How to Remove Milk from Carpet

There are three guarantees in life for any parent: death, taxes and milk spilled all over your home. Milk will be spilled on your clothes, on your furniture and almost certainly on your carpet far too often.

Whoever said “there’s no use crying over spilled milk” must not have had children and beautiful carpets in their home.

It’s OK to cry a little bit if you or your children spill milk on the carpet. We won’t tell anyone. But, if you do… do it fast because the best way to clean spilled milk is to do it as fast as possible.

Here are the best methods for removing milk stains from carpet:

Liquid Dishwashing Detergent

Before applying any kind of cleaner or chemical to your carpet, we always recommend attempting to blot up the stain using just water and a plain white cloth. In the case of milk, if water doesn’t work, we’d recommend liquid dishwashing detergent.

Pretest the detergent on a discrete area of your carpet. Assuming there is no damage or staining (there shouldn’t be), mix a tablespoon of the liquid hand dishwashing detergent with two cups of warm water.

Now, dab a plain, white cloth with the detergent solution and being to blot the stain, pressing gently at first. Continue to blot the stain until all of the milk is absorbed off of the carpet.

You might have to repeat the process two or three times before successful, but ultimately, being that milk is a liquid-based stain, it shouldn’t be extremely difficult.

Ammonia

If the liquid hand dishwashing detergent doesn’t get the job done and the milk stain is still on your carpet, it’s time to give a little ammonia a shot.

Ammonia is harsher than the detergent so be conservative in your use of it and be sure not to mix it with bleach or other chemicals to avoid creating harmful fumes.

Similar to the detergent, mix the ammonia with two cups of hot water and then dab a new plain, white cloth into the solution.

Blot the milk stain with the solution two or three times. Once the milk has been absorbed, soak the stain in cold water and then blot dry it.

Spoiled Milk Odor

Sometimes even if you are able to remove the milk on your carpet, a spoiled odor will remain. There are a couple of ways to eliminate the smell of spoiled milk on your carpet, but we recommend using white vinegar.

You can either place a bowl of white vinegar next to the area where the milk stain was which will absorb and eliminate the odor or you can spray or apply white vinegar directly to your carpet.

As mentioned regularly throughout Waukesha Carpet Cleaning Blog, white vinegar is one of the best all-natural household ingredients for removing common carpet stains and odors.

Professional Carpet Cleaners

After awhile, once enough milk has been spilled on your carpet, you will eventually want to hire a professional carpet cleaner in Waukesha to help permanently remove any stains created deep within the carpet fibers.

Champion Chem-Dry has experience in removing milk stains and many others carpet spots using drier, cleaner and healthier methods than traditional steam cleaners. Carpet dries in one or two hours and there are no harsh chemicals, making Champion Chem-Dry the perfect choice for homes with children.

For more information, visit Champion Chem-Dry online or call (414) 545-7900 to learn about their services.

How to Remove Chocolate Stains From Carpet

Halloween might be over, but there’s still plenty of trick-or-treat candy in your home, including lots and lots of chocolate!

Chocolate candy is one of the most popular treats handed out and enjoyed throughout the Halloween season and with trick or treating in full swing in Waukesha, there is sure to be a few pieces in your home, especially if you have children in your house.

If you or your children get chocolate on the carpet, try not to let it melt. Act fast! Here are some tips for removing chocolate stains from carpet and upholstery:

Scrape and Scoop

Before you can try to remove the chocolate stain from the carpet, you will need to scoop up and scrape away any of the excess solid chocolate sitting on top of the stain. Try not to scrape or rub too hard, as you don’t want the excess to press into the stain.

Water

Once you have removed all the excess chocolate from around the stain, you should blot the stain on your carpet with only water and a white cloth. Try to avoid using a colored cloth or one with a lot of patterns or decorations so that none of that dye or printing soaks into the stain. Perhaps most important is to be sure not to scrub the stain. Instead of scrubbing, blot the stain gently, pushing your fingertips into the cloth and working around the edge of the stain before focusing on the center.

Check the white cloth every few seconds to get an idea of just how much of the stain you are soaking up out of the carpet. If the cloth is absorbing a lot of the chocolate stain, then there is a chance that you can avoid using any kind of cleaner or solution and successfully remove the chocolate with just water. If there is still some chocolate remaining, you will want to move forward.

