COEUR D''ARLENE, ID — A report by the Marin Humane Society warns carpet cleaning technicians to take special measures when cleaning homes with pets in order to protect their safety, according to a press release.
According to the release, the report found that animals can be affected by chemical residue on carpets or airborne fumes, resulting in health problems for the pets.
Belinda Evans of the Marin Humane Society said: "Birds, in particular, can be very sensitive to airborne toxins and chemicals. "[Because of this], extra precautions should be taken when carpet cleaning in their [home] environment."
Representatives of the Humane Society recommended animals be kept outside during cleaning as to avoid fumes as well as the use of green, nontoxic products by carpet cleaners, the release stated.
Nick Wiebe, marketing manager for U.S. Products, also suggested the use of products that have received the "Seal of Approval" designation from the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) and low-moisture, heated carpet extractors, the release noted.
Wiebe said: "These steps can help reduce cleaning''s impact on the indoor environment. They make it safer not just for pets, but for all living things."
The Marin Human Society is located in Marin County, California, the release added.