If you’re not putting much thought into your cleaning solutions, you should be. The truth is that your employees and customers care and a good choice can make a big difference in the quality of job you provide.
There are many people that will follow FDA regulations to a tee and keep safe with gloves, masks, and glasses while being sure not to mix chemicals or cross-contaminate. Others are moving away from harsh chemicals and looking to more natural and organic cleaners to get the job done and others still prefer simpler solutions with the ability to tackle more jobs.
Of course, what’s used in personal cleaning may not be what you stock up on for your staff to use on the job, especially as there are larger social pushes for ‘natural’ cleaners that are safe for the environment, people, and animals. It helps, as a company, to boast to both your customers and your team that you’ve found the perfect natural solution, one that’s healthy and safe, but also effective.
All-Natural and Non-Toxic
You’ll have heard buzz words like ‘all-natural,’ ‘green,’ ‘eco-friendly,’ and ‘non-toxic.’ Well, we really hope all the cleaners are non-toxic, but more and more customers are requesting that you clean with all-natural and non-toxic solutions. Even your employees may want it, whether they’ve outright asked yet or not.
There is a large environmentally-based social push encouraged by iconic figures like Emma Watson, Greta Thunberg, Jane Goodall, and many other both known and rising names. It’s brought issues like sustainability and toxicity of materials and chemicals closer to the forefront of many people’s minds.
But how do you identify natural and non-toxic cleaners?
This isn’t so easy, especially since being able to prevent the spread of the sars-COV-2 virus has taken priority and most companies have been forced to settle for what they can get their hands on that made the end list.
The truth is that you have to consider what you’ll be using the cleaners for and you have to understand what ingredients can get the job and which ones can leave a negative impact. Some cleaners boast the ‘green’ label, but may still have ingredients that can’t be irritating to the skin and eyes. Some may be safe for human contact but may create problems for the environment.
The best way to do your research is to look at the ingredients of a cleaner you are considering and look up the ones you don’t know. After you’ve narrowed down your options to a few that make you feel confident, buy a little and test it out if you’ve never used it before. This may take some time but ultimately can help you literally eliminate headaches and health concerns long term.
Being ‘all natural’ and ‘non-toxic’ is great, but does the cleaner work? Sometimes all you need is simple soap and a bit of warm water to get the job done and other times you scrub off grime buildup and revive the surface underneath.
The first step in identifying if your cleaner is effective or not is to identify what you’re trying to accomplish. From their look at the best way to measure success and then assess your cleaner.
If it’s partially effective, you may need a new product or you may need additional products. Some jobs can’t be solved with one. You should also consider if you’re actually using the product correctly. Be sure to read the labels and works with your suppliers to really understand your products.
Of course, if you’re using multiple products together, you’ll also need to do a little research to ensure that they are safe to use together. Since cleaning solutions all have some sort of chemical composition, they are likely to react with each other, and reactions of your chemicals can create toxic excess reagents.
This is obviously something you want to avoid and you likely already know the more common cleaners you shouldn’t mix, but if you’re trying new ones then it’s beneficial to double-check ahead of time.
It’s also important to talk to your customers and understand their preferences and priorities. Have targeted questions ready to assess your customers’ needs and a few cleaner options ready to choose from to ensure you’re able to provide the best service.
What about All-Purpose Cleaners?
For many, an all-purpose cleaner is the messiah of their at-home cleaning arsenal, but do you use them in your business?
Again, you have to think about the job itself and what you’re cleaning. All-purpose cleaners are typically either neutral or alkaline (meaning that their pH usually ranges from around 9 to 11). This isn’t good for things like floor finishes or wood.
All-purpose does not mean all surfaces or all jobs. All-purpose cleaners can cause damage to certain surfaces and finishes like wood and flooring. It also can cause build-up and streaks, especially on surfaces like glass. Lastly, it isn’t the most effective when you’re in a place of high germ concentration like a bathroom. Often you just need something a little stronger and this is true when considering mineral and grime build that all-purpose cleaners just aren’t meant to tackle.
All-purpose cleaners are great for more frequent cleaners, especially in high traffic areas that need to be wiped down daily, but it’s important to understand exactly what purposes they really serve.
The Conversation Around Bleach
Some people really swear by bleach and for a long time, it could be said to be one of the most effective products out there, but there are multiple reasons why the conversation around bleach has turned so sour.
The truth is that bleach is an extremely dangerous and corrosive chemical compound, especially when in contact with the skin or breathed in. It can even cause a lot of damage to certain surfaces too. Then there’s talk about how you’re storing bleach. It needs to be stored in a well-ventilated and controlled environment or it can cause a buildup and release of toxic fumes.
When more pushes to safer and non-toxic products and more products that fit the bill emerge every day, it is generally unnecessary to pull out such a dangerous chemical on most jobs, even in the bathroom. Not to mention that bleach stinks! Many people associate the smell with meaning that an area has been cleaned but it can still be extremely overwhelming and cause bad headaches even hours after the cleaning.
Imagine that you’re not only putting the employees using the bleach at risk, but also the people who come in contact with the surface directly afterward. You also run the risk of dealing with spills. If you’re in a carpeted space, one spill could leave a giant stain and the carpet could need to be replaced.
It’s really important to consider your options when choosing cleaning supplies. Your supplier will likely have suggestions when you’re looking for a better alternative to bleach and there’s always the internet if you’re still not finding something you’re quite satisfied with.
Why the EZ Safer Surface Team Created Their Own Solution
The Sars-COV-2 virus or COVID-19 made the world view clean in a different way and a new panic for sanitization overtook the consumer’s mind. Dan and Zac’s team were looking for a product they could trust and with their company was able to create one.
They focused on the ingredients and on the effectiveness during their development. Now they have been FDA certified as a food-safe cleaner, despite the hectic shuffle last year involving cleaning chemicals, and are EPA registered. They couldn’t find what they were looking for in someone else’s products and so they created something that they could even take home to their families.
Their team has provided a great opportunity for our listeners and offers a 50 percent off coupon when you try the EZ Safer Surface cleaner for yourself. Just use “50OFF” at checkout.
About Our Guest:
Dan Schmidt & Zac Miner
Co-Founder & VP of Sales
The EZ Safer Surface cleaner is a product they had tested by an independent third party against the Sars-COV-2 pathogen directly and is FDA approved for surfaces with indirect and direct food contact. It’s actually a stabilized oxygenated water created to clean and disinfect.
Their team has provided a great opportunity for our listeners and offers a 50 percent off coupon when you try the cleaner for yourself. Just use “50OFF” at checkout.
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