Cleaning with Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a great cleaner for your home. It’s also an inexpensive natural option to hazardous cleaners you might otherwise use.

Cleaning with hydrogen peroxide - also referred to as H2O2 - is one of the easiest ways to make sure that you provide a safer, cleaner space, with lower bacteria levels, but without the risk of the toxicity that is sometimes associated with cleaners. By cleaning with hydrogen peroxide, you not only protect the health of your employees and the other building users, but you also help to reduce the damage that is done to the environment.

The cleaning industry in America is taking an important turn towards providing effective, safe cleaning that also remains environmentally friendly. It has been predicted by such experts as the president of EnvirOx, that environmentally friendly products will comprise the majority of cleaning products within 10 years time. Though not to the point of exclusivity, this will mean that cleaning with hydrogen peroxide will comprise a substantial part of this movement.

Today’s ideal choices for cleaning involve using oxygen cleaners, which are formulations of hydrogen peroxide and a type of solvent, which may include something natural - for example, citrus or d-limonene (the major component of the oil extracted from citrus rind) or another type of degreasing surfactant.

Using hydrogen peroxide products are considered the elite option for cleaning because of their ability to effectively and successfully break down a stain from the molecular level. However, unlike toxic cleaners, oxygen cleaners are more environmentally desirable because when the hydrogen peroxide dissipates, the results are simple water and oxygen; neither of which has a negative impact on the environment.

This also means that another plus that you will experience when cleaning with hydrogen peroxide is that it works extremely well for cleaning and sanitizing countertops, and other surfaces that may be used for the preparation of food. This includes cutting boards made of woods and plastics.

Oxygen cleaners are readily available in pre-diluted formulas which are ready to use as multipurpose, multi-surface cleaners, as well as degreasers and stain removers. Moreover, concentrates are available for other lighter and heavier functions.

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House Cleaning - Selecting A Cleaning Service


Hiring House Cleaning Services

If cleaning your house is a task you simply don’t have time for, professional house cleaning services are there to save the day. For affordable rates, you can hire house cleaning services to come to your home on a scheduled day at a scheduled time to perform specific cleaning tasks or top-to-bottom detail.

In most cases, you’ll be asked to sign a contract, and you want to be sure you’re dealing with a reputable company before you scrawl your signature on the dotted line. First, ask for referrals to satisfied customers and follow up on them. Make sure that the company performs its duties in full for the agreed-upon price. Also, only deal with house cleaning services with bondable staff members. This greatly decreases your degree of risk.

Finally, double-check with the Better Business Bureau to see if there are any active complaints against the company on file. Avoid dealing with house cleaning services that have outstanding customer service or performance issues, as there are plenty of options available to you. There’s no reason for you to settle for anything less than the best.

Ten Points to Consider Before Employing A Cleaner In Your Home

Wouldn’t be great to have someone come in while you’re at work and get all those chores out of the way. Clean the house, do that pile of ironing – it’s the dream of every working woman and man.

In many cases it works out extremely well, but we all know someone who has a horror story to tell. Before you jump in with both feet and hand over the key to your house to someone you have never met before, consider the points below:

1. Who is she/he? Can they provide proof of identity i.e. passport or other photographic identity?

2. Where does she/he live? Can they provide proof of address, i.e. recent utility bills?

3. Who have they worked for previously? Can you speak to previous employers?

4. How long did they work in their previous position and why did they leave?

5. Can they be reliable? What other commitments do they have? Some cleaners have been known to take on more work than they can physically cope with. As a result the work becomes very shoddy or they give up after few weeks with exhaustion.

6. Are they fit and in good health? If they have difficulty bending or other restricted movements, they are unlikely to be able to do the job as efficiently as you would like.

7. Do they have other work? i.e. if your cleaner is moonlighting you could find yourself liable for tax and National Insurance in the UK.

8. Do they understand about basic hygiene? Don’t take it for granted – believe it or not there are still cleaners around who think that one cloth is all that is needed to clean the entire house. Make sure they know which cloths you use in specific areas. It is helpful to use different colours to avoid confusion.

9. Are they insured for any damage that may be caused to your possessions or property? If so, what are the limitations of the insurance?

10. If you are providing the equipment and materials, you may be liable for any injuries to the cleaner arising from faulty equipment. Check your insurance to ensure you have cover.

If it all seems rather daunting, you could contact a local cleaning company. Some are happy to take on domestic work. There are also a growing number of domestic cleaning agencies whose job it is to take care of the above points and to ensure that the person coming to your home is fit and proper to do the job. This could be well worth the extra couple of pounds per hour to put your mind at rest. However, do ask them how they vet their cleaners and what procedures they have to put things right should a disaster occur. Also find out how long they have been in business. If they’ve been around a long time they are likely to be fairly professional. It’s relatively easy to set up a cleaning company or agency, but those that cannot provide a good reliable service do not usually last more than a couple of years.

One thing is for sure, however you go about taking on a cleaner, how it all works out in practice does depend a great deal on whether the two parties can rub along together with mutual respect. If the cleaner can look forward to coming to your house to work, and you like having them there, it makes a tremendous difference all round.

It’s a good idea to agree a trial period of three to four weeks and have a short review session so that both parties can speak frankly about how it’s working out. With a little bit of thought and consideration on both sides it can be a truly rewarding experience.

By Anita Hemiman, housecleaning411.com

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