Floor Maintenance: The Shining (or not)

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We walk all over them, we run on them, we scratch them and track dirt all over them, yet the only time we notice them is when they’re dirty, worn or uneven. We’re talking about floors, of course — and floor maintenance.

Shiny or matte?

Most people think that shiny floors are a sign of good housekeeping. They might be a bit slippery but at least they’re clean, right? As opposed to matte floors, which might not be as attractive to some, but offer better traction.

Shiny floors do tend to be the preference for most North American business owners because the belief is that if it’s shiny, it’s clean — and cleaning contractors deliver what the customer wants.

But according to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), European businesses prefer matte flooring. So it’s less about the look of the floor and more about safety. In fact, Europeans think that shiny floors are sort of odd.

So, which floor finish is better?

Clean vs. shine

When it comes to floor maintenance, the notion that shiny floors are cleaner than matte ones may seem like a no-brainer. But there’s a big difference between shiny-clean and shiny-dirty. If enough elbow grease and chemicals are used, you can always make a dirty floor shine.

The most important step in maintaining a shiny floor is the cleaning that’s performed before the shining. Filthy mop buckets and dirty equipment are a couple of the main offenders in this shiny-yet-dirty equation. Floors must be thoroughly cleaned before buffing — because buffing alone merely pushes the dirt around and can actually damage the flooring.

There’s no connection between cleanliness and shininess. And, of course, matte floors need to be cleaned just as thoroughly as shiny floors.

Endurance and shine

The greatest threat to floor maintenance is plain, old dirt. Once grit and grime is ground in to the surface of a floor the only way to bring it back is to completely strip and refinish it, which can be time-consuming and expensive. A consistent, thorough cleaning regimen is the best way to keep costs down and prolong the life of any flooring surface.

Shiny floors do marginally improve the durability and lifespan of a floor, depending on the various polishing sealants and finishes used. But the best way to prolong floor life, regardless of finish, is regular cleaning.

What about safety?

Whether dull or glossy, a clean floor is a safer floor because a clean surface improves contact between the floor and the soles of our shoes.

But even if a shiny floor is clean, it can be harder to see moisture on a shiny floor. Indeed, that beautiful shine can act like camouflage, leading to inadvertent slips and falls.

Floor safety can now be measured by using something called a tribometer. Developed by the NFSI, the Universal Walkway Tester (UWT) is a nifty piece of equipment that can determine how slippery a floor is. The UWT supplies cleaning contractors and their customers with measurable data in regards to floor safety. If a floor is found to be unsafe there are methods and various finishes that can be used to improve safety.

The Verdict

So, at the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter what kind of finish a floor has, shiny or matte — it really just has to be clean.

For the low-down on floor maintenance and cleaning options for your plant or office space, feel free to contact us.

At Allcare, we care about clean.

 

Zen and the Art of Spring Cleaning

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The spring is sprung, the grass is riz, time to get on the cleaning biz. The birds are singing, flowers are popping and the world’s getting a fresh start. Spring is the season of renewal and rebirth, so why not do the same for your home? The practice of cleaning is a powerful force for happiness.

If the mere thought of spring-cleaning seems overwhelming, take a deep breath and relax. Below are a few tips to help you establish a plan of attack.

Clutter Be Gone!

You know what we’re talking about. Clutter can cause stress, and dealing with it is instrumental in creating a calming environment. Om…

Now is a great time to purge your space of unnecessary stuff. So before you begin deep cleaning your home, first get rid of unnecessary clutter and voilà! Just the thought of spring cleaning becomes less intimidating. The less you have, the less you have to clean.

Room-by-Room

A smart, strategic spring cleaning battle plan is to methodically go through the house room by room. Make a schedule and start from the top to the bottom of your home. Be realistic and don’t try to tackle it all in a day. Make a checklist for each room, zero in on areas that have been neglected and deal with the easy stuff later. Here’s a terrific room-by-room cleaning breakdown.

Pay attention to the things that you normally wouldn’t bother with. Like the baseboards, cabinets, overhead fixtures and light switches. The Zen philosophy is to be mindful and present as you clean — that means noticing all the little details. It can be very relaxing.

Spring Clean Green

It’s spring and fresh, a new start to the year — you don’t want to expose yourself and your family to toxic chemical cleaners. There are so many ways to deep clean your house naturally, freshen the indoor air and save money by using easy-to-prepare natural cleaning formulas. Guaranteed, you’ve already got most of the ingredients for natural cleaners in your pantry.

