All indications point to 2024 being the year of green and climate-safe soaps and cleansers for homes and offices. Consumers and business owners have been increasingly concerned in recent years about being able to find and use sustainable cleaning products.
Cleaning expert Tommy Silva says there are numerous environmental and health reasons for switching to eco-friendly and sustainable products to clean homes and businesses. For example, Silva explains that conventional carpet cleaning solutions can emit harmful fumes that persist in the air, adversely affecting indoor air quality.
“That’s why we opt for eco-friendly carpet cleaners crafted from natural and biodegradable materials. They also come in packaging made from sustainable materials, contributing to a smaller carbon footprint compared to traditional alternatives,” Tommy explains. “These are completely safe for pets and children.”
The non-toxic carpet cleaners that Silva Building Specialists uses for its clients exhibit the same efficacy as traditional ones, effectively removing dirt, stains, and odors without resorting to harsh chemicals.
On the horizon are biosurfactants, aided by the active promotion of the European Union and many European national governments. Surfactants, chemicals used to make detergents work, are being replaced by biodegradable ones that have a reduced environmental impact. Silva says various industrial sectors have adopted biosurfactants. These are gaining popularity because, in contrast to conventional petrochemical surfactants, they are sustainable and beneficial to the environment in contrast to conventional petrochemical surfactants.
Cleaning industry professionals, like Silva, anticipate that the use of biosurfactants in detergents will continue to grow in 2024 and beyond. Biosurfactants, in detergent formulation, have many benefits in line with the growing consumer and industry demands for environmentally friendly and sustainable cleaners. Consumers with increased awareness of the potential environmental and health impacts of synthetic surfactants have led the industry to seek alternatives in their cleaning products.
Tommy Silva has spent most of his life working in janitorial services, ever since his father let him ride on a floor buffer. Tommy says he spent more of his youth riding a buffer than a Big Wheel kid’s bike. He actually grew up in the cleaning business, and he recently returned home to Houston, Texas, from a position with a large cleaning company in Florida to help run the Silva family business after his father died.
The entire management team of Silva Business Specialists is composed of family members. Tommy’s mother is CEO, and his siblings and in-laws fill in other key roles. As president of the company, Tommy likes to keep the business on the cutting edge by using the best tools and technology available to keep his clients’ businesses clean and healthy.
“We use all state-of-the-art equipment, battery-operated devices, and artificial intelligence technology, and we have switched to all brand-new vehicles.”
Tommy Silva sees technology-driven cleaning becoming more common in 2024. Automation and robotics will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of the janitorial business. Smart cleaning devices, such as robotic vacuum cleaners and window-cleaning drones, are expected to become common in both residential and commercial settings.