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If you “go green,” do you risk sacrificing cleanliness? In other words, is there a difference between green and clean?
Doyle Bloss, Cleanfax Oct, 2012
Dr. Michael Berry said it best. “Green” and “clean” should be synonymous terms. A clean environment is a green environment so long as the wastes produced from the cleaning process are properly disposed of. If, in order to get an extremely dirty surface clean, you have to use massive amounts of a green chemical to get it clean, and in doing so, you leave a large amount of organic material behind on the surface, you may be contributing to the growth of mold or bacteria in the indoor environment. That is not a green concept. The good news is that the performance of green chemicals has improved dramatically in the last 10 years. In cases where an indoor environment is being properly cleaned and maintained by a trained and certified cleaning professional, on a recommended frequency basis using industry accepted and defined standards of care you will not have to sacrifice anything by using green chemicals. The bad news is that this still takes the cooperation of the residential or by Vid-Saver">commercial cleaning client. How many carpet cleaning jobs have you done in the last year that were “being properly cleaned and maintained by a trained and certified cleaning professional on a recommended frequency basis using industry accepted and defined standards of care?” If people, whether they be the facility manager of a large commercial building or Mrs. Piffleton, really want you to be able to effectively clean their indoor environment with only “green products and procedures,” then they have to make a commitment too. You can’t let soil and filth and grime and allergens and pollutants and VOCs and bacteria build up and build up in a high-traffic carpeted environment, and then expect the professional cleaner to restore the carpet to a “like new” appearance without stronger or harsher chemistry. A day may be coming where you can clean a neglected Chinese Restaurant carpet with only green chemicals, but I don’t think we are quite there yet.