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Below are some stain removal and spot-cleaning tips that you can use at home. These are tried and true, and effective in most situations.

Formaldehyde - Is Everywhere From Household Products to Carpets!

Most of us live our lives each day trying to protect ourselves and our family. It isn't easy to rid ourselves of so many cancer causing elements within our environment. We can however, do as much as we can to keep them all at a minimum.

Here are 14 Facts About Formaldehyde You Need To Know To Protect Your Family!

Most of us live our lives each day trying to protect ourselves and our family. It isn't easy to rid ourselves of so many cancer causing elements within our environment. We can however, do as much as we can to keep them all at a minimum.

  1. Formaldehyde is a colorless chemical. It is flammable and has a very strong smell to it
  2. Many household products such as: particleboard, plywood and even fiberboard contain this chemical. It is also contained in glues as well as adhesives. Even the clothes we wear, detergents, furniture, and drapes contain it. Insulation in our homes contain it. Automobile tailpipe emissions release this chemical. Other sources of formaldehyde include cigarette smoke. The list goes on.
  3. This chemical has been classified as a human carcinogen. That means it is a cancer-causing substance. These findings were conducted by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. It has also been stated to be a probable human carcinogen by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Cancer can be caused by the environment. It is almost impossible to get rid of all potential dangers out there. It is important; however, for us as concerned individuals to do as much as possible to try to consume as little as possible.
  4. Sometimes workers who are exposed to formaldehyde during their everyday activities at work have developed several types of cancers including nasopharyngeal cancer and leukemia.
  5. Unfortunately, formaldehyde even occurs naturally within living organisms within our environment.
  6. This chemical is quite common indoors as well as outdoors.
  7. At room temperature formaldehyde turns into a gas (VOC) or a volatile organic compound.
  8. It's pretty scary once you realize how much formaldehyde there is around us. If you should inhale more than 0.1 concentrations of this toxin, it can wreck havoc with your health possibly causing headaches, breathing problems and even irritation to your mucous membranes.
  9. This chemical can be a problems for animals too.
  10. If you happen to have an unvented fuel-burning appliance, it too can can emit this chemical. I'm talking about appliances such as gas stoves or even wood-burning stoves, and kerosene heaters.
  11. Symptoms include watery eyes, burning of the eyes, nose and throat. You may experience coughing, wheezing, or may feel sick to your stomach as if you need to vomit.
  12. It is a fact that even the newer carpeting out there releases vapors from more than 100 organic compounds that are considered threatening. Carpeting no matter what age it is, is where microbes reside. Traces of these types of materials are actually brought into your home from your shoes.
  13. We all want our homes to be as healthy as possible since we live there with our family. There are health concerns when it comes to materials such as formaldehyde in carpeting and other materials within the home.
  14. The cosmetics industry is also a huge culprit when it comes to formaldehyde -- even drugs contain it!

If you are concerned about having less of this chemical in your home, it's a good idea to have your carpets cleaned regularly so the release of formaldehyde gas and other toxins can be minimized.

If you find yourself googling affordable carpet cleaning, spot-cleaning, or residential cleaning pittsburgh, please revisit our site. Here at Roth Carpet Cleaning we can help you keep a healthier home and/or office with our safe and non-toxic chemical process. We also do hardwood floor cleaning as well as air duct cleaning. Don't forget to ask about our ten day 100% satisfaction period!

Importance of Rug Cleaning - 4 Important Facts About Toxic Materials in New Carpet!

Rug Cleaning is essential to eliminate toxins from your carpet. I believe specifically steam cleaning new carpets is a must. Below are 4 important facts about these toxins.

  1. Many new carpets do contain formaldehyde and possibly other chemical compounds which the EPA consider hazardous.
  2. Today's home builders use a long list of building materials, furnishings, carpeting and others that contain toxic chemicals. Those chemicals end up going into the air we breathe. From there, they go into the water we drink. They even get onto our skin!
  3. The human body actually automatically detoxifies, but it doesn't do it 100 percent, unfortunately. Everyone is different and it depends on how healthy they are, their age, their genetic factors, as well as their mental condition is resistant to a certain amount of toxicity. Sometimes our body is overwhelmed by an increased amount of chemicals in our home as well as in our environment. If you have new carpeting and notice any of the following symptoms: headaches, allergies, nervousness, or just not feeling "right." You could be what they call "hypersensitive" to items of modern manufacture. Besides carpeting, here are some other things in your home that may contain toxic substances:
  • paints
  • lumber
  • furniture
  • household cleaning products
  • computers
  • light fixtures
  • gas appliances
  • wallpaper
  • kitchen cabinets
  • new upholstery
  • drapes
  • glues
  • plywood
  • fiberglass
  • particle board
  • paneling
  • processed foods
  • cookware
  • laundry detergent
  • clothes dryer belt
  • hair dryers
  • hurricane lamps
  • candles
  • water softener
  • air conditioner filter
  • food packaging
  • coffee filters
  • body products
  • water pipes

Many carpets that are wall-to-wall that are in offices actually may contain a substance called toluene, benzene or even acetone. Each one of those are well known carcinogens.

