Cleaning Chemicals are an essential part of the cleaning process. Learning the proper ways to use them is key to safety and cleaning success. Cleaning chemicals are used for windows, floors walls and to kill germs and bacteria.

Specialty cleaning chemicals are also needed for stainless steel, neutralizing floors, stripping floor finish and sealing floors.

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bathroom cleaner chemicals

Bathroom Cleaner Chemicals

Bathrooms have so many different types of surfaces to be cleaned. From glass to painted surfaces to porcelain to stainless steel, there are different types of bathroom cleaner chemicals needed. Multi-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, bowl cleaner, lime scale remover and disinfectants are the main arsenal of bathroom cleaning products for most. These are all used to clean above the floor in restrooms. Floors should be cleaned with a neutral floor cleaner.

There are some things you need to know when choosing the best options. Not all bathroom cleaner chemicals are the same, so knowing what to look for can help you make an educated selection.  Read more

Neutralizer and neutral cleaner for floors

Cleaning Chemicals – Neutralizer or Neutral Cleaner?

It seems neutralizer and neutral cleaners get confused a lot.  Using the correct product, in the correct manner, can save you hours of hard work and frustration. For years, I have heard the terms “neutralizer” used to describe a general purpose floor cleaner, which would be incorrect. Like wise, there are many cleaners that use a “neutral floor cleaner” when they should be using a neutralizer. Here are the correct uses for each. Read more

Fitness Equipment Cleaning

Fitness Equipment Cleaning

Fitness equipment cleaning may be causing you more trouble than you think. Have you ever gone to the gym, ready to hop on the treadmill, only to see “Out Of Service” signs? This happens way too often for me. After all, I am paying to use their fitness equipment. When it doesn’t work, it disrupts my entire schedule. This forces me to either wait for the equipment that is working to free up or cancel my workout all together. Both options cost me time and lower my opinion of the facility as a whole.

Read more

janitorial supplies near me cleaning chemicals

Janitorial Supplies – A Go To Cleaning Chemical

When it comes to commercial janitorial supplies, no area gets more attention than cleaning chemicals. There seems to be a chemical for everything. Windows, tile, grout, brass, stainless steel. The list goes on an on. But these precious liquids can also be one of the biggest hazards in the janitorial supply closet. This is why it is important to take some time when evaluating your needs. Read more

Remove Salt Residue From Floors

Remove Salt Residue From Floors Fast And Easy

Winter Floor Care

Winter weather brings with it additional areas of concern for cleaning professionals. The cold and snow add steps to many cleaning routines and present different challenges to maintaining the cleanliness of facilities. One of the most common is trying to remove salt residue from floors. Read more

How To Clean Without Streaks

Cleaning Chemical Streaks Mean It’s Not Clean

Cleaning without leaving streaks on windows and other surfaces is always a big challenge. When there are still smudges on the glass after cleaning, it makes the effort seem wasted. Why does this happen? After all, it is window “cleaner” isn’t it? The whole reason for its existence is to get rid of marks on glass, not add to them? How to clean without streaks isn’t really difficult. You just have to understand what is going on. Read more

kenny brooks selling cleaning chemical

Cleaning Chemical – Selling Kenny Brooks Style

Cleaning Chemical Selling – Kenny Brooks Style

I have known sales people my entire life, many of which sold cleaning chemical. I have never wanted to buy something as bad as I want to buy this. Not because of the cleaning product, but because of the sales person. It isn’t the product that sells, it’s the results of the product and the result of this product is the entertainment provided by the person selling it. (Well it also looks like it works too!)

I would buy this cleaning chemical from Kenny Brooks.

“I have a disease called Enthusiasm” Kenny Brooks does a lot of talking in this video, but when you listen to what he has to say, he does know what he is talking about. Cleaning is science and you have to have at the minimum, a little knowledge of what you are using.

Cleaning chemical selling can be a hazardous activity. If you do not know what your product can do or more importantly, what it cannot do. I have demonstrated cleaning chemical and flopped. I never tell anyone that it will absolutely work. Because, as soon as you do, you are going to run into something that it won’t clean.

Over Selling A Cleaning Chemical

If you sell cleaning or cleaning chemicals, you should know what you are selling. Too often, I talk to customers that say they know more than the sales people they deal with. And you know what? They do! Cleaning is a personal activity. It takes a lot of work, but you can draw a lot of pride from it as well.

