For a Nontoxic Cleaning
Always Green Carpet Cleaner, 347-344-5807; alwaysgreencarpetcleaner.com
The selling point for Always Green is that its professionals conduct their carpet, rug, and upholstery cleaning with exclusively safe, nontoxic, and chemical-free solutions — meaning it’s better for the children and dogs who may be lounging on said carpets, rugs, and upholstery afterward. (Its main agents are Biokleen, a phosphate-, chlorine-, and ammonia-free product sold at Whole Foods, and diluted hydrogen peroxide.) This is what prompted Meg Carrigan, a creative director and mother of two, to call the shop after a vomit-related accident involving a Miles Talbott chair with blue-and-white upholstery. Always Green came the next day, easily removed the stain with a deep clean, then applied a protective treatment to defend against future spills. (From $84 for a basic steam cleaning; protective treatment is an additional $25 to $50.) After buying her dream sofa, a Kravet couch with custom blue-and-ivory houndstooth upholstery, Carrigan says she had Always Green return to apply the protective treatment to that piece as well, which has saved it from potentially devastating episodes — including the time Carrigan’s older son “flying squirreled” himself onto her while she was enjoying her morning coffee, spilling some of it onto a couch cushion. It came off easily — Carrigan was able to blot it up quickly with some paper towels.
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