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Green Seal Standards

Our sustainability standards for products, services, and companies are based on life-cycle research, and are developed in an open, transparent, and stakeholder-involved process. Green Seal standards provide criteria and guidelines for manufacturers, service providers, and companies to work toward sustainability and Green Seal certification. Green Seal has 31 issued standards that cover over 375 product and service categories.

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Cleaning Products & Services

StandardDescription
GS-08 Cleaning Products for Household Use This standard is for general-purpose, bathroom, glass, and carpet cleaners marketed specifically for use in household or similar residential settings and biologically-active cleaning products (enzymatic and microbial products for routine cleaning).
GS-21 Powdered Laundry Bleach This standard establishes environmental requirements for powdered laundry bleach.
GS-34 Cleaning and Degreasing Agents This standard is for cleaning and degreasing agents marketed as suitable for production and maintenance applications.
GS-37 Cleaning Products for Industrial and Institutional Use This standard is for industrial and institutional general-purpose, restroom, glass, carpet cleaners, and biologically-active cleaning products (enzymatic and microbial products for routine cleaning) defined as those cleaners intended for routine cleaning of offices, institutions, warehouses, and industrial facilities.
GS-40 Floor-Care Products for Industrial and Institutional Use This standard is for industrial and institutional floor-care products, specifically floor finish and floor finish strippers.
GS-41 Hand Cleaners for Industrial and Institutional Use This standard is for industrial heavy-duty and institutional hand cleaners used for routine, non-specialized hand cleaning in industrial or institutional settings.
GS-42 Commercial and Institutional Cleaning Services This standard is for cleaning service providers including in-house and external cleaning services including all indoor activities typically required to clean commercial, public and industrial buildings.
GS-48 Laundry Care Products for Household Use This standard is for laundry care products including powder, liquid or pre-measured dosage laundry detergents, stain removers and dryer sheets for household uses.
GS-49 Residential Cleaning Services This standard establishes criteria for professional cleaning services of residential facilities, areas, or spaces.
GS-51 Laundry Care Products for Industrial and Institutional Use This standard is for laundry care products including powder, liquid or pre-measured dosage laundry detergents, stain removers and dryer sheets for industrial and institutional uses.
GS-52 Specialty Cleaning Products for Household Use The standard covers household specialty surface cleaning products and odor removers, including but not limited to: biologically-active cleaning products (enzymatic and microbial products for specialty cleaning and odor control); boat cleaning products; deck and outdoor furniture cleaning products (automatic and hand); graffiti removers; metal cleaning products; motor vehicle (automotive/tire/wheel) cleaning products; motor vehicle windshield washing fluid; optical lens cleaning products; oven cleaning products; upholstery cleaning products; and other cleaning products sold for specific specialty uses.
GS-53 Specialty Cleaning Products for Industrial and Institutional Use The standard covers industrial and institutional specialty surface cleaning products and odor removers, including but not limited to: biologically-active cleaning products (enzymatic and microbial products for specialty cleaning and odor control); boat cleaning products; deck and outdoor furniture cleaning products cleaning products (automatic and hand); graffiti removers; metal cleaning products; motor vehicle (automotive/tire/wheel) cleaning products; motor vehicle windshield washing fluid; optical lens cleaning products; oven cleaning products; upholstery cleaning products; and other cleaning products sold for specific specialty uses.
The Claim Verification Program The program establishes requirements for optional verified claims for Green Seal-certified products and services.

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