In the carpet and rug cleaning industry, terms such as “organic”, “green”, and “natural” can be misleading. We want our customers to know, we don’t use any cleaning product that contain unidentified chemicals, and rely solely on true green rug cleaning products that are certified safe and organic. For a true green carpet cleaning NYC company, ask questions and be safe.
While we advertise green cleaning methods, we caution all consumers to be aware that green cleaning does not always translate to safe cleaning. In fact, “green” and “naturally derived” chemicals can be just as dangerous as the substances they were created to replace.
For those interested in understanding how unscrupulous companies are taking advantage of the scientific meaning of terms like “natural” or “organic”, a great deal of information can be learned by examining the current “organic” trends in the cosmetic industry.
It is a recent phenomenon that Chemicals such as Cocamide DEA or Sodium Hydroxysultaine can be found in a new generation of cosmetic products followed by the words “derived from plant-based oil”. Like us, you would probably assume that this plant-based emulsifying ingredient is much safer than its synthetic counterpart. Of course, it’s not, and many of these companies are mis-leading us, the consumer, to believe it is natural, benign and safe. However, the process to make these “natural” chemicals can be just as harmful, and the end product is a skin irritant, just like the emulsifying agent it has replaced.
In fact, many consumers are surprised to learn that many cleaning companies have no idea what chemicals they use to service your rug or carpet. And many of the largest cleaning companies that use the most common cleaning products, e.g. Teflon and Scotchgard, are utilizing substances that have been shown to be toxic. These chemicals are considered harmful by many leading professionals, and even banned by various countries in the EU, so we don’t want our employees exposed to them, never mind our dedicated customers.
Unsafe chemicals are commonly used in rug and carpet cleaning products simply because they require much less work to remove stains.
While truly “green”, toxic-free, safe cleansers are not uncommon, they are not commonly the choice of cleaning companies that are trying to process carpets or rugs as fast as possible. You see, many spot removal chemicals were created to remove stains without water or agitation. Basically, many companies use harsh chemicals because it reduces the need for time-intensive hand cleaning (a process that can take hours when done properly).
It’s admittedly true that our green organic rug cleaning substances don’t foam as well, remove spots as easily, or chemically react like traditional more toxic cleansers, but this is not always a bad thing. In fact, synthetic rugs and carpets release toxic fumes if exposed to harsh cleansers, while handmade rugs are just too delicate to withstand them without decreasing their life expectancy. Therefore, organic ph balanced cleansers take a lot more work to rejuvenate a carpet or rug, but the result is highly preferable to the faster harsher techniques commonly utilized.
We want our customers to know that we take all the precautions necessary to ensure the safest organic cleaning possible. From children to small pets, we guarantee the safest possible cleaning available.
B&Y Rug Cleaning
352 7th Ave.
New York, NY 10001
Mon – Fri: 9:00am – 7:00pm
Sat – Sun: 11:00am – 16:00pm