Detergent

If you aren’t having success with the cloth and water, you will want to use some household liquid dish soap. Mix a ¼ teaspoon of the dish soap into a bowl of water and create a mild, soapy solution. Next repeat the same blotting process as before. The detergent should be able to pull the remaining chocolate from the carpet, since soap acts as a magnet for dirt and debris.

Once you have removed the chocolate stain, be sure to get another cloth with just water on it to absorb any soap you might have left behind. It’s very important to never leave soap in carpet or upholstery as it will attract surrounding dirt and create a different stain.

Professional Cleaning

If it is a particularly bad chocolate stain and the tips above aren’t working, don’t worry. You can always call for help.

Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield is familiar with all the stains associated with Halloween treats and fall foods, including chocolate, and has had amazing stain removal results in Waukesha, New Berlin, Milwaukee, Delafield, Menomonee Falls and surrounding WI counties.

There is almost no stain that Champion Chem-Dry hasn’t seen so you can feel confident you are calling experienced experts and professionals. Call them today at (414) 545-7900 or visit www.championchemdry.com for more information on their drier, cleaner, healthier carpet cleaning system.

Carbonated Carpet Cleaning: How Does it Work?

Have you ever spilled a drink on your clothing and used club soda or seltzer water to remove the stain? It works great, doesn’t it? Have you ever wondered why?

Club soda or seltzer water works so well at removing liquid stains and dirt from fabric due to the minerals, low pH levels and, of course, carbonation. The carbonated bubbles within club soda literally help to “lift” the stain out of the fabric and fibers.

The principles of cleaning with carbonation don’t only apply to removing stains from your clothing. You can also remove stains and dirt from carpet using carbonation.

The traditional method for cleaning carpets is known as steam cleaning. Steam cleaning can be done by either a professional service or by renting a carpet cleaning machine at your local hardware store or grocery store.

The steam cleaning process involves saturating the carpet in extremely hot water that’s filled with soap and other chemicals and then using a machine to suck all of the soap and water out of the carpet along with whatever dirt or stains were present in the carpet.

While steam cleaning is the most popular method of carpet cleaning, it isn’t the best for the quality of your carpet. This is because steam cleaning uses too much water, so much that it is almost impossible for the technician or the rental machine to remove it all from the carpet. Wet carpet can breed bacteria, mold and other allergens harmful to both your carpet and you.

Even worse is when soap is left behind in the carpet. Wet, soapy carpet will naturally act as a magnet to any dirt or contaminants around the area and will likely create further soiling and wear and tear within the carpet fiber.

Wet and soapy carpet is not an issue for Waukesha carpet cleaning services that use carbonated methods instead of steam cleaning because the carbonated cleaning solutions require 80% less water than steam cleaners and no soap whatsoever.

Not only are carpets cleaned with carbonation less likely to lead to mold growth or further soiling, but they will also dry much, much faster than steam cleaned carpets. Cleaning with carbonation is known to result in dry carpets within 1-2 hours instead of 24 hours or more. That means much less time for you to feel free and comfortable to move about in your home again.

Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield provides green-certified, carbonated carpet cleaning with superior results.  Their process is drier, cleaner and healthier than steam cleaning and has received the Platinum Seal of Approval from The Carpet & Rug Institute.

Champion Chem-Dry serves Waukesha and Milwaukee counties, including Delafield, New Berlin,  Muskego, Menomonee Falls, Elm Grove and surrounding WI neighborhoods. To schedule a carpet cleaning appointment or to learn more about their hot carbonating extraction process and natural methods, call (414) 545-7900 or visit www.championchemdry.com for more information.

How to Remove Ice Cream Stains from Carpet

There are all sorts of fun foods associated with the summer months in Waukesha, including hot dogs, barbecue, cotton candy and, of course, ice cream.

Ice cream is America’s favorite summer treat, but it also might be one of the messiest things you or your children eat in your home since no matter what you do, it’s likely to melt if you don’t eat it fast enough… and no one wants brain freezes?

If ice cream spills on your carpet, don’t freeze! Act fast. Here are some tips for removing ice cream from carpet and upholstery:

Scoop

Before you can try to remove the stain from the carpet, you will need to scoop up and scrape away excess ice cream or condiments sitting on top of the stain. Try not to scrape or rub too hard, as you don’t want the excess to press into the stain.

