5 Benefits of Eco-friendly Cleaning Products

5 Benefits of Eco-friendly Cleaning Products

As we all know, there are many cleaning service providers in the market that are striving hard to gather a large customer base. However, being  one of industry pioneers, we realize the importance of environment friendly cleaning products and how much customers nowadays prefer using environment friendly cleaning products. Not just one or two, but there are many benefits of using environment friendly cleaning products. The five most significant benefits of using  are listed here.

1. Eco-friendly Products Protect the Environment

As responsible citizens of Singapore, we are all accountable in using eco friendly cleaning products. This would largely mitigate the global warming that can have very harmful effects of the environment of Singapore. Non eco friendly cleaners have chemicals that aid in ozone depletion breaking the resistance of ultra violet rays to enter the environment. With the harmful ultra violet radiation, not only human life but aquatic life is also endangered. Eco friendly cleaners mitigate all these detrimental effects of chemicals.

2. Non Toxic Ingredient

Traditional workers that made cleaning products faced a lot of problems in vision and injuries due to the harsh chemicals being used in the cleaning products however that is not the case now, with eco friendly cleaning products. This is because these products are made up of ingredients that are hundred percent natural and extracted from herbs. Eco friendly cleaning products are made up of ingredients that are certified by the local laws that they are not toxic and cannot be a source of any detriment to the health of the workers.

3. Avoid Allergies by Harmful Chemical

In the same regard, eco friendly cleaning products provide great benefits for the users. Allergies caused by harmful chemicals used in the chemical cleaners are very common. These include breathing allergies mostly due to the harmful chemical gases in these cleaning products. These chemicals give rise to very volatile gases that damage the lungs. On the contrary, eco friendly cleaners are completely safe to use and do not give rise to any health hazards.

4. Safer Cleaning Product and Triclosan-free

Many cleaning products when used have a major agent, triclosan in them. This helps in the sanitization of the upholstery however it reduces the resistance of the bacteria against antibiotics. Humans known to have used cleaners having sanitization properties have reportedly experienced thyroid issues. Eco friendly products are triclosan free and thus are safer than non eco friendly products.

5. Use Herbal Extracts and Natural Bleaching agents

Lastly, in conventional cleaners, heavy metals and mutagens are used. These cause hormonal imbalances, anemia in children, cancer and mutation of red blood cells. Heavy metals specifically lead causes barriers in growth of children. On the other hand, eco friendly products use herbal extracts and natural bleaching agents that do not cause any harm to the health of the users. Absence of harsh chemicals in the eco friendly cleaning products ensure any discoloration of the fabric and furnishings of your upholstery. The future of Singapore would be in using non eco friendly cleaning products therefore only certified eco friendly cleaning products shall be used in order to bring about a better future for all.

House Dust Mites

House Dust Mites

One important group of arthropods linked to asthma and common allergies are house dust mites. In 1921, a link was suggested between asthmatic symptoms and allergy triggers and house dust, but it was not until 1964 that investigators suggested that a mite could be responsible. Further investigation linked a number of mite species to the allergen response and revealed that homes have more mites and, subsequently, more allergens. In addition, researchers established that fecal pellets deposited by the mites accumulated in home fabrics and could become airborne via domestic activities such as vacuuming and dusting, resulting in inhalation by the inhabitants of the home. House dust mites are distributed worldwide, with a minimum of 13 species identified from house dust. The two most common in the United States are the North American house dust mite ( Dermatophagoides farinae) and the European house dust mite ( D. pteronyssinus).

According to Lyon, house dust mites thrive in homes that provide a source of food and shelter. Most mites are found in bedrooms in bedding, where they spend up to a third of their lives. A typical mattress may have from 100,000 to 10 million mites in it. In addition, carpeted floors, especially long, loose pile carpet, provide a microhabitat for the accumulation of food and moisture for the mite, and also provide protection from removal by vacuuming. The house dust mite’s favourite food is human dander (skin flakes), which are shed at a rate of approximately 0.20 ounces per week.

