Product Review: Resolve Deep Clean Powder
With the holidays just around the corner many will want to spruce up their homes with some form of carpet cleaning. As I have said on more than one occasion your carpet is often the largest piece of 'functional decoration' in your home. If your carpets look dirty, dull and dingy it will cause the rest of the home to look that same way.
Recently I saw another TV commercial with Resolve demonstrating their 'Resolve Deep Clean Powder'. By the commercial you would have thought they had invented the miracle cure of all cures for carpet cleaning. Before you buy this product let me provide you with the following information:
According to the Product Safety Data Sheet furnished by Resolve's manufacturer, Reckitt Benckiser North America, Inc., the ingredients for the product are CELLULOSE FIBERS (35-40% of the product weight), SODIUM SULFATE ANHYDROUS (5-10% of product weight), and SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE (1-3% of product weight). If you do the math the maximum percentage of weight for the above listed ingredients is 53%, what about the remainder 47%? The product safety data sheet does not say but my guess would be either air or water. The pH level for this product is 7.0 - 8.0. The carpet manufacturers recommend a pH level of 9.0 when cleaning residential carpet.
I would like focus now on one particular ingredient SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE (SLS). This is an inexpensive detergent that is commonly used in cosmetic cleansers, hair shampoos, bath and shower gels, bubble baths, etc. - It is probably the most dangerous ingredient used in skin and hair care products. SLS is used in garage floor cleaners, engine degreasers, and car wash soaps.
A study at the Medical College of Georgia indicated that SLS penetrated into the eyes as well as brain, heart, liver, etc., and showed long term retention in the tissues. The study also indicated that SLS penetrated young children's eyes and prevented them from developing properly and caused cataracs to develop in young adults. It is potentially harmful to skin and hair. Cleans by corrosion. Dries skin by stripping the protective lipids from the surface so it can't effectively regulate moisture. Is this something you want to clean your carpets with? I hope not.
No matter how well you follow the instructions you are going to leave behind a residue of this chemical in your carpets, air, and home. Repeat uses will mean a gradual build up of this residue increasing your risk to the potential side effects. As you may have already guessed we CAN NOT recommend the use of this product.
Until Next Time,