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September 13, 2009

What Boulder-based Green Cleaning Experts “Clean Conscience” Recommend You Use in your Home or Office.


Chemicals can’t clean your home. They can endanger children, pets.

I just used Clean Conscience, a Boulder/Denver area green cleaning company that services homes and small businesses—and my dog hair infested, leftover Sunday New York Times cluttered home was suddenly transformed to the physical equivalent of a neurotic mind into an enlightened space conducive to enjoying life. As my parent’s Buddhist teacher said, we harm our “lungta,” or inner strength, every time we throw clothing on the floor. What is in influences what is out—and vice versa.

Why clean “green”? It’s something we all can get behind—Republicans, Democrats, Buddhists and good Christians—anyone who cares about the health of your children, pets, and planet. Which is just about all of us.

What I found interesting is what products Clean Conscience recommends to use—from good old fashioned cleaning agents like vinegar and lemon and baking soda to what kind of vacuum cleans the air, instead of dirties it, and what kind of mop cuts bacteria, instead of spreading it. ~ ed.

From their site:

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Clean Conscience offers professional cleaning service for homes and small businesses using only environmentally safe, non-toxic cleaning products and practices. We offer one time, monthly, bi-weekly and weekly cleaning services for Boulder and surrounding areas.

Why Go Green?

Many off the shelf cleaners contain a host of dangerous chemicals. Each time you use them you risk the health of yourself, your family, and your environment. Common household cleaners contain ammonia, chlorine, and formaldehyde. These chemicals are not necessary to clean your home effectively. In fact, they are a prime cause of health problems and environmental issues.

Choose Clean Conscience and experience a professional, reliable, customer centric team that leaves your home clean and healthy for your family and pets.

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Eco-Products line of cleaners are made with natural ingredients, without dyes or perfumes, are not tested on animals and are 100% biodegradable.

The Sh-Mop eliminates the use of a mop bucket and dirty water. It uses washable heavy terry cloth wipes for streak free cleaning.Since the covers are laundered, you always have a fresh sanitary mop which does not promote the spread of infectious bacteria.

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Clean Conscience chose ProTeam vacuums because of their commitment to indoor air quality. ProTeam has partnered with the American Lung Association in a campaign designed to promote public awareness and education about indoor air quality issues.

ProTeam’s vacuums were also awarded the Carpet and Rug Institute’s Green Label.
High performance vacuum cleaners have a significant impact on improved indoor air quality. At the same time, vacuums that effectively remove and contain soil while keeping the carpet looking good will help carpets last longer. So, ultimately, better performing vacuums provide a greater return on your investment and ensure a healthier indoor environment.

Recognizing the need to identify superior cleaning equipment, CRI introduced its Green Label Testing Program for vacuum cleaners in 2000.
To qualify for the Green Label, these vacuums must go through a stringent testing process that measures three key performance factors:

  • Soil Removal – The vacuum must remove a set quantity of soil from carpet in four passes
  • Dust Containment – The vacuum must not release more than 100 micrograms of dust particles per cubic meter of air. This protocol evaluates the total amount of dust particles released by the brush rolls, through the filtration bag and via any air leaks from the system, and is more stringent than the National Ambient Air Quality Standards
  • Carpet Appearance Retention –  The vacuum should not affect the appearance of the carpet more than a one-step change based on one year of normal vacuum use

Vacuums meeting the above protocols, which have been peer reviewed by scientists, can display the CRI Green Label on packaging, merchandising displays and on the machine itself. Since the launch of this test in 2000, CRI has certified more than one hundred machines in the following categories: backpacks, canisters, central systems, and uprights.

For more information like this, go to their site.

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