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Fast facts about VOCs

November 1, 2013

PETERBOROUGH, ON — Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are far more complex than many in the professional cleaning and building industries realize, according to a press release.

Charlotte Products/Enviro-Solutions, leading manufacturers of professional cleaning and green cleaning products, addresses several myths and misunderstandings about VOCs, the release stated.

To view these myths and misunderstandings, click here.

While some VOCs may have little or no effect on human health, the reality is that many can negatively affect health, especially for children and elders, the release noted.

According to the release, always take the following steps to help minimize VOC exposure:

  • Always make sure there is adequate ventilation when using building and cleaning products.
  • Do not store chemicals and other products with VOCs in containers, which can release VOCs.
  • Read the product's label or material safety data sheet (MSDS) to see if VOC levels are mentioned. Typically, a green-certified product has fewer VOCs than a conventional product.
  • Follow dilution instructions carefully.

"Finally, cleaning professionals should advise building owners and managers that VOCs are found in a wide variety of products. Before selecting building or cleaning products, the amount of VOCs should be considered," said Paul M. Wildenberg, vice president of sales North America for Charlotte Products/Enviro-Solutions.

Click here to read the release in its entirety.