With the huge influx of people moving to Florida I have seen a high rise in new cleaning companies. The numbers have tripled in this industry.
The first difference is my stability, having been in business ten years. Many of my clients stay with me for many years. I am one of those steady-eddy types of people.
Secondly, I like to maintain a high level of communication with my clients, usually in detailed invoicing as well as periodically checking customer satisfaction.
With regards to the actual work, I am always looking for ways to improve the level and quality of service. Whether home or office, I treat it as if it were mine- literally. Consistently looking for ways to improve my actual work by continuation of study on a regular basis. As an example I recently (2018) purchased the book The Hundred – Year Lie, How to Protect Yourself from the Chemicals That Are Destroying Your Health, by Randall Fitzgerald. Based on what I learned I researched every product I use in my business and much to my shock too many products were toxic including many that claimed to be “natural.” I was very dismayed to learn that many toilet products are destructive to aquatic life and release toxic vapors into the air. Toxic products are CHEAP compared to plant derived products therefore most people use them, never realizing how much poison they are releasing into the air they breath and the water we drink. Now visually imagine an endless sea of homes and businesses polluting their indoor environment with many toxic chemicals. Long term this practice is physically disastrous because many of these toxins accumulate in the body and never leave.
Here is a diagram and short paragraph from a scientific study that analyzed DUST, which found it was composed of many dangerous toxins.
Indoor dust is a reservoir for commercial consumer product chemicals, including many compounds with known or suspected health effects. However, most dust exposure studies measure few chemicals in small samples. We systematically searched the U.S. indoor dust literature on phthalates, replacement flame retardants (RFRs), perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), synthetic fragrances, and environmental phenols and estimated pooled geometric means (GMs) and 95% confidence intervals for 45 chemicals measured in ?3 data sets. In order to rank and contextualize these results, we used the pooled GMs to calculate residential intake from dust ingestion, inhalation, and dermal uptake from air, and then identified hazard traits from the Safer Consumer Products Candidate Chemical List. Our results indicate that U.S. indoor dust consistently contains chemicals from multiple classes. Phthalates occurred in the highest concentrations, followed by phenols, RFRs, fragrance, and PFASs. Several phthalates and RFRs had the highest residential intakes. We also found that many chemicals in dust share hazard traits such as reproductive and endocrine toxicity. We offer recommendations to maximize comparability of studies and advance indoor exposure science. This information is critical in shaping future exposure and health studies, especially related to cumulative exposures, and in providing evidence for intervention development and public policy. For the full article go to https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.est.6b02023
Phthalates are a group of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible and harder to break. They are often called plasticizers. Some phthalates are used as solvents (dissolving agents) for other materials. They are used in hundreds of products, such as vinyl flooring, adhesives, detergents, lubricating oils, automotive plastics, plastic clothes (raincoats), and personal-care products (soaps, shampoos, hair sprays, and nail polishes).
Phthalates are used widely in polyvinyl chloride plastics, which are used to make products such as plastic packaging film and sheets, garden hoses, inflatable toys, blood-storage containers, medical tubing, and some children’s toys. Taken from CDC Fact Sheet.
In the past few years, researchers have linked phthalates to asthma, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, breast cancer, obesity and type II diabetes, low IQ, neurodevelopmental issues, behavioral issues, autism spectrum disorders, altered reproductive development and male fertility issues.
Flame retardant chemicals are used in commercial and consumer products (like furniture and building insulation) to meet flammability standards. Not all flame retardants present concerns, but the following types often do:
- Halogenated flame retardants (also known as organohalogen flame retardants) containing chlorine or bromine bonded to carbon.
- Organophosphorous flame retardants containing phosphorous bonded to carbon.
- Some are associated with health and environmental concerns
- Many are inadequately tested for safety
- They provide questionable fire safety benefits as used in some products.
Courtesy of http://greensciencepolicy.org/topics/flame-retardants/
“The emissions of these fragrance products caused various combinations of sensory irritation, pulmonary irritation, decreases in expiratory airflow velocity, as well as alterations of the functional observational battery indicative of neurotoxicity. Neurotoxicity was more severe after mice were repeatedly exposed to the fragrance products. Evaluation of one of the test atmospheres with gas chromatography/mass spectrometry revealed the presence of chemicals for which irritant and neurotoxic properties had been documented previously.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9577937
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made chemicals that includes PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and many other chemicals. PFAS have been manufactured and used in a variety of industries around the globe, including in the United States since the 1940s. PFOA and PFOS have been the most extensively produced and studied of these chemicals. Both chemicals are very persistent in the environment and in the human body – meaning they don’t break down and they can accumulate over time. There is evidence that exposure to PFAS can lead to adverse human health effects. https://www.epa.gov/pfas/basic-information-pfas
My apologies for making this so long. I felt it important that you see a sampling of chemicals we are absorbing through, lungs, skin and food. The whole point is that I am doing my ultimate best to avoid cleaning products that contribute to indoor pollution and bad health.
Every product I use is now researched thoroughly for safety of ingredients! Period. I pay double the average for superior, safe, products. In some cases the cost is triple the toxic average.
I do not reuse cloths from one job to another. Once a cleaning job is done the cloths used are put into a dirty pile in my van and new ones are taken out for the new cleaning job.
My vacuum cleaner for carpets is HEPA certified and uses expensive three ply cloth bags to trap the dust and dirt it picks up. These high quality bags are triple the price of regular vacuum bags.
HOW CAN AN OFFICE OR HOME BE CLEAN IF THE INHABITANTS USE CHEMICALLY TOXIC PRODUCTS TO CLEAN WITH? THAT IS AN OXYMORON BECAUSE THE PLACE MIGHT LOOK CLEAN YET HAS A BUILD UP OF TOXIC CHEMICALS LEAVING GASSES IN THE AIR AND SURFACES OF EVERY SURFACE SPRAYED OR WIPED. SORRY, THAT IS NOT CLEAN UNDER MY DEFINITION OF CLEAN.
If you would like to see how your office is being polluted I would be more than happy to offer a complimentary inspection to see what you have and use that is not healthy for you or your staff.
Last point – although I strive for perfection there can be mistakes. For this reason I offer as standing policy a clean guarantee, if you are not happy for any reason we come back free of charge and take care of whatever was the problem.