It's like using laundry detergent.
Although there may be some products used in
carpet cleaning that people should be cautious
with, most carpet cleaning chemicals are similar
to detergents that would be used to clean clothes,
says Yeadon and Dr.Aziz Ullah, President of
FABPRO, Inc. in Baltimore.
" In most cases, I think water-based products
are relatively safe, as most of the dangerous chemicals
used by carpet cleaners in the past are no longer
used, " says Ullah. " The chemicals used in carpet
cleaning are very similar to those used to clean clothes."
Hill says while there are people who may have
reactions to even the most basic of chemicals, most
cleaning chemicals that are used in carpet cleaning are
less toxic and dangerous than what a consumer can
actually buy and put under their sink for their own cleaning
chores at home.
Commercial products are formulated in professional
strength, but then they are diluted in such quantity that when
the carpet cleaner actually uses them they are not significant
in regards to chemical sensitivity, according to Hill.