Expert Voices: How Well Green Cleaning Products Perform

October 21, 2010

HSC recently released our new, expanded edition of The Quick & Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools! As we created the guide, we spoke with numerous experts to gain feedback on what really works in schools today. One of the exciting new additions to the guide is an Expert Voices panel spotlighting practical advice from leaders in the field.

Here, Jim Chittom, of Roman Chemical Corp., who was an advisor to Floyd County Schools in Georgia as they implemented green cleaning, discusses challenges related to product performance.

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Jim Chittom

The products themselves performed great — very well, very efficient, very effective economically.

The biggest issue that we had about performance was getting cleaning staff to overcome the idea of color and fragrance. There's an old perception that the cleaner's got to be blue and the bathroom's got to smell like something. But we don't know what fragrance or ingredient will trigger some kind of asthma, some kind of skin reaction. So if we can eliminate that, why wouldn't we?

Previously: 

  • Pat Pizzo, Director of School Facilities & Operations at East Meadow School District on Long Island, N.Y., explains how the green cleaning program has gained acceptance within the school community.
  • Dianne Jones, Director of School Plant Operations at Montgomery County Public Schools in Rockville, Md., discusses how to measure the effectiveness of a green cleaning program using scheduled/unscheduled maintenance and tracking complaints. 

To learn more or order your free copy of The Quick & Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools, visit www.greencleanschools.org.