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Hydrogen Peroxide in Cleaning Products

Pearson cleaning with a blue rag while wearing a yellow gloveWho hasn’t enjoyed the bubbling of hydrogen peroxide when its poured on a dirty surface? That bubbling is more than just entertainment, its cleaning and sanitation in action. 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. When you clean 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.

Companies in the cleaning industry, like ServiceMaster of Wake County are 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. Cleaning with hydrogen peroxide works best on stains that are protein-based, on carpets, grouting, and on laundry, and work very well as deodorizers. However, petroleum-based stains, such as gum and oils still present a challenge for oxygen cleaners. Also, depending on the pH level of the cleaner, it may not work on hard floors, since it could damage the sealant of the surface.

Since the hydrogen peroxide dissipates and you’re left with a clean surface, this means that another plus of 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. This is ideal for those office microwaves and food spills that tend to leave residue that insects enjoy munching on. While you could use the bottle of chemicals under the sink, you should opt for a cleaner that contains hydrogen peroxide. 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. One of the best places to use hydrogen peroxide cleaners is on a surface you put your face near every day…the water fountain. The cleaner will sanitize the spout and surface without contaminating the water or tainting the surface with chemicals that you could consume.

Commercial cleaning services and janitors commonly use hydrogen peroxide cleaning products in office kitchens, break rooms, water fountains and bathrooms. The quality of the products a service uses when cleaning your office is just as important as the people. ServiceMaster of Wake County uses only the highest quality, safe, effective and environmentally and consumer friendly products when cleaning your workspace.