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5 Reasons Why You Should Stop Using Toxic Cleaning Chemicals

We are dedicated to being part of the environmental solution, not the problem. For that reason, we have chosen to use Green Seal products to ensure our business doesn’t add any unnecessary toxins into your space or our atmosphere. If this sounds like something you’re considering for your business, we have five reasons that might convince you.

We are advocates of green, non-toxic cleaning products. Learn more here.

Your Lungs

If the bottle reads “use in a well-ventilated area” you just know it’s full of harmful chemicals. Studies have shown that using a household cleaning spray can increase the risk of asthma and exacerbate allergies. If you clean to remove the triggers found in your home such as mold, pet dander, and dust mites you may be doing more damage with the caustic cleaners they spray indoors.

The added scent to cover up the chemical smell is typically made of additional chemicals. Those particles do not instantly dissipate when you have finished cleaning the bathroom. They will hang in the air, penetrating the lungs of anyone who uses the bathroom over the next hours, or even days. A better choice: use natural products like tea tree oil, lavender, or essential oils to add fragrance to your cleaners.

Your Skin

As you clean, your skin absorbs the chemical in the cleaners you use. If you’re using cleaners that contain a large amount of chlorine or bleach, that could be an issue for you. Many cleaning products include hypochlorites, a caustic soda that causes the skin to burn after only a few minutes of exposure.

You may notice how dry your hands are after a day of cleaning. It seems that no amount of lotion can quench the dryness. This is because your cleaning products have leeched all your natural oils out of your hands. Alternatively, you may notice a rash, itching, or red bumps on your wrists, arms or hands. This is a reaction from your body indicating that the chemicals in your cleaners are irritants.

Your Eyes

Your eyes are delicate organs, vital to your life. When you use harmful chemicals in your cleaning you run the risk of splashing, spraying, and sprinkling them into your eyes, causing permanent damage. Your eyes are only protected by a thin mucous membrane and these toxic chemicals can be very dangerous.

Even when you are finished cleaning your home, you leave a small amount of residue on the surfaces you cleaned. Particularly in the bathroom, bleach and abrasive chemicals can be left behind to be splashed in the eyes when water is turned on.

Immediately following chemical contact with the eyes: Flush your eyes with cool water for 15 minutes. Your eyes may feel better right away, but it’s important to continue rinsing for the full 15 minutes to make sure the majority of the chemical is washed away. Once you have flushed your eyes out, immediately head to your nearest emergency clinic.

Our Environment

Cleaning products packed with nitrogen, phosphorus, and ammonia are dangerous to our earth. You may think that the damage is isolated to your home, but the effects of chemical cleaners go far deeper than that. They exit your home through your drains and pipes, into the sewers. Water treatment plants do what they can to strip harmful pollutants out of the water but those three remain as this tainted water heads to our natural waterways.

These residual chemicals now invade our lakes and rivers, affecting fish, ducks, and bugs native to those landscapes. These animals are eaten by the larger animals like mountain lions and wolves who live around the water source. It grows into the plants, which are eaten by the herbivorous deer and birds. Soon our entire ecosystem is living with the effects of your household chemicals.

Switch to Green Cleaning

The only benefit to cleaning with abrasive and toxic chemicals found in household cleaners is that they strip your surfaces more aggressively, meaning less intense scrubbing for you. However, they end result of non-toxic cleaners is the same, even if it took a little more work to get there.

We know the importance of your health, and our environment. That’s why we’ve chosen to use Green Seal certified products. It takes a little more elbow grease but the overall impact of choosing non-toxic cleaners is something we can be proud of.

If you’re running a business, you have too much on your plate to stop for office cleaning. Universal Cleaners Inc. is there to WOW your employees and your clients EVERY clean, EVERY time! Call us today to book a consultation – 905-745-7990

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Winter Matting & Your Office

But are you using the right matting?

Keep reading to learn the five tips and tricks of wintertime matting:

1. Get Off to the Right Start

With matting, the first thing you need to do is introduce it to your door (or doors). Leaving a space between the two means moisture and soils won’t be caught early, making your floors dirtier faster and leading to slips and falls if residue isn’t cleaned promptly.

What are the five benefits of day porter and matron services? Read our blog to find out!

2. Find the Right Type of Mat for Your Building

Building managers will find themselves presented with a range of options including:

  • Scraper/Recessed Well Matting: This is ideal for high-traffic areas. The wells prevent mats from moving and minimize risks for falls, while raised edges effectively scrape dirt off footwear. This type of matting is also easy to clean.
  • Scraper/Wiper Matting: These types of mats are made with tough, durable fabrics that are raised to provide even better wiping action than their recessed counterparts.
  • Wiper Matting: This is your last line of defense against winter grime, getting rid of any residual moisture and trapping dust to enhance indoor air quality.

Comprehensive matting systems typically incorporate at least two (if not three) different styles of mat.