There’s No Cheat Sheet

So, you’ve made up your mind and you’re bound and determined to tackle the job head on. No more procrastinating. But before you dive in and start the good fight, don’t make these common mistakes:

Wait: Just a quick spritz will do it, don’t rush and scrub — spray and walk away. Bathroom mold, grout buildup and rust may seem impossible to clean no matter how hard you scrub. Let the cleaning agent soak into the surface for a while before scrubbing, it works much better.

Make a Plan:  We’ve already mentioned the importance of having a plan, so do it! Why waste your time flitting from one job to the other, only finishing half of one and dashing off to another? Decide on the rooms you want to clean, in what order and on what day, and methodically do it. Hint: Clean the most difficult rooms first.

Sunny Day Window Cleaning: Nope, don’t do it when the sun is shining, do it another day. Window cleaner dries really fast in the heat of the sun, creating streaks across the glass and it doesn’t matter how fast you wipe it off. Wait until the temperature is below 18c degrees and a tad overcast.

Wait, There’s More!

As the sun shines through your crystal clear windows and the warm breeze wafts throughout your sparkling clean home, you hear the songbirds singing and you look outside  — remember, at Allcare, we care about clean.

Contact us to find out how we can make your business sparkle.

5 Quick Recipes for Natural Cleaners

natural cleanersWe recently wrote about the toxicity and harmful side effects of harsh chemical cleaning products used in the home and the dangers they present to children and pets. Instead of keeping a chemical lab in your broom closet, did you know that there are lots of healthier alternatives?

Not only are natural cleaners less harmful to your family, they improve indoor air quality and are so easy to make and much easier on your wallet. Plus, you probably already have most of the required ingredients to whip up at least 5 natural cleaners — and what you don’t already have is inexpensive and easily sourced. Below are some quick recipes.

Let’s start with the basics of natural cleaners

The backbone of just about all natural cleaning recipes is baking soda and white vinegar.

This combo can clean just about anything, as you’ll soon discover.  It’s used in pretty much every quick natural cleaner formula.

#1 – General All-Purpose Cleaner

This all-purpose cleaner is terrific for all kinds of hard surfaces, like counters, sinks and walls.

In a clean spray bottle (12 oz.), mix the vinegar and essential oils (lavender, tea tree or lemon, etc.) first. The oils add a nicer smell and have disinfectant properties. Add the baking powder and slowly top up with water, the baking powder will make it fizz up a bit. Gently shake the bottle and spray where and as required, wipe with a clean cloth and allow the surface to dry.

#2  – Oven Cleaner

This combo is so effective that you’ll wonder why you bought those super toxic cleaners before.

In a small bowl pour in ½ cup of baking soda and stir in 3 to 4 tablespoons of water to make a spreadable paste, add water as required. Spread the mixture on the walls and floor of your oven, rub it in a bit, especially on the tougher spots.

Let it rest overnight. Next day, spritz vinegar wherever you see the baking soda mixture, it’ll foam up. Wipe clean with a damp cloth until – presto! The job’s done.

#3 – Drain Cleaner

It couldn’t be easier to clear a clogged or smelly drain, which proves what we said at the beginning – baking soda and vinegar can fix just about any cleaning problem.

Sprinkle ¼ to ½ a cup of baking soda into the clogged drain, then pour about ¼ cup of white vinegar down, it’ll bubble up and settle, let it sit for about an hour. Then pour a kettle full of boiling hot water down the drain. If the problem isn’t fixed right away, repeat the process, but usually it only takes the one time.

#4 – Furniture Polish

This is a super easy and economical alternative to commercial furniture polishing products.

Take 1 tablespoon of Castile Soap, 15 drops of essential lemon oil and 2 cups of water, pour into spray bottle and mix by gently shaking. Use as you would any  furniture polish. Spray and wipe with a clean cloth. (Test on a small area first to make sure it doesn’t stain or leave a mark.)

#5 – Carpet Freshener

This combination of ingredients will leave your carpeted areas smelling clean and fresh, as well as killing moths, fleas and flea eggs. It also acts as a deterrent against rodents.

Mix the ingredients thoroughly in a bowl. Sprinkle over the carpet and let sit for about an hour or so, then vacuum it up and it’s good as new. You can store the unused mixture in an airtight container and use it again.

We’ve only just begun

These are just a few of the many quick recipes for natural cleaners that can be easily made, saving you not only a lot of money but also the health of your family and furry friends.

