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Green Cleaning

What is  Green Cleaning?  A simple answer would be: the use of cleaning products that are non toxic and that wouldn’t harm the environment and people’s health, but there is much more to it.

It is not only in the cleaning industry that we have to change the ways things are done but, also, in the food,  cosmetic, apparel, construction industries and many others.

For a long time not much attention has been paid to the use of most chemicals but now we have finally come to realize that we need to educate ourselves and the others about the negative effect of some of these chemicals on our health and the environment. I say that we have educate ourselves for a reason, we use chemicals everyday and we never pause and question ourselves about the safety of those products.

For example, a very commonly used chemical is bleach. Chlorine bleach is a very dangerous and poisonous chemical but yet is widely accepted and its safety is rarely questioned. It kills everything it comes in contact with, it can get us sick (continuous skin absorption can lead to loss of platelets in our blood), it kills aquatic life when it is discharged into water streams and we still keep on using it.

We, at Long Island Rug Care, are committed to the use of organic, bio-based formulated products which are safe for us, our customers and the environment, greatly reducing, or better yet, eliminating the health risks associated with harmful and toxic chemicals.

Dom Agostino

Allergy Relief Cleaning

Allergens are a relatively common problem and environmentally factors play a major role. Allergens that are breathed in, often cause a stuffy nose, itchy nose and throat, cough and wheezing.

Common allergens are: pollen, mold, pet dander and dust. These are present in our homes along with various other contaminants but these are the ones that make us feel miserable from time to time.

It is estimated that about 70 million people in the USA suffer from some kind of allergy. THAT is a lot of suffering.

There are some things that you could do to help alleviate these problems:

If you are allergic to DUST MITES, try to keep the humidity in your home on the low side. Dust mites thrive in an environment with high humidity (75%-80%) but if you drop it to about 50% they cannot survive. Also, you should wash your bed sheets and pillow covers with hot water and use a special laundry additive that kills mites.

ANIMAL DANDER can also give you “headaches”,  literally, it is the main cause of pet allergy symptoms. A good vacuum with HEPA filters will help you a lot. Don’t rely too much on air cleaners or ozone generators, these devices are ineffective at best and can pose some dangers to your health.

But, there will come a time when you will need some outside help and that’s when you should call us at Dom’s Cleaning Service to come in and help you. WE can clean you carpets, rugs or upholstery with the most effective of cleaning methods: HOT WATER EXTRACTION, All of the soil, contaminants etc. will be extracted out to our truck and afterward we will apply a potent and natural mixture made of botanical extracts that has received the highest safety rating from the EPA and has no known adverse effects human health or on the environment.

Give us a call, we can help.

How Often…

SS850246should I have my rugs cleaned? This is a question that comes up frequently and the best answer is: it depends.

Yes, it depends on several factors. First and most important factor is where the rugs are located.

Rugs that are at the entrance, in foyers , hallways, den or family rooms, in other words in highly trafficked areas will need more attention (frequent cleaning) than rugs  that are located in bedrooms or other ares where there is not to much traffic.

Number of people living in the house, young children, pets or lots of visitors, these are all factors that will determine the frequency of cleaning of your rugs .

You have also to keep in mind that excessive indoor contaminants (dust and other allergens, smoke , cooking odors, pet dander) settle onto rugs and cause build up that needs to be removed regularly.

This will help prolong the life of one of your most valuable possessions: an oriental rug.

Some of these rugs, with proper care, can reach the age of 100 or more years, which, after all, is what was intended for them when they were made.