Why Soap Free,
Detergent Free Cleaning?

Soap free or detergent free cleaning may sound like a radical idea when it comes to carpet cleaning products. In the cleaning industry, the term detergent is synonymous with the term cleaning product. The idea of detergent-free cleaning conjures up images of cleaning carpet with plain water. Soap free cleaning doesn't mean the carpet is cleaned with water only. It does mean the cleaning solution is free of any detergents and the problems detergent based cleaners cause.

One of the many problems with soaps and detergents for carpet care is that they leave a soapy, sticky residue, which causes rapid re-soiling. This sticky dirt attracting residue clings onto and gets trapped between the carpet fibers. 

Contaminants from indoor air pollution, dirt tracked in on shoes, improper carpet cleaning products, and inconsistent carpet cleaning/maintenance procedures grab onto and bond with detergent residue to load the carpet with particulates. The result is carpet that gets dirtier quickly.

Carpet that quickly gets dirty after cleaning with a detergent is visible proof this is happening. What you can't see, but what you're subjected to, is the unhealthy indoor air quality from the residue and particle loading. When you clean with soaps or detergents, you're not cleaning, you're polluting the environment you live in.

There is a widely held belief that once a carpet is cleaned it's never the same and from that point on, it needs to be recleaned often. This is the result of detergent residue.

Even many carpet retailers urge their customers to hold off carpet cleaning as long as possible claiming, the carpet wears out faster from cleaning. The over use of carpet cleaning detergents causes the need for premature carpet replacement.

Should we live with carpeting that's full of unhealthy contaminants and not clean them for fear of the damaging effects of detergent residue? The answer is no, the solution is detergent free cleaning. A carpet cleaning product that's formulated with natural degreasers, a water softening agent and a detergent-free booster.

With soap free cleaning, carpet stay cleaner longer, feel softer and dry more quickly. Detergent free cleaning eliminates the sticky moisture holding residue that takes forever to dry while being non-allergenic, non-toxic and odor-free. It offers true carpet cleaning, rather than gumming up carpet fibers.

Other health issues of detergent cleaners

Added fragrances have always been a big problem for those suffering from allergies and chemical sensitivities. There's fragrance additives in everything from personal products to laundry products to deodorants to household cleaners to carpet cleaning products.These products and the added fragrances enter our bodies either through our skin or from the air we breathe. Enough to make many sensitive people quite sick. 

But fragrance additives only play a small part of the health concern issue. Other ingredients in the products present a greater concern . Since the cleaning industry began there have been many unhealthy and environmentally harmful formulations that are still being used today plaguing our industry and affecting our health.

Have a look at the ingredients on the container of your carpet cleaning products and you'll likely see toxic, caustic and even carcinogenic substances like Dipropylene Glocol Monomethyl Ether, Ethylene Glycol Butyl Ether and Glycol Monomethyl Ether. These off-gassing volatile chemicals leave lingering odors while others use strong fragrances to mask odors of dirt and contamination rather than remove them.

Which detergent free cleaning products should you choose?

On a daily basis, it makes the most sense to use the safest, healthiest formulation available. This formulation, known as Soap Free Procyon was pioneered by Plus Manufacturing over 30 years ago. Procyon is a detergent free cleaning product that's non-allergenic and fragrance free.

The major advantage of using Procyon for carpet care is that its active ingredients are inorganic, Other carpet cleaning products often use organic chemicals (solvents) which leaves residue within the carpet fibers.

This residue increases the attraction and bonding of more particulates. Procyon, when properly mixed is a mild degreasing liquid that effectively dissolves the organic chemical residue and releases particulates for removal from carpet fibers without damaging the integrity or color of the carpet.

Soap Free Procyon Cleaning Products are tested and certified by Green Seal, the Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI) and WOOLSAFE. Procyon has Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) validation and endorsements from Dupont, Monsanto and Allied Fiber. Procyon can be used to earn points in the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

Procyon cleaning products are specifically designed to remove dust, dirt, allergens and other contaminants without creating environmental problems or causing personal health issues for you and your customers. All of us deserve the healthiest home and work environment without concern of the effect cleaning products may have on our well being.

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