Pet Friendly Cleaning

Pet Friendly Cleaning

Here is a call we received a while back. “Will using a general purpose cleaner to clean my carpets harm me or my pets”? When cleaning carpeting we recommend using approved carpet cleaners and following the label directions for use.

That being said, we cannot control what people decide to use when cleaning carpets or other surfaces. In this case a woman hired a carpet cleaning company to clean the carpets in her apartment building. The carpet cleaning company used a general purpose cleaner as a carpet spotter and a carpet cleaner. The general purpose cleaner contained surfactants, alkalinity, and solvents, which in most cases is an excellent choice for removing tough soils on “non-porous surfaces”.

Because the general purpose cleaner contained alkalinity it could potentially be a concern for anyone or their pet who come into contact with that carpet. Alkalinity can cause burns to the skin and can be serious if it comes into contact with the mouth or eyes of people or animals.

In this case, because the general purpose cleaner was already on the floor, we suggested using the carpet extractor with fresh water to rinse the carpet repeatedly until there was no residual general purpose cleaner left on the carpet.

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At the end of the day there were no injuries to people or pets, or damage to the carpet. But in the future we recommend using appropriate carpet cleaners and carpet pretreatment products.

Washing New Linen

Washing new linen

One of the more peculiar issues that comes up from time to time is when we get a call from the field asking “why when they have washed a load of new linen that the whole load comes out a light green, or light blue, or light yellow color”?

Due to a majority of the new linen used in today’s hospitality environment originating in India, Pakistan, Egypt, and other foreign countries, we must be aware that they will use harsh chemicals to prevent mold and mildew on the fabric, and pesticides to prevent bugs from infiltrating the fabric during the long shipping process in cargo containers.

That being said, if the new linen is washed for the first time in a standard formula with Break, Suds, Destainer, Sour, and Softener it has a tendency to turn a light shade of green, blue, or yellow.

The best way to prevent this from happening is to wash the new linen in a formula with only a suds type product. The alkalinity, and acidity of the other products reacts with the harsh chemicals to cause the color change, by adding nothing more than suds to the new linen formula you can remove those harsh chemicals and prevent the discoloration.

Every facility, whether a hotel, motel, or healthcare, should use this type of new linen formula to prevent the shock of having all of the new linen change color when washing it for the first time.

On a side note, if the facility has washed their new linen and it has changed color all is not lost. By washing the fabric a second time in the appropriate formula based on the fabric type it will remove the discoloration from the fabric.