At Allcare we care about you and your family’s well being and, of course… we care about clean.

Why not give us a shout to find out more about how green cleaning practices can improve the health — and the bottom line — of your organization?

 

 

 

 

Workplace Waste Diversion Plans: simply smart business

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Fact: as much as 90% of office waste could be recycled or composted.

Implementing a workplace waste diversion plan isn’t just a feel-good environmental thing. It’s also a smart business move that can reduce costs and foster team spirit.

Paper, paper, read all about it!

Whatever happened to the paperless office that was predicted decades ago?

Paper is by far the largest source of office waste. In fact, the average office worker produces roughly two pounds of waste paper every day — that’s about 10,000 sheets per year.

And here’s the kicker: around 30% of printed jobs aren’t even picked up at the printing machine, and almost half of all printed material ends up in the trash at the end of the day. That’s a lot of wasted paper and a lot of dead trees.

So, paper use is one policy where you can really reduce consumption – and, with it, your office supply budget and garbage disposal costs.

Do you really need to print out that email or memo? If you do, choose the double-sided printing option whenever possible.

Make sure your waste diversion plan provides for dedicated paper-recycling bins beside each printer and copier, as well as near everyone’s desks.

And don’t forget to opt for recycled paper products when you’re doing the purchasing.

Did you know? Waste paper can be recycled 5 to 7 times and be used for many other useful things like toilet paper and paper towels.

Mountains of plastic

According to Canadian watchdog organization Environmental Defence, only 11% of plastic waste is recycled each year in Canada. The other 89% is either incinerated or ends up in landfills, waterways and parks, leeching toxins into the air and water, and killing wildlife.

Instead of supplying water in single-use plastic bottles, how about installing a water cooler? Providing reusable mugs and glasses will cut down on plastic waste dramatically, and actually reduce purchasing and waste management costs.

And we probably don’t need to tell you, but Styrofoam cups are especially problematic. You should avoid using them altogether.

Low-hanging fruit

Another way to reduce waste at work is to recycle compostable materials. These include food scraps, coffee grinds, tea bags, napkins, paper towels, and even cardboard sleeves from hot drink cups. As most of your employees will already be using a green bin at home, you’ll likely get 100% compliance in your staff kitchen.

Did you know? When compostable material is processed it can be used to enrich mineral-deficient farm land and even produce power.

Many hands make right work

When everyone at work does his or her bit to reduce, reuse or recycle waste, it can bring the team together and encourage a positive attitude toward your organization, the environment and the customers you serve.

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Does your organization have a waste diversion plan? If not, get in touch with us. We can help you establish and meet your sustainability goals.

At Allcare we care about clean – and creating a sustainable future.

Harmful Cleaning Products: How to Keep Your Kids and Pets Safe

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Detergents, window cleaners, furniture polish, disinfectants, floor cleaners, bleach – you’ve probably got a variety of jugs and spray bottles in your cleaning arsenal. And if you think about it, all those harmful cleaning products practically turn your broom closet into somewhat of a chemical lab.

But remember those safety precautions you learned in high school chemistry class? They’ll keep you and your family safe, too.

Read that label

As we go about our household chores, it’s easy to forget that we may be working with some pretty heavy-duty chemicals. That’s why it’s important to pay close attention to the labels on your cleaning products.

If you see “Caution,” “Poison,” “Warning,” “Toxic” or “Danger,” be extra careful when storing these items. Never remove labels from cleaning products, as they usually have important information about how to deal with accidental exposure or ingestion.

And never pour cleaning products into unlabelled bottles or beverage containers — it could mean the difference between life and death.

Storing cleaning products

Each year in Canada, an estimated 900 children under 14 are hospitalized due to unintentional poisonings. Roughly 70% of all child poisonings occur between the ages of one and five. Most of these incidents are caused by unsafe storage practices.

Harmful cleaning products, medications and chemicals should be stored out of the reach of children and pets. That’s a no-brainer, right? But consider that dishwashing detergent — which most of us store under the kitchen sink for quick access — accounts for more than any other accidental poisoning.

Those newfangled detergent pods present even more of a danger since they look like a sweet treat to a toddler. So, make sure those products are up on a shelf, too, or install childproof latches on low cupboard doors to keep your pre-schoolers and fur babies out of harm’s way.

And if you keep seriously hazardous materials in the house, such as pesticides, it’s best keep them locked up.

