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Less Water is Best for Carpet Cleaning


Below is an article that disucsses the dangers of toxic cheicals that are extracted using standard steam cleaning methods. Carpet Cleaning companies in St. Louis and St. Charles MO such as Green Life Carpet Cleaning of St. Louis are well aware of these issues and use a method that uses 95% less water than traditional methods.

Because carpet cleaning generates wastewater, it is the carpet cleaning companie's responsibility to properly manage and dispose of this byproduct. This fact sheet discusses how the carpet cleaning industry operates, why wastewater is a concern, ways to properly dispose of wastewater, and offers suggestions on environmentally friendly carpet cleaning processes. Contact information is presented at the end of this fact sheet.

How Does the Carpet Cleaning Industry Operate?

Depending on the location of the carpet or the type of treatment required for the carpet, two different carpet cleaning processes may be used.

Steam extraction is commonly used for restoration jobs. This truck-mounted system uses antimicrobial, urine and odor treatment chemicals. This process uses the same chemicals used in "dry" cleaning, but the rinsing agent is blended in the truck-mount, and more water is used in rinsing.

Industry standards exist for upholstery, carpet and other cleaning procedures. Carpet cleaning requires the following procedures: vacuuming, pretreatment and conditioning, extraction, nap setting, and drying. Vacuuming removes most particulate soil, pretreatment and conditioning loosen soil with a mild solvent cleaner, extraction rinses away the cleaning solvent, and nap setting and drying allow the remaining solvent to vaporize and dry. If these procedures are not followed, indoor air quality could pose a health concern both for the cleaner and those at the residence or business.

Why is Discharging Wastewater from Carpet Cleaning a Concern?

Carpet cleaning creates wastewater that includes chemicals from the cleaning formula as well as waste products such as grease and organic matter from the carpet itself. Many chemicals currently used are highly alkaline and aggressive enzymes and disinfectants which if used or managed improperly can cause harm to humans and the environment. A standard cleaning formula may contain a high concentration of sodium bicarbonate and lower concentrations of sodium citrate, sodium phosphate, sodium silicate, anionic surfactant, and nonionic surfactant . Formulas can also contain dyes, polymers, enzymes, bleaches, and solvents of alcohols, esters, and glycol ethers. Some specialized cleaners also contain various forms of butyl, such as butyloxy ethanol (also known as butyl cellusolve) used in the "dry" cleaning method of carpet cleaning. This chemical can damage the central nervous system, kidneys, liver and blood.

What Should I Do with My Carpet Cleaning Wastewater Discharge?

Wastewater can be filtered before discharge to a sanitary sewer. Residue on the filter can be disposed of along with your general waste when the filter is completely dry. The MWRDGC requires that particles of 0.5 inch or more in diameter be filtered out of wastewater before discharge to the sanitary sewer.
Some storm drain systems discharge untreated water directly to water bodies. When untreated wastewater is discharged to a storm drain of this sort, chemicals from the cleaning formula and products in the wastewater could contaminate water bodies. The suggestions listed below for carpet cleaning can reduce the amount of pollutants discharged to water bodies through storm sewers.

If there is this much of an issue with the disposal of the chemicals used in carpet cleaning, what is left on your carpet? Choosing a Green Carpet Cleaning Company in St louis and St Charles will help you avoid any issues with heavy chemical residues left behind, and will also help preserve the ennironment as well.




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