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Make the switch! Why you should learn more about chemical-free cleaning

October 10, 2011

Chemical Free Cleaning is the evolution to the next phase in residential cleaning, and is a complete paradigm shift of the approach and perspective we should take to maintain indoor environments’

We’re not kidding

Not in the slightest!  From janitors to office workers, to stay-at-home mom’s and dad’s, everyone, and we do mean everyone, is at risk for organ failure, brain damage, and respiratory illness.  ‘Why?’ you may be asking?  Take a read of the stats and facts we compiled below… and then feel free to give us a call to learn more about our chemical free cleaning services. 

Isn’t it ironic?

Americans spend most of their time indoors. Yet, indoor air quality is rated worse than outdoor air quality. The Environmental Protection Agency rates indoor air quality as one of the Top 5 health risks to Americans, saying indoor air is 3 to 5 times as harmful as outdoor air. It’s estimated that poor air quality in office buildings and other work environments costs businesses $20 billion in workers’ compensation claims each year.

Cleaning products used by janitorial companies are a major contributor to the poor air quality inside buildings. One out of three cleaning chemicals contains ingredients known to cause human health or environmental problems. A study conducted by the Janitorial Products Pollution Prevention Project found that the average janitor uses 48 pounds of hazardous chemicals per year.  A study by Washington State showed that 6% suffer job-related injuries from exposure to chemical cleaners each year.

 

 

But they are not the only ones exposed to unhealthy indoor air. The EPA has estimated that as many as 30% of office workers experience health problems from unhealthy air in buildings, also known as Sick Building Syndrome.

Inside to outside to out-of-control!

Harsh chemicals also take their toll on our environment. By doing something as simple as cleaning a sink or bathtub with Ajax, you’re sending chemicals into the sewer system and eventually into streams and waterways. Chemicals build up over time. Chemicals commonly found in janitorial products such as nonylphenol ethoxylate (NPE) degrade slowly and actually become more toxic as they degrade. Other ingredients don’t break down at all and can harm organisms in our rivers and streams for decades to come.

Cleaning products with heavy chemicals and fragrances that are water-based pose threats in these vulnerable environments with volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These emitted chemical gases from certain solids or liquids contain short- and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are sometimes up to ten times higher indoors than outdoors. These levels are dangerous for those who frequent the building as well as the users of the products containing VOCs, like janitorial staff. VOCs released from cleaning products also lead to smog in our outdoor air. Greg Norris, a professor at Harvard’s School of Public Health, has stated that “the amount of VOCs from a single waxing of a floor can equal or exceed the VOCs emitted from the flooring materials over the life of those flooring materials.” And when we consider that a floor could get stripped and waxed one, two or three times a year — that’s a lot of VOCs, especially when we are doing it over the next 50 years!

What chemical-free cleaning can do for you

When we say chemical-free we mean just that… chemical-free.  Proven to have the same abilities with regard to cleanliness (sanitization, disinfection, sterilization), many chemical-free cleaning methods use ‘ingredients’, like electronically charged water for example, that your body is already familiar with.  Further, chemical-free cleaning is already used in numerous hospitals across the globe – particularly those that cater to cancer patients who require a chemical-free lifestyle at large. Easy, accessible, and health-sound, chemical-free cleaning can easily become a part of daily regime… and we’re ready to help.

 

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