The Green Mