I have discussed this subject with many colleagues and cleaning business owners and the final conclusion I come to is always one and the same – green cleaning stuff is not as effective as standard cleaning stuff. Like it or not, that was everyone’s opinion too.
Let me get into some detail now. I know nowadays everybody is shouting and screaming “Save the planet”, “Green cleaning is the way forward” “Green this” and “Green that”. OK, I agree. Green is the new black. Green is nice and green sounds healthy. In fact green IS healthy. You can use Green Energy, Green Machines, Green Carboxes, Green Cups, Green bags etc. It is even very trendy and fashionable to do so. But when it comes to cleaning (and by cleaning I mean good old elbow grease) you can’t really rely on these “green” cleaning materials that many companies are trying to flog to the cleaning business owners (carpet cleaning included). Reason: they don’t work. Or at least they don’t work the way conventional cleaning stuff would work.
I have had a cases when a commercial cleaning client required that only green cleaning products were to be used in their work environment but at the same time the requirements insisted on top quality cleaning result. And guess what – the “top quality cleaning” result could only be achieved by using the conventional cleaning stuff that us cleaning folk have been using since the very start of time. When presented with a detailed demonstration, the client decided to switch back to the standard cleaning products that everybody uses. He did not want to stick to his guns to the so called “fashionable green cleaning mumbo jumbo” and chose the path of reason and good old common sense.
I don’t blame him. The guy just wanted to provide his highly motivated office staff with the level of cleanliness they deserved and this process did not include “green” stuff.
While I am on the subject I want to point out that the so called “green” products still contain chemicals. I am not really 100% convinced they represent a completely clean alternative to normal cleaning products. What I am sure of is that many manufacturers (mainly small time garage based one man bands) have seen a very good niche to start exploiting for their personal gain. In many other areas the green way of living and working may lead to significant benefits for the people and the planet Earth but when it’s about the cleaning industry – I very much doubt it.
Yes, there are ways of reducing the use of chemicals in the cleaning process by introducing microfibre cloths and various other methods of cleaning, but this is something totally different and has nothing to do with the point I am trying to raise here.
I believe there is a lack of specific scientific research that proves beyond a reasonable doubt that using “green” cleaning products is much safer to the environment than standard cleaning products. I would be very interested to find out the facts. If you know something I don’t know, please feel free to comment with the evidence and I will gladly re-consider (and re-publish) my thoughts. Unti then I will stick to what I (and thousands others) know and rely their business on.