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Chemical Cleaners and Asthma: The Green Cleaning Solution

January 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Green Cleaning in Clive, IA by ServiceMaster Green

Although some consider asthma a childhood disease, it affects adults as well, which can result in costs to your business. For example, in 2008 asthma caused about 14.2 million lost work days. Furthermore, direct healthcare costs from asthma is about $50.1 billion annually. Indirect costs, such as in lost work days, costs about $5.9 billion. Therefore, for the sake of your employees’ health and for your business, you want to clean away the contaminants that can trigger asthma in your employees. However, if your janitorial cleaning service uses the wrong kind of cleaners, your efforts can actually backfire and make your employees’ asthma worse. To keep the health of your employees in tip top shape, try green cleaning services in Clive, Iowa by ServiceMaster Green of Des Moines
Asthma Triggers
There are many things you are likely aware of that can trigger asthma, such as:
• Allergens including mold, dust, food, cockroaches, and animal dander
• Air pollutants (both indoor and outdoor)
• Cigarette smoke
However, what you might not know is that the chemicals in many cleaning products are linked to asthma and even cancer.

Volatile Organic Compounds
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are released by many cleaning products. VOCs that are released from cleaning supplies can cause headaches, allergic reactions, and chronic respiratory problems (such as asthma). Products that have VOCs include:
• Air fresheners
• Chlorine bleach
• Detergent
• Rug cleaners
• Floor polish
The Green Cleaning Answer
At ServiceMaster Green of Des Moines, we use only eco-friendly products that are safe for people with asthma and chemical allergies. When you use our commercial cleaning services, such as janitorial cleaning or healthcare cleaning, you can rest assured that we will not exacerbate your employees’ or customers’ asthma or allergies. For more information on our green cleaning services and the benefits they can provide you, your employees and clients, contact us today!


 

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