Review of the Week

Richard Newman

Our rug had been exposed to mold spoors and also needed cleaning. It was picked up at my home and taken right off the floor. All the furniture was moved by you, which was a real blessing. It was returned and was beautiful . The colors were bright once again. They had not run(which had been a problem with one of our other oriental rugs that we had cleaned nearby ). You placed it back on a new pad that we bought’ All was problem free for me. Thank you.

Bedroom Safety

Bedroom

Bedrooms offer many opportunities for saving energy and creating a greener, healthier environment. In this section, we first discuss components of bedrooms that have environmental attributes, including electronics equipment, furnishings, and flooring. Then, we discuss changes to everyday activities that you can make in the bedroom, including easy changes to cleaning, purchases, and habits.
Bedroom Components
Bedroom Green Practices

Bedroom Components

Home Electronics

Choose energy efficient ENERGY STAR® labeled products when purchasing electronics for your bedroom, including your:

TV
DVD Player
Cordless Telephone
Stereo

ENERGY STAR® products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

For more information on ENERGY STAR labeled electronics, go to:
http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=find_a_product.showProductCategory&pcw_code=HEF

Green Furnishings

When choosing furnishings for your bedroom, from the furniture to decorations, consider environmentally preferable products. Environmentally preferable products are those that are considered to be “greener” overall than their conventional counterparts.

Recycled content is one factor in determining an environmentally preferable product. Consider furniture made from recycled content or reclaimed materials, and pieces made from sustainably harvested materials such as certified hardwood. Other environmental attributes to consider include: reduced energy use during the products production and use; conservation of resources; and reduced impacts to air, water, and land. Furthermore, environmentally preferable products contain fewer or no toxics or hazardous constituents, including those that can result in indoor air quality issues such as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).

VOCs are emitted by a wide array of products including upholstery, paints and lacquers, adhesives, and solvents. Some VOCs contribute to outdoor smog, as well as indoor air pollution. Formaldehyde is an example of a common VOC that is used in the manufacture of furniture and materials, including most types of particleboard (used as shelving, in cabinetry, and furniture); hardwood plywood paneling (decorative wall covering, cabinets, and furniture); and medium density fiberboard (used for drawer fronts, cabinets, and furniture tops). Other types of VOCs include benzene, xylene, toluene, to name just a few. Look for products that contain low or no–VOC finishes and adhesives.

EPA launched the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) program to help the federal government “buy green,” and to stimulate demand for green products and services. Environmentally preferable purchasing means including environmental considerations into buying decisions, along with traditional factors such as performance and price. EPA’s EPP Program has summarized information about popular environmentally preferable products and services, including environmental attributes to look for, procurement guidance, tools, case studies, and other useful resources. Although geared towards the federal government (and its own institutional, mainly non-residential, buildings), this program can also help consumers identify EPP products and places to buy them.

For a database of environmental information on EPP products, including furnishings, go to:
http://yosemite1.epa.gov/oppt/eppstand2.nsf/Pages/VendorLists.html?Open

PLEASE NOTE: Linking to this database does not constitute “endorsement” of these products or companies on the part of the EPA.

Sure, your home is clean… but is it safe for your family?

collage of cleaning products

October 2006 EPA530-F-06-013

Be smart about using household products!

Be smart when you use, store, and dispose of household products.

scrub bucket and soapy sponge

Did you know that the products you use for cleaning, carpentry, auto repair and gardening can contain ingredients that can harm you, your family and your environment?

These products may harm your children and pets, cause physical injury to sanitation workers if put out for regular trash pick-up, and contaminate septic tanks or pollute the ground water if poured down drains and toilets.

Here’s what you can do to safeguard your family, your home and your community…

Always…

READ the Label Before you buy, always check the product labels. Look for labeling that reads “DANGER,” “WARNING,” “CAUTION,” “TOXIC,” “CORROSIVE,” “FLAMMABLE,” or “POISON.” These warnings tell you if the product is harmful to you, your family and the environment, and how to use, store and dispose of it safely.

Benefits of Hiring a Professional Cleaner for Your Rugs

If you have area rugs at home, rug cleaning must surely be one of the things that are constantly on your mind. Keeping the rug nice and clean can be a tough job and something that a lot of homeowners are having trouble with.

Cleaning your rugs on your own can take up a lot of your time and energy, things which many rug owners really do not have the luxury of. Thankfully, there is a way that you can get your rugs cleaned without having to do everything yourself and that is by hiring a professional cleaner to do the job.

Hiring a professional rug cleaning company to do the tedious job of cleaning your rug is surely one of the best things that you can do. If you have not tried hiring a professional to clean your rugs, here are some of the biggest advantages of doing so.

1.       Ease and Comfort – If you have tried regularly cleaning and maintaining your rugs at home, you can surely attest that it is a difficult and boring job. It takes up a lot of your time and you still don’t have any guarantees that you can do the job properly. Hiring a professional rug cleaner though can really be a big help as you won’t need to do anything other than set up an appointment with them. You don’t need to labour for hours on end just to get your rugs clean. This ease and comfort can really be a big difference maker as not all homeowners can really afford to spend their precious energy on a task that can be done better by professionals.

2.       High Level of Cleaning – Cleaning the rugs on your own can be okay in trying to get your rugs cleaned but you are not assured that you will get the best results. This is the difference that hiring a professional cleaner can make as pros can offer your rugs the highest level of cleaning possible. They have the training, tools, and experience to carry out a very thorough cleaning and keep your rugs in great condition. This is why getting a rug cleaner to do the job can really pay dividends as your rug will be properly cleaned and maintained so that it will last for a long time.

The next time you decide to clean your rugs, try hiring a professional cleaner to do the job. It will be a decision which you will thank yourself for making.