You’ve heard about eco-friendly disinfection services and green cleaning products. Now you are wondering what the advantages are to this type of product and service. Between the months of January to March, there were 45,550 calls made to poison control centers. Of those, 28,158 were for exposure to cleaners and 17,392 for exposure to disinfectants. Due to the onset of COVID-19, calls increased beginning in March 2020. A large number are regarding the exposure to cleaning and disinfecting products.
Exposure is due to improper use or mixing of two or more chemical products together. Not wearing protective gear or lack of proper ventilation are other leading problems. The goal is to keep you, your family, and your staff safe. Read on to learn how cleaning and disinfecting green is the way to go.
What is Green?
Eco-friendly products clean naturally without chemicals and leave no chemical residue. Green cleaning and disinfecting products are made biodegradable ingredients derived from nature. When going green look for products that contain a third-party certification. You should see the word “warning” instead of “danger” on the label. Products are non-aerosol, fragrance-free, and dye-free.
Green sanitizing products contain an EPA registration number that verifies it as registered to kill germs. The label will also show whether or not it is safe for surfaces that come in contact with food. These products should show a 3.0 Hazardous Materials Identification System health rating.
Eco-friendly disinfectants contain an EPA registration number. They also have a 2.0 Hazardous Materials Identification System rating. Look for a hospital-grade classification, which is a requirement for childcare agencies in most states.
Benefits of Going Green
Deciding to clean your home and office with eco-friendly products is a good choice. It keeps people, pets, and the environment safe. This includes:
- Less exposure to dangerous and toxic chemicals
- Reduces airborne dust and chemical gas, improving indoor air quality
- Non-toxic, biodegradable products are safer for the environment
- Less risk of a child poisoning due to dangerous chemicals
- Reduction in chemical exposure decreases the risk of asthma attacks
- Safer environment for children and pets
- Minimizes impact on the ozone layer, which impacts global climate change
You now know the benefits of using green products and eco-friendly disinfecting services. Let’s look at the effect of the chemicals we often use.
The Chemicals We Harbor
Many of us are comfortable with standard cleaning products we keep in our homes. We are almost immune to the risk of severe harm those chemicals pose to humans and pets.
Furniture polish appears harmless but contains at least one or more chemicals. These include Naptha, petroleum distillates, phenol, ammonia, nitrobenzene, and oil of cedar. These chemicals can cause irritation to your eyes, skin, lungs, windpipe, and throat. Swallowing the product it can cause nausea and vomiting and emergency medical attention.
Air fresheners contain petroleum distillates, formaldehyde, aerosol propellants, and p-dichlorobenzene. They may irritate the skin, eyes, and throat, and are believed to cause brain damage and cancer. Solid air fresheners are extremely toxic, causing death if consumed by pets or people.
These cleaners are popular for their grease-cutting and disinfecting abilities. Those benefits come with a lot of dangerous chemicals. This includes ethylene glycol, ammonia, sodium hypochlorite, monobutyl acetate, and trisodium phosphate. Users may experience irritation to the eyes, nose, throat, and skin. These cleaning products are often highly poisonous if swallowed.
Bleach contains sodium hypochlorite in concentrations ranging from 0.7% to 5.25%. Bleach and its vapors are irritating to the eyes, throat, nose, and skin.
Contact with the skin may cause dermatitis. This condition has symptoms that include dry, itchy skin, a rash, or swollen and red skin. Depending on the severity, the skin may also blister, crust, flake, or ooze. Swallowing bleach may cause stomach irritation, prolonged nausea, and vomiting. It may cause injury to the esophagus.
In addition to the above, many homes and offices contain the following product. These items pose a threat to the user and especially pets and children.
Window and glass cleaner contains ammonia and isopropanoi. These cause irritation to the skin, nose, throat and eyes. If swallowed it may cause drowsiness, unconsciousness and possibly death.
Mold and mildew remover contains alkyl ammonium chrlorides and chrlorine. These may cause difficulty breathing and can burn the throad if swallowed.
Upholstery, rug, and carpet cleaner contain naphthalene, ammonium hydroxide, and perchoroethylene. These can cause drowsiness, nausea, dizziness, disorientation, and loss of appetite. The fumes may cause cancer and liver damage.
