just exactly what do we mean by green?

primeclean sydney is a carpet and fibrer care cleaning firm that uses the green cleanphilosophy.

at primclean sydney, we use products and cleaning solutions that are free of harmful chemicals. our environmentally safe products neither harm or damage the items we are cleaning (e.g. carpets, upholstery, mattresses, rugs, etc) nor the family members. and we help you restore the look, feel ad smell of the item as if new!

primeclean cleaning solutions has certainly paid attention to the development of the  “green movement.” however, the idea that our company must manufacture solutions in a manner that takes into consideration the impact, or “environmental footprint” of the ingredients we use and the use of the solutions in final application is not a new idea to our company. we have been practicing many of the common sense applications of the “green movement” since our company, primclean’s inception.
we at primeclean believe that green is a process, not just a new ingredient in a cleaning solution. cleaning green recognizes the connectivity of the entire cleaning process, including the cleaning technician him/herself.
one of the questions you should be asking yourself is this: “what does green really mean?” there are at least eight ways that we see “green” could be measured when you are looking at the impact of cleaning chemical solutions on the world around us.

1. outdoor environmental impact and footprint

are the cleaning solutions rapidly biodegradable? what impact does it have on the environment to access the raw ingredients that make up those cleaning solutions?

2. indoor environmental quality

 the cleaning green process should not only improve the appearance of the surface being cleaned, it should also improve the environmental quality by removing soil, allergens, pollutants, contaminants, and particles from the indoor environment. it should do this without the overuse of the “green cleaning” solutions.

3. sustainability and the use of renewable resources

what are the sources for the ingredients that make up the “green cleaning” solutions? many surfactants and most solvents are derived from petroleum oil – a limited resource that requires environmental impact to extract or pump. we now have safe and effective cleaning detergents that are comprised of surfactants derived from plants and seeds. these are renewable resources that can be sustained over a long period of time. however, there are still some surfactants that are considered green even though their source is not readily renewable, simply because they are from a natural environment.

4. packaging and recycling issues

what are the sources for the ingredients that make up the “green cleaning” solutions? many surfactants and most solvents are derived from petroleum oil – a limited resource that requires environmental impact to extract or pump. we now have safe and effective cleaning detergents that are comprised of surfactants derived from plants and seeds. these are renewable resources that can be sustained over a long period of time. however, there are still some surfactants that are considered green even though their source is not readily renewable, simply because they are from a natural environment.

5. reducing use of resources

the more concentrated the cleaning solution is, the less resources are used to transport it from the manufacturer to the user. concentration and dilution rates are critical parts of the cleaning green process. generally, the less cleaning solution we have to use, the better.

6. healths impact upon the occupants of the home or business, as well as the cleaning technician themselves

are the cleaning solutions safe to use and non-toxic? do they contribute to issues of those who are chemically sensitive with strong fragrances or dyes? what about the impact on the cleaning technician who is exposed to that cleaning solution day in and day out?

7. cleaning effectiveness

this may well be the most important measurement of whether the solution is truly “green.” if cleaning is defined as the “proper removal, collection, and disposal of unwanted matter from a surface or environment,” then cleaning itself is a “green process.” we want to make sure it breaks down, dissolves, emulsifies, and allows for complete removal of the soils, allergens, particulates, contaminants, and pollutants from the surface being cleaned. if a cleaning technician is trying to clean an extremely soiled surface, and the “green” cleaning solution is not effectively doing it, then the natural tendency is to use more of the cleaning solution. this can lead to the overuse or misuse of the “green” cleaning chemical. a build up of “plant or seed derived” surfactants on a surface being applied and not extracted, can lead to a “mold farm” of left behind surfactants, certainly not a “green cleaning” principle.

it does not take a whole lot of education to realize this concept of “green cleaning” is more complex than just switching ingredients in a chemical. there are all kinds of cleaning product “certification programs” out there for “green” chemicals. however, there is no program that takes into account all seven of these dynamics. many of the rules and standards within these programs actually conflict with each other. there are systems, which evaluate the cleaning procedures as part of the “green cleaning” process that do not measure in any way whether the procedures and chemistry actually work!
so protect our environment, your health, your family’s health and loved once and contact primeclean now!

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