Safety rules for cleaning supplies
  • Always ensure that harmful cleaning products are properly closed and stored safely
  • Keep laundry and dish detergents stored on high shelves, out of the reach of children and pets
  • Install childproof latches on under–the-sink cabinets where cleaning materials may be stored
  • When finished cleaning, always dispose of rags, paper towels and scrubbing utensils properly
  • Read the instructions on the label of the product for what to do in case of an emergency
  • Keep a First-Aid kit handy that includes the emergency numbers for your doctor, nearest hospital and poison control centre
  • Think twice about what you’re pouring down the sink — it gets into the environment eventually

Most importantly, it may be time to take stock of your harmful cleaning products and choose greener, less toxic alternatives.

Contact us today to find our how your organization can benefit from green cleaning and sustainable practices. We care about clean — and your safety.

 

 

Hey, kids, let’s science! The Magic of Microfiber

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(Photo: Michael Ströck/Wikipedia)
Microfiber packs a big punch

Fun fact: the average person spends about 20 hours per month on household cleaning.

But there are tools to make the job easier and science has given us so many labour-saving inventions, it’s easy to take them for granted. (Just think about how laundry used to be done!)

Microfiber cloths are so eco-friendly, effective and efficient they’re a must-have for any green cleaning kit. But how do they do what they do? Read on for the lowdown on this “magical” fabric.

She blinded me with science

The story of microfibers goes all the way back to 19th century Holland, when Johannes Diderik van der Waals laid the foundation for modern molecular physics. Building on that knowledge, chemical engineers of the 1950s and ’60s began experimenting with ultra-fine filaments for industrial applications.

By the 1970s, Ultrasuede hit the market and expanded the possibilities for new applications of the material. Not only was the ersatz suede used for making groovy pantsuits but also for interior, automotive and aircraft design applications.

But it wasn’t until the ’90s, when Swedish materials scientists began to develop the technology further, that microfiber cloths revolutionized green cleaning in both industrial and household applications. Today, microfiber cloths are widely used in Europe where environmental awareness is greater, but the technology is still catching on in North America.

So, what’s so big about tiny?

Microfiber is a synthetic combination of polyamides (aka nylon) and polyester. This substance is used to create super-fine strands with a diameter about 10 to 50 times thinner than a human hair. The strands are then split even further creating tiny fibers which are about the size of the average bacteria. Germs, begone!

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Microfiber versus cotton

Thanks to this micro splitting process the surface area of microfiber is roughly 15 times greater than that of cotton fabrics, allowing it to trap more dust, dirt and bacteria in its million tiny edges. More surface area equals more efficiency — you get big results from those teensy fibers.

Another benefit of microfiber cloths is that they won’t scratch or mar even the most delicate surfaces because they attract debris instead of pushing it around. That’s why microfiber cloths are used for lens cleaning and other precision applications.

Remember that 19th century Dutchman van der Waals? He was the first scientist to describe the properties of molecular attraction. The “van der Waals forces” inherent in the plastic microfibers are what give these mighty cloths their ability to attract grime and germs, hence the nickname “dirt magnets.”

But is it green technology?

You bet it is. Microfiber technology virtually eliminates the need for paper towels and toxic cleaning chemicals.

Using these cloths will even reduce your water usage. A microfiber mop weighs far less than a traditional string mop and uses about half the water to get the job done.

Added bonus: microfibers are lint-free, making them ideal for glass and other shiny-surface cleaning. No more harsh window cleaners, which can be damaging to your lungs with repeated use.

Show me the money

Microfiber cleaning products can tolerate between 100-200 washings. That’s a long life for a cleaning product. So, you’re not only getting a more thorough, more environmentally-friendly result, but you’re also reducing your budget. Gotta love science.

At Allcare, microfiber cloths are just one of the products we use to make your facility shiny and germ-free. Get in touch today for more information on our Green Housekeeping practices.

We care about clean.

Top 5 Green Living Tweaks for 2019

Living a healthier, greener life can be easier than you think. And if we all make small adjustments, the benefit to our environment can be huge.

As the calendar ticks over to a new year, for many of us, it’s resolution time – a chance to take stock and clear the decks or face new challenges. Yay, us!

But sometimes we make grand resolutions that know we’ll have a tough time keeping. Think of all those fitness club visits that quickly taper off as the year marches on. A more sustainable approach in deciding on how to improve your quality of life is to make smaller, more manageable decisions.

