Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Have you heard about Air freshener hazards???

We cleaned a commercial properties carpets recently and were shocked to find they were using plug-in air fresheners!  Do you know they are a fire hazard?  There have been news reports over the years of houses catching fire because of plug-in air fresheners.  The London Fire Brigade issued a warning about the dangers of plug-in air fresheners after tacking a blaze at a bungalow in London. In a commercial property, or at home, do we really need a hazard such as this? Do we really want to risk?

Another hazard that has been bought to our attention in the press is the effects or air fresheners on our health.  A report by the Natural Resources Defense Council states:

"Phthalates are hormone-disrupting chemicals that can be particularly dangerous for young children and unborn babies. Exposure to phthalates can affect testosterone levels and lead to reproductive abnormalities, including abnormal genitalia and reduced sperm production. The State of California notes that five types of phthalates -- including one that we found in air freshener products -- are 'known to cause birth defects or reproductive harm.”

We hope that this information will give you a perspective on the possible hazards of such products.  To eliminate odors the best way will always be to open windows to allow air flow, and clean your environment regularly…especially carpets and upholstery.

If you would like some more information about our carpet and upholstery cleaning services please contact our friendly team on 01223 863632 or visit www.artofclean.co.uk.