House dust mites can be detected using diagnostic tests that measure the presence and infestation level of mites by combining dust samples collected from various places inside the home with indicator reagents Assuming the presence of mites, the precautions listed below should be taken if people with asthma and allergies are present in the home:

  • Use synthetic rather than feather and down pillows.
  • Change bedding and vacuum the bed base and mattress or use a professional company that provides this service on a regular basis.
  • Use nylon or cotton cellulose blankets rather than wool blankets.
  • Use hot (120°F–130°F [49°C–54°C]) water to wash all bedding, as well as room curtains.
  • Eliminate or reduce fabric wall hangings, curtains, and drapes.
  • Use wood, tile, linoleum, or vinyl floor covering rather than carpet.
  • Purchase stuffed toys that are machine washable.

High powered or industrial grade HEPA vacuums such as those used by professional mattress cleaning companies have also been shown to be effective. A conventional vacuum tends to be inefficient as a control measure and results in a significant increase in airborne dust concentrations.

Pets
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pets can be significant asthma and allergy triggers because of dead skin flakes, urine, faeces, saliva, and hair. Proteins in the dander, urine, or saliva of warm-blooded animals can sensitize individuals and lead to allergic reactions or trigger asthmatic episodes. Warm-blooded animals include dogs, cats, birds, and rodents (hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, rats, and mice). Numerous strategies, such as the following, can diminish or eliminate animal allergens in the home:

  • Eliminate animals from the home.
  • Thoroughly clean the home (including floors and walls) after the animal removal.
  • If pets must remain in the home, reduce pet exposure in sleeping areas. Keep pets away from upholstered furniture, carpeted areas, and stuffed toys, and keep the pets outdoors as much as possible
Hygienitech Systems – Crystal Ball

Hygienitech Systems – Crystal Ball

If I had a crystal ball, I’d be asking it “when is this COVID-19 pandemic going to end?”

I’d also be sanitizing it as often as possible with my hand-held UV-C germicidal light.

For more than 20-years we’ve been educating people around the world about the benefits of UV-C light.

We’ve also been equipping our service providers with all of the tools they need to sanitize every type of mattress, upholstered item or any type of porous surface, as well as hard surfaces, using the Hygienitech System and our UV-C based and chemical free process.

Now, more than ever before, we need to collectively get our message out and the best way to do it is using and dominating all of the social media.

It’s the ideal time to let everyone in your area know that while we cannot cure the COVID-19 virus, we can certainly do our part in stopping it from spreading.

Even if they’re reluctant to have you service their home or multi-bed environment right now because of all of the restrictions that are in place, they’ll certainly be ready for you when the world’s doors are finally open again.

With regard to these restrictions, it is important to note that although many places may be closed to the public, they may be very receptive to having our services performed now, before they open up for business. This applies to private homes as well. If you want to do something to show people that you’re capable of providing our services right now, then we would suggest that you do some digging online and locate some type of hazmat suit or any type of protective clothing, as well as a protective face mask.

If you’re able to do this, put this outfit on and either take a selfie or have someone take your picture and post this on your website and every social media site you’re on. We are professionals and we need to look that way, now more than ever.

My Crystal Ball might also tell me that when this pandemic is over, we will all be living in a different world. Everyone and every place of business is going to be more germophobic and more aware of the harmful contaminants in our surroundings.

I wish I was there to shake your hand (even though Dr. Fauci says that we should stop shaking hands now and forever) and thank you for being a member of the Global Hygienitech family.

Now let’s show the world what we can do.

Stay safe, stay informed and stay visible.

3 Most Stubborn Stains to Remove

3 Most Stubborn Stains to Remove

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The biggest challenge for any cleaning company is to remove tough and hard to go stains in the most effective and efficient manner. Having over many years of experience, we hold expertise in removing even the toughest stains. If we have to prioritise the three most difficult stains that take us the most amount of time, energy and cost, we would go for blood, coffee and ink stains. In this context, we are proud to state that we use the most latest techniques that remove these tough stains. There are a large number of simple as well as technology induced cleaning solutions that we make use of to remove these tough stains from your carpet, mattress, sofa and other upholstery.

