Are the Eco friendly products strong enough to produce as good a finish as the normal cleaning products?
We believe the ‘Eco Friendly’ products we have chosen to use in your home will provide just a good result in almost all situations. In addition to this we believe ‘eco friendly’ products will also preserve your home using less abrasive chemicals, whilst ensuring a far healthier environment. There will be situations in all households where a more acidic or bleach based product may produce a better finish (e.g very poorly maintained ovens, apartments with very old and poorly maintained bathrooms or kitchen fittings). In any situation this may occur we will advise you at the time of why and which alternative product we would like to use, and it will be in your discretion if we are to remain with only ‘eco friendly’ and achieve the best possible the result, or use the recommended alternative. Usually this would only be a one-time occasion to remove extreme levels of uncleanliness and eco-friendly products will be used for any future services.
Does it take longer to clean my apartment using Eco Friendly products?
Based on over 10 years experience we have a tried and tested system where timings are based on the number of bedrooms in the apartment, and our prices are adjusted accordingly. This is the exact same situation for Eco Butler. Following the first service to your apartment we will be able to advise if to obtain the perfect result we require additional time. This is usually the cause of extremely untidy apartments and not as a result of which chemicals are used.
What does ‘Eco Friendly’ really mean?
“not harmful to the environment”. This is the Oxford Dictionary’s definition and in short, our products are exactly that. Most household cleaning products have either an acidic, ammonia or sodium chloride (bleach) base. As well as causing damage to the environment through the release of dioxins in the the water, air and soil, these products can also take centuries to decompose. Within the home this can be harmful to the skin, respiratory system and general health. Eco Friendly can mean anything from products, living practices and policies who’s main objective is to preserve the planet and avoid at all costs contribution to the pollution of our land, air and water systems. As far as cleaning products are concerned, Eco Friendly also refers to using only safe ingredients which keep to the main goals of the Eco Friendly movement. For more details on ingredients please see the next question.
What are Eco Friendly products made of?
All products will vary slightly however typically there will be no toxic materials, with all ingredients coming from plant based sources. Some companies will also go a step further and make sure all packaging and bottles etc are made from recycled materials and are bio-degradable, A typical mutli-purpose cleaner will have a base of water and include many completely natural ingredients based on oils, fats and sugars from sustainable sources such as herbs, fruits and vegetables. Other natural ingredients which some people may consider researching the uses and effects would be alcohol (disinfectant), sodium citrate (acidity regulator) and lactic acid (descaling). These will be of a minimum quantity, are still considered natural, and are used to mainly to ensure the effectiveness of the product and stabilize the ingredients to be a useful spray, liquid or gel etc.
Do I still need to wear gloves if I used them myself?
Gloves are usually recommended for the use with cleaning products because of the damaging effects of chlorine, ammonia or acidic based ingredients. You will be delighted to know that plant based ingredients would not cause any of the same effects on respiratory system, skin or eyes. Please note, this does not include reactions due to allergies as many eco-friendly products may contain ingredients from nuts and other plant based sources, and it is always recommended to check ingredient lists if you suffer from any allergies. Whilst eco-friendly products should not cause any harm to your skin or respatory system we would still recommend avoiding contact with eyes, and direct contact with food or consumable liquids.
What do all the Eco Friendly signs mean on the backs of bottles?
Am I paying more for an Eco Friendly cleaning service, and if so, why?
The rates for the Eco Butler service are slightly more expensive than the rates we offer for our Urban Butler Service. This is due to the simple fact that the cost of purchasing Eco Friendly products are unfortunately more expensive than standard cleaning products which contain harmful materials.
What are the advantages of Eco Friendly products?
- Eco-Friendly products are plant based which will do not cause harm to the respiratory system and will drastically reduce any reaction to the skin or eyes.
- Your whole home will become a naturally safer place to eat, sleep and breathe with kitchen, bathroom and furniture surfaces as well as air-quality remaining free of any harmful substances.
- You will contribution to serious global environmental issues especially with regards to both general and toxic waster.
- You will instil an eco friendly lifestyle within your family, increase your knowledge base, and can spread the word to other friends and family alike.
- You will have peace of mind knowing that loved ones, children and pets are safe from the damage caused by toxic domestic chemicals.
Are Eco-Friendly products effective againts germs, bacteria and viruses, including the coronavirus?
We have contacted several of the largest suppliers of Eco-Friendly cleaning products to discuss this issue. Currently, including all non-eco friendly suppliers, there are no EPA approved disinfectant products to combat Covid-19 virus. Products which are EPA registered to kill the toughest of viruses, germs and bacteria are usually expected to have the same effect agains all emerging new pathogens, however this is not to be seen as an approval until official testing and confirmation have been given. All individual Eco-Friendly cleaning products (including hand sanitizers) have a range of viruses, germs and bacteria for which they are effective against. These are usually labelled on the product themselves. Should you have any specific concerns please feel free to contact Eco Butler to discuss. We are also able to incorporate the use of certain stronger non-eco friendly products in certain areas of your home upon special request.
Can I ask to use a specific brand or product that I like?
Before offering the Eco Butler Service we tried and tested all of the major suppliers and products and feel we are bringing to your home the best available options. As it’s your home we are more than happy to use your prefered product, provided it stays within the Eco Friendly concept.
Am I able to purchase the products to keep in my home?
Yes. (and at discounted rates through Eco Butler!) Please inform your Head Butler which of the products you are interested in purchasing we’ll be happy to assist you with an order. All orders can be delivered with your next Service free of charge or delivered separately at an additional cost. (Please contact us regarding pricing)
Are there any dangers or precautions I should know about regarding these products?
Compared to non Eco Friendly products the dangers to personal health and the items within your home is minimal. All of our eco-friendly products also have labels with any safety measures and precautions. We would still not recommend ingesting any of the products and to be careful at all times with regards to contact with eyes. Even in worst case situations, including pets, other than a sore tummy and bad taste in the mouth these products are not likely to cause any serious health problems.