Water

Once you have removed all the excess ice cream from around the stain, you should blot the stain on your carpet with only water and a white cloth. Try to avoid using a colored cloth or one with a lot of patterns or decorations so that none of that dye or printing soaks into the stain. Perhaps most important is to be sure not to scrub the stain. Instead of scrubbing, blot the stain gently, pushing your fingertips into the cloth and working around the edge of the stain before focusing on the center.

Check the white cloth every few seconds to get an idea of just how much of the stain you are soaking up out of the carpet. If the cloth is absorbing a lot of the ice cream stain, then there is a chance that you can avoid using any kind of cleaner or solution and successfully remove the ice cream with just water. If there is still some grass remaining, you will want to move forward.

Detergent

If you aren’t having success with the cloth and water, you will want to use some household liquid dish soap. Mix a ¼ teaspoon of the dish soap into a bowl of water and create a mild, soapy solution. Next repeat the same blotting process as before. The detergent should be able to pull the remaining ice cream from the carpet, since soap acts as a magnet for dirt and debris.

Once you have removed the ice cream stain, be sure to get another cloth with just water on it to absorb any soap you might have left behind. It’s very important to never leave soap in carpet or upholstery as it will attract surrounding dirt and create a different stain.

Professional Cleaning

If it is a particularly bad ice cream stain and the tips above aren’t working, don’t worry. You can always call for help.

Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield is familiar with all the stains associated with summer, including ice cream, and has had amazing stain removal results in Waukesha, New Berlin, Milwaukee, Delafield, Menomonee Falls and surrounding WI counties.

There is almost no stain that Champion Chem-Dry hasn’t seen so you can feel confident you are calling experienced experts and professionals. Call them today at (414) 545-7900 or visit www.championchemdry.com for more information on their drier, cleaner, healthier carpet cleaning system.

How to Remove Grass Stains from Carpet

Summer is all about being outdoors all day long. Kids play in grass while adults complete yard work and even do some gardening.

But, at some point, you do have to come inside for lunch or bathroom breaks or to go to bed at night, and when you come in the house, odds are you bring some dirt and debris with them, including grass and grass stains.

Grass can be a difficult stain to remove because it acts as a pigment that has the potential to dye the carpet or fabric it comes into contact with. The pigments can form a quick bond with the materials they rub off on; therefore you will want to act even faster to successfully remove grass stains from your carpet.

Vacuum

Before attempting to remove the stain with any kind of solution or cleaning product, you will want to try to use suction to remove any clumps of grass or physical debris attached to the stain. Use a suction attachment if possible since there is a chance that the rotator brush in the actual vacuum could further rub the grass stain into the carpet.

Blot with a White Cloth

Once you have suctioned as much of the grass stain as possible, you will want to blot the stain on your carpet with water and a white cloth. Be sure not to use a colored cloth or one with a lot of patterns so as to avoid those colors seeping into the stain and your carpet. It’s important to blot and not rub or scrub the stain. Harsh rubbing and scrubbing can wear down the carpet fibers and push the stain deeper into the fabric. Worn, stained carpet is much more difficult to clean and maintain.

Monitor the white cloth to see just how much of the stain you are removing. If the cloth continues to get greener and the color expands, you are having success with the water and shouldn’t need to involve other solutions or cleaners. If there is still some grass remaining, you will want to move forward.

White Vinegar

White vinegar is one of our favorite recommendations for cleaning most carpet stains. The vinegar has no long-term effects on the carpet and typically a lot of success in removing stains. Apply some white vinegar to a different clean, white cloth and dab the stain with the solution. The white vinegar should remove the grass stain from the carpet.

Other recommended solutions include dish soap or powdered detergent.

Professional Cleaning

Household vacuum cleaners and homemade solutions are often successful, but don’t offer the same strength as professional carpet cleaning equipment and techniques. If you are having trouble removing the grass stain, you will want to call Waukesha carpet cleaners to help you.

Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield provides high-quality methods with a history of fantastic results. Their equipment has received the Platinum Seal of Approval from The Carpet & Rug Institute and their cleaning solution, The Natural, can be found on the FDA’s GRAS list for eco-friendly cleaning products.

There is almost no stain that Champion Chem-Dry hasn’t seen so you can feel confident you are calling experienced experts and professionals. Call them today at (414) 545-7900 or visit www.championchemdry.com for more information on their drier, cleaner, healthier carpet cleaning system.

How to Remove Blood Stains from Carpet

Summer in Waukesha is all about children enjoying the outdoors, playing sports and games and running about in the nice weather. However, sometimes all of that fun can lead to little injuries like scraped elbows and bloody knees.

If you live in a home with children or pets, it’s almost inevitable that some blood will be brought into your home and potentially drop onto your carpet. But, don’t worry too much!

Blood stains look a lot scarier than they actually are and are much less potent than wine, juice, pet urine and a lot of other liquid stains. That being said, you will still want to be prepared when a blood stain appears on your carpet since, with any stain, you want to act fast.

Here are the best tips for removing blood on your carpet as quickly and easily as possible:

Cold Water

Most spot removal methods recommend using warm water, however, if you are attempting to clean blood off of your carpet you will want to use very cold water. You will want to drench a white cloth in cold water and blot the stain gently to soak up as much of the blood as possible.

Be sure not to scrub the stain as it could potentially push the blood deeper into the carpet fibers and become permanent. Be thorough and patient and repeat the process a number of times to attempt to remove the entire blood stain with the cold water and cloth.

Salt

If the cold water isn’t removing the blood stain, you’re next resort should be to turn to salt. Fill a bowl with salt and water and stir into until a paste is created. Once you have a salt paste, dab it onto your white cloth and blot the blood stain in the carpet.

Salt should absorb the stain and pull it out of the surface of the carpet. Continue to blot with salt and water and once the stain is removed dry the area with a dry cloth and vacuum to retrieve any salt remnants.

Dish Soap

You can make your own blood cleaning solution by mixing dish soap with two cups of cold water. Once you have a bowl of dish soap and water, blot the solution onto the blood stain. The soapy mix should remove the blood stain from the carpet.

Be sure to dry the area immediately once the spot is gone and vacuum in order to remove all of the soap from the carpet since soap attracts dirt.

Hydrogen Peroxide and Ammonia

Some sites will recommend the use of hydrogen peroxide or ammonia to remove blood from carpet. We do not recommend using either since both can do more harm than good if too much is applied or if any of the ammonia is left behind in the carpet. Hydrogen peroxide and ammonia could potentially “bleach” the carpet and create an almost “uncleanable” stain.

If the cold water, salt or dish soap methods do not work, we recommend calling a professional carpet cleaner in Waukesha before attempting to use hydrogen peroxide, ammonia or store-bought cleaning products.

Professional Cleaning Service

Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield provides natural, green-certified carpet cleaning methods that result in drier, cleaner and healthier carpet in your home. Chem-Dry technicians are highly trained with experience in removing every type of stain from your carpet, including blood.

Why You Should Use a Carpet Rake

Cared for carpet is known to last longer and retain its beauty for many years. There are many ways you can maintain the quality of your carpet through cleaning it regularly, including vacuuming and professional carpet cleaning at least once every 12-18 months.

Another tool that can be used to help maintain your carpet’s performance and look is a carpet rake. That’s right, rakes aren’t just for leaves in the summer and a rake for carpet can truly make your floor look wonderful.

Rakes for carpets can be purchased on various sites online or you can order a carpet rake directly through Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield. Champion Chem-Dry sells a variety of household cleaning products for hardwood floors, tile and carpet, including a professional model carpet rake just like the ones their technicians use when deep cleaning your carpet. Call (414) 545-4900 to inquire on prices and availability.

Carpet rakes are very easy to use and offer many benefits you will see almost instantly. It’s recommended that you use a carpet rake just prior to vacuuming. Doing so will loosen all the debris and dirt and contaminants caught in the fibers and bring them to the surface.  This way your vacuum cleaner is much more likely to remove all the debris from the floor. It’s important to keep your carpet clear of debris as it’s known to wear down the fibers and worn fibers are almost impossible to restore over time.

You can also rake your carpet directly after vacuuming in order to pull up the matted carpet and give your floors a more fresh and new appearance. If you are feeling creative, you can even rake the carpet to create various patterns throughout the floor for a truly unique look in your home.

