People, in general, are dirty creatures. We have oils in our skin, we shed dead skin cells by the millions, we drop food, spill drinks. We even have four-legged family members that have "accidents" and shed.
All that ends up in your carpet and on your furniture, not to mention, carpet is the largest air filter in your home. Another problem is, it’s sticky and oily, which means your vacuum can pick up SOME of it, but not all of it. So eventually, your carpet and upholstery need to be professionally cleaned.
When you clean something—your car, the laundry, even yourself—you need soap or some kind of detergent, and carpet and upholstery are no different. Before being cleaned, they need to be pretreated.
Pretreatment is the key to this post and the secret behind our citrus-based cleaning. You see, when people talk about “carpet cleaning chemicals,” they are actually referring to the pretreatment(s). Therefore, citrus-based cleaning usually refers to the use of citrus-based pretreatment.
Unfortunately, most professional pretreatments contain butyl, a toxic chemical that also happens to dissolve the sticky, oily, organic matter found in your carpet and upholstery extremely well. Since butyl is cheap and effective, it is the most commonly used pretreatment in the carpet cleaning industry.
It’s true that safer, plant-based alternatives exist, but historically, they don’t work as well as butyl-based products, which is why plant-based pretreatments are not popular among most professional carpet cleaners. As a result, most pros barge into your home or business and—without asking you first or explaining what they’re doing—start spraying your carpet and upholstery with butyl-based pretreatment.
Later, you wonder why you get headaches while playing on the floor with your kids or pets, or lounging on your sectional. You’re actually having a reaction to the butyl-based pretreatment that soaked into your carpet, carpet pad and was absorbed into your upholstery.
You are probably wondering and hoping there is a safer alternative. Well, as I mentioned earlier, there are plant-based pretreatments, but you might have noticed I said they don’t work as well… HISTORICALLY. That “historically” is very important, because times have changed. Recently, there have been some exciting new developments in plant-based cleaning methods and “technology.”
Of course, you’d never know about these new developments if you’re not actively looking or researching them.
Citrus Carpet Cleaning has been using an incredible plant-based carpet and upholstery pretreatment that actually outperforms butyl-based products since 2004. It is, most importantly, butyl-free. It is all-natural and completely harmless. It is affordable and extremely effective! I have tried other products, but have yet to find anything as safe or effective.
The active ingredient is d-limonene, which comes from citrus fruit like oranges, limes, lemon and grapefruit. It’s the stuff that squirts you in the eye when you peel an orange, so it smells like fresh oranges. Therefore, my pretreatment is made from d-limonene, thanks to the delightful citrus fragrance.
D-limonene cuts through anything sticky, greasy or oily, so it’s perfect for carpet and upholstery cleaning. In fact, in my experience it is actually a BETTER degreaser than butyl.
In years past, pretreatments like this didn’t exist, because the technology simply wasn’t good enough. But thanks to recent developments, we can enjoy the best of both worlds: Incredible cleaning performance AND the safety of citrus-based chemistry.
For you, there are multiple benefits.
- When you hire Citrus Carpet Cleaning, you never have to worry about toxic chemicals in your home. My citrus-based cleaning agent is the only pretreatment I use for carpet and upholstery. Even my “spotters” is citrus-based.
- Citrus-based cleaning leaves carpet and upholstery feeling soft and fluffy, because it’s so gentle. Traditional pretreatments made from butyl are harsh and aggressive. They chemically fry your carpet and upholstery, leaving them stiff and crunchy after cleaning.
- My pretreatment is so gentle, it never damages the stain resistance of your carpet or upholstery, which means they stay cleaner, longer. In contrast, butyl strips the built-in stain resistance of your carpet and upholstery, not to mention the sticky residue, making them resoil quickly—often within mere days.
- And finally, there are environmental benefits. Butyl is a terrible chemical that harms people, plants, animals and waterways. The citrus-based pretreatment and spotters I make are just as safe for the environment as they are for you, your family and your pets.
Hopefully you have a better understanding of what citrus-based cleaning is AND the importance of it. It all revolves around my soap-free, citrus-based cleaner that is safer and healthier. My cleanser works better and is fully customizable. It doesn’t damage your property or hurt the environment, and you won’t find it anywhere else.
Along with no up-sells and no per spot fees with our “EXACT-imate,” and carpets that dry in about an hour! Citrus Carpet Cleaning is hard to beat.