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ICAN/ATEX: What is a good environmentally friendly product to mop floors around food?

February 26, 2013

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I work for a food manufacturer.

I want to recommend a good green product that can be used to mop the painted floors in a freeze dried fruit packaging facility.

They currently use cotton mops and orange oil cleaner with a little bleach.

Do you have advice on the proper mopping methods here?

What green product is good for hand washing?

I also wondered how often the mop heads should be replaced?

Tuesday’s Answer:

packaging facilityFinding environmentally safe and effective products should not be a chore.

Most manufacturers of cleaning chemicals have formulated “green” compounds to clean and disinfect various types of surfaces.

Ask your local JanSan supply house.

Bleach would not be my first choice for disinfecting the floors. There are better products such as quaternary ammonium-based solutions and some green disinfectants.

The citrus-based cleaner will be effective for degreasing if that is what is needed on the floors, but most such products require careful rinsing to remove  … Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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