Sensitive Cleaning for Sensitive Building Occupants
Sensitive Cleaning for Sensitive Building Occupants

Pregnant women, children with asthma, the elderly. These are all segments of the population that are particularly sensitive to cleaning products. Chemicals used in hospitals, schools, daycares and nursing homes can trigger allergies, asthma attacks and other adverse reactions to those with certain health conditions.

The number of people suffering from asthma and allergies is on the rise. An allergic reaction can be set off simply by breathing in a cleaning chemical with strong fumes. There is evidence suggesting a link between certain chemicals found in some cleaning products and breathing ability. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences did a study showing a link between a chemical called 1,4 DCB (dichlorobenzene) and lung function. This is a chemical often found in room deodorizers and other cleaning products. Those who had the highest levels of this chemical in their blood had worse lung function. With the rise of asthma and allergies in both adults and children, there is now an increased need to customize cleaning programs based the sensitivities of those occupying the building being cleaned.

It’s often believed that for a disinfectant to be effective, it must have a strong odor. That just isn’t the case anymore. There are now lightly scented or unscented products as well as cleaning methods that allow the chemical to be less hazardous to those with sensitivities. For example, cleaners should put the disinfectant directly on their clothes versus spraying the surface which will produce more of the product getting into the air. Another occupant-friendly option is using bio-based products which are made from plant sources such as citrus, lavender or soy and have low levels of VOC’s(volatile organic compounds). Products that are truly Green will be certified by third parties such as Green Seal, a non-profit organization whose only purpose is to direct consumers to environmentally responsible products and services.

Nowadays, more distributors are recommending, and cleaning companies are using EFS Clean cleaning products. Distributors play an important role by recommending these products to cleaners and educating them on how to replace harsh chemicals with these safer alternatives. By swapping regular potent chemicals for those designed to clean Green, not only will the sensitive populations be better protected but everyone else, including the cleaners, will be better for it.


EFS Clean Building Services is Calgary’s locally-owned-and-grown Commercial Cleaning Company. Our services include commercial cleaning, post-construction cleaning, quality assurance inspections, ceiling restoration and hard surface restoration. Let us help you get a better clean by calling 403-949-3344 or send us a message on our Contact Us page.