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How Can I Clean The Carpet Safely for My Baby?

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author image Mike Andrew
Mike Andrew has written business and legal articles for "850 Magazine" since 2008 and covers college football for several websites. Andrew is a freelance writer, attorney and music producer based in Florida. He received his Juris Doctor from Florida State University.
How Can I Clean The Carpet Safely for My Baby?
Carpet cleaning might expose your baby to toxic chemicals or mold. Photo Credit adrian825/iStock/Getty Images

Babies often crawl on your carpet and take toys from the carpet and put them in their mouths, which makes carpet cleaning an important part of childcare. Unfortunately, some carpet cleaning chemicals pose serious health hazards. Additionally, leftover moisture from carpet cleaning can cause mold, which can lead to health problems. You can avoid these health risks by taking time to research the ingredients in all the carpet cleaning products you use in your home, especially your baby’s bedroom. Work with carpet cleaners who specialize in a low-water cleaning process and use non-toxic, child-safe carpet cleaning products.

Step 1

Avoid carpet cleaners with the following chemicals: benzyl benzoate, formaldehyde, naphthalene, perchloroethylene, phenol, sodium hydroxide, sodium carbonate, perfluoro-octane sulfonate (PFOS), tetrachloroethylene, perchloroethylene, butoxyethanol, glycol ethers, hydroxyacetic acid, hydrofluoric acid, nitrilotriacetic acid.

Step 2

Hire a carpet cleaning company that uses non-toxic cleaning products and a low-water cleaning process. If you want to do your own carpet cleaning, research rental options from your local cleaning company. Be sure to ask the cleaning company which cleaning products they use. If you buy your own cleaning products, read the entire label.

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Step 3

Research the ingredients of all of the cleaning products you use on the U.S. Department of Health website to determine whether they are harmful to your baby.

Step 4

Use large fans to help dry the carpet faster and reduce the chances of mold.

Step 5

Keep the area cool and well-ventilated after the carpet cleaning.

Step 6

Keep children out of the cleaned area for at least four hours regardless of the method of cleaning.

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