If you want allergy-friendly floors, your first thought might be to call in a carpet cleaning service. But you’ve heard about the potential drawbacks of conventional carpet cleaning methods: residue, fumes, mold and more. You figure that most professional carpet cleaners use harsh chemicals and a lot of hot water to clean and remove stains from carpets everywhere. Even some popular do-it-yourself products contain harsh active ingredients to fight stains and problematic organisms that live in carpet fibers. Pet accident and dander cleaning products, flea and pest control agents, odor-masking carpet fresheners, and typical stain removers can have negative effects on your health, yet many people use these products because…how else can they get their carpet clean?
With typical carpet shampooing and steam cleaning processes, your carpet is typically soaked to the foundation with a variety of chemicals and hot water, which can potentially damage the carpet fibers, padding and backing. This process can also weaken the adhesive holding the carpet in place, as well as damage the sub-floor and insulation materials used to build your home.
Not only that, but noxious fumes are often produced when heated water mixes with the chemical agents used for cleaning. This almost always requires providing sufficient ventilation, and in some cases, even temporary evacuation of the premises. Excess chemicals and moisture may evaporate eventually, but lengthy drying times mean extended exposure to fumes and residue long after the carpet is cleaned.
And your floors may be wet for a long time afterward, which can create a breeding ground for mold and bacteria. Dirt, dust, allergens and other contaminants lodged in carpet become airborne when agitated during the cleaning process. Without the proper filtration, these once-hidden contaminants are now circulating in the air throughout your home.
So many families live their lives within close proximity to their carpet. Baby’s first steps. Family movie night. Sleepovers. Holiday celebrations. If you or someone in your family has breathing difficulties (brought on by allergies or asthma) or chemical sensitivities, making sure your carpet is as clean and chemical-free as possible is a top priority. So get your floors cleaner and healthier — DIY!
Investing in your own floor care units can help defray the costs that tend to add up when carpet cleaning services are used. A high-quality unit can last for decades, is available whenever you have the time or need to use it, and can provide a customized clean.
Our Favorite Method
There are gentle-yet-effective cleaning methods that do not require the use of heavy chemicals or saturate your floors with liquid. The Lux Floor Pro by Aerus is convenient, streamlined and easy to use. It features a balanced triple-brush system to effectively shampoo, wax or polish your floor surfaces.
The unique Circular Dry Foam Method of cleaning removes more soil with less water, and when used with Turbo Shampoo, the Lux Floor Pro offers a quick dry solution to prevent the growth of mold or mildew and leaves your carpets fresh without leaving a residue behind. The Floor Pro can also assist in creating a healthy environment by adding Home Solutions Allergy Relief with Odor Neutralizer and Home Solutions Dust Mite & Flea Control when shampooing the carpets.
Regular vacuuming with the Lux Guardian Platinum canister vacuum by Aerus contains 4 levels of purification, with double-sealed HEPA filtration:
- A filter bag that is 4 times more effective at capturing dust and tiny particles
- A true HEPA filter that significantly improves indoor air quality by trapping and retaining 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 micron
- A carbon filter to reduce odor and moisture
- A LongLife true HEPA after filter to capture any tiny particles that may still exist
The Lux Guardian Platinum features suction control can be adjusted across 8 levels, according to the task you’re performing. It’s also extremely powerful, with an amazing 505 air watts and 116” of water lift.