With all the talk about climate change and the need for sustainable living, chances are you’ve been encouraged to use green products when it comes to cleaning your carpets. Ann Archer of MSN Real Estate shares a list of ways to make your home greener and more sustainable:

“Stop buying household cleaners that are potentially toxic to both you and the environment. In his book, “The Safe Shopper’s Bible,” David Steinman suggests reading labels for specific, eco-friendly ingredients that also perform effectively. These include grain alcohol instead of toxic butyl cellosolve, commonly found in carpet cleaner and some window cleaners as a solvent; coconut or other plant oils rather than petroleum in detergents; and plant-oil disinfectants such as eucalyptus, rosemary or sage rather than triclosan, an antifungal agent found in soaps and deodorant.”

For thorough and green carpet cleaning in Albuquerque, New Mexico, you may want to hire a company like Xtreme Clean LLC that employs a pressurized hot water system to extract hard-to-clean stains found not only in carpets but also on tiles and upholstery. This method is so effective at eliminating contaminants that health inspectors make use of it to get rid of toxins from foodstuffs.

Even some of the eco-friendly home remedies for stained carpets also employ this method in some way or form. For example, Kool-Aid stains are incredibly tough to clean to the point that some people have used the popular beverage as a dye! Fortunately, you can eliminate Kool-Aid stains by pouring boiling water on them, then wash the surface with cold water and detergent. Reliable Albuquerque carpet cleaning companies, however, use a more refined version of this home remedy: pressurized hot water, non-toxic cleaning solutions, and high-powered vacuum to extract the stains.

This carpet cleaning method can also take care of greasy spills as well as stains from coffee, chocolate, crayons, and glue. You can opt to use baking soda and vinegar mixture to remove these stains in the most eco-friendly way possible. To ensure a safe and deep clean, however, you may want to leave this task in the hands of a professional carpet cleaner.

(Source: The 10 easiest ways to green your home, MSN Real Estate)