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This question is one that has been asked of me many times over my last twenty seven years in this business, and it is an important issue for health.

Misconception 1: You should wait as long as possible before cleaning your carpet, because then it will just start getting dirty faster from then on.

No. Dirt is an abrasive – like sandpaper. Every time you step on your carpet, you grind dirt into your carpet fibers. This cuts your carpet, just as if you had used a knife, causing it to wear out faster. A dirty carpet will not last nearly as long as a clean carpet. And while vacuuming helps – by itself, it is simply not enough.

The longer you wait to have your carpet cleaned, the more damage you do to your carpet and the faster it wears out. The abrasion creates sites in the carpet that will tend to hold onto dirt from then on out, so the opposite is true in reality: the longer the periods between cleanings initially, the more soil the carpet will hold onto from then on out! So by trying to prevent having to clean it often by holding back, you aggravate the problem in the long run. The carpet will need more frequent cleaning in the future because you held back today, if you are concerned about its appearance.

A more important issue than appearance, though, is the indoor air quality issue, which relates to health. We must come to grips with this problem if we have any hope of achieving our potential health.

Misconception #2: The only reason to clean carpets is to get out the dirt.

Not true. As you probably know, outdoor air contains pollens, fungus, bacteria, air pollution, cigarette smoke, car exhaust, and hundreds of other chemicals. When you and your family members come into your home, you carry those pollens, bacteria and chemicals in your hair and on your skin, clothing and shoes. Of course, they also blow in from the outside air, and are contained in many of the normal household cleaners being sold at the local grocery store. Not surprisingly, all those chemicals, pollens and bacteria wind up – you guessed it – in your carpet. If you have allergies, asthma, emphysema, or other breathing problems, one major source of your problems could be the pollens, fungus, and chemicals in your carpet. The Environmental Protection Agency rates indoor air quality as more important than any other pollution problem that we have in the U.S. as it effects our health.

The way to compound this problem is to have someone clean your carpet with hazardous chemicals, or worse yet, to clean them yourself with the traditional chemicals available to consumers to clean carpets with. In my years of experience and in search of non-toxic carpet cleaning solutions, I have found nearly all of the solutions available to consumers or professionals alike are loaded with toxins! Many of these agents are absorbed right through the skin like a sponge, so you get a full dose of it if you do the job yourself. But far worse, your family will be subjected to those toxins until someone who knows his business sets about to remove them, if he can. Dust in the carpet would contain these chemicals and you'd breathe them in, out, over and over. Indoor air doesn't have the natural cleaning cycle that occurs with outdoor air, which unfortunately leaves us with the most toxic air we breathe – that of our own homes! According to the EPA, the air is worse inside our homes than out no matter where we live!

Carpet cleaning is a vital tool to helping to solve this problem – if it is done right, by a professional using a non-hazardous carpet cleaning solution.

How do you find out if they are really using a non-toxic solution to clean the carpets with? It is not as simple as it may seem. Truly safe solutions that contain no hazardous or toxic agents are almost unheard of. In fact, one manufacturer of carpet cleaning chemicals recently released a whole "new" line of products which were upheld to be completely safe and non-toxic. My careful investigation of this indicated that it really wasn't at all, but contained only one carcinogenic less chemical than another common brand.

Recommendation #1: Make a commitment to yourself to get your carpets cleaned. The longer they remain dirty, the longer you have to breathe all of the pollens, fungus, chemicals, and dust mites that live in your carpet. Plus, the sooner they'll wear out. The amount of accumulation of hazards that can accumulate in your carpet in one year is surprising.

Being in business for 20 plus years gives Advanced Recovery Corporation an edge on customer service based on experience and years of doing the same types of jobs over and over.

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Recommendation #2: List your objectives. Do you just want to get the carpet wet and a little better looking, something you could do with a rented machine? Or do you want to extend your life and that of your carpet with a proper cleaning by a professional – removing the bacteria, fungus, and pollutants? Do you want to work with an honest, reputable company — or are you willing to risk working with the company that offers you the lowest price — knowing the company may not be in business tomorrow, and may do more harm than good?

Recommendation #3: Ask questions. The way you learn about a company is to ask the right questions and to get the answers to those questions. And the primary question to ask is what they are going to clean your carpet with? Any carpet cleaner probably believes that the solutions that he is using are safe and non-toxic. They might even say so on the label and in his brochures. But the only true test is what is on a fact sheet called the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). This is a disclosure which must be available to the company purchasing the chemical solution from the

manufacturer which must state the facts about any hazardous chemicals in their solutions, so that if there is an accident, the physicians would know how to deal with the problem. Ask the carpet cleaner to bring the MSDS with him, that you want to see it. And when he arrives, look it over. If there are any hazardous chemicals in it, send him away.

He might explain that the concentrations of these toxins are so small that they will not effect you. He may say that he uses this chemical without gloves every day. He might even say that it is safe enough to drink, and may even be desperate enough for the job to put some in his mouth! The facts are in the MSDS. If it has hazardous chemicals, they will be listed.

You don't have to read these in much detail at all. No one could expect you to know what all the jargon they put in these disclosures means. But if there are any chemicals listed at all, then the solution is not 100% safe. There are solutions that are. Send the man away. Unfortunately, you may have to call out a large number of services before you find one that is using a truly non-toxic cleaning solution.

Why settle for second best? Your health and that of your family depend upon this, and that's not just hype. It is documented fact.

That’s why Advanced Recovery Corporation is looking for a carpet cleaning subcontractor who has the stuff it takes. Call us if you would like to know who we have come up with!

Good luck! Here's to your future health!


Joe Rivera

Advanced Recovery Corporation