Put Down The Good Housekeeping Magazine And Learn

Mediocore cleaning results aren’t always a direct reflection on the cleaning personnel and their effort? You may notice a haze that never seems to go away on stainless steel, or rust that remains even though you see the cleaning people scrub it in vain.  Perhaps the restrooms are clean (only momentarily due to foot traffic) but the smell of bleach persists then giving away to the usual sour smell making you wonder, it’s 2015, not 1955, so why is bleach still being used?

In a lot of cases it’s not the cleaner’s fault. The tools, chemicals, and lack of understanding that persists from the top down is the real culprit. Their company, culturally, is like a lot of cleaning companies that have been in business a long time.  They base their “science” on what Good Housekeeping says, or “what always works,” or what the janitorial supplier is pushing them to waste their money on.  At its core, the responsibility of the cleaning company is to remove unwanted contaminants and put it in its proper place. An effective cleaning company is one that understands the science behind removing the contaminants. For the purposes of this discussion, let’s refer to all types of multi-type soils, carbon dust, etc. … as ‘a contaminant.’


  • Do they work?
  • Are they non-ionic? With the spectrum of needs for specialty cleaning chemicals not all choices we have are nonionic unfortunately.  However we do use them when they match our needs.
  • What kind of suspension agent do they use (to suspend contaminants so they don’t settle back down on the surface before being wiped away)?
  • Are they reasonably safe, not containing butyls or other harsh fuming chemicals
  • Do they leave little to no residue (leaving surfaces cleaner, longer)? Some chemicals, such as Mirage, we use on finished floors, for example, are both non-ionic and FDA A1 certified which indicates the chemical leaves next to zero residue on surfaces once it’s wiped/mopped up.