Cleaning Products & Processes: Partnering for Healthier Indoor Environments

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Dust control and deep cleaning are effective methods for reducing the level of viruses, bacteria, particulates, endotoxins, molds and allergens in indoor environments. But, the very products that are used to keep indoor environments clean also may contribute to indoor air pollution, usually in the form of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions.

The cleaning industry has made significant strides in its commitment to create "green" or environmentally friendly cleaning products, but many are rated by their VOC content, not by their VOC emissions. Measuring VOCs by weight or content does not give a clear picture of how much of a particular VOC may be getting into the air.

Additionally, the concentrations of individual VOCs may be well below known toxic levels, but interactions of those VOCs with other chemical compounds can form a third compound that may be a threat.

This white paper discusses the above topics as well as identifying the 25 most common VOCs and their sources including:

  • Terpenes associated with fragrances
  • Hydocarbons, glycols, and glycol ethers associated with solvents
  • Alcohols and aldehydes associated with disinfectants
  • Chlorinated hydrocarbons associated with spots cleaners, degreasers and disinfectants
  • Light hydrocarbon gases associated with aerosols

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