use, it is necessary to do hot water extraction more often or more extensively.
One should read the product label carefully, as some carpet cleaners — especially spot removers ? can prove to be quite dangerous. Several of these products contain chemical solvents. Solvents dissolve dirt without soap and water, but give off strong odors which can be inhaled and cause illness. Other potentially problematic ingredients are compounds that produce lots of fumes (like formaldehyde), acids, pesticides, disinfectants, lye (sodium hydroxide), fragrances and many others. The effect of such fumes on the human system is not known and may go on to have negative effects in the long run.
One range of carpet maintenance products is a stain repellent. These products may contain plastics and other potentially dangerous ingredients. The key ingredients in such repellents are perfluoro-octane sulfonate. This chemical was once considered chemically inert, but recent research shows otherwise.
The use of carpet cleaning products exposes us to several chemicals during application and while drying. These chemicals evaporate and may concentrate in the air, causing indoor air pollution. Long-term exposure to such pollutants can increase the risk for chronic diseases, such as heart disease and cancer.
It is essential to use protective gear to guard against chemicals while handling carpet cleaning products