Carpet Cleaning Companies and the Responsible Disposal of Cleaning Wastewater

It has been said that the sign of a good craftsman is making sure that any work is perfect to the littlest detail. For carpet cleaners Salt Lake City, it can be said that the work doesn’t end with just a clean carpet – there is also the proper disposal of wastewater to consider.

Effective carpet cleaning often has professionals utilizing strong substances and chemicals that are designed to remove the toughest stains and the deepest microbes and bacteria in your carpets. Unfortunately, the cleanup often has the rather adverse effect of the cleaning substances being washed away and disposed of in the environment. Even if it is simply disposing of wastewater over empty earth, one way or another, such water can conceivably find their way into our bodies of water – whether underground water, through sewage systems and into surface bodies of water like oceans and rivers, these chemicals could find their way into the environment eventually. Once there, the effect can also ripple out into the immediate wildlife in the surrounding area, whether plant or animal life, on the surface of the earth, or in the wildlife in our bodies of water.

Sometime in 2016, news broke out that a chemical present in carpet cleaning products was found to have been ingested by wildlife throughout North America. Perfluorophosphinic acids, which are also present in pesticides, were found to be present in the blood of birds, fish, and dolphins. Just think of the level or degree of chemicals that the wildlife closer to home are exposed to, or even the chemicals that your family may come into contact with, whether by touch or inhaled through the air, from the very carpet you just had cleaned, and which is sitting, seemingly harmlessly, in your living room.

This is the reason why so many carpet cleaning companies are “going green” – in response to the public outcry for greater environmental responsibility among companies and industries. For cleaning substances, the question that should be asked is, what impact does the wastewater containing these chemicals have on the environment?

It is rather unfortunate that the most effective cleaning chemicals and compounds may also have the most detrimental effect on the environment. Every time the cleaning wastewater is poured down the drain, the same substances can find their way eventually to groundwater. Natural and organic cleaning compounds, on the other hand, have no such adverse effect on the environment, even if they are possibly ingested by wildlife.

But even wastewater from carpet cleaning methods that make use of natural or organic cleaning substances should be disposed of with care. Why? Because they contain the various bacteria, dirt, mites dust, and other pollutants that have been removed from the carpets. Simply pouring the wastewater down the drain has the same effect – eventually, these dirty and unsafe substances will find their way into bodies of groundwater, and sometimes even into the underground water. Now think of what happens when every household with a carpet was doing the same thing to their carpet cleaning wastewater.   All of it begins to accumulate, of course. Now look at that glass of water you are drinking and think about how clean it is. Now look at your children and the family pets and think about the water they drink each day. Then think about wildlife which dependent on bodies of water to survive – such as birds, fishes, and dolphins.

So how should carpet cleaning companies dispose of the wastewater from their work? Below are general guidelines for making sure the process of carpet cleaning remains environmentally friendly up until the last step of the carpet cleaning process:

  • Wastewater should be filtered in order to remove solid waste like dirt, mud, and carpet fibers. This ensures that pipes and drains do not become clogged.
  • If the wastewater conceivably contains harmful toxins or chemicals, the wastewater should be taken to facilities that are equipped in filtering and treating potentially toxic wastewater.
  • Wastewater is typically disposed of through drainage systems that bring the waste to the sewer infrastructure of your locality. Under no circumstances should such wastewater be disposed of by pouring them into storm drains or even over ground surfaces.

As to whether or not natural cleaning ingredients and products work just as well as the cleaning chemicals that you use, well, it’s likely that they simply won’t be as thorough. This is precisely why these cleaning substances are so strong in the first place – they provide the kind of deep-seated cleaning that you don’t get from more natural cleaners. On the downside, of course, these cleaning chemicals are going to find their way eventually into the environment one way or another, whether from the residue on your carpets or through the wastewater that is disposed of down the drains. One way or another, these chemicals from cleaners will work their way into the environment, and the effects are not always so good. You don’t even have to go as far as worrying about the fishes in the ocean. Just think of your children and the family pets that trample the carpets day in and day out, and who are more likely to inhale any potentially toxic substances left on your carpet.

According to the EPA, a lot of the illnesses people suffer from can be traced to indoor pollutants, such as those that appear in indoor housecleaning products. And proper disposal of wastewater has become such a growing concern that in recent years, many regulations and laws are being put into place to penalize cleaning companies that do not practice proper waste disposal methods. And this is particularly true of carpet cleaners that work to clean the carpets in establishments that deal with harmful or toxic chemicals and substances on a daily basis – such as laboratories and hospitals. You certainly don’t want medical or laboratory waste, on top of chemical cleaning products, ending up in the environment and our water systems.