Cleaning for Health
cleaning for health by
Bill Colantuono 3/17/2016
Your war on dust is no trivial matter
Dust is so common that people regard it as more unsightly than unhealthful. Some just ignore it. But dust accumulates on everything - floors,
baseboards, furniture, drapes, tables, bookshelves, pictures, knick-knacks, carpet, etc. Removal of substantial amounts of dust is one result of professional carpet and upholstery cleaning.
In order to insure a healthy home the EPA recommends that carpets be steam cleaned at least every twelve months to remove the dust, bacteria, dirt and
other pollutants that can cause health problems.
Household dust has proven to be a definite threat to your health. Dust and its components have been associated with cancer, asthma, pneumonia,
bronchitis and other respiratory problems such as sneezing, coughing, eye and nose infections, sinus infections, skin rashes, even learning disabilities.
It commonly contains cadmium, chromium, nickel, arsenic, lead, asbestos and, in some instances, mercury. All except lead are known carcinogens. Even in
small quantities, lead can impact bodily organs and impair mental development.
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon compounds (PAHs) - toxic substances emitted in the burning of petroleum products, tobacco and wood - are also
present in dust. Many are carcinogenic. PAHs are found in used motor oil, soot from vehicle emissions and asphalt residue tracked indoors on shoes. PAHs
are more concentrated in areas with large amounts of motor vehicle traffic. Polychlorinated biphenyls PCBs), once used widely in electrical insulation products but still present in the environment, are also in dust.Pesticide Carrier
Dust particles are commonly contaminated with pesticides,including those specified for "outside use only" and those that have been banned - such as DDT, chlordane and heptachlor. Sunlight causes pesticides to
degrade, but indoors they can retain their potency for years.
Pesticides, PAHs and PCBs are usually found in far greater concentrations indoors than out for two principal reasons: lack of degradation and accumulationdue to improper cleaning.
Dust also contains biological threats, such as excrement and body parts of insects and dust mites, which can cause allergic reactions and respiratoryailments. Also present are pet and human skin cells (dust mite fodder), bacteria, viruses, mold and fungus spores. Biological waste in dust - such as hair
and pollen - serve as food sources for living organisms and help those organisms proliferate.
Children are susceptible to ill effects from dust contaminants because they have underdeveloped immune systems and live closer to the floor. Small children can consume - through inhalation, skin contact and ingestion - as much as 10 grams of dust per day as they run, jump and wallow in dirty environments; put their hands in their mouths and handle food with unwashed hands.
Although no conventional human environment is dust-free, regular cleaning helps minimize the amount of dust - and the unhealthy substances it carries on your carpets, upholstery, drapes, air ducts, blinds and other surfaces.
If you or any in your family suffer from some of the problems mentioned in this article you should give serious thought to the growing evidence that dust may be the cause or a contributing factor. Fortunately, there is a low cost solution.
Cleaning your carpet and upholstery will effectively remove most of the dust.
Crystal Carpet Cleaners is dedicated to helping you to enjoy a clean healthy environment. If you would like to improve your and your families health by removing the contaminants mentioned in this article, please call us and set up an appointment to have your carpet steam cleaned. Steam cleaning is the only carpet cleaning method that will effectively remove these threats to your health.
Call us today at 474-9407 or 485-7781
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Spot Removal Tips for Upholstery
First, pre-test in an inconspicuous area BEFORE attempting spot removal. Allow the pre-tested area to dry. If discoloration or shrinkage occurs, do not use the product.
For W and WS coded upholstery, use a Neutral PH water based cleaner such as woolite on spots like food spills, drink spills, light grease, etc. For S, W, and WS coded upholstery, use a small amount of dry cleaning solvent (such as rubbing alcohol) applied to a cloth.
Upholstery Cleaning Steps
1. Pre-test an inconspicuous area.
2. Remove excess soil with wet vacuum.
3. Apply the spotter to a clean cloth.
4. Gently blot; don’t distort fibers.
FAST ACTION is most important. Do NOT allow spots to sit in your upholstery. If you can’t remove the spot, call us right away at 485-7781 or visit us at
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Do you know you make your bed every night with some strange creatures? Dust mites feed on organic detritus, such as flakes of shed human skin, and flourish in the stable environment of dwellings. House dust mites are a common cause of asthma and allergic symptoms worldwide. The mite's gut contains potent digestive enzymes (notably proteases) that persist in their feces and are major inducers of allergic reactions such as wheezing. coughing, stuffy nose etc. So do you wake up with watery and puffed up eyes? They say we should get 8 plus hours sleep, but do they mention the mattress you spend all that time on is harboring all these small bugs? They get everything they need from your dead skin cells that flake off every day. Vacuuming won't remove them so we recommend a professional cleaning and treatment of your mattress every 6 months to give you the best night's sleep ever you will be glad you did!
Are you dealing with a stubborn pet related stain? Have you tried cleaning it with a off the shelf type product such as Resolve or Woolite and it keeps coming back? One of the biggest issues with urine stains is the dried salts that attract moisture, then soil sticks readily to the fibers and to the un-removed cleaners. Leaving you with your own homemade dirt attracting magnet!
Solution: stop using store bought cleaners. Rinse, rinse, rinse, then use a small solution of white vinegar and water to neutralize and change the PH of the fiber. If this doesn't work call us, We can even use a ultraviolet light to locate the stains you may not notice, and treat them with one of our special solutions to get rid of odor and soils completely.
Welcome to our first post!
Here in the near future you will be able to find information on topics like DIY solutions, care and upkeep to help you get the most from your flooring and upholstery, "what caused that" scenarios, over the shelf cleaners, tips and tricks, our experiences and more!
Because we live in Florida we know all about getting guests. Some even unexpected, we can blame the beach for that. Because of social media sites like Facebook it has gotten so easy for old friends to find us, Sometimes it can feel like a constant stream. One of clients even got so popular he kept a suitcase by the front door so when someone maybe unwanted showing up he could tell them "Oh I'm just leaving, maybe another time". If your not ready to go that far then you may of considered using quick fix products like Resolve and Woolite. Just be sure your following the directions on the bottles and ALWAYS ALWAYS test the product in a hard to see location to make sure its not too strong for your carpets and may remove color PERMANENTLY! It may happen over time and not right away so you should still call us at your convenience to remove any of these leftover products in your carpets and furniture. Of course when the job gets too big or too tough, we will always be here to help.
Owner and founder of Crystal Carpet and Tile Cleaners for over 30+ years