Read on for some easy green living tweaks that you can start today:

#5 Ditch the Room Fresheners

Room fresheners don’t really “freshen” the air — they simply mask one odour with another. They also release a myriad of toxic chemicals that can make you quite sick with long-term exposure. Try these simple alternatives to keep your home smelling fresh: empty your garbage bins often, make sure your air circulation is adequate and invest in a good air purifier with both a charcoal and HEPA filter. If you like your rooms scented, consider using natural essential oils like peppermint, citrus or cloves.

#4 Give Your Clothes the Big Chill

Just a few small changes to your laundry routine can have a positive impact on the environment – and your electricity bill. Did you know that you don’t need to constantly wash your clothes in hot water? Heating the water uses about 90% of the energy required to run a load. So save money and reduce energy use.  Click here for more earth-friendly laundry tips.

#3 Grant Your Car a Day Off

Letting your car sit in the driveway for just one day a week can reduce your expenses, as well as the size of your carbon footprint. Take public transit or look into car-pooling for travelling to work — some businesses have programs encouraging employees to share rides. And who knows? You may even get to know your co-workers better.

#2 Let a Computer Set Your Thermostat

If you’d like to save some money, stay cozy and help the environment, then a programmable thermostat may be for you – especially if you tend to forget to lower the heat when you’re not at home or before bedtime. Some programmable thermostats are able to connect to WIFI, allowing you to set your ideal home temperature over your computer, tablet or smart phone. The most basic systems can be self-installed and will pay for themselves quickly in energy cost savings.

#1 Kick the Plastic Habit

It seems like the easy alternative when you’re on the go, but bottled water is all-around bad news for both the environment and your body. A whopping one million bottles of water are sold globally each and every minute.  In Ontario, only about 14% of those plastic bottles get recycled – that means about a billion bottles are sent to landfills each year.  That’s bad enough, but consider that recent studies have shown 93% of bottled water contains plastic residues. Not cool. So, why not get yourself a re-usable bottle, an inexpensive water filtration system and, for extra fun, one of those nifty home carbonation systems?

Have a great — and green — New Year!

For more information on our services, including Sustainability Consulting, get in touch – we’re here to help your organization save money and make your work space as healthy as it can be.

The Magic of H2O2 | Hydrogen Peroxide – Part 2

Last time out we wrote about hydrogen peroxide and, the more we researched the topic the more we found out about the almost miraculous benefits of this ubiquitous, natural and inexpensive compound.

To quickly re-cap:

Hydrogen Peroxide: H202. You probably already have it in your home, and more than likely you use it to treat minor cuts and scrapes. But you’d be surprised at how many uses this colourless liquid has.

Used for household cleaning, health, hygiene, beauty and medical purposes — even as rocket fuel! — hydrogen peroxide is readily available at any drug or grocery store. It’s inexpensive, and is one of the handiest household supplies ever.

Best known for its medicinal uses — hence its availability at pharmacies — let’s continue with some common uses, and some that you may not be aware of.

Health, Hygiene and Beauty

Treating acne and boils

 Since H2O2 is so effective as a disinfectant for minor wounds, it makes sense that it would speed up the healing process for skin infections such as acne and boils. Apply a bit of the 3% solution on the infected area; it acts the same as it does on any wound, helping to kill unwanted bacteria. Just apply it the one time; if you apply it too often it’ll kill the good bacteria, as well.

Fight athlete’s foot

Fed up with the itching and scratching from going to the gym or hanging out by the pool? Let’s face it, foot fungus is a pain. Try applying a mixture of equal parts water and hydrogen peroxide to make it stop. Even if you don’t have an infection, as a preventative measure, it’s a good idea to regularly disinfect your shower shoes to prevent the agony of da feet.

Pardon me? Clean out your ears

If you’ve ever had “swimmer’s ear” you know the pain. Before seeking medical attention, sometimes it’s just a build up of ear wax and can be quickly cleared up by using a couple of drops of olive oil, followed by a couple of drops of H2o2. Keep your head tilted for a minute, and then tilt the other way to let the mixture drain out. It’s as simple as it sounds.

Household Cleaning Uses

Cutting board cleaning

Germs love to hang out on your cutting boards – especially when you use them to cut meat. Yes, you wash it thoroughly and are careful to not contaminate other foods. But if you want to be sure, just give it a spritz of hydrogen peroxide and a warm rinse. This will kill the lingering germs and protect your other foods and utensils.

