Modern carpet cleaning products take the accumulation of dirt and debris of our lives down the drain. Then, after treatment at the sewage/ wastewater facilities, they are discharged into nearby waterways. Most ingredients in chemical cleaners break down into harmless substances quickly. Others, however, threaten water quality and therefore wildlife.
A geological survey studied contaminants in stream water samples across the country and found persistent detergent metabolites in 69% of streams tested. Sixty-six percent of streams contained disinfectants. By making better choices with our carpet cleaning supplies, we can have a direct effect on the environment. PCS Niagara agrees with you– protecting our waterways is vital. Here’s why, and how, PCS does it in Niagara Falls.
Some chemical properties boost the cleaning power of certain compounds. Detergents create a water-soluble cleansing agent to make dirt more soluble. There are two kinds of detergents with different characteristics. Phosphate detergents are used in detergents to soften hard water and help suspend dirt in water; surfactant detergents are used to enhance the wetting, foaming, dispersing and emulsifying properties of detergents. Detergents that contain phosphates are highly caustic, and surfactant detergents are very toxic. Therefore, using the least amount for the best results is very important in your carpet cleaning.
Detergents can have poisonous effects in all types of aquatic life if they are present in sufficient quantities, and this includes the biodegradable detergents. On a large scale, detergents are partly responsible for eutrophication of rivers; fish and invertebrates without sufficient oxygen will die by asphyxiation.
Detergents also contaminate groundwater by contributing nutrients (surfactants) and mineral salts such as phosphates, nitrates, ammonium, boron, etc.
By using a protocol that focuses on more efficient carpet cleaning instead of stronger chemicals, PCS Niagara is able to use less toxic products. For instance, the 12 Step Healthy Home Cleaning Process has multiple options – based on the soil on YOUR carpets.
PCS of Niagara provides value-driven cleaning services with a focus on creating a healthy home and business environment for the residents of Niagara Falls. Since 1990, PCS of Niagara has served our clients with high-quality carpet & upholstery cleaning, area rug cleaning, tile & stone cleaning, and custom rug design services. All of our services are backed by our 200% satisfaction guarantee.
Our team is on call now to help with your carpet cleaning and keeping the waterways of Niagara Falls clean and healthy.