Friday, 7 October 2016

Which Eco-friendly cleaning products are really Eco-friendly?

For a long time I thought that a cleaning product with a label Eco- friendly / from environmental range / Earth- friendly / Green / non-toxic / natural, etc. is in fact bio- degradable and harmless for the environment. Until one of our clients complained that the products we used in his household is not that green as he wished/ we promised.

I requested a COSHH sheet for the product from the manufacturer and to my embarrassment it indeed said that it might be harmful to the aquatic life. I am not going to tell you what is the brand and what is the product, but it is explicitly says on the bottle that it is from Environmental Range. So came the realisation that not all green cleaning products are the same and in fact not all of them as green as they claim.

It’s called greenwashing, in case you didn’t know. Wikipedia defines the term as a form of spin in which green PR or green marketing is deceptively used to promote the perception that an organization's products, aims or policies are environmentally friendly.

Unfortunately not all of us are chemists and even if we read the ingredient list very carefully we still might not be able to identify the hidden threats. So what we are going to do in our next posts, is to choose brands, request their COSHH sheets and look behind the label saying Eco friendly! Watch this space!

If you need help with Eco Green Cleaning our GreenLeaf London Cleaning Company will happy to provide this particular cleaning well as Domestic Eco Cleaning and Commercial and Office Eco Cleaning.

Visit our website for more information or call via free phone number: 0800 032 6248

Monday, 18 July 2016

How to choose a reliable office cleaning provider

How to choose a reliable office cleaning provider.

Awhile ago we discussed what it takes to find a reliable household cleaning service provider. This month it only makes sense do discuss what makes a good commercial property cleaning service supplier. 

Again, the choice is vast so you have to know for sure what to pay attention to whilst searching for a reliable cleaning provider. 

First of all, establish how long the company has been in business. 5 years experience is a good number. Having said that, it's a very dynamic time for practically every industry so adaptability and modern approach is crucial.

The presence of necessary Health & Safety policies as well as COSH sheets is important- you want to make sure that your colleagues and you are in safe hands and the legal regulations are adhered to. If the company is certified by such bodies as SafeContractor or CHAS that is a sure sign that health and safety is taken seriously.

Quality monitoring is the cornerstone of every office cleaning service. If your office is big and requires a few cleaning operatives all day long, most likely you will have a manager who will be on the site most of the time monitoring the quality. If your office however requires only 2 hours daily or even less, a cleaner would be allocated to your premises, who will be left to her/ his devices and the quality of work will depend on their attention to detail, ability to work without supervision and their experience in the field. Relying on an individual is tricky. A serious service provider will have a programme in place which would enable to monitor the quality. This would normally include a regular schedule of spot-checks and reports, with further relevant steps, such as more frequent spot- checks , further training provided to the operatives or replacing them if necessary, shall the spot - check reports indicate poor quality of cleaning on site.

Finally, being a member of a recognised professional organisation is an advantage, in cleaning industry that would be BICS ( The British Institute of Cleaning Science). Keep in mind though, that any membership costs money which are inevitably reflected on the cost of the service. 

If you need help with a Reliable office cleaning provider in London or Office Cleaning our GreenLeaf Cleaning Company will happy to provide this particular service.

Visit our website for more information or call via free phone number:  0800 032 6248

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Do you want to make your cleaning even greener? Invest in a steam cleaner.

Do you want to make your cleaning even greener? 

Invest in a steam cleaner.

Let me guess what you keep in your kitchen under the sink…. Hmm. A variety of plastic bottles of possible sizes and colours with cleaning liquids inside. Some of those might be toxic and harmful and while very potent to clean and disinfect your house they also cause pollution to your indoor air and might lead to some physical damage to our bodies in the long run, such as asthma, allergies and damage of the central nervous systems to name a few.  We have been strongly advocating eco-friendly products such as Ecover, Mehod and Bio-D, however there is another way to make your cleaning routine even greener and just as effective as using cleaning detergents. Invest in a steam cleaner and steam clean your house!

A steam cleaner is a machine with a water tank where water is heated to 140 F generating steam which is a very powerful cleansing agent not requiring any additional cleaning solution. The steam is safe to use on virtually every household surface including floors, toilets, kitchen, tiled area, windows, most types of the carpet and upholstery. The majority of steam cleaners come complete with a set of attachments suitable for different types of surfaces which make the work of cleaning house surfaces a piece of cake, enabling you to get in some tricky places, such as clips and fixtures that hold your toilet seat down and are a nightmare to have cleaned properly. 

You can also use some models to make your clothing free from wrinkles – you would be amazed how much quicker the method than ironing! Another thing a steamer would be brilliant at is cleaning your mattresses in between the changes, it only takes 5-10 minutes.  A car seat where your little one enjoyed marmalade sandwiches could be easily steam-cleaned too, removing sticky stuff along with germs and bacteria.

If you need help with Eco Green Cleaning our GreenLeaf London Cleaning Company will happy to provide this particular cleaning well as Green Spring Cleaning, One Off Cleaning.

Visit our website for more information or call via free phone number: 0800 032 6248