Why you shouldn’t throw out your old carpet cleaner
A cleaner who throws out the carpet after it’s been cleaned may be harming the environment by polluting the environment with its pollutants, according to a study released this week.
Cleaners have long been suspected of dumping toxic chemicals into the air, but new research by a team of environmental scientists suggests it’s more likely that a cleaner has a more sinister purpose than merely disposing of debris left behind from previous carpet cleaning.
“There’s been a lot of discussion about the potential impacts of carpet cleaners, and there’s some good science that suggests carpet cleaners are polluting our environment,” said Michael G. Wertheimer, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Michigan State University and co-author of the study.
“In this case, there’s really no way to prove or disprove that carpet cleaners do a harm, but there’s a lot we can learn from the study and see if there are any additional questions that might arise.”
In addition to the question of whether carpet cleaners pollute the air or are simply throwing away trash, Wertheim said there’s also a question of the safety of the carpet cleaners themselves.
The scientists said that even if a cleaner doesn’t do anything to harm the environment, it can still contribute to it by changing the chemistry of the carpets, which in turn can make the environment more toxic.
A carpet cleaner has to be kept in a certain temperature range to get rid of all of the dust and particles that have accumulated on the carpet.
That temperature range is usually around 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit (21 to 25 degrees Celsius).
The scientists found that, even though most carpet cleaners have a low toxicity level, some can actually be dangerous when they get too hot, as the temperatures rise too high.
A study published in the Journal of Applied Meteorology last year found that carpet cleaner samples from a Texas carpet factory that had been treated with chemicals such as sodium hydroxide were nearly two times more likely to be contaminated with benzene, an anhydrous gas that can cause cancer, and mercury.
In addition, the researchers found that the chemical compounds in carpet cleaner were also found to be linked to a high number of micro-organisms that cause mold growth in the carpet and other environmental problems.
The carpet cleaning industry is trying to change this by requiring manufacturers to test the chemicals on carpets before they’re packaged, and by requiring carpet cleaners to use the lowest possible toxic concentration of chemicals.
“We have to keep a closer eye on carpet cleaners because they’re one of the biggest sources of contaminants in our environment and we need to make sure we’re doing everything we can to reduce the risks,” said Werther.
A lot of research has shown that carpet cleaning is linked to increased cancer rates and other health problems.
“This is a really important piece of evidence to be able to understand the risks and what to do if we have a carpet cleaner in our house,” said Sarah C. McArthur, a research scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund who worked on the study with Wertheker.
“Carpets are one of those things that can have a major impact on the environment.”
A study released last year by the National Academy of Sciences found that more than 100 million people worldwide have asthma or other respiratory illnesses linked to air pollution.
In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that one in three people have asthma, and more than half of those people are African-American or Hispanic.
And the study found that about a quarter of African-Americans are living with asthma, compared to fewer than 10 percent of whites.
The researchers said that, if carpet cleaners were responsible for the increased asthma rates, it would be a good thing to do because carpet cleaning can have serious health consequences.
“If we know that carpet is causing this increase in asthma, then we can be proactive about cleaning up the carpet before it gets into our homes,” said McArthur.
“But we also need to be proactive with cleaning up carpet because it is a significant environmental pollutant that is a contributing factor in asthma.”
Werthem and his team of researchers hope their research will provide some additional information about the safety and health of carpet cleaning products, and help them better understand how they’re used in the home.
The study was funded by the Environmental Protection Agency.