10 Floor Cleaning Tips To Keep Your Children and Pets Safe
Do you ever stop to think if your floors are safe enough for your kids and pets? After all, they spend a lot of time there. Children can pick up germs when they put their hands in their mouth or rub their nose after touching the floor with their hands. Dogs lick up scraps of food off the floor. Indirectly, they are ingesting whatever is present on your floors to some degree.
So, are you removing the dirt and germs on your floors sufficiently to make them safe for your kids and pets? Are you using cleaning chemicals that are harmful to your kids (or pets) health? Read on to find out what you (or your cleaning service) can do to keep your floors safe.
1) Household Floor Cleaners May Contain Irritating Detergents:
Soaps contain surfactants, which are chemicals that help dissolve and remove dirt from floors and other surfaces. Soaps are not well tolerated by animals or humans when ingested. They can cause GI discomfort, diarrhea and vomiting (in high enough concentrations) and shouldn’t be used to clean floors on a regular basis. If you (or your cleaning service) use detergents, make sure they’re diluted properly. If stronger concentrations of cleaning detergents are needed, make sure the floors are thoroughly rinsed with water to remove any soap residues that are left behind.
2) Avoid the Use of Toxic Cleaning Chemicals: Check the Label!
If you’re using store bought cleaning solutions, check the label to make sure that they don’t contain hazardous chemicals. If there is a warning on the label that says: Keep this out of the reach of children and pets, don’t use it! If you use a janitorial service ask them to show you what type of cleaners they use. Don’t assume that they will be using pet safe cleaning chemicals.
3) Use Green Cleaning Products:
Not all green cleaning products are created equal. The FTC has issued warnings to check the labels on the cleaning products you buy. According to their guidelines, the green cleaning product should be “certified by an independent third-party with appropriate expertise.”