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Eco- and Pet-Friendly Carpet Cleaning

Eco- and Pet-Friendly Carpet Cleaning
Our Editor in Chic shares her experience with a new carpet cleaning business, Cincinnati Maintenance, who says they're safe for people, pets and the planet. See how these fiber refreshers fare.

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I'm going to preface this story by saying my dog is spoiled rotten, and I'm ok with that. My husband and I don't have any children yet. So, our two-year-old dog Dino is our four-legged child and he is loved as such by everyone in our family.

 

He eats all organic food, drinks filtered water and is washed with paraben-free puppy shampoo. So, when it came time to get our carpets cleaned, we of course kept up our Diva Dog standards. We weren't going to bring just anyone in, or put just any kind of product onto our carpets. We didn't want little Dino rolling around in harmful, harsh chemicals. My husband and I didn't want to be breathing in any toxins either.

 

After a little digging, I came across Cincinnati Maintenance Inc., a local business that recently launched due to the growing demand for eco- and pet-friendly cleaning services. I talked with Leslie Fultz, the owner, and I decided I wanted to have him out to the house to take a look at our carpets, which - to be honest - were pretty bad. White carpet, plus active dog, equals big bad carpet blemishes.

 

He took a look at the two floors we needed cleaning - our master bedroom suite and our finished basement - and he scheduled an appointment for later that week. I asked if we needed to prep anything and he said "Nope, that's our job." Nice!

 

He arrived right on time for our appointment with his assistant and they got to work right away. I was impressed they didn't need to keep the doors open for any huge hoses connected to their van, as had been my experience with other cleaners. It was a hot day, so I was dreading that drain on our air conditioning. It was a breath of fresh air (literally) to not have to worry about that.

 

The system they used was about the size of a large shop vac. No big hoses, no open doors and no running carpet cleaning van filling our home with gasoline fumes. They did a thorough vacuuming before they even started with the cleaning, which the majority of cleaners seem to overlook.

 

I asked Fultz about that and he said this is an important part of the process that his competitors leave out for sake of saving time. "But you have to do this," he explained. "Otherwise you're just wetting down dirt, and then you have mud deep in your carpet fibers."

 

I also noticed he only filled up a two gallon bucket. That's all the water he needed for both floors! He said their cleaning process uses 90 percent less water than their competitors. And that's what allowed our carpets and upholstery to dry in 45 to 90 minutes, versus several hours it usually takes. Fultz said this also leaves no chance for mold or mildew growth.

 

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He finished off the process with a stain resistant treatment, and gave the carpet a good rake to make it look pristine before drying. The raked look was my husband's favorite part!

 

I learned that Cincinnati Maintenance's process is eco-friendly not only because of the water reduction, but also because they only use EPA tested and screened products. This means no harmful chemicals are in our home, and no toxic waste is dumped back into our water supply. These EPA-approved products are why they're pet, people and planet safe.

 

Sure, it wasn't as cheap as the other guys, but it actually wasn't as expensive as you'd think. His pricing averaged around $50 per room.

 

I have to say, I was extremely pleased with Cincinnati Maintenance and the results of their carpet cleaning service. It was convenient to have our two floors back in commission after only 90 minutes of dry time. It was reliving to know my husband and I weren't breathing in toxins. And it was especially easing to know our dear Dino was safe and sound sniffing away at our freshly cleaned carpets. We give Cincinnati Maintenance two paws up!

 

Click on the play button below to see an exclusive webcast interview I did with Fultz about the carpet cleaning process he did in our home. You won't want to miss it! Dino makes a cameo in it and shows off all his best tricks!

 


Editor's Note: This is a special advertising section paid for by Cincinnati Matintenance

Amy Scalia -

 

Amy Scalia, a Cincinnati native, is the editor in chief and publisher of Cincy Chic. Send her an e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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