We are aware of this fact that rug cleaning is not an easy task.
It requires high skills and dedication of work.
It is not wrong if I say that our employees have all the professional abilities which are necessary to clean any rug organically. We provide the best organic rug cleaning services that you would not find in any corner or at any place in the NYC.
As more and more people demand safer cleaning products in their home, Green Choice Carpet Cleaning pioneered the use of Eco-friendly cleaning for rugs and carpets.
Because cleaning chemicals can be hazardous in a home, we only use products that are free from any dangerous chemicals and are safe to use around children and pets.
At Green Choice Carpet Cleaning NYC we utilize the most effective and advanced techniques for rug cleaning results that starts with pre-treatment of dirty or soiled areas.
The fact that we use all-natural cleaners helps us to loosens soil from the rug fiber.
Our certified technicians then soak the rug in our cleaning pools and extract the soils using green detergents and a brush to work the detergents deep into the rug.
Then we rinse the rug and use a centrifuge machine to remove the water.
Afterwards the rug is quickly dried in our custom drying rooms.
Thanks to the advanced cleaning technology deployed in our rug clean facility, we give your rug a deep cleaning that will restore it to like new condition.
Nearly everybody has a carpet in his house, and virtually every workplace in the United States has a floor covered by a fitted carpet.
But, most of all, everybody knows how difficult can be to maintain clean a carpet.
Carpets are like sponges, and restrain all kinds of dirt, from pet fur to food residues, to dust and drinks droplets.
Soiling particles con form really persistent bonds with the surface of carpet fibers, resulting really difficult to remove with just water and soap. Moreover carpets are like filters that collect powder, odors and pollutants from the surrounding environment, keeping them in the fibers network and releasing them in long times.
A dirty carpet, beside being smelly and unpleasant, can favor mites and bacteria proliferation and worsen the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) of our house or workplace.
For this reason it is important to regularly clean it to avoid bad odors, dirt or, worse, health problems.
Cleaning a carpet can be a quite complex operation, and if you do not know how to do it the risk of damaging it, burn yourself with chemical detergent or inhale toxic vapors during the cleaning operation could be considerably high.
Because of this, it is important to rely on specialized cleaners who know how to do a good work in complete security.
Just typing “Carpet cleaning in NYC” on Google, it is possible to see more than twenty different cleaning services, which use different kinds of methods to clean carpets.
Not all cleaning processes are the same: some are more effective and some others are less.
But, most of all, some cleaning methods (especially the older ones) are not risk free for the environment and for the health of the final users.
So, to wisely choose the best carpet cleaning service, first of all it is necessary to deepen knowledge on the carpet cleaning methods.
How a carpet is cleaned
There are several methods to efficiently clean a carpet: some are harder while other are softer; some are really eco-friendly while other implies the use of highly polluting materials.
But mainly it is possible to divide carpet cleaning methods in wet and dry methods.
Is the main wet carpet cleaning method and the older one.
Several cleaners still use HWE, which implies the use of hot water and detergents. The hot water-detergent mixture is sprayed at high pressure on the carpet, extracting the soiling particles from the fibers network.
The mixture is then removed under vacuum.
Besides hot vapor and detergents, the HWE often implies the use of alkaline or acid solutions as pre-treatment to regulate the pH and weaken the bond between the soiling and the fibers.
The first disadvantage of this method is to take several hours for drying, making it impossible to access to the room or event to an entire building (in the case of fitted carpets).
Secondly in the long run the HWE can ruin the carpet fibers, especially in case of handmade carpets.
In addition, many of the detergents and of the reagents used for the pre-treatment can be quite polluting or toxic, since they are not biodegradable, environmentally persistent and with not physiologic pH.
Nowadays dry-cleaning or “very low moisture” systems are the most used, because of the lower drying times and the lower stress for the carpet fibers. The dry cleaning reagents can be further divided in
The environmental factor
As we have seen in the previous paragraphs, there are two main families of carpet cleaning methods. Both of them can be really effective in eliminating soiling from carpets, but both imply severe problems related to the impact on the environment and on the human health. Environmental problems are mainly related to two class of substances:
Detergents are one of the main problems of carpet cleaning: they alter the pH of water, cause abnormal growth of seaweeds, can cause allergic reactions in humans and can be quite toxic for humans and aquatic fauna.
Moreover, a lot of detergents are poorly biodegradable
Despite their toxicity has been well known since many years, and despite nowadays there are greener detergents available, many carpet cleaners still continua to use “old generation” detergents.
