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How Do I Choose the Best Carpet Sanitizer?

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  • Written By: Patti Kate
  • Edited By: Rachel Catherine Allen
  • Last Modified Date: 26 August 2014
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When choosing a carpet sanitizer, consider a product that does not contain harsh chemicals or emit fumes if anyone in your household has allergies, asthma or breathing difficulties. Some carpet cleaners deodorize, which may be helpful for removing pet and tobacco odors. For convenience and time-saving features, consider a powder that can easily be removed by vacuuming. An industrial strength liquid carpet sanitizer that kills mold and bacteria may work well for larger areas, while vinegar and water is inexpensive and chemical-free. Inquire if the carpet sanitizer is safe for your type of carpet, especially antique or vintage rugs.

Some manufacturers recommend using a carpet sanitizer in a well ventilated area. This is because some strong home sanitizers may emit fumes or strong odors that may cause respiratory symptoms in sensitive individuals. If anyone in your household suffers from asthma or allergies, an option to consider is an all natural carpet sanitizer or an organic product. In any case, you should read all warning labels and follow instructions carefully. In addition, some manufacturers recommend removing pets from the area before treating the carpet, which may also be a concern for you.

You may also prefer using a carpet sanitizer that adds a fresh scent. Deodorizing carpet sanitizers incorporate synthetic or natural fragrance. If you're concerned about allergies or sensitivity issues, consider a carpet sanitizer with natural deodorizers. Sanitizers with natural citrus essential oils may be one choice to consider, and baking soda deodorants is another option.

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If your carpet has been affected by spills or water damage, you may not only be concerned about bacteria, but of the possibility of mold accumulating as well. If this is a concern, look for a professional strength carpet sanitizing product that contains a bactericide and fungicide. Some products require dilution with water, so it's best to read labels. If you want to disinfect your carpets without the use of chemicals, consider a vinegar and water solution.

Cost may be another concern for you, and if so consider buying your home sanitizers directly from the manufacturer. In some cases, buying direct may save you money. Some manufacturers also offer special discounts when buying their sanitizers in large quantities. Senior citizen discounts may apply as well, so it may help to inquire.

One final thought to consider when choosing a carpet sanitizer is ensuring it is safe to use on your type of carpet. Some antique rugs and vintage carpet may have specific cleaning instructions. If you have care instructions that came with your rug or carpet, look it over carefully. Be certain that any carpet sanitizers you choose do not contain chemicals that could damage your carpets and rugs.

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