As part of their deep cleaning service, Champion Chem-Dry rakes all of the carpet they clean at the end of your appointment in order to leave it looking fresh for you. The carpet dries shortly after , typically in 1-2 hours, and is cleaned using green-certified, natural solutions as well as methods recognized by The Carpet & Rug Institute with their Platinum Seal of Approval.

To schedule an appointment with Champion Chem-Dry, visit www.championchemdry.com today! Don’t forget to check out the many specials currently available on the site and to save up to $50 off your next cleaning service. Champion Chem-Dry serves Waukesha, Delafield, Brookfield, Pewaukee, Muskego, New Berlin, Menomonee Falls and surrounding WI counties.

Is Microfiber Furniture Easy to Clean?

How much time do you have available to spend on cleaning furniture? Probably not much. Once dishes are cleaned, carpet is vacuumed and shelves and tables are dusted, most busy moms and home owners don’t have much time left to address their dirty furniture.

If you don’t want to worry about dirty furniture in your home, you might want to consider purchasing microfiber couches, chairs and loveseats, especially if children or pets live with you. This is because microfiber is the easiest furniture upholstery to clean and keep clean.

Why is Microfiber Easy to Clean?

First and foremost, microfiber upholstery is easy to clean because it generates very little dust and lint compared to other furniture fabrics. On some fabrics, dust and lint build up and even submerge into the fabric, requiring constant attention to keep clean. Because microfiber fabric is sewn so tightly with man-made materials, it is almost impenetrable. Therefore, most of the dirt and dust sit on the surface of the furniture and can be removed with regular vacuuming.

Does Microfiber Stain Easy?

Another reason why microfiber is the best low-maintenance furniture is because it is very difficult to stain it. Spills and liquids on microfiber initially bubble up on the surface rather than immediately seeping into the cushions and upholstery. The bubbling allows time for you to grab a clean white cloth or towel and blot up the spill before any staining or permanent damage occurs.

Is Microfiber Durable?

Microfiber is extremely durable thanks to the tightly woven fabric. Because it is woven so tightly, microfiber has great flexibility and can withstand heavy use and will return to its normal shape and look once it is done being used.

How to Care for Microfiber Furniture?

If you want your microfiber furniture to remain in good shape and have its quality last for years, there is still some maintenance you will want to do, although not as often as other upholstery fabrics. For one, you will want to vacuum the microfiber furniture once or twice a week. Most vacuum models nowadays feature hand tools that can be used while you are in the process of vacuuming your carpet.

Another way to maintain the quality of microfiber furniture is to consider purchasing a slip cover. Slip covers are a relatively inexpensive way to protect furniture and can be cleaned very easily.

While microfiber is one of the easiest types of furniture to clean, maintain and care for, it is still recommended that you have it cleaned at least once a year by a professional upholstery cleaner in Waukesha in order to remove any dirt that has sunk into the fiber and renew the microfiber furniture’s color and quality.

Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield offers high-quality upholstery cleaning and specializes in green-certified, low-moisture methods perfect for microfiber furniture. Furniture typically dries in only a few hours after being cleaned and is ready to sit on again later that day, unlike some companies that require you to stay off the furniture for days afterwards.

Each Champion Chem-Dry technician is trained in nearly every fabric type and has the tools and solutions required to have your carpet or furniture looking just as beautiful as the day you bought it. To schedule an appointment, call (414) 545-7900 today!

Understanding Upholstery Cleaning Codes

Whenever possible, it is best to prevent furniture and upholstery stains as some upholstery can be very difficult to clean and might require a professional cleaner in Waukesha to do so.

To prevent furniture stains, you will want to vacuum your upholstery regularly and you might want to consider purchasing a slip cover or arm rests.

Unfortunately though, even your best efforts at preventing furniture stains will probably come up short at times considering how frequently furniture is used in a home, especially in a home with pets and children.

In the event of a spill, you will want to react fast and know exactly how proceed in order to clean up the stain. For some more serious stains, such as wine or marker, you might want to consider immediately calling a professional like Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield. For more basic stains, you will want to review your furniture’s upholstery cleaning code.

