Facilities managers back switch to greeen cleaning
FM companies backing move toward eco-friendly cleaning products
FM companies are backing the switch from chemical-based cleaning products to ones that are more eco-friendly.
Chemical levels indoors are 70% higher than those outside and cleaning products are a big contributor. Additionally, because homes are built to be airtight, the pollutants linger internally for longer, causing harm to people and the environment.
Thiess Middle East is one company that has heavily invested in the use of microfibre technologies, which are proven to be more highly absorbent, as a result cutting down on the requirements for chemical based products.
General manager, FM, Richard Naylor, said: “We recognised early on that microfibre technology would enable us to provide our customers with a sustainable cleaning solution and due to the reduction in chemical products we have also seen significant savings, which we have been able to pass on to our customers.”
Common cleaning products can contain alkalis, acids and detergents, some also contain carcinogenic, a chemical commonly linked with cancer. A study carried out by the American University of Berkeley found that cleaning professionals were most at risk. A cleaner, who cleans four houses a day, five days a week for fifty weeks a year, would take in 80 micrograms a day of formaldehyde, double the recommended limit.
Vivoteq has devised a line of chemical free, molecule based products. Managing Director Middle East, Steve Ashby, advises that chemical based cleaners tend to kill weak bacteria but only make stronger bacteria even more resilient. He advises that Vivoteq’s line cuts down on the need for chemicals.
“There is no requirement for use of strong chemical based cleaning products after you’ve put this down as it has already created a protective layer.
“42% of communicable diseases are spread off surfaces. Our aim is to reduce indoor air pollution which is potentially more harmful than outdoor pollution,” he said.