You’re mopping floors with bleach?! People are now disinfecting everything and floors everywhere are meeting their demise.
It never fails, misusing bleach destroys hardwood and laminate flooring. But harsh chemicals on porous surfaces has always been a huge no-no in house cleaning.
If you’re a house cleaner or bleach lover, check this out. Clorox has stepped up to the plate to bring you a solution that will keep your floors and your family safe.
Listen: WHAT? Mopping Floors with Bleach?
Watch: WHAT? Mopping Floors with Bleach?
Hey there, I’m Angela Brown, and this is Ask a House Cleaner. This is a show where you get to ask a house cleaning question, and I get to help you find an answer. You can find this and 400 other answered questions in this series on our YouTube channel.
Mopping Floors with Bleach?
What? Mopping floors with bleach. Are you serious? We have a house cleaner that wrote into the show and asked this question.
“I have a client. And she’s crazy about using bleach. She likes the smell of it when she comes into the house. She has pets, cats, and dogs, and wants the house disinfected, according to her. This is a two-story home with concrete floors downstairs and laminated wood floors upstairs. I didn’t have any issue cleaning the downstairs with bleach because her floors are concrete.
But recently, she’s asked me to do the laminated wood floors with bleach and a regular mop. I explained how delicate the laminate wood floors are. And I was using my wood floor mop and cleaner, but she thinks it’s not clean enough. My question is, should I let this client go? She is wrong, but how can I convince her that she is wrong?”
Never Convince the Client That They are Wrong
The very first thing to pay attention to is you are not ever going to convince the client that they are wrong. In this particular situation, she wants to disinfect her home.
So right now, we are in the middle of a global pandemic. She wants to make sure that she’s safe, her family is safe and that her pets are safe. So, there’s no harm in that. The fact that she wants to use bleach on her concrete and her wood flooring, there is a small problem with that. Because those are both porous surfaces and Clorox was not designed for porous surfaces.
So, its completely understandable where you’re coming from. At the same time, we want to address the concerns of the client.
The Smell of Bleach Doesn’t Mean Something is Clean
So, the smell of bleach does not necessarily mean that something is clean. That’s a myth. The smell of bleach now has been altered and changed over the years. And there are lots of different scents for Clorox bleach. And we use Clorox because it’s a commonly known brand.
This is what we know as our mother’s bleach. This is a bleach, it’s what most people think of.
Now to pour this inside a mop bucket and start mopping a floor at full concentrate is about a pH of 12, which is very strong. So, for a wood floor, we want to use something around a seven. So, it is too strong to use on a regular floor.
Clorox Has Sprung to Action for Customers During COVID-19
That said, the Clorox company is now 107 years old. And on behalf of the Clorox company, I have never seen, even in a global pandemic, a company comes to bat so quickly for the community and for the society that we live in and for the pandemic.
They have gone to the market 24/7. They have renovated their entire production line up to 500% more than what they were producing before.
To produce this kind of volume of disinfectants, it costs the Clorox company a whole lot more money than normal production. And they are fighting to keep costs low and to avoid third party price gouging. So, they are doing an amazing job.
They Have Been Helping Disinfect Hospitals
Back in February of this year, to deal with the pandemic, they started producing 55-gallon drums of Clorox that would go out to the hospitals.
There they could clean up to 14,000 rooms with one 55 gallon drum of Clorox. So, they have gone to bat.
Now, while they’ve gone through this whole process, they’ve also realized that they have products like the Clorox bleach that is being misused for people who want to disinfect their homes.
People Have Been Misusing Clorox
They’re correct in the fact that people are misusing it. So, while we’re thinking of our mother’s bleach, the problem that I am seeing, and I’m on the back end, looking at all the house cleaning end of it. I’m seeing people that are using it full strength.
They’re leaving it for six to 10 minutes on cloth, drapes, carpet and wood furniture. And they are damaging furniture like nobody’s business. This is not Clorox’s fault because the labels on the jar tell you exactly how to use it.
So, when it’s used properly, it does exactly what it’s supposed to do. But it is error use that’s causing all the damage. So, Clorox came to bat and they said, “Let us create different products that are more user friendly.”
Scentiva is a New Product for Hardwood Floors
There is a product on the market, they came out with called Scentiva. And these are little wipes. They come in a container, and they are designed for hardwood floors. They’re also designed for laminate floors and you can use them on ceramic floors.
It kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria. It’s designed for the floor. They come in a sheet which is very wet and thick. It’s almost like a paper towel.
It gets very wet and it is designed to put right on the floor itself. Then you take your mop to help push it around.
Scentiva is Not Going to Damage Your Floors
So, you put this on the top of this wipe, that’s on the floor and you wipe it around. But it is reduced in the concentrate so that it’s not going to damage your floor. So, it’s a fabulous solution rather than making a mop bucket of bleach and then mixing the wrong concentrate and ruining the floor.
So, what we’re looking at is not that the client is wrong, but we’re probably on the wrong product. And so, pay attention to the fact that right now, during the pandemic, there are so many different options available and nothing is available, so where do you go?
And the Clorox company has wet wipes to hand sanitizers to the Clorox bleach, to sprays, sanitizing sprays, and now Scentivas for the floors.
Take This Opportunity to Use the Right Products
This is a wonderful opportunity for us to jump in and keep our families and our homes safe by using the right products. Now, on the back of any product that Clorox sells, is a UPC code.
When you scan that barcode, it activates an app called a smart label. And once you download the smart label to your phone, it takes you to a website where it shows you the information that is the active ingredients in the product you scanned.
So, it gives you all the information that’s on the safety data sheets, but it’s for consumers. And this is great, for the fact that when, in house cleaning as professionals, we encourage everybody to learn, read, and understand the safety data sheets.
House Cleaners Need to Know About Their Products
Because we as house cleaners are using the products all day, every day. And we need to know how to deal with those products on a mass scale. Now, the safety data sheets are not necessarily appropriate for a homeowner. Because the homeowner is only going to be using them every week or every other week for a few minutes.
So, they don’t have the same exposure to the chemicals that we do as professional house cleaners. So, this is where the smart label comes in. It’s for everyone. It’s an absolutely free app.
Once you scan that label, even if you’re in the aisle of a grocery store. It takes you to the website and it shows you what the active ingredients are inside the chemical. It shows you how to use it, and it tells you what you can use it on.
Clorox is Focused on Keeping Clients Safe
So, hats off to the Clorox company for coming up with and being innovative enough during a global pandemic to come up with solutions for us.
They’re not paying me to do it, but they have donated $14 million to the American Red Cross, the Center for Disease Control and a variety of other organizations that are developing research around the coronavirus to help us keep ourselves and our families safe.
Clorox Has a Solution for Our Problems During COVID-19
So, I am amazingly impressed at the work that they’ve done and the efforts that they’ve gone to during a time when most people are saying, “Oh, what a very scary time. What do we do now?”
They’re saying, “Hey, we have a solution. We’re going to get to the heart of it. We’re here to help.” So, Clorox, thank you very much. As far as the house cleaner goes, I want you to be informed. I want your clients to be informed.
And before you jump in and start making mop buckets of stuff to satisfy this woman, want to make sure that we’re on the right product. Because if you’re not on the right product, you’re going to do a lot of damage and somebody is going to be liable and responsible for that.Resources
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