OUR APPROACH TO CHEMICALS IN CLEANING
Our Chemical Policy with regards to chemicals is quite simple - if it can come off without the use of commercial chemical formulations, that's great, if not we will use a specialist chemical.
We prefer to use products that are clean, green, effective, efficient, safe and environmentally preferable. This is good for both staff and clients.
When the issue concerns health and safety - high touch points, toilets, bathrooms and kitchens we use cleaning procedures set out by SA Health. If a chemical, natural or otherwise, has not been officially approved for sanitation it will not be used in areas of a high risk of contamination.
As an example - while vinegar has numerous cleaning applications we do not use it to sanitise high touch points as the research indicates that vinegar is ineffective with some bacteria and viruses.
Mould (fungus), some bacteria, viruses, grease, grime, scale and build up will need specialist chemicals for removal. It is important to treat both the soiling and contamination, especially if it involves micro-organisms.
Cooktop and oven grease, grime and carbon are always treated with appropriate oven cleaners (We have tried all of the Youtube Videos at home, so you don't have to).
We do not use bicarb and vinegar to clean ovens as the chemical reaction between the two amounts to mostly water, gas and sodium acetate (salt) which has very few if any cleaning properties. Due to this there is a high risk of flooding an oven, electrocution and destroying the cabinetry.
Stovetops that have carbon build up (the black stuff on the metal) from spills are treated in two ways. We use an appropriate cleaner to try to remove the carbon chemically (non abrasive). Failing that we can recommend you to a professional or use the resurfacing method.
CLEANING BRANDS WE LOVE
To Keep Cleaning Fun
We use a wide range of cleaning products to suit the application and desired result. While we our standard of clean is the same, we also love to try new things.
ECO CLEANING WITH RAW INGREDIENTS
For the Eco Conscious
We prefer to use eco cleaners when possible. Our staff are experienced with using eco cleaners to create an eco cleaning experience for our clients. As with all chemicals our Cleanify Technicians are trained in diluting the correct quantities of each product as well as the correct use.
The products we use in this category of cleans are:
As a glass finisher or for similar surfaces.
Plant Based Bar Soap & Brush
To replace detergent applications & for the removal of dirt and grime.
Coconut Oil & Grape Seed Oil
Alternative to vinegar in cleaning application
Bi Carb Soda
Replacement for Jiff & Gumption
Pure Essential Oil
An addition to add smell
Some oils have cleaning properties like eucalyptus
Lye (Pure Caustic Soda)
Unblocks and cleans drains
Steel Wool Pads
Resurface older Stainless Steel
THE BLEACH QUESTION
To use or not to use?
Bleach has received a bad reputation in recent years with consumers becoming increasingly eco conscious. Bleach has been used for chemical sanitisation for decades.
The benefit of bleach is that it's a multipurpose cleaner that is a fungicide (kills mould), bactericide (kills bacteria) and virucide (kills viruses) all in one. With the addition of a detergent, products like Domestos are highly effective domestic cleaners. One additional feature is that it's also septic safe. Using a bleach cleaner (not just ordinary bleach liquid) in toilets, sinks, suitable floors can reduce the reliance on chemical 'disinfectants'.
The problem with normal disinfectants is that bacteria adapt and become resistant to the substance which creates a greater problem. This is particularly worrisome when using a disinfectant as a sole cleaner. A bleach cleaner doesn't create this problem as it removes the soiling and kills the organism.
In terms of biodegradability, sodium hypochlorite (bleach) turns into into 95–98% salt and water. The remaining 3–5% is removed by sewage treatment or a septic tank where it degrades. Bleach does not enter the environment as it reacts with organic loads in pipes and is consumed before it reaches sewage treatment.
Bleach as with all chemicals needs to be used appropriately. There is also the extra precaution of removing all towels, protecting woollen carpets and wearing bleach resistant clothing in case of a spill.