Upholstery cleaning codes are found on tags that are typically located somewhere out of sight on the furniture. Usually you can find the tag beneath a cushion or attached to the bottom of one of the cushions. Upholstery cleaning codes indicate exactly what cleaning solutions to use to clean the furniture based on the fabric. Here are examples of the codes you might find on the tag:

W: If you see a “W” on the tag, that means you will only want to clean the upholstery fabric using a water-based cleaning solution or detergent.

S: A “S” on the tag indicates that the fabric should only be cleaned with a water-free solution, such as a dry cleaning solvent of some type.

WS (or SW): Furniture that is marked “WS” is the best type of furniture if you intend to clean your furniture yourself or have children or pets and anticipate a lot of spills and stains. “WS” means that the upholstery fabric can be cleaned with either a water-based or water-free cleaning solution.

X: Don’t attempt to clean furniture where a “X” is present on the tag. A “X” upholstery cleaning code means that the fabric can only be cleaned by a professional cleaner. Furniture that is marked “X” should be reserved for more decorative purposes and are not ideal for homes with children or pets.

If you can’t find the tag on your furniture or if it was removed at some point, you will want to test both water-based and water-free cleaning solutions on an inconspicuous area of the furniture. Perhaps the back of the furniture if it faces the wall? Once you have determined which solution is safe to use, you can feel free to clean the stain.

As mentioned above, for harsher stains such as markers, wine, red juice or others, you will likely want to consider calling a professional like Champion Chem-Dry. If your furniture has a “X” upholstery cleaning code, you will need to call a professional.

Champion Chem-Dry uses low-moisture methods and first-rate equipment and experience to expertly clean carpet, tile and upholstery in Waukesha. Their solution requires no soap and is green-certified, making it 100% safe for children and pets.

How to Keep Upholstery and Furniture Clean

Unlike carpet and flooring, furniture is often overlooked when it comes to cleaning a home.

It’s safe to say that most people spend the majority of their time in their home sitting on their furniture. Because upholstery and furniture get nearly the same amount of use as the amount of traffic carpet gets, it’s easy to see how furniture can get very dirty very fast.

Similar to carpet, upholstery fibers act like a sponge and soak in all the dirt and moisture they’re subjected to. Therefore, it’s likely your furniture is even dirtier than it might appear.

Because much of the dirt lives deep within the upholstery fibers, you will want to have your furniture deep cleaned once every 12 months by a professional cleaner in Waukesha in order to protect its value.

But, there are also daily, preventative steps you can take to help reduce the amount of dirt that’s on the surface of the furniture and limit the amount that seeps into the cushions, arm rests and back rests:

Vacuuming

Vacuuming isn’t just for carpet, especially with the new-and-improved vacuum cleaners on the market today. Most canister vacuums come equipped with several handheld attachments, including brushes, perfect for running across your furniture’s upholstery. Regularly vacuuming your furniture will prevent a buildup of pet hair, dirt and germs that could potentially soil your furniture’s cushions and fabric over time. Be sure to get down into the cracks between the cushions and the back as well as their may be dirt that has fallen there unknown to you.

Throw Pillows

It’s very easy to maintain the quality of your decorative pillows. In order to keep pillows clean and fluffy, simply toss them in the clothes drier once or twice a month. Doing so should knock off a lot of dust with having to lift a finger.

Slip Covers

If you live in a home with pets or children, it might be impossible to avoid some spills or pet hair. Therefore, if you truly want to protect your furniture upholstery, it might be a good decision to purchase arm rests or a slip cover. Slip covers are designed to fit over an entire piece of furniture and come in a variety of colors or patterns to match your décor. When a slip cover gets extremely dirty, you can remove it very easily and clean it in your washer and drier.

Call the Professionals

As mentioned above, due to the extreme amount of use furniture receives, it’s almost inevitable that it will get dirty over time, likely deep within the fabric fibers. Therefore, it’s a good rule of thumb to have your upholstered furniture cleaned once a year by a professional.

Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield cleans carpet and upholstery using 80% less water as steam cleaners and rental machines. Less water means you will be free to sit on your furniture within hours of their service as opposed to days later. Less water also means there is very little chance of residue being left behind or mold growth occurring due to damp fabric.

Chem-Dry’s methods are green-certified and completely safe for pets and children. Their cleaning solution, The Natural®, can be found on the FDA’s G.R.A.S. list for environmentally friendly products.