Many homeowners purchase over-the-counter cleaning products such as carpet freshening powder from the aisles of their local supermarket instead of using the services of a professional steam cleaning company. Although this may seem inexpensive and convenient, this practice actually has the potential to damage household carpets as well as negatively impact the health of those living in the home. Children in particular are vulnerable to suffering the effects of exposure to the heavy perfumes and chemicals that are used in most noncommercial home cleaning products.
Carpet freshening powders and other cleaning supplies that can be purchased in the aisles of a supermarket generally contain significant amounts of harsh chemicals and perfumes. The perfumes are designed to mask odors rather than to actually remove their source. Steam cleaning, on the other hand, gets straight to the cause of offending odors and removes them from the fibers of the carpet instead of just trying to cover them up. Children who are playing on household carpets that have been professionally steam cleaned are far less likely to develop skin and respiratory issues due to exposure to strong chemicals. Chemical residue also builds up over time on carpets that are routinely cleaned with products containing these elements, while steam cleaning leaves no residue whatsoever behind.
Even if you have no immediate plans to put your current home on the market, maintaining your carpets by steam cleaning them on a regular basis will help to retain the value of your property. Nothing turns off potential purchasers faster than carpets that are stained, smelly, worn down and discolored, and because replacing carpeting can be expensive, it’s in your best financial interests to take measures to help them keep their good looks for as long as possible. Your own enjoyment of your household environment will also be greatly enhanced if you ensure that your carpets are properly cared for.