When it comes to keeping your home clean and healthy, your carpet should be the first thing you think about. People often overlook proper carpet cleaning for a variety of reasons, either thinking that their carpets are already clean because they vacuum regularly, or not even thinking about them at all. Most carpets hide dirt well due to their patterning, texture, or a mixture of the two, but that doesn’t mean that harmful bacteria and allergens aren’t hiding in the fibers of your carpet.

Many people believe that vacuuming is enough to keep the carpets in your home clean, but the fact of the matter is that while vacuuming is helpful to get some surface dirt, it’s not enough to get any sort of ground in stains, bacteria, or anything that isn’t directly on the surface of your carpet. Most people don’t even think about what could be living under the surface of their carpet. Without proper care and regular professional cleaning any carpet can become a breeding ground for all sorts of mold and bacteria. Left unchecked, these pests can ruin your carpet, cause allergic reactions, and respiratory illness.

The only sure way to keep mold and bacteria at bay is to get regular professional carpet cleanings from a reputable local carpet cleaning business. While the option to rent a steam cleaner and take care of this yourself may look appealing, there is a lot that goes into carpet cleaning, and if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing you could end up ruining your carpet. Many of the consumer carpet cleaning solutions have harsh chemicals that can ruin certain kinds of carpets, and if you aren’t sure if the solution you bought works for your carpet, you could end up having to replace your wall to wall carpeting. This incredibly expensive consequence can be avoided by hiring professionals to take care of your carpet cleaning.

On top of eliminating various bacteria and mold, regular professional carpet cleaning will extend the life of your carpets by leaps and bounds. Many carpets require regular carpet cleaning with professional grade equipment to maintain their warranty. In addition to maintaining the warranty of your carpet, regular professional cleaning will make your carpets feel as soft and lush as they were the day they were installed.

If you’re someone with children or pets, you may have some concerns about whether or not professional grade carpet solutions are safe for them. There are many carpet cleaning companies that use harsh chemicals that can leave behind dangerous residues, but there are also carpet cleaners that brand themselves as non-toxic and eco-friendly, such as Chem-Dry, that are completely safe for kids and pets. All it takes is a little bit of research to find a carpet cleaner near you that meets your specific criteria.

One of the most important things about getting your carpets professionally cleaned is setting up a schedule for regular carpet cleanings. It’s a good idea to get your carpets cleaned every six months, if possible, and annually if you can’t swing it every six months. Keeping up with a regular cleaning regimen for your carpet will make sure that bacteria and mold aren’t able to get a foothold at any time, which will greatly reduce allergens in your home, and even boost your indoor air quality.

It’s always a good idea to do your due diligence when choosing a carpet cleaning company. Try to find green and eco-friendly companies since they avoid using toxic chemicals that can seep into ground water and pollute your local ecosystem. These companies are better for the local environment, and better for you and your family. You don’t want a company that’s going to leave harsh chemical residues behind on your carpet for you and your family to walk around on. Take a few minutes before hiring your local carpet cleaner to make sure they are doing what they should to protect the environment, if they aren’t, they aren’t worth your business.

If you haven’t had your carpets cleaned in a while, or haven’t ever had your carpets cleaned, take the time today to schedule an appointment with your local carpet cleaning experts. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes in looks, smell, and feel. Your home will be a healthier place afterwards, and your carpets will last much longer as a result of it.

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A Unique Environmentally-Themed Event With Toxin-Free Gear

With spring cleaning on some people’s minds, and Earth Day around the corner, getting rid of toxins and artificial fragrances are a great way to clean house. Noone wants lingering effects of any kinds of toxic items or rubbery, chemical smells lingering around the house.

Fifteen years ago, an American advocacy group called Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) was founded to eliminate a variety of toxins in cosmetics and household products. WVE is still around today, advocating for families to watch out for seemingly healthy cleaners that have been linked to reproductive and respiratory illnesses. With the low-quality of many products these days, chemicals and toxic ingredients are a lot more common than you may think.

A good way to clean your home of dirt and unsafe chemicals at the same time is by making your own household cleaners from items you find in your own kitchen. Now, how to make it both fun – and economical? WVE recommends hosting a cleaning party.

Why Host a Green Cleaning Party?

A Green Cleaning Party does not mean inviting guests over to clean the host’s home: All guests share the cost of buying bulk amounts of the main ingredients to make environmentally safe cleaners. For instance, a 32oz bottle of a store brand of all-purpose cleaner can cost anywhere from $4 to $8 dollars (Canadian or U.S.)

However, a 32oz of a home-made cleaner can cost 38 cents or less, if the ingredients are bought in bulk. Alone, the cost of olive oil, castile soap, Borax and baking soda might be intimidating to some budgets, forcing people with lower incomes to more affordable, but potentially toxic choices.

Pooling resources like money and empty containers among friends, and packaging them together can make this process fun. Make invitations for an Earth Day friendly event, as an excuse to get together and really make a difference in the level of parabens and bleaches that are currently in most commercial cleansers. There are many non-toxic, healthy, organic, completely green and eco-friendly cleaning items you can make yourself, ranging from soaps, to cleaners, to laundry detergent, to everything in between!

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Earth Day Party Invitations

In your Earth Day party, reassure guests that cleaning ingredients will not be mixed while drinking cocktails, but fun “detergent themed” or “green” drinks will be available once all the cleansers have been made and put away. To really lower the event’s carbon footprint, send out invitations by email or electronic greeting cards.

Take a poll among your friends of who would like to make what kind of household cleaner, and agree to make the kinds that everyone agrees on. Not everyone may want furniture polish or drain-openers. Having everyone bring bottles and jars will also ensure that everyone gets to take home enviro-friendly products – safely. If you’d like, you can even swing by a dollar store in your area to find mason jars, glass bottles, and other easy to use containers.

Tips for Making Your Earth Day Party Easier

  • Ensure that there is easy access to a sink and plenty of elbow room at a table and/or counter.
  • Have labels pre-printed out or scribbled on masking tape for ready identification once poured into a bottle or jar. Print the item’s “recipe” and tape it to the container. This will help identifying the ingredients if a toddler should accidentally consume it – a call to the local poison control centre would help identify ingredients more easily than from a commercial cleaner.
  • If your kitchen space is limited, have guests make their batches in rounds. Half the room can enjoy cocktails while the other half mix their cleansers, then switch.
  • Email your friends the link that compares the prices of commercial cleaners with homemade ones: It includes “cleanser recipes” that they can make on their own, later.

Make Chemical-Themed Cocktails for Earth Day

A shot of the unnatural-looking blue curaçao into any cocktail is guaranteed to make it look like Windex or an industrial-strength chemical. Below is a recipe adapted from the LCBO Cocktail Lounge:

(Not-A) Glass Cleaner Cocktail

  • 1oz vodka (plain, vanilla or blueberry flavoured)
  • 1/2 oz blue curaçao
  • 3oz lemonade
  • Fill a shaker with lemonade, vodka and blue Curaçao. Strain into a martini glass or large tumbler.

If your guests feel like they’d like to do more than drink cocktails and nibble on round, earth-shaped finger sandwiches, try encouraging them to sign a petition to get your government to persuade cleaning product companies to disclose their ingredients. Our health is tied in to our planet’s health.