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Chemicals, Cleaning and YOU

Chemicals. The very word makes some people nervous. For some it conjures images of toxic compounds that pollute and damage the environment. For others it may bring to mind unhealthy additives in our food and drink. Chemical can be a scary word. It makes sense to define what a chemical really is.

One useful definition for the word is found in the World English Dictionary: “chemical- any substance used in or resulting from a reaction involving changes to atoms or molecules, especially one derived artificially for practical use”. This definition sums it up quite well, because it covers all the bases for what we typically refer to as chemicals.

Chemicals as they relate to cleaning, deodorizing and sanitizing of surfaces are just that; compounds used to react with and change other compounds, such as oils, dirt and contamination.

Most likely you use chemicals on a daily basis as a safe and effective means to keep your home clean and healthy. This includes using dish soap, laundry detergent, air fresheners, and even shampoo, soap and toothpaste.

But what about the cleaning agents professionals use when they come into your home to provide services such as carpet cleaning? Should you be concerned? Well, yes and no.

We are in the midst of a green revolution; a general shift toward using products that are safer for the environment. As a result, professional cleaners now have more effective, safe and environmentally friendly products. Organic cleaners, natural deodorizers and plant-based disinfectants are becoming more popular. As consumers become more environmentally aware, manufacturers of cleaning agents are also making significant headway into formulations that do not contribute to poor indoor air quality.

Still, some of the products used in professional cleaning products can be a cause for concern. Professionals and consumers alike should be conscious of how cleaning products are stored, used, and disposed. In addition, the products used by professionals are usually in concentrated form. Label directions as to dilution and application must be followed.

Hot water can remove a great deal of soil. In fact, water does the bulk of the work in carpet cleaning. But water alone is not enough to get your carpet to its cleanest possible state. There are too many soils and pollutants that bond to the carpet via chemical and molecular interactions.

That’s why Bluegreen uses cleaning agents. Detergents, surfactants and buffering agents break the bonds that soils have on carpet. Some cleaning companies buy the cheapest chemicals they can get. Sure, the carpet looks cleaner, but the stain-resistance is compromised and the carpet will re-soil rapidly because of detergent residues. We choose cleaners that are effective, safe for people and pets, and easy on the environment, even though they cost a little more. We feel it’s worth it.

At times, because of the type of spot or stain we are dealing with, we must use products containing solvents, acids or alkalis. If so, our technicians are trained to mix, apply, neutralize and rinse so that no unwanted residues are left behind. The rinse water is captured and properly disposed of to assure there is no negative impact on the environment.

The bottom line is that whenever you have Bluegreen clean for you, you can be assured of a healthier home, carpet that stays cleaner longer along with environmental responsibility.

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