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Comparison: microfiber (top) cotton (bottom).


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HEPA filter: how it traps particles.

Tara's Green Cleaning Company : Tips

We're offering a few of our 'trade secret' green cleaning tips here because we know there are many people who are just do-it-yourselfers at heart. This info is here for your convenience. Our Long Island cleaning company invites you to visit it often for all of our green cleaning methods, products and techniques. If you need help cleaning your home quickly, just give us a call. We're always here to help out on Long Island.

Our Long Island Green Cleaning Company

Our Long Island cleaning company knows it's not that hard to stay green! The hardest part is learning to read through all of the advertisers claims of "Green Product", "Plant based" or "Contains no bleach or phosphorous". Make sure your Long Island cleaning company knows the difference if you want a true green cleaning. The phosphate ban on cleaning chemicals actually went into effect in many states more than two years ago, yet many companies still find it necessary to brag about how they are working towards a healthy world. Read the labels, get to know the ingredients. You may find the cleaning agents disguised by terms such as 'wetting agent', 'surfactant', 'emulsifier' or 'nonionic surfactant' thanks to the trade secret laws. We have a list of chemicals and terms to avoid on the page entitled, Hazardous Cleaners.

Microfiber Cloths

The microfiber cloth, in my opinion, has got to be the best invention used by the green cleaning industry. While it's not made from natural products, it helps me avoid using any detergents at all. The cloth is made from extremely fine split strands of polyester about 1/100th the thickness of a human hair. By comparison, cotton fibers are about half the thickness of a human hair. The phrase "Many hands make light work" describes the effect of microfibers perfectly! When it comes to removing dirt and grime, these cloths excel. Microfiber alone will also remove 99% of allergens and microorganisms from hard surfaces, trapping them deep inside the fabric. Here are a few tips on using your microfiber: Fold it half and then half again. You will now have 8 fresh surfaces to work with. Use each surface until the side you are using starts to leave a residue. Refold to expose a fresh section of cloth. When you are finished, wash the cloth in the HOTTEST possible water using little or no detergents. Never use fabric softeners on microfibers as they will clog the pores and render them useless. Any green cleaning service you hire already knows this.

The HEPA Vacuum

HEPA stands for 'High Efficiency Particulate Air'. By now, everyone has heard the term. The way the filters work is very complicated so I won't spend too much time on that. The important thing is that "True" HEPA filtration traps 99.97% of particles larger than .30 microns according to the DOE standards. 'Just how big is that?' I hear you ask. Let's look at the chart below which shows a few fairly common particles.


Size In Microns

Human hair


Dust Mite


Ragweed Pollen


E. Coli


All Mold Spores

Greater than 1.40



All Bacteria

Greater than 0.30



As you can see from the chart, when used properly, the HEPA filter will trap all dust mites, pollen, mold spores, bacteria and many viruses. There are a few rules that must be in place to be sure these harmful particles will be kept INSIDE the filter. If you liked this info and would like to learn more, please click True HEPA filtration.