When a sales person tells a customer that their product can absolutely solve their problem, it becomes a challenge to prove them wrong. I’ve always approached it as a team effort. I know my products. I know what I have done with them. It may be the best cleaning product ever, but I have never used them in your facility. Your unique and personal to you, facility. So if you are having a problem, or cannot get a certain area clean, lets go try what I have. Lets troubleshoot it together.

Kenny here, solves problems and adds some fun to it as well. Way to go Kenny Brooks. You are a true sales person.

safe cleaning products

Are Biodegradable Cleaners Safe Cleaning Products?

Biodegradable is, by definition, made of substances that will decay relatively quickly as a result of bacteria breaking them down into elements such as carbon that are naturally recycled. Leaving little impact on the environment as a result. Safe cleaning products require more than just being biodegradable.

The claim “biodegradable” is being associated with environmentally friendly, or green cleaning products. In many cases they can be synonymous, but there are a lot exceptions. Many things that are biodegradable and natural and plant based and earth friendly and “green” are not friendly to our own personal environments. In the world of cleaning and green cleaning, several come to mind.

Not All ‘Natural’ Chemicals Are Safe Cleaning Products

d’Limonene is one of the first I think of. Back when I first started cleaning, we had a product that we called Sewer Sweet. It may have actually been called that but I never knew for sure. It seemed that the label had always eaten off by the product. It had a very strong orange smell. It was really greasy when you got it on your hands. (We rarely used gloves of any kind back then unless it was cold.)

It would cause our skin to tingle and if it was spilled on the ground, it would be slippery and was extremely difficult to wash away.  We poured from a 5 gallon metal container into a drinking cup to then be carried to a stinky storm or floor drain.

If we made it to the drain before the cup dissolved, it would then be poured down the drain, giving the area a fragrance of orange for a few hours until the foul odors returned. I know now it was a completely natural product called d’Limonene, which is oil that is extracted from the peal of citrus fruit.

Safe Cleaning Products and Not So Safe

Although  d’Limonene is a solvent that is much safer than most other chemical solvents and is much less toxic than compounds like mineral spirits but is classified as a skin irritant. It is biodegradable, but due to its low flash point, it must be treated as hazardous waste for disposal. It is also currently regulated by the E.P.A. as a VOC.  d’Limonene is an environmentally preferable product (EPP) when used as is or as part of an EPP formulation but has many precautions to follow when using it.

Using d-limonene can cause polymers to swell. Many plastic materials can be damaged by its use. This includes equipment seals made of rubber or Neoprene, which are the materials used in many types of cleaning equipment and tools. It can also damage many surfaces that are plastic based or polymer coated. (ie: floor finish, sealed stone and poly based fabrics)

It is suggested that when working with d-limonene, solvent-resistant gloves should be worn as well as eye protection. It will deplete the natural oils in your skin and will irritate your skin and can cause sever damage to your eyes if not flushed immediately.

There is no question that biodegradable cleaners in general are a better choice. With the evolution of technology, there are very effective products available that can give you good cleaning results. Be cautious though. Be sure to read the label and safety data sheet before using any chemical product.

Just don’t assume that because something is natural or biodegradable that it is safe. Safety first. Results second. And if those two check out, then the product will almost always comply with green cleaning standards. Green cleaning means not only safe cleaning products, but effective ones as well.

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bathroom cleaner chemicals

Bathroom Cleaner Chemicals

Bathrooms have so many different types of surfaces to be cleaned. From glass to painted surfaces to porcelain to stainless steel, there are different types of bathroom cleaner chemicals needed. Multi-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, bowl cleaner, lime scale remover and disinfectants are the main arsenal of bathroom cleaning products for most. These are all used to clean above the floor in restrooms. Floors should be cleaned with a neutral floor cleaner.

There are some things you need to know when choosing the best options. Not all bathroom cleaner chemicals are the same, so knowing what to look for can help you make an educated selection.  Read more

Neutralizer and neutral cleaner for floors

Cleaning Chemicals – Neutralizer or Neutral Cleaner?

