Most business owners know that appearances and first impressions can mean everything to prospective customers. Sometimes, they tend to overdo things when it comes to the chemicals and amounts of product they are using. The business owners and cleaning companies that spray now and ask questions later may be doing more harm than good. While having sparkling surfaces and hygienic, dust free environment is important, knowing which chemicals and how much to use is equally critical. Using too much chemical product on your surfaces and in your business can be damaging. You need to protect your business and its possible impression on customers. Avoid chemical cleaning misuse by working with a knowledgeable, reputable and dedicated commercial cleaning service.
Chemical Overuse Consequences
If you use the strongest chemicals available in the largest amounts possible, it can actually be corrosive to your surfaces including your flooring, walls and fixtures. All your hard work to keep your surfaces clean and professional-looking may be for naught if your chemical cleaners erode or damage them.
Cleaning products of any kind, but especially commercial grade cleaners, need to be used with care. You or your cleaning company need to be knowledgeable about the surfaces in your company, not just cleaning products. Certain flooring such as wood or travertine can become damaged over time if cleaned with cleaner that has an active acid such as vinegar. Common cleaners such as Comet have an extremely corrosive quality. That, when used on certain marbles or porcelain, will scratch and damage the surface.
In addition to actual damage, when too much chemical products are used, you risk residue build up.
Most cleaners are made up of some type of soap, chemical, or oil. With any cleaning product, too much can be just as ineffective as too little. If your cleaning company is applying too much product, slowly but surely your surfaces are accumulating residue. This residue will make your surfaces feel tacky and look grimy over time. The residue can also become a breeding ground for microbes making your work environment less attractive and less healthy.
An overabundance of cleaning products can also impact your employees’ health and safety.
Overapplication can expose your customers and employees unnecessarily to potent cleaning chemicals.
Repeated exposure to chemicals can cause health problems. It is also important to be consistent in your cleaning crew and products. An accidental chemical reaction from the overuse of multiple different chemicals can result in noxious gas that can be dangerous when inhaled. Chemical combinations can also be damaging to your surfaces so consistent use by a knowledgeable cleaner is critical. In addition to chemical interactions, overuse can cause residue buildup which may lead to slip hazards by making flooring and surfaces slick as well as pitted. Employee sick days and possible injuries could cost your business in time, productivity and litigation costs.
How to avoid overuse of chemicals
- Don’t overspray: it is important to work with a cleaning company that understands your specific cleaning needs and how to meet those needs without overdoing it. Work with a professional team who understands the importance of using chemical cleaners only as directed and as needed.
- Know the chemicals that are being used: Your cleaning crew must know the ins and out of any cleaner that is being used in your business and how each and every active ingredient could potentially interact with each other. This will keep you and your employees and customers safe from possible interactions.
- Use the least amount and type of chemical that will get the job done: Preschool teachers live by the mantra, “a little dab will do it” and so should your cleaners. The job needs to get done but too much can absolutely be a bad thing.
- Dilution rate chart: Ask any prospective cleaner what chemical cleaners they will be using and if they use the dilution rate chart for each. Commercial-grade cleaning products can vary from household cleaners dramatically and need to be diluted per the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid the issues listed above. If a prospective cleaning company doesn’t know the dilution rates of its chemicals you should keep looking.
- Do your research: You should carefully screen prospective cleaning companies as well as read up on cleaning products. Your personal preferences may include green products or avoiding certain active ingredients. If you know what you are comfortable with you can clearly communicate this to your cleaning company.
Effective cleaning is a top priority but equally important is the proper use of cleaning products. You, your employees and customers deserve a safe, clean and sparkling environment. We customize our cleaning products and techniques for each and every business we work with. We pride ourselves on training our staff so that they know every product used and exactly how to use it. If you are concerned about too much chemical products being used in your business, give us a call today. We will discuss in-depth your needs and how we can best meet them.