The very low moisture treatments often implies the use of a pre-treatment with detergents or organic compounds, usually petroleum based or fluorinated compounds, with low evaporation temperatures (the typical “dry cleaning smell” is given by these compounds).
These compounds take the name of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), and their use must be avoided for two good reasons:
Despite the environmental impact of organic compound and VOCs, like the use of detergents also their use is still diffused in lots of “old school” carpet dry cleaning services, that represents a danger for environment and human health.
Green is good
In the last years, both governments and firms have started to pay more attention to the ecological and environmental aspects of the cleaning processes.
The regulations on the use of not biodegradable detergents are becoming more stringent all over the world.
At the same time, customers have become more demanding on the ecologic sustainability of the cleaning processes.
For this reason in the last years the attention has been focused on green technologies and green chemistry in several fields, and carpet dry cleaning does not represent an exception.
In facts, in the last fifteen years new products and processes have been developed to avoid the use of VOCs and not biodegradable detergent or pre-treatment agents in carpet dry cleaning.
So, while old style cleaners still persist in using organic solvents and detergents, more innovative professionals in NYC and in the rest of USA are switching to more biodegradable and eco-friendly compounds.
Green dry cleaning presents in fact several advantages compared to traditional dry cleaning techniques:
If used professionally, green products for dry cleaning can be more effective than old methods; so nowadays the best dry cleaners professionals are using them to do their job in an eco-friendly way.
Hydrogen peroxide based products: the bomb
An approach for the green dry cleaning of carpet is the use of alkali based mixture with hydrogen peroxide, used in form of a dry powder.
Hydrogen peroxide is one of the most powerful oxidizing agents, it strongly oxidizes the organic compounds which constitute the dirt, destroying their bond with the carpet fibers and removing them from the fibers network.
After some minutes of action, the powder is vacuumed away, avoiding the risk of re-soiling of the carpet. Nevertheless, hydrogen peroxide based mixture have a highly basic pH, which implies two fundamental issues:
D-Limonene: help from nature
D-Limonene is an ecological aliphatic compound belonging to the monotepenes class.
It is a viscous pale yellow liquid, similar to vegetable oil and not miscible with water.
It is completely biodegradable and it can be obtained by fully renewable sources.
Despite it can sometimes cause irritation or allergic reactions it is considered highly biocompatible and substantially safe for human health.
D-Limonene is widely employed for oil spots cleaning, and can be successfully used as a detergent for carpet cleaning.
It is sprayed on the carpet, leaving it to dwell some minutes and then removing it by a hot water extraction machines.
Encapsulation: a cage for soiling
Maybe the newest technique for carpet green dry cleaning on the market nowadays is the encapsulation technique.
Developed in late 1990s, it consists in the use of special polymers, totally biodegradable and eco-friendly.
The solid powder is sprayed directly on the spots on the carpet and left to act for some minutes. The polymer molecules surround the dirt droplets breaking their bonds to the carpet fibers.
This process creates fine and small solid particles that can be easily vacuumed away from the carpet by blowing high pressure air on it without the need of drying.
Encapsulation processes are very effective for carpet cleaning and at the same time have a really low environmental impact, but have also a potential health issue. Fine powders can be breathed causing respiratory problems.
Supercritical fluids (SCF): a look to the future
Despite they still are not a widely used method, supercritical fluids represent the future of green dry cleaning technologies.
Several chemical plants nowadays use supercritical water (H2O sc) or supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2 sc) for cleaning or extraction processes.
These two compounds are fluid like vapor but have a solvent power higher than that of a lot of liquids, and offer a wide range of opportunity
In the SCF treatment, the carpet are treated with supercritical fluid at low pressures and temperatures. The SFC solubilizes soiling particles, and then is vacuumed away from the carpet. Despite it still is not a commercial method, it offer great future perspectives!
Professionalism is everything
We have seen that it is really important to regularly clean a carpet, to avoid bacterial proliferation or a worsening of Internal Air Quality.
At the same time we have seen what kind of risks is hidden in the older carpet cleaning methods, and how important is to use highly eco-friendly and biodegradable compounds for both environmental and health reasons.
Biodegradable and biocompatible solvents and detergents can be very effective if used professionally, they respect the environment and minimize (but do not completely cancel) the risks for human health.
For this reasons, when we want to clean our carpet, it is important to wisely choose a cleaning service that respects the environment and minimizes the risk for our health. Fortunately for us, in NY it is possible to find highly professional carpet cleaners, which use the most modern green technology to do their job, and at the same time can offer the best possible answers to our doubt and questions.
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