Blood stains

Blood stains, being the toughest of the lot bring with them a considerable amount of anxiety with them. However, with the tips mentioned here the blood stains fade away completely. It shall be taken care of that with blood stains, always make use of cold water instead of hot water. This is because cold water mitigates and ceases the stain to penetrate deeply into the upholstery. For the removal of blood stains, take some liquid detergent in a spray bottle and liberally cover the stain. Following this, wash it off with ice cold water and the blood stain should come off immediately. Apart from this, for easy removal of blood stains, there are many bleach free agents that serve as effective cleaners for the removal of blood stains.

Coffee stains

Stating about coffee stains, it should be known that coffee stain can lead to the surface of the upholstery looking very dainty and ugly. They create a yellowish brown color exhibiting gross smell with the passage of time. If the coffee stain is not attended immediately, then, take a light colored paper towel and start with blotting on the coffee stain to extract all the stain. Make sure to use the one towel to extract all the extra spillage. Make a mixture of water and vinegar and with a sponge, scrub of the stain with the sponge until the coffee stain on the upholstery completely fades away. Afterwards, let the air dry the furnishing. Having said this, there are certain types of off the shelf cleaners specifically designed to remove coffee stains. You can find them easily at your local store.

Ink stains

On the other hand, speaking of ink stains, they are known to create havoc on the furnishings and fabrics of upholstery. The molecular break down of the ink stain is very hard to attain. However, with years of experimenting, we have finally come up with the best cleaning method for ink stains. Isopropyl is the main ingredient that aids in fast removal of ink stain. The more the quantity of isopropyl you would use, the faster the ink stain removal will speed up. Just dab a liberal amount of isopropyl alcohol on the ink stain and leave it on the stain for a few hours. Be sure not to rub in the alcohol as it would make the ink stain spread even more.

A final word in removing the three most challenging stains in cleaning is that always perform a patch test first before applying the cleaning method on the actual stain. Conclusively, always wear gloves to avoid any harmful agent in the cleaners to come in contact with your skin.

Carpet Maintenance Tips

Carpet Maintenance Tips

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It is a widely and commonly practiced misconception that upholstery shall only be sent for cleaning service when it becomes dull and appears dirty and smelly. If we specifically focus on carpets that constitute as an important part of the upholstery we have at our households and workplaces, there are potential health risks involved with carpets. Carpets are often an ensemble of luxury however many people in Singapore are allergic to the dust and air particles that embed in the carpets. This is what makes the cleaning of carpets of ultra importance.

You can wash and vacuum your carpet at home too but that would not be able to remove dust and dirt piled up in the depths of your carpet thus you would need to go for professional cleaning. We are one of the few cleaning service providers that have imported vacuums brought in to provide you with the deep cleaning of your carpet. If you engage with us, your carpet would no longer look dirty and dull. We would professionally clean and provide you with soft and squeaky clean carpets.

The two most effective tips for carpet cleaning to prevent allergies are listed below.

1. Vacuum your carpet once or twice a week

Vacuum your carpet once a week to prevent dirt from embedding itself. Frequent vacuuming prolongs the life of your carpet.  You should be aware of the fact that in order to prevent any allergies, you should take your carpet for cleaning to a professional cleaning service provider like us. This shall be done every year or semi annually to be on the safe side. We use around seventy percent less water to clean carpets. This is because the less the water used in carpet cleaning, the less likely it is for the allergens to settle on the carpet.

2. Use chemical free cleaning formulations

Use chemical free cleaning formulations to clean blot or spills. Chemicals trigger allergies in children and pets and thus can cause asthma in small kids. They can also cause skin allergies like rashes on the fur of the pets and skin of humans. Use green friendly formulations that are hundred percent chemical safe or mix one part white vinegar with one part water and pour it into a handheld sprayer. Spray the solution on the entire stained area and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes to soak in before pressing a clean sponge to the affected area

It shall be of noteworthy significance that if you use shampoos and detergents to clean your carpet, then it could prove to be giving rise to allergens. This is because the fragrances of these shampoos and detergents could prove to be allergic therefore it is best to use fragrance free detergents. More so, if you are seriously allergic or are prone to get allergic due to carpet cleaning, then ask a friend or a family member to do the carpet cleaning for you.

A precaution that you shall take is to wear a mask while doing the carpet cleaning. The carpet cleaning should take place in a clean environment that is dust free. Keeping in view these tips, you can maintain your carpet and be allergy free.

 

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