Cleaning product manufacturers take a real chance when they ask me to test their carpet shampoo. I have two golden retrievers that tend to make a real mess of my carpets. Plus, I have a white carpet in my living room. My home is a real challenge for any carpet shampoo. I received a bottle of the new Puracy Carpet and Upholstery Shampoo. It states that it is the only natural carpet and upholstery shampoo on the market. Puracy states that you will get professional results from the clinical grade ingredients which rapidly remove stains, soils and odors from carpets, rugs, upholstery and other washable fabrics. You can use this product in either a carpet cleaning machine or by hand.
I went onto the Environmental Working Group’s web site to look up their rating of the product. It’s not rated as of today on their site. The Puracy company has two products that were rated an “A” and two that were rated an “F” so that web site wasn’t much help. I then went over to the Good Guide web site and none of the Puracy products were reviewed there.
Puracy does list all the ingredients in their carpet shampoo on their website. Since the product was not reviewed on either EWG.org or GoodGuide.com, I looked up the ratings of the individual ingredients and have the grade after the item listed. Here is the list of items found in the product: Purified Water, Decyl Glucoside (Plant-Based Cleanser) B, Octyl Dimethyl Amine Oxide (Plant-Based Cleanser) B, Lauramine Oxide (Plant-Based Cleanser) F, Tetrasodium Iminodisuccinate (Biodegradable Water Softener) C, Zinc Ricinoleate (Natural Mineral-Based Odor Removal Agent) F , Sodium Citrate (Plant-Based Softener) A, Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil, Benzisothiazolinone (Biodegradable Preservative)C Overall if EWG were to rate this product it would probably get a “C”.
One of my dogs decided to get sick during the night on a white rug in my living room. By the time I found it the next morning it was completely dried. I thought this would be the perfect test for the Puracy Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner
This is bowel, which is very acidic and can be difficult to remove, even for a professional.
I started by using a damp cloth and moistening the entire area with just water. I then used just a touch of the carpet shampoo as it’s very concentrated and just dabbed the shampoo on the wet cloth. Never pour the cleaning product on any stain on a carpet. You will make the stain bleed into the rest of the carpet. Instead use a warm, damp cloth and just a touch of the cleaning product on the cloth and work gently into the stained area.
I continued to work the stain with the shampoo until there was just a light foamy film left on the carpet. I let the area dry overnight.
The next morning the stain was completely gone. The carpet was soft and there was no residual signs around the area where the stain was located. I’m very pleased with the outcome. It worked very well so it’s performance grade is an “A” and it’s ingredient grade is a “C”.
I always give a company an opportunity to explain their ingredients and in this case I received this rely from Puracy:
The ingredients are listed in order of concentration on our label. To be honest, everything from Zinc Ricinoleate-on is 1% or less. The bulk of the concentration (over 90%) is from the first five ingredients.The data for zinc ricinoleate varies greatly. On the EWG Cleaner site, it gets an “F” but on the Skin Deep site it gets a “1” for Low Hazard. Interesting. The ingredient level they are using on the EWG Cleaner site looks at this ingredient in raw (100% concentration) featorm when placed on skin. As I mentioned, we use this at about 1%. We use it the same way they use it on the Skin Deep side – for deodorizing. It is not a primary ingredient.The MSDS looks at the product in its final form. It analyzes the risks based on the actual concentrations of each ingredient in the end formula. It supports a safe and non-toxic profile for this product.This is one of EWG’s short comings as they plaster a grade on an ingredient even when the data is completely out of context. We’ve offered to reveal our formulas to EWG so that they can grade our laundry detergent and stain remover properly. We have yet to receive a conclusive response.Based on this information, the ingredient, Zinc Ricinoleate, is given a 1 or “very safe” rating on the EWG – Skin Deep website. Due to this new information I would change their ingredient grade to a “B”.