As an owner of a professional carpet cleaning company here in Tulsa, Oklahoma we are in many residential homes through out the day after receiving calls from a concerned homeowner who's family dog or cat has been urinating on the carpet. One of the most common occurrences we encounter is the use of room deodorizers in one form or another. Often times I will leave from a home and still smell the scent that gets trapped in my sinuses for hours. Yes, room deodorizers leave a pleasant smell and aroma in the air but exactly what is in them and what are we breathing, are they safe?
So that leads to the question; Room deodorizers - are they a good thing?
According to the NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) in their publication, Protect Your Family from the Hidden Hazards in Air Fresheners many of these products contain phthalates (pronounced thal-ates)—hazardous chemicals known to cause hormonal abnormalities, birth defects, and reproductive problems. NRDC’s independent testing of 14 common air fresheners, none of which listed phthalates as an ingredient, uncovered these chemicals in 86 percent (12 of 14) of the products tested, including those advertised as “allnatural” or “unscented.”
They go on to say; There is a clear need for closer monitoring of the types of chemicals manufacturers are allowed to put into air fresheners—and for consumers to be provided with better information about what is in the products they do purchase.
Not all room deodorizers are bad, but you should try to be more informed about the products you buy. There are several natural air deodorizers on the shelves today that are not harmful.
More consumers are leaning toward natural living after experiencing health issues or loss of a family member leading them to educate themselves in a cleaner healthier life style. Many who have become aware of the dangers of chemicals and toxic additives that are not being regulated by the production companies are now turning to more natural alternatives such as the use of an essential oil diffuser or residential ozone machine to help eliminate odors in their homes. These alternative choices not only leave the air smelling clean and fresh but also have many health benefits as well.
If you own an indoor pet and you are dealing with odor in your home you will want to know that pet urine after 72 hours goes through a chemical process and eventually turns into a gas which is what you are smelling after these toxins reach the air and enter into your breathing zone. Not only does this bacteria produce a bad odor that permeates through out the rest of your home but it is potentially dangerous for your health as well. Masking the odor with an air freshener is only masking the problem and can possibly be adding to the dangers of breathing in particles that are not safe for you or your family.
When it comes to pet urine odor and bacteria in your carpet or upholstery you will want to call in a professional who deals with those kinds of situations on a regular basis. Carpet Renovations is one such company that you can confide in that has the experience and know how, using pet urine neutralizers, low pH rinsing solutions, truck mounted steam carpet extraction systems, and pet urine enzymes. Carpet Renovations has over 30 years experience with the latest developments on pet odor removal and will put their know how to work for you, leaving you with a cleaner healthier home.
Carpet Renovations, Inc. | Carpet Cleaning Service | 11672 E 51st Street Tulsa, Oklahoma 74146 | (918) 437-1956 | Website: www.carpetrenovations.com