Author Archives: GreenGuru

Window Cleaning 101

Though many of us (okay, most of us) don’t worry about washing our windows too often, we believe that it is important to know some facts and tips for a good and thorough window cleaning.

Posted on: 13 Dec 2012
Posted by: GreenGuru
Chemical safety! Know your chemicals

The following is a list of some dangerous chemicals that can be found in MANY household cleaning products. Always read labels carefully – and more importantly, understand what these chemicals are. Always use eco-friendly alternatives where you can, as it will protect the health of you and your family.

Acetone – is a neurotoxin that can contribute to liver and kidney damage. It is irritating to both the eyes and skin.  Found in spot treatment cleaners, scuff and mark removers, and many other products. Be sure to wear gloves and do let the product come in contact with skin.

Aerosol products– Aerosol products can contain nitrous oxide, propane, formaldehyde (a neurotoxin and known carcinogen) and methylene chloride (also a known carcinogen,  neurotoxin and also a reproductive toxin). Because these products are aerosol, the spray is broken down into small particles – meaning it is easy to breathe them in deeper, and can cause greater damage. Avoid using aerosol sprays altogether, if possible.

Ammonia – Causes irritation to eyes and all mucous membranes. Effects are things such as: breathing difficulty, wheezing, skin burns, and chest pains

Diethanolamine (DEA) – This chemical is a suspected carcinogen. It is a chemical that causes severe skin and eye irritation, and contributes to respiratory damage. It is used in a wide variety of household cleaning products, so read ingredient lists carefully and wear proper protection if the product is necessary to use.

Fragrance – When listed in ingredients, “fragrance” covers nearly 4,000 different ingredients, which can be toxic to humans and animals, but are legally protected as many are considered “trade secrets”. Many are proven to be carcinogens. These chemicals are known irritants to skin, eyes, and the respiratory system – often triggering asthma attacks, and can cause kidney, liver, and brain damage.

Methylene chloride – Used in paint strippers and stain removers, methylene chloride is a known carcinogen. Inhalation of this chemical can cause heart attacks, liver and brain damage. It is a severe skin irritant, and a moderate eye irritant. Do not inhale products that contain this chemical. Always wear proper equipment when using.

Silica – Made from finely ground quartz, silica is a known carcinogen. It is a fine respirable dust that causes severe respiratory distress. Silica is found in many abrasive cleansers often used around the home.

Turpentine – This chemical causes kidney, bladder and central nervous system damage, as well as allergy sensitization. It is also a severe eye irritant.  Found in many types of solvent cleaners, furniture polish and shoe products.

Posted on: 07 Dec 2012
Posted by: GreenGuru
Floor Stripping

This do-it-yourself blog post is intended for experienced DIY’ers. If you are ever uncertain, please enlist the services of a professional who will always use the proper materials and have the knowledge and expertise for the work involved.

Posted on: 22 Nov 2012
Posted by: GreenGuru
Safer cleaning methods for your home!

Here are some simple, Eco friendly recipes and cleaning methods for you to try at home. Each one uses ingredients that are easy to find around the house – and are very cost effective too!

Posted on: 13 Nov 2012
Posted by: GreenGuru
Household cleaning products are making us sick!

Typical household cleaners are on the top of the list of dangers in our homes. They cause indoor air pollution, which means many of us will suffer from skin, respiratory and eye irritation.

Posted on: 20 Sep 2012
Posted by: GreenGuru
Carpet cleaning tips

While it’s indeed true that professional carpet cleaning is the route to the best clean – there are great ways to keep it tidy between cleanings, or ways to save your carpet when a spill happens.

Posted on: 14 Sep 2012
Posted by: GreenGuru
Stay Healthy with Touch Point Cleaning

With over 40 years of combined experience in the field of facilities services, We offer our clients top quality cleaning and maintenance services with high standards, and we are committed to only using environmentally friendly cleaning products. Read more below to learn about touch point cleaning, and why keeping your spaces clean is important to your health.

Posted on: 05 Sep 2012
Posted by: GreenGuru
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