3. Take Into Account the Weight of Your Mats

The lighter a mat is, the more likely it is to fold and shift. This will prevent it from trapping moisture and make it easier for people to trip and fall.

Heavier mats are better at keeping their positions, staying flat and absorbent even with heavy seasonal use.

4. Choose Longer Mats for Your Building’s Entrance ways

The guideline to remember here is the “Rule of 15,” which says that buildings should have 15 feet of matting of various types to stop dirt at the door.

5. Keep Your Mats (and Floors) Clean!

To help your building stay clean through the winter and keep occupants and guests safe, you need to keep your floors and mats fresh throughout the winter:

  • Vacuum regularly (with either a wet or dry vacuum depending on the type of flooring) to remove built-up moisture, dirt, and dust.
  • Carry out routine maintenance like spot cleaning with neutral cleaning agents. Make sure mats are able to dry thoroughly before putting them back in their place. Some mats (especially nylon) will take longer to dry than others.
  • Perform deep cleaning as needed with solvent-free cleaners to get rid of troublesome marks (grease, gum, etc.).
  • Clean the floor around and under the mat to help improve its grip and discourage it from shifting as people walk on it.

The right cleaning frequency will depend on the amount and type of foot traffic your building receives. Some locations will benefit from spot treatments a few times a day, while others can be looked after a few times a week.

Work with a professional cleaning company to determine the schedule that’s best suited to your unique needs.

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School Cleaning: Reducing the Impact of This Year’s Flu Season

School, Daycare and College is back in session which means before long it will be that dreaded time of year again, flu season. If you’ve ever had children, you understand that educational facilities are an incredibly effective and efficient breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria and viruses. Just a few sick kids in school and disease causing germs are spread around your campus. Children are effective carriers bringing to both school and home everything from the common cold to stomach viruses and more. When we say kids love “hands on” learning, we aren’t kidding. They put their hands anywhere and everywhere. From their noses and mouths to your facility getting more and more kids sick at record pace. Without careful cleaning, your school, daycare or college could get hit hard this flu and cold season.

 

Research Shows That Your School Cleaning May Not be as Good as You Think

The ISSA, or International Sanitary and Supply Association, has conducted several studies about the bacterial and viral load in the average elementary school classroom to put together better cleaning guidelines. With this information, professional school cleaning services can focus on cleaning areas that will have the highest impact on reducing the spread of classroom pathogens. So, what areas are the dirtiest and where should you commercial cleaning company be cleaning the most?

  • The average elementary school classroom has a higher bacterial load than most restrooms, even those found on campus.
  • Contaminated versus non-contaminated surfaces appeared to be the same on visual inspection indicating that they had been cleaned by not sanitized.
  • Computer mice were found to possess a bacterial and viral load nearly four times higher than that of most toilets.
  • Key touch points (including but not limited to hand railings, door knobs and other high traffic surfaces) where commonly neglected by school cleaning programs.
  • Athletic equipment, especially athletic mats had the highest bacterial load of any single object in the school as a result of being cleaned with dirty mops, which just spread around filth.
  • In general, most schools suffer from having a superficial level of cleanliness but a low or non-existent level of sanitation in core problematic areas.

 

Targeted Cleaning of Touch Points Reduces Bacterial Transmission 

The ISSA’s extensive research revealed that touch points were the most common way that disease was being transferred from person to person in a school. Simply put, many school cleaning services do not spend enough time or clean with enough frequency to keep these high traffic touch points from being ground zero for a host of different infections and illnesses. For instance, it was found that many school cleaning services were not regularly cleaning and sanitizing shared electronics such as computers despite extensive scientific evidence that indicates they are one of the most commonly contaminated areas in a school campus.

To be an effective school cleaning service, you have to realize that having a surface or area look clean and be clean are two very different things. When we walk into a classroom, odds are it will appear to be clean. After all, what school, daycare or college wants to be known for having visually dirty classrooms? Proper cleaning goes beyond this superficial layer. It requires knowledge of key touch points and frequent, proper sanitation habits to help prevent the spread of disease among students.

Not only does proper cleaning help keep students healthy, it has a number of measurable benefits in different areas of the school. For example, a study based in Arizona State University demonstrated that when common touch points such as desktops were regularly and properly cleaned and sanitized, that classroom absenteeism decreased significantly. Why is this important, you may ask? Absenteeism and standardized testing scores are directly correlated. The more days a student is in class, the higher their scores tend to be showing how impactful proper cleaning can be on the performance of your school, daycare of educational facility.

 

The Right Company for the Job

We understand the specific challenges of managing education and institutional environments. That is why you can count on our experience and knowledge at Universal Cleaners Inc to ensure proper cleaning and maintenance services. We provide services to Day Cares, Primary Schools, Colleges, Universities, Technical Institutes, and any Learning Centre.