Diversey Alpha HP Cleaner (RTD & J-fill) 3350727

General purpose cleaners should be effective for most purposes and can remove 99% of germs.

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Vendor(s)

City Approved

When to Use

Use on floors, walls, glass and other hard surfaces. Wool Safe® approved for use in carpet extraction, prespray and spotting.  

Type

Industrial

Cost Savings

Concentrated products are significantly cheaper than ready-to-use products (which average 15 times more expensive). These tamper-proof, automatic, closed-loop dilution dispensers:

  • Save money because it prevents waste.  It measures the right amount of concentrated cleaners into hand-held ready-to-use (RTU) bottles. 
  • Are safest because workers cannot accidentally get dangerous concentrated cleaners on themselves.  

Choose one of these dispensers:

  • Portable Ready-to-Dispense (RTD) dispenser that attaches to a faucet via a hook-up kit
  • J-fill dispenser that is portable where you only need a faucet, or wall-mounted.

Environmental & Health Information

Hydrogen-peroxide products do not contain carcinogens, asthma-causing chemicals (like bleach or quaternary ammonium compounds), or alkyl phenol ethoxylates (which break down into toxic byproducts). It is readily biodegradable.

Concentrated products are environmentally preferred due to savings in fuel during shipping. Dilution systems built into the packaging prevent users from becoming exposed to concentrated chemicals. When a cleaner is diluted incorrectly or too strongly, it doesn’t clean as well wastes product.  

Criteria for Diversey Alpha HP Cleaner (RTD & J-fill) 3350727

Info on this product category: General Purpose Cleaners

Why Go Green

Green products: 

  • Have safer ingredients. Cleaning products often contain a variety of hazardous ingredients, including quaternary ammonium compounds, alkylphenol ethoxylates, 2-butoxyethanol, glycol ethers, and ethanolamine. These pose health hazards to workers and building occupants, as well as environmental hazards downstream.
  • Reduce waste, by emphasizing recycled and/or recyclable packaging.
  • Are sold as concentrates whenever possible, which means that shipping weight is 1/64 – 1/256 that of ready to use products - dramatically reducing fuel requirements for shipping.
  • Use dilution systems to prevent exposure to concentrated products.
  • Cost roughly equivalent to conventional cleaners.

Criteria for General Purpose Cleaners

Use general purpose cleaners certified under Green Seal GS-37.

The Department of the Environment may conduct its own review of specific products that are not formally certified by Green Seal or Ecologo, to determine whether those products substantially meet the standards established for the various categories of certification, and on that basis allow the use of those products.

Last updated

Last updated: 
February 7, 2014

Reports

The Real Cost of Institutional Green Cleaning (2009) Report by SF Environment includes a cost survey of conventional vs. green cleaning products. Costs were roughly equivalent for most product categories.  Costs of ready-to-use products averaged 15 times higher than concentrates; aerosols averaged 27 times higher.

Guide for City Staff

City Custodians:

  1. Are required to buy these cleaners (if needed):
  2. Post the City department green cleaning checklist/poster

  3. Post tips (for microfibers, disinfecting, dusting, polishing, floor care, kitchens, restrooms) from custodial green cleaning training videos by SF Environment. 

  4. Disinfectants are only important for surfaces like doorknobs.
  5. Switch to microfiber mops and cloths, which can prevent injuries because there's no need for heavy mop buckets.
  6. Install closed-loop dilution systems (if possible) to prevent employee exposure to hazardous concentrates.

Non-custodial City Staff:

Recycling Instructions

It's illegal to trash cleaners (and other chemicals, electronics, lighting, metal, paints). So do one of the following:

  • Use what you already have. 
  • Give them to someone who needs them.
  • Legally and safely dispose them. Post this recycling poster (available in Spanish/Chinese) above each trash bin. Then get a pick up.

Citywide Contract

Special Purchasing Instructions

See discounted prices in the most recent Janitorial Cleaners Contract Award.

Guide for Small Businesses & Homes

  • Try microfiber mops and cloths, which can get rid of 99% of bacteria with plain water.
  • Make your own cleaners from common materials like baking soda, castille soap, or lemon juice.
  • See consumer products on GoodGuide.
  • Use disinfectants sparingly. The most important surfaces are doorknobs.
  • Choose ready-to-use, peroxide- or citric acid-based disinfectants.  Avoid disinfectants that list hypochlorites or quaternary ammonium compounds as ingredients (e.g., ammonium chloride).
  • Small businesses can save money by switching to industrial/institutional cleaners.  Ready-to-use products are 15 times more expensive than concentrates.
  • Custodial companies that are SF Green Businesses should watch the custodial green cleaning training videos by SF Environment, and consider posting Custodial Green Cleaning Tips (available in Spanish and Chinese).
  • Legally and safely dispose of cleaners (and other chemicals, electronics, lighting, metal, paints) in the San Francisco Bay Area or rest of the U.S

Guide for Large Organizations

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