Rugs and carpets

Tough stains, muddy stains, icky stuff in your carpet? On light-coloured fabrics only, spray H2O2 on the affected areas and vacuum the spots away. Be sure to try an unobtrusive test area first to make sure you’re not bleaching away the fabric colour. Perfect for white carpeting.

Again, if you have any interesting ideas that we might have missed about the fabulous uses of hydrogen peroxide, please let use know, and share in the comments section below.

And remember, we care about clean.

The Magic of H2O2 | Hydrogen Peroxide – Part 1

Hydrogen Peroxide: H202. You probably already have it in your home, and more than likely you use it to treat minor cuts and scrapes. But you’d be surprised at how many uses this colourless liquid has.

For household cleaning, health and hygiene, beauty, medical uses — even as rocket fuel! Hydrogen peroxide is readily available at any drug store or grocery store. It’s inexpensive, and is one of the handiest household supplies ever.

Best known for its medicinal uses — hence its availability at pharmacies. Let’s start with some common uses, and some that you may not be aware of.

Health, Hygiene and Beauty

Minor wounds

 This is the most obvious use that most people know about, that’s probably why you have it in your home. Applied directly to minor wounds, it can help clear up infections and clean away dead tissue.

Disinfect your toothbrush

 Once a week, soak your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide for at least five minute, rinse the toothbrush thoroughly and let air-dry. This eliminates any bacteria that may be hiding there. If you’re sick, repeat after each use, so you don’t re-infect yourself.

Hair, Teeth and Nails – and Feet

 Speaking of teeth, swishing a solution of equal parts water and hydrogen peroxide will whiten your teeth and get rid of bad breath. And since peroxide is a bleaching agent, you can also use the same solution to lighten your hair.

To whiten your nails just soak some hydrogen peroxide onto a cotton ball and swab your nails. Oh, and BTW, it works well to cure athlete’s foot. Apply the same equal parts solution to the infected area on your feet, and that itching and discomfort will be gone.

House Cleaning Uses

Disinfect surfaces

Since hydrogen peroxide is a disinfectant, it’s a great cleaning tool all around the house. Leaving countertops, and other surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, office, anywhere in the house, sparkling and clean.

Grout whitener

 Nobody likes the look of dingy grout in the shower, but there’s an easy fix. To whiten your grout, make sure it’s dry, then spray H202 directly onto it. Go and do something else for a couple of hours (Netflix), then come back with a toothbrush and soapy water. Scrub away, and viola, perfectly white grout again.

The benefits of using this natural, and incredibly inexpensive compound are almost endless. This is one amazing tool that everyone can use to clean and disinfect the house. In fact, there are so many uses, that we’re going follow up with another blog post. So, read on for Part 2.

If you have any interesting ideas that we might have missed about the fabulous uses of hydrogen peroxide, please let use know, and share in the comments section below.

Remember, we care about clean.

Green Doesn’t Always Mean Sustainable

When talking about cleaning, some people use the terms “green” and “sustainable” as though they mean the same thing. And while something can be green and sustainable, it’s not always the case.

First of all, not everyone agrees on the definitions of these terms. When we talk about green cleaning, we mean the use of chemicals and procedures that are use with the health and environmental implications in mind.

Sustainability, to borrow a definition from the United Nations, means that a solution meets our present needs without compromising those of future generations. Environmental, social and financial factors all affect sustainability.

One of the factors is reducing the energy expended in global distribution which can take lots of energy and contribute to pollution. The idea of the 100-mile diet (in which produce is sourced within the 100 miles of where it’s consumed) has taken the food and dining industries by storm.

In the cleaning industry, we can reduce the energy used to ship chemicals by choosing concentrated cleaning products. For instance, the Enviro Chem cleaning products we use at Allcare are concentrated, helping them take up less space on trucks so that fewer trucks need to be on the road.

Instead of shipping the chemicals diluted in water, the concentrated chemicals can be mixed in reusable bottles using simple tap water. This cuts down on the energy spent on shipping and also cuts down on the number of bottles used because they can be reused.

The Enviro Chem products meet stringent environmental requirements and carry the EcoLogo and Green Seal. This makes them green. Being responsible for their environmental, social and financial impacts makes them sustainable.

Green cleaners constantly strive to make their processes less harmful to the health of building inhabitants and the environment as a whole. Sustainable cleaning means being mindful of the impact that cleaning techniques and the production and distribution of chemicals have on people and the environment today, and many years from now.

For more on the difference between green and sustainable, read Ronnie Garrett’s article on the topic published on industry news site CleanLink.

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