Why Use Heat to Help Clean Your Carpets?

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Professional cleaners know heat helps your cleaning chemicals do a more effective job of cleaning your carpets. In fact, studies show cleaning chemical action doubles for every 18 degree temperature rise above 118 degrees F.

Along with heat, cleaning pros know you should also:

  • Use the right chemical for the job
  • Allow enough time for the chemicals do their job
  • Have the right pressure be used by the carpet cleaning machine

Does Using Cold Water Ever Work?

Some experts contend that carpets should be cleaned using cold water. Their rationale is that heating chemicals potentially releases noxious fumes, possibly harming both you and the environment.  But, that argument doesn’t hold water because heat doesn’t actually come into the picture until the cleaning is actually performed.  In most cases, pros use cold-water chemicals to pre-treat stubborn stains prior to general cleaning. So why is heat so important in the cleaning process?

Additional Benefits of Heat

Besides increasing chemical action, adding heat to the carpet cleaning process also:

  • Requires less chemical to do the job – a “greener” approach to cleaning
  • Gets the job done faster thereby reducing the amount of water and energy needed to clean the carpet
  • Breaks down grease and oil faster so they can be more effectively removed from your carpet
  • Does a better job of cleaning as more allergens are removed during the cleaning process
  • Helps your carpet dry faster, which reduces the risk of growing mold or mildew
  • Increases the lifespan of your carpet

Although it’s not necessary to use heat in every carpet cleaning procedure, adding heat to the general carpet cleaning process will provide better results than without using heat. So when using chemicals in your carpet cleaning process, “heat it up!”

Why Clean Your Facility During the Day?

When you think of a professional cleaning service, you usually think of someone coming in late in the evening when few (or no) people are working. But that may not be the best way to have your building cleaned. Why? Cleaning at night could be costing you big money on your energy costs.

Why Clean Your Facility During the Day?

Cleaning during the day is not unheard of in the United States, but it’s rare. However it’s very common in Europe, and since the potential energy cost savings are so lucrative, many think it will become the standard practice in the United States in the future.

Estimates of energy savings gained from cleaning during the day range from 4 to 8% per year. To estimate how much energy you’d save precisely, calculate the following:

  • Determine your electrical costs for all the lights that would be turned on
  • Estimate your heating and cooling costs

Money saved for your organization is always a good thing, but there’s much more your facility could gain with day cleaning:

  1. Better service quality – Few people enjoy working night and third-shift hours. Cleaning professionals who work during the day enjoy their jobs more, and do better work for your organization. Your own employees will appreciate your cleaning company’s staff more as they come into regular contact with them, which also helps cleaning staff take ownership of their jobs.
  1. Improved communication with your cleaning staff. If you employ an in-house cleaning staff, communication during the day is easier. If you outsource your cleaning, it’s difficult (sometimes impossible) to get in touch with contract cleaning management. If cleaning staff and management are present during the day, you’ll be able to talk with them directly to voice any concerns you have and get better service quality.

If you’re not day cleaning, you should probably consider it. Think of the potential dollars your organization could save during the year, and then think of what you could do with that money instead of paying energy bills; the answer could make it an easy decision.

Have You Heard about the Switch to GHS Labels?

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 OSHA is dramatically revamping labeling requirements for chemical products of all kinds. The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) has been used and encouraged by the United Nations since 2002. The US decided to adopt GHS standards in 2012.

Why is the US Adopting the GHS System?

OSHA has been using the HazCom system of communicating chemical product safety information since the early 1980s. It believes more than 500 chemical-related accidents and 40 deaths could be prevented annually by changing to the new labeling system.

With the rise in global commerce over the past several years, the import and export of products between different countries has increased, resulting in confusion from non-standard labels on cleaning and other institutional chemicals amongst the workers who handle them. For example, a Chinese product imported to the US may have instructions in Chinese, so US workers may not know how to properly handle it and avoid any associated dangers. The potential for harm and injury in the workplace was deemed high enough to warrant the adoption of a global labeling standard. Chemical distribution companies must have their labels GHS-compliant by June 1, 2015. Full adoption of the GHS system isn’t required to be complete until June 1, 2016.

How Does GHS Affect Consumers?

GHS will impact many different audiences, including consumers. When you purchase chemicals for household or other uses in the future, you can expect the following benefits:

  1. Consistency. GHS labels provide consistency of information across all chemicals, which streamlines the regulatory process for chemical supplies.
  1. Increased Safety. Safety information must appear in structured ways on all labels for chemical products. Standard wording and symbols make it easier for consumers to understand how to safely use them.
  1. Stronger emergency response to chemical hazard situations. Because all labels are similar and require first aid statements, it’s easier to respond to accidents when they do happen.

So, when you purchase any new chemical supplies be on the look-out for the new labels.