GREEN CLEANING FAQS
The low down on the Green Scene
IS "GREEN CLEANING" THAT MUCH SAFER FOR MYSELF, MY HOME, MY BUSINESS AND MY FAMILY?
YES! Green cleaning is important not only for the environment and our planet, but for the health of the general public. For the health of yourself, your family, your home, your employees, to your business’ ecological footprint, green cleaning reduces pollutants in the environment. It doesn’t cause the health problems typically caused by non-green cleaning products. As mentioned above, praciting "green cleaning" helps prevent much unwanted exposure to harmful chemicals.
DO "GREEN" CLEANING PRODUCTS WORK AS WELL AS TRADITIONAL ONES?
Experts agree that most of them actually do. Plus, all three major certifying organizations—Green Seal, DfE, and EcoLogo—set performance standards too, which a product must meet in order to be certified. Some green cleaners can disinfect as well. The most common ingredients used in green sanitizing products are hydrogen peroxide, citric acid, and lactic acid and Tea Tree Oil, which are all considered safer antimicrobials.
HOW DO "GREEN" CLEANING PRODUCTS DIFFER FROM TRADITIONAL CLEANING PRODUCTS?
It depends on the product. Generally, it will be safer for human use and it will have a more favorable environmental profile than a “traditional” product because it will be formulated without ingredients that have been demonstrated to have a negative impact on human health and the environment. If it is a disposable paper product or trash bag, it will contain a recommended amount of post-consumer recycled content, or be made from more rapidly renewable materials. If it is a piece of cleaning equipment, it will contribute to better indoor air quality or use less water, and if it is a vacuum cleaner, it will meet filtration requirements set by the Carpet & Rug Institute.
WHAT "GREEN" CLEANING PRODUCTS DO YOU USE?
For our residential, Vacation, Rental or For Sale property accounts: We use a variety of different green cleaning products that you can feel safe about being used in your home or office. Some of these include Seventh Generation, Bon Ami, Ecover, Citrus Solv, vinegar, Bona (for hardwood floors) & Green Earth products made by Betco. We are always testing new green cleaning products as they appear on the market personally.
For commercial/industrial contracts: Depending on what is needed, whether it be hardwood floor cleaner or heavy-duty kitchen degreaser, we will be partnering with a commercial industrial cleaning product manufacturer this year to be able to provide the highest quality products to our commercial clients. We will also be receiving our company-wide certification by Green Seal®, the nation’s premier ecolabel and leading certification specialists in the green cleaning industry.
We also soon will be offering our very own, custom made in-house, 100% ALL NATURAL, CUSTOM SCENTED with essential oils, CLEANING PRODUCTS scented specifically for you! You DO NOT want to miss out on choosing the scent of your choice for your own business, office, vacation rental or home.
OUR ESSENTIAL OIL CUSTOM MADE SCENTED PRODUCTS WILL INCLUDE: Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Juniper, Tea Tree, and Sage.
You can either pick one out and stick with it or change it up as often as you feel. How exciting is that?!?!?
WHAT IS "GREEN WASHING"?
Green Washing applies to the cleaning industry when companies advertise green cleaning services that don't reduce the impact placed on the environment. For example, some companies may place bleach in a recycled container and call it a "green" house cleaner. While containers with recycled-content help the environment, consumers are misled to believe its contents are also environmentally-friendly. Molly Maid believes in an open, honest approach to help you find the right balance between environmentally-safe products and a clean, disinfected home that protects your family from unhealthy germs.
HOW DOES YOUR COMPANY DISINFECT PROPERLY WITH GREEN CLEANING PRODUCTS?
We offer non-acidic, pH balanced cleaners without petroleum, alcohol, ammonia or other chemicals but that still contain antibacterial and antimicrobial qualities.
HOW IS LOOKS LIKE NEW CLEANING SERVICE AN "ECO-FRIENDLY AND GREEN COMPANY" OVERALL? WHAT STEPS TO DO TAKE TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT?
Looks Like New Cleaning Service is committed to upholding the nationwide caliber to what it means to be a “Green” company. We are currently seeking out nationwide certification that all of our employees will be trained on. Our cleaning products are free of alcohol, ammonia, petroleum and other harmful toxins, some mentioned on this site. We remain committed to always reusing bottles, reducing product waste, reducing company waste every way possible, optimizing routes to increase efficiency on the road, recycling whatever we can while attempting to reduce the amount of trips we take to the recycling center, accepting donated rags, buckets, brooms, etc. that we can make use of; while also helping educate our clients on the importance of green cleaning, recycling and how it affects us locally, as well as globally.
At Looks Like New, we also strive to inspire our local community, as well as, get them involved on a local scale, by means of hosting Ecological Cleanup Events planned to make a direct impact on our community. We also will be hosting educational seminars, focusing on land and trash cleanup with a strong emphasis on recycling, as well as, river and stream cleanup and how water quality can and does affect us all. We are hopeful you will join us for one of our events to come make a difference in your community and on this planet we all call home. Please click on Events to see if we have any upcoming events planned.