Regardless of whether you're talking about a reputation, a design, or a lobby, the word clean implies an absence of dirt, germs, and unattractive clutter. If your home happens to be a condominium, a co-op, or other multi-unit building with common areas and a board of directors overseeing day-to-day operations, 'clean' should be a given—and there should be adequate systems and standards in place to maintain that cleanliness.
A Healthy Clean
Florence Nightingale, the mother of modern nursing, is credited with making the important connection between clean living conditions and health nearly two centuries ago. She writes, “The connection between health and the dwelling of the population is one of the most important that exists.”
History and science has only reinforced Nightingale’s keen observations. A healthy environment must be free of pollutants, contaminates and germs, and not just appear clean on the surface. How a property reaches and maintains a healthy state of cleanliness may vary, but the products and services available today are far superior to the basic soap and water from Nightingale’s era.
Current moves towards “green products,” have addressed the issues of keeping the world environment clean and free of contaminates and pollutants as well as just the space we occupy. As a result of education, environmental awareness and scientific advancements, an entire industry has developed with methods and products carefully designed to provide humans (and pets) a clean safe habitat.
Identify and Control
The National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) recommends controlling the sources of dirt and pollutants, creating smooth, easily cleanable surfaces, reducing clutter, and using effective cleaning methods. NCHH uses a simple guideline with eight well-defined principles to address the separate components of a healthy home environment. From Clean to Green this organizations addresses each potentially hazardous cleaning challenge and offers a simple, effective remedy.