It seems neutralizer and neutral cleaners get confused a lot.  Using the correct product, in the correct manner, can save you hours of hard work and frustration. For years, I have heard the terms “neutralizer” used to describe a general purpose floor cleaner, which would be incorrect. Like wise, there are many cleaners that use a “neutral floor cleaner” when they should be using a neutralizer. Here are the correct uses for each. Read more

Fitness Equipment Cleaning

Fitness Equipment Cleaning

Fitness equipment cleaning may be causing you more trouble than you think. Have you ever gone to the gym, ready to hop on the treadmill, only to see “Out Of Service” signs? This happens way too often for me. After all, I am paying to use their fitness equipment. When it doesn’t work, it disrupts my entire schedule. This forces me to either wait for the equipment that is working to free up or cancel my workout all together. Both options cost me time and lower my opinion of the facility as a whole.

Read more

janitorial supplies near me cleaning chemicals

Janitorial Supplies – A Go To Cleaning Chemical

When it comes to commercial janitorial supplies, no area gets more attention than cleaning chemicals. There seems to be a chemical for everything. Windows, tile, grout, brass, stainless steel. The list goes on an on. But these precious liquids can also be one of the biggest hazards in the janitorial supply closet. This is why it is important to take some time when evaluating your needs. Read more

Remove Salt Residue From Floors

Remove Salt Residue From Floors Fast And Easy

Winter Floor Care

Winter weather brings with it additional areas of concern for cleaning professionals. The cold and snow add steps to many cleaning routines and present different challenges to maintaining the cleanliness of facilities. One of the most common is trying to remove salt residue from floors. Read more

How To Clean Without Streaks

Cleaning Chemical Streaks Mean It’s Not Clean

Cleaning without leaving streaks on windows and other surfaces is always a big challenge. When there are still smudges on the glass after cleaning, it makes the effort seem wasted. Why does this happen? After all, it is window “cleaner” isn’t it? The whole reason for its existence is to get rid of marks on glass, not add to them? How to clean without streaks isn’t really difficult. You just have to understand what is going on. Read more

kenny brooks selling cleaning chemical

Cleaning Chemical – Selling Kenny Brooks Style

Cleaning Chemical Selling – Kenny Brooks Style

I have known sales people my entire life, many of which sold cleaning chemical. I have never wanted to buy something as bad as I want to buy this. Not because of the cleaning product, but because of the sales person. It isn’t the product that sells, it’s the results of the product and the result of this product is the entertainment provided by the person selling it. (Well it also looks like it works too!)

I would buy this cleaning chemical from Kenny Brooks.

“I have a disease called Enthusiasm” Kenny Brooks does a lot of talking in this video, but when you listen to what he has to say, he does know what he is talking about. Cleaning is science and you have to have at the minimum, a little knowledge of what you are using.

Cleaning chemical selling can be a hazardous activity. If you do not know what your product can do or more importantly, what it cannot do. I have demonstrated cleaning chemical and flopped. I never tell anyone that it will absolutely work. Because, as soon as you do, you are going to run into something that it won’t clean.

Over Selling A Cleaning Chemical

If you sell cleaning or cleaning chemicals, you should know what you are selling. Too often, I talk to customers that say they know more than the sales people they deal with. And you know what? They do! Cleaning is a personal activity. It takes a lot of work, but you can draw a lot of pride from it as well.

When a sales person tells a customer that their product can absolutely solve their problem, it becomes a challenge to prove them wrong. I’ve always approached it as a team effort. I know my products. I know what I have done with them. It may be the best cleaning product ever, but I have never used them in your facility. Your unique and personal to you, facility. So if you are having a problem, or cannot get a certain area clean, lets go try what I have. Lets troubleshoot it together.

Kenny here, solves problems and adds some fun to it as well. Way to go Kenny Brooks. You are a true sales person.

safe cleaning products

Are Biodegradable Cleaners Safe Cleaning Products?

Biodegradable is, by definition, made of substances that will decay relatively quickly as a result of bacteria breaking them down into elements such as carbon that are naturally recycled. Leaving little impact on the environment as a result. Safe cleaning products require more than just being biodegradable.

The claim “biodegradable” is being associated with environmentally friendly, or green cleaning products. In many cases they can be synonymous, but there are a lot exceptions. Many things that are biodegradable and natural and plant based and earth friendly and “green” are not friendly to our own personal environments. In the world of cleaning and green cleaning, several come to mind.

Not All ‘Natural’ Chemicals Are Safe Cleaning Products

d’Limonene is one of the first I think of. Back when I first started cleaning, we had a product that we called Sewer Sweet. It may have actually been called that but I never knew for sure. It seemed that the label had always eaten off by the product. It had a very strong orange smell. It was really greasy when you got it on your hands. (We rarely used gloves of any kind back then unless it was cold.)

