Carpet cleaners may contain toxic ingredients, some of which are not listed on labels because they are considered proprietary or trade secrets.
Unsafe Chemicals Found in Some Carpet Cleaners
- Solvents Butoxyethanol and other glycol ethers,Tetrachloroethylene, Perchloroethylene
- Acids and other corrosive chemicals Hydroxyacetic acid, Hydrofluoric acid, Nitrilotriacetic acid, Sodium hydroxide, Sodium carbonate
- Mildewcides and Disinfectants Tributyl tin, Formaldehyde, Phenol
- Other chemicals Butane, propane and isobutanes (aerosol propellants), Dibutyl phthalate, Nonylphenol ethoxylate (surfactant), Octylphenol ethoxylate (surfactant)
There is some speculation that there is a link between carpet cleaners and Kawasaki Disease, though there is limited evidence to support this. Long-term exposures may increase the risks for chronic diseases, such as heart disease and cancer, depending on the chemicals involved.
We use bio-safe carpet cleaning products. Have a look at some of our carpet cleaning projects.