We need to keep ourselves and our families as safe as we can from chemicals. It is not an easy task and we can't even do it 100 percent. If you have babies, small children, any elderly friends, family members or pets, I would be even more aware of things I can do to help keep toxins out of my home as much as possible.

Babies, small children and the elderly especially have a tough time breathing in many instances. Toxins are stored in our body fats, in our membranes, in our brain, kidneys, liver, lungs, etc. A backlog of toxins can cause damage to the detoxification organs and can play havoc with our nervous and immune systems and glands.

If you have any of the above symptoms I mentioned earlier, definitely visit your doctor.

Handy On-the-Spot Guide To Stain Removal

First, act quickly! Use clean, white towels or a wet/dry vacuum to absorb as much liquid as you can. Blot, do not rub. Work toward the center of the spot when cleaning and repeat steps, if necessary. Always blot between steps with a clean, white towel, or if you have a wet/dry vacuum, flush with a little clean water and vacuum immediately and thoroughly.

Always do a test spot on a portion of the carpet or fabric that is not normally visible (especially on upholstery fabrics, where water-based solutions may leave ring marks). Be careful not to over-wet, and never use chlorine bleach.

Above all, if you have any doubts, call us at 412-244-9290, or at any of our other numbers for professional assistance. That's what we are here for.

1. Squirt with warm tap water or soda water.
2. Blot dry.

1. Flush with warm tap water or soda water.
2. Use detergent solution if necessary.

1. Add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar to detergent solution.
2. Rinse.
3. Trim burned fibers with scissors. If damage is excessive, call us for help.

1. Apply cool detergent solution.
2. Apply ammonia solution.
3. Apply vinegar solution.
4. Repeat Step 1.
5. Rinse.

1. Flush with cold water or soda water.
2. Blot and let dry.
3. Remove traces with dry cleaning solution.

Fruit/Juice/Jelly/Soda (with artificial colors)
1. Apply detergent solution.
2. Apply vinegar solution.
3. Rinse.
4. Repeat Step 1.
5. Rinse.

Cleaning methods depend on the type of glue. Many have special solvents available for the manufacturer. Follow instructions carefully. If stains are indelible, trim affected carpet fibers.

1. Apply detergent solution.
2. Rinse.
3. Apply ammonia solution.
4. Rinse.

1. Apply detergent solution.
2. Apply vinegar solution.
3. Repeat Step 1.

Grease/Oil/Clear Salad Dressing
1. Apply dry cleaning solution.
2. Or apply detergent solution.
3. Or use blotting paper and a warm iron.

1. Apply warm tap or soda water.
2. detergent solution or dry cleaning solution may also be used.

1. Let dry.
2. Brush, scrape or vacuum off as much as possible.
3. Apply detergent solution.
4. Rinse.

Do not attempt on your own; it is very risky. When a paint spill occurs, call us for professional help.

1. Apply vinegar solution.
2. Blot.
3. Commercial rust removers may be used, but are very risky and expensive. It's advisable to let the professionals handle it.

Tar/Shoe Polish
1. Apply detergent solution.
2. Applypaint/oil/grease remover.
3. Repeat Step 1.
4. Apply detergent solution.
5. Apply ammonia solution.
6. Rinse.

Urine Stains
1. Apply detergent solution.
2. Apply ammonia solution.
3. Apply vinegar solution.
4. Rinse.
5. Enzyme deodorizers may be applied after spot-cleaning and are available at many pet supply stores. Follow the manufactures instructions and, as always, test product in an area that is normally not visible.

1. Remove as much standing water as possible.
2. Dry carpet as quickly and completely as possible by raising it off the floor. The use of dehumidifiers and fans will also speed the dry-time.
3. Even the smallest amount of standing water can cause health and environmental concerns. Most will require the use of specific sanitizers and decontamination processes that are beyond the capabilities of conventional carpet cleaning. Contact a professional that specializes in water damage. Your home-owner's insurance company may be able to provide you with additional options and suggestions.

1. Apply dry cleaning solution.
2. Apply paint/oil/grease remover.
3. Repeat step 1.
4. Rinse.

1. Apply detergent solution.
2. Apply vinegar solution.
3. Apply ammonia solution.
4. Rinse.

How to mix the SOLUTIONS mentioned above:

Detergent Solution:
- One teaspoon of mild dish detergent or powdered laundry detergent
- 16 ounces of water.

Vinegar Solution:
- 1/3 cup of white vinegar
- 2/3 cup of water

Ammonia Solution:
- 4 ounces clear ammonia
- 24 ounces of water

Dry Cleaning Solution:
Available at most hardware stores.

Paint/Oil/Grease Remover:
Available in most hardware stores.

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