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Dangerous Carpet Cleaning Chemicals

Dangerous Carpet Cleaning Chemicals

When you get your carpets cleaned, it’s because you want to create a clean, healthy environment in your home, not just for yourself, but for your family, friends, and pets as well. While the majority of carpet cleaning services use cleaning agents that are not harmful to humans or animals, it’s important to know that there are carpet cleaning chemicals on the market that contain dangerous compounds. If you’re searching for a carpet cleaning service in Bucks County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia, or anywhere else in the country, you should ask if they use any of these chemicals. If the answer is yes, you may want to find another service. At JMS Enterprises, it’s important to us that your home remains clean and healthy after we provide carpet cleaning services, so here’s a list of our top 3 dangerous carpet cleaning chemicals that you should look out for:

Powerful Acids

Some carpet cleaning solutions contain powerful acids like Hydrofluoric Acid and Nitrilotriacetic Acid intended to re-balance carpet pH after cleaning with strong alkaline solutions. Not only are these acids dangerous to the people cleaning your carpet, they can also leave residues that can harm you as well. If undiluted acid comes into contact with your skin or eyes, it can cause severe chemical burns or blindness; leftover residues can irritate skin and mucous membranes. If possible, it’s best to avoid carpet cleaning companies who use these chemicals and opt instead for a company that uses a steam cleaning method that makes strong acids unnecessary.


This chemical is derived from coal tar and is used to manufacture mothballs and other insect repellents; in fact, it’s the compound that gives mothballs their unique smell. While the concentrations of this chemical used in carpet cleaning are generally low, exposure to large amounts of naphthalene can damage or destroy red blood cells, resulting in condition called hemolytic anemia. Exposure to small amounts can cause symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and more. Because naphthalene evaporates easily, it can potentially enter your body through the lungs. If your aim is to create a healthy environment inside your home, we would suggest you seek out a carpet cleaning service that does not use naphthalene-containing cleaners.


This is a chemical used for dry cleaning of carpets and fabrics and is also used in heavy industry to degrease metal. Again, concentrations of perchloroethylene found in carpet cleaning chemicals are usually low but direct skin exposure or ingestion of such chemicals can cause skin irritation, dizziness, drowsiness, headaches, and nausea. Prolonged exposure can cause changes in mood or problems with memory; over time, it can even cause cancer. If you want to avoid potentially dangerous chemicals altogether, it’s best to find out if your carpet cleaning service uses perchloroethylene before you hire them.

At JMS Enterprises, our carpet cleaning experts use a steam cleaning and low moister cleaning methods that eliminates the need for any of the chemicals listed above. If you live in the greater Philadelphia area and are interested in getting your carpets clean without having to worry that potentially dangerous chemicals residues being left behind, give us a call at (215) 706-0188 to get an estimate for your job. Residents of Bucks County, Montgomery County, and Delaware County have trusted us since 1973, and you can too!

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JMS Enterprises is a locally-owned company that has been providing superior carpet care services in Montgomery County, PA & Bucks County homeowners since 1973.

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