Flea and tick treatments contain pesticides made up of Methoprene, permethrin, pyrethrins, fipronil, and imidacloprid. These may cause cause dizziness, twitching, nausea, and headache.
Antibacterial cleaner contains fragrance, water, surfactant, and pesticide. Other common ingredients are phenolic chemicals or quaternary ammonium. These can irritate eyes, throat, and burn the skin
Americans have become more aware of the dangerous chemicals in regular cleaning products. They have begun making the switch to eco-friendly disinfection services and products. It is important to understand the difference between cleaning and disinfecting. You must also follow the proper procedures to ensure safety.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
When we clean a surface we are removing the germs and dirt. This does not kill the virus, bacterium, or other microorganisms. They may remain on the surface and active.
Proper disinfecting kills germs. Correct application is necessary or the germs will remain. Scientists have found that that coronavirus life span depends on the surface it is on.
- It lives about four hours on copper
- It lives for an entire day on cardboard
- It stays active on wood for two days
- On glass and paper, it remains for four days
- On stainless steel and plastic, it survives up to a week
Routine cleaning should keep everyone safe if your family rarely leaves home. In an office with people coming and going, it is important to use an office sanitizing service. Disinfecting must be done according to the product instructions, or it does not work. For example, a product states it must be rubbed into a surface and left sitting for 5 minutes. The person treating the surface wipes it off immediately, so the process is not complete. In business offices, a janitorial service generally handles routine cleaning and disinfecting. Those persons may not be trained in proper disinfection against COVID-19. With exposure to COVID-19, you need proper cleaning and disinfecting treatment. For this intense process, you need to call in professional disinfecting services. ProCleanings Company’s cleaning and disinfection service will make sure the area is virus free. They use eco-friendly products so you and your family or office staff feel safe.
Eco-Friendly Disinfection Services
You want to make sure your home or office is safe for your family, staff, and guests. ProCleanings Company professionals are trained in COVID-19 disinfection procedures.
They use EPA registered disinfectants for the removal of SARS-COV-2 and COVID-19 using three methods:
- Fogging—handles the removal of airborne contaminants
- Backpack Sprayers—ideal for fast, effective application in large areas
- Electrostatic Sprayers—this method uses molecular ionic tech that allows the disinfectant to bond with surfaces
Electrostatic spraying provides disinfecting of nonporous surfaces. It provides fast, broad coverage without the need to manually wipe down the surface. The product leaves no harmful residue. ProCleanings Company is CDC and OSHA compliant. Their trained professionals arrive wearing protective gear. They will work to properly sanitize and disinfect your location, including:
Reactive Application is a quick response treatment when your location has virus contamination. This fast response keeps your business open and running.
Preventative Application is a process of scheduling regular application of the disinfectant. This provides protection to high traffic areas, reducing the spread of the virus.
ProCleanings Company provides a 100% satisfaction guarantee. We will look at your property and recommend steps to keep the area safe. This is an ideal plan for those running an Airbnb service or needing home treatments. We service businesses and homes with a manual wipe down cleanings. These are ideal for any areas that have a lot of traffic or frequently touched surfaces. You can also receive a quote for janitorial services. ProCleanings Company uses all EPA registered List-N products for COVID-19 disinfection. You will receive documentation about the Biosque disinfectant they use. That information will include the date of application.
Biosque Botanical Disinfectant
Biosque Botanical Disinfectant is compliant with Environmental Protection Agency standards. It has proven reliable for killing viruses, mycobacterium, mold, fungi, tuberculosis, and bacteria.
This disinfectant cleans, disinfects, and deodorizes with one application. It is environmentally friendly, fast, and effective, Biosque kills:
- 99% of viruses in 60 seconds
- 99% of bacteria in two minutes
- 99% of fungi and mold in three minutes
- Mycobacterium tuberculosis in three minutes
The products are safe to use in the healthcare environment. They are not harmful to children, animals, and the elderly. This makes it a perfect application for use by office disinfection services.
Be Effectively Disinfected
You want to make sure the disinfection of your home and office is proper. Ensuring the safety of your family, friends, staff, and guests is always a priority.
ProCleanings Company provides that level of security with their eco-friendly disinfection services. Request a quote today or call 888-906-9776 with any questions you have.