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Monday's Ask the Experts: Green product selection

June 20, 2011
Monday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: 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?
The answer:
Finding 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 jan-san supply house. Online, Green Seal also provides a listing of their approved products from various sources at www.greenseal.org/findaproduct/index.cfm.
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 ... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor
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