We see the ‘eco-friendly’ tag on a lot of cleaners. What we don’t see is ‘pet-safe’. This leaves questions as to how safe cleaners, disinfectants, and all-purpose cleaning solutions are when you’ve got pets in the house.
The news we have to share is a warning to pet owners about the cleaners or disinfectants they might be using. There are definite poisons out there that will, without question, impact a pet’s health negatively. These poisons are commonly found in a number of cleaning chemicals. That said, there are also many pet-safe cleaners – some of which you may already have in your cleaning arsenal. Here are some cleaning tips to keep you and your pets safe, healthy, and companions for a long time.
Canadians love their restaurants. More than 1.9 million of us visit a full-service restaurant – not talking about fast food here – at least once a year. For these restaurants, they use commercial kitchens to prep their food, cook it, and deliver it in their signature style.
Unfortunately in the nooks and crannies of grills, dishwashers, sinks, and food prep areas, viruses and bacteria grows quickly. It becomes critical therefore, for any business working out of a commercial kitchen, regular cleaning is needed. Oftentimes, this takes industrial-grade cleaners to cut through the grease, polish, and leave a kitchen sparkling. Here’s where to start.
A faster, more effective clean is possible when you have the right cleaning hacks and tricks to enact. Unfortunately, not everybody assigned office cleaning tasks is an expert and understandably so. A clean, tidy office is what any business owner, office manager, and/or employee wants to walk into but achieving it is not always easy.
This list of top cleaning hacks to use in an office answers a lot of questions about how to clean, what to clean first, where and how often to clean, and how to replace certain chemical concoctions with much safer, eco-friendly cleaners. If the extent of your cleaning knowledge is using all-purpose cleaner on everything, sit in and buckle up.
In an office environment with upholstered chairs, sofas, and fabric-covered furniture, the unfortunate reality is that spills and stains are eventually going to occur. Try as we might, if the furniture’s anywhere near the kitchen, break room, or front desk, things happen.
Don’t give it the power of being a ‘worst nightmare’. Instead, know what to do and jump into action when you see a spill or stain. If you’ve got a fine looking piece of furniture, don’t give up on it. Here’s how to tackle spills, sofa stains, and other damage to office furniture.
How can I clean my office furniture?
Every piece of office furniture is different. A furniture manufacturer should have included on the furniture tag what products can be used on it and if it is washable. You don’t want to use the wrong product on furniture and either end up ruining the piece completely or further strengthening the stain.
Cleaning waste, the creation of better waste disposal, supporting recycling management initiatives, and reusing materials otherwise designated for the landfill have all been themes in waste management this year.
As recycling rates continue to see an increase, a lot of the credit goes to technology. This year, we welcome new cleaning tech to the fold as well as new eco-friendly cleaners into the marketplace. Here is some of the new cleaning technology, cleaners, and cleaning products helping to create a more eco-friendly Earth.
When an office or place of business is being cleaned, we oftentimes will look visually at the appearance of what’s being done to judge whether we’re finished. Not nearly enough do we judge cleanliness, or health and safety of an environment, based off smell.
Many offices do an absolutely fantastic job at cleaning their floors, desks, surfaces, kitchens, bathrooms, and computers, leaving the place looking spotless. What they also leave behind in using a lot of chemicals known to do this work however are overbearing, agitating toxic fumes.
The toxins that we leave behind can be damaging in a number of ways. For people with respiratory conditions such as asthma, they can be life-threatening. They can quickly make an office sick. For many people, the exposure long-term could equate to a chronic illness years beyond today.
The environments we live and work in are prone to getting dirty. It’s a part of living. Dust, dirt, grease, grime, and contaminants become widespread. Naturally, we combat this with disinfectants, cleaners, sometimes chemicals, and other times all-natural cleaning solutions.
So many of us don’t really know what’s in our cleaners and cleaning solutions. We know there’s more than water, that’s for sure. But, what else? In this article, we hope to take a deep dive through ingredients commonly found in cleaning solutions. So much of these solutions rely on chemistry, usually between water and ‘x’. Here’s a little bit on the chemistry of cleaning and cleaning solutions as an introduction to un
Is a consistently clean, tidy office environment even achievable in winter conditions – we say, absolutely! If you have a business that’s bringing in clients and customers regularly, a key focus has got to be your floors.
Throughout winter, harsh weather, extreme temperatures, and a whole lot of snow is almost a promise. We’ve all been in commercial or corporate settings before where the floors were rendered slippery, unsafe, and seemingly perpetually stained with the footprints of clients from outside. These places may be grocery stores, banks, restaurant entrances, pharmacies, and schools.
Floors are notoriously difficult to keep clean and safe throughout the winter. It becomes an ongoing battle. Even if you apply all the cleaners, mops, and brooms in the world, still, any moment, things can get awfully dirty quickly.
You may have seen plenty of cleaning supplies and products on the shelf claiming they ‘biodegrade’. Another industry buzzword, what does biodegradable actually mean – some will argue it’s just hype, especially when it comes to commercial cleaning. Let us reassure you that unlike other more general terms like ‘eco-friendly’ and ‘green’, biodegradable comes with a strong meaning.
What does biodegradable mean?
Biodegradable refers to a product – such as a cleaner or any other product – that breaks down over time into its natural elements to be absorbed back into the Earth’s ecosystem. A cleaning product, food, or any material can be biodegradable.
Toxic cleaners, though effective, have always proven to be less than desirable to the natural environment. They’re oftentimes extremely harmful to things like indoor air supply, our drinking water, and damaging to long-term health.
Prioritizing cleaning these days should involve pulling in as many replacement cleaners, natural alternatives, and eco-friendly options as possible. They do exist, believe us when we say it! There are many compelling reasons to stop using toxic cleaners and chemicals when cleaning. Here’s just a few of them.
They’re not eco-friendly
Toxic cleaning supplies contain chemicals like nitrogen, phosphorous, and ammonia, all very dangerous to the environment. The damage these cleaners do won’t just be to your physical property or your health. The effects are environment-wide. The cleaners eventually go down through our drains and pipes, and get out into the water supply. This affects fish, ducks, and animals native to our local landscapes. As these animals are eaten by larger prey like mountain lions and wolves, those toxins climb higher up into our ecosystem.