Parents of young children, particularly babies and toddlers, occasionally have questions about carpet cleaning.  Kids spend a lot of time on the ground, and they can pick up some nasty germs from dirty carpeting.  Obviously, conscientious parents understand that regular carpet cleaning is an essential part of childcare.  However, certain chemicals in cleaning agent can be more harmful to kids than the germs they are destroying.  Below are a few concerns you should consider before getting your carpet cleaned for your children.

Unsafe Cleaning Chemicals

Harsh chemicals can remain in carpets for lengthy periods.  Since toddlers and babies spend more time on flooring, they have more exposure to chemicals in carpet cleaners.  Such chemicals can lead to skin rashes, eye irritations, stomach pains, breathing difficulties, and increased irritability.  So, before you clean your carpet, check any cleaning agents for these common compounds that you should avoid:


  • benzyl benzoate
  • formaldehyde
  • naphthalene
  • perchloroethylene
  • phenol
  • sodium hydroxide
  • sodium carbonate
  • perfluoro-octane sulfonate (PFOS)
  • tetrachloroethylene
  • perchloroethylene
  • butoxyethanol
  • glycol ethers
  • hydroxyacetic acid
  • hydrofluoric acid
  • nitrilotriacetic acid


A Better Carpet Cleaning Solution

Approaching carpet cleaning with non-toxic products is the best way to protect babies and toddlers.  If you choose to clean your carpet yourself, take extra precaution not to oversaturate the carpet with water.  Doing so could result in mold growth which would create another problem.  As part of our 7-step process, our technicians make use of dryers to ensure that your carpet is free of moisture, thus preventing mold from cultivating.  Additionally, our steam cleaning equipment removes stains, dirt, particles, and allergens without chemicals.  After our service, your children will have a safe environment to play and rest upon.

Do you have special concerns about carpet care and your children?  Just let us know.  We are happy to adjust to the needs of your family situation.  We believe in offering full service that exceeds our customer’s expectations.

JW Home Care

(310) 773-5205

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