It would cause our skin to tingle and if it was spilled on the ground, it would be slippery and was extremely difficult to wash away.  We poured from a 5 gallon metal container into a drinking cup to then be carried to a stinky storm or floor drain.

If we made it to the drain before the cup dissolved, it would then be poured down the drain, giving the area a fragrance of orange for a few hours until the foul odors returned. I know now it was a completely natural product called d’Limonene, which is oil that is extracted from the peal of citrus fruit.

Safe Cleaning Products and Not So Safe

Although  d’Limonene is a solvent that is much safer than most other chemical solvents and is much less toxic than compounds like mineral spirits but is classified as a skin irritant. It is biodegradable, but due to its low flash point, it must be treated as hazardous waste for disposal. It is also currently regulated by the E.P.A. as a VOC.  d’Limonene is an environmentally preferable product (EPP) when used as is or as part of an EPP formulation but has many precautions to follow when using it.

Using d-limonene can cause polymers to swell. Many plastic materials can be damaged by its use. This includes equipment seals made of rubber or Neoprene, which are the materials used in many types of cleaning equipment and tools. It can also damage many surfaces that are plastic based or polymer coated. (ie: floor finish, sealed stone and poly based fabrics)

It is suggested that when working with d-limonene, solvent-resistant gloves should be worn as well as eye protection. It will deplete the natural oils in your skin and will irritate your skin and can cause sever damage to your eyes if not flushed immediately.

There is no question that biodegradable cleaners in general are a better choice. With the evolution of technology, there are very effective products available that can give you good cleaning results. Be cautious though. Be sure to read the label and safety data sheet before using any chemical product.

Just don’t assume that because something is natural or biodegradable that it is safe. Safety first. Results second. And if those two check out, then the product will almost always comply with green cleaning standards. Green cleaning means not only safe cleaning products, but effective ones as well.

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hand sanitizer caution dangers

Hand Sanitizer Caution

It seems everyone is worried about your health. The local pharmacy is offering donuts to everyone who comes by for their “drive through” flu shot. The facial tissue companies are in full production of ads to remind you to not use your sleeve. The rush is on to stock the shelves with as much hand sanitizer as possible. Are these on your shopping list? If alcohol based hand sanitizer is used, you should use caution.

Hand Sanitizer Risks

Alcohol based hand sanitizer is pretty much everywhere these days. There is a hand sanitizer stand at the gym. There is a hand sanitizer stand at the entrance to the grocery store. It’s installed throughout school buildings. Hand sanitizer does provide a quick fix for bacteria control when soap and water are not available.

Remember though, hand sanitizer needs to be used with some caution. The alcohol can dry out your skin dramatically. Make sure to keep your hands healthy by using hand lotion to keep your skin from drying out.

Hand Sanitizer and Fire

Always be mindful that these products are ethyl alcohol based. The same ethyl alcohol that is used for fuel. Just like with any flammable liquid, cautions need to be taken.

In this quote from the Centers For Disease Control Guideline for Hand Hygiene in Health-Care Settings dated October 2002, the dangers of alcohol hand sanitizer is recognized.

“Alcohols are flammable. Flash points of alcohol-based hand rubs range from 21ºC to 24ºC(69ºF to 75ºF), depending on the type and concentration of alcohol present. As a result, alcohol based hand rubs should be stored away from high temperatures or flames in accordance with National Fire Protection Agency recommendations.

In Europe, where alcohol-based hand rubs have been used extensively for years, the incidence of fires associated with such products has been low. One recent U.S. report described a flash fire that occurred as a result of an unusual series of events, which included a HCW(Health Care Worker) applying an alcohol gel to her hands, immediately removing a polyester isolation gown, and then touching a metal door before the alcohol had evaporated. Removing the polyester gown created a substantial amount of static electricity that generated an audible static spark when the HCW touched the metal door, igniting the evaporated alcohol on her hands. This incident emphasizes the need to rub hands together after application of alcohol-based products until all the alcohol has evaporated.”

In the winter months, humidity levels are much lower which leads to even more static electricity in the air. If you choose alcohol based sanitizers, be aware of where and how you use them.

Alcohol Hand Sanitizer Safety Tips:

  • Keep away from heat sources.
  • Use caution when applying them where static electricity is high.
  • Do not store in unapproved containers.
cleaning myths

5 Dangerous Cleaning Myths

Cleaning Myths – Unproductive and Dangerous

Cleaning Myths are everywhere. This works better than that. “I sprayed this on and it was clean!” The impact of cleaning affects everyone. From the kitchen and tables in a restaurant, to the restroom in your home, the cleanliness or lack thereof, can influence odors, appearance and most of all health.

Since cleaning is actually a rather complicated science, most of us rely on what we have heard or on the broad explanations supplied by-product manufactures  in commercials or on bottle labels. The reality is that what you currently do  to clean may be the cause of your cleaning problems.

5 Cleaning Myths that explain the results you are getting and how to improve.

#1 – Clean Is A Matter of Opinion Cleaning Myths

“What I call clean and what you call clean are two different things.” This is a statement that moms make every day to their teenage kids when inspecting their rooms and although this may be a good  way to get a kid to improve the tidiness of her room, it is not the case when it comes to cleaning for health.

To clean something means to remove all soils that can attract bacteria and promote its growth.

With methods such as A.T.P. testing and even simple black light inspections, it becomes apparent that a surface that looks clean, is in fact not. Clean is not a guess or  opinion but a fact.

#2 – More Chemicals Equals Less Dirt Cleaning Myths

It is an old statement that many still believe, “A little works good. A lot works better” This couldn’t be farther from the truth for cleaning. The overuse of chemical concentrates can cause  your cleaning efforts to back fire.

When too much chemical is used it will leave a residue on surfaces that attract more dirt. Although these residues can be rinsed with clean water to remove, it adds another step to the cleaning process. Essentially you have to re-clean the surface to clean away the  cleaner. This makes no sense in the case of most cleaners.

To add to the confusion, an old trick that many chemical manufactures still employee is to direct users to use more than really needed. This leads to more product sold and also attracts more dirt so you have to clean it again sooner.

Note: Any product with an E.P.A. registration must be used at the required dilution to effectively provide the kill claims.

#3 – If It Smells Good, It’s Clean Cleaning Myths

Smell is a very powerful sense. It can influence perception in dramatic ways. When it comes to cleaning, we associate clean with an odor, in many cases it is bleach or pine or lemon. This is because these odors have been connected with many popular cleaning chemicals throughout the years. The problem is that most of these chemicals cover up to real issue and rely on a “clean scent.”

The smell of clean is no odor at all. The compounds used for fragrances are in many cases exaggerated to the point of leaving a bio film behind that can attract dirt and bacteria.

For the record, if a restroom smells like stale cherry, it’s dirty. End of story.

#4 – Disinfectant Cleaner Cleaning Myths

“Wow! It says right here on the label ‘Disinfectant  Cleaner!’ That means I only need one product to clean and disinfect!” Yes, but make sure your read the directions on the label. It won’t say it on the front of the bottle or even in the catalog descriptions, but there are always at least 2 steps to the process and the product must be used as if it were at least 2 different chemicals.

The E.P.A. disinfection guidelines all include the statement “On Pre Cleaned, Non Porous surfaces.” This means that you must clean the surface first before moving on to the next step. Very few do this. In fact, I would guess that less that 10% of housekeepers even know about this. The disinfecting step is to apply the product and allow it to remain moist for a prescribed amount of time. Then, in most cases you still have a third step to wipe the surface again to remove residue. This also removes bacteria killed in the disinfection process.

Dead bacteria become a great food source for live bacteria if not removed. If used to clean a floor, the residue can be so bad that your feet will stick to the floor.

#5 – Bleach Is The Answer Cleaning Myths

“Mom always used bleach to clean everything.” She may have but there was very little cleaning going on. Cleaning chemical properties help to loosen and suspend soil in the solution so that they can be removed. Bleach has no such properties. It is a killer of bacteria. That’s all.

If the surface is contaminated with any number of micro-organisms, bleach will kill them if used properly. The problem is that with even a moderate soil load, it is not capable of removing the excess soil and deceased bacteria. Once it has lost is killing ability in a very short time, other bacteria show up is droves to feed on this buffet and the effort put in to cleaning the surface is wasted. Bleach is also dangerous for humans since we are just a larger organism.

The fumes that give us that desired “Bleach Clean” smell are toxic and can contribute to body burden.

Knowing the facts about cleaning can help to improve your overall results and also improve your health. Taking time to find out what is actually happening when you clean can save time, money and give you the peace of mind that if you say it is clean, it is clean!

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