VOCs, or Volatile Organic Compounds, are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. These gasses include a variety of chemicals, some of which have both short and long term adverse health effects. These compounds are most dangerous when used indoors (up to ten times more harmful) than outdoors. Examples of VOCs are paints, strippers, pesticides, building materials and cleaning supplies.
It's the cleaning supplies I would like to concentrate on because we are in the business. Many carpet and upholstery cleaning chemicals have some VOCs in them. This is slowly getting better over time, but they are something you should still be aware of. Here at Greenway, our principal pre-spray cleaning product does NOT have any VOCs in it. This is most important for our technicians' health, our health, and your family's (and don't forget about your pets) health. This is why you don't smell anything while we are cleaning, only fresh air. Your home can be kept clean and hygienic without the use of chemicals with VOCs in them.
So be sure to look at the label of your cleaning products and make sure it doesn't contain VOCs (many label say 'No VOCs' right on the label). If id doesn't state this, you can call the manufacturer and ask them if your cleaning product contains VOCs. If you can't find cleaning products without VOCs, feel free to contact us here at Greenway and we can provide you with an array of excellent cleaning products that do not have VOCs.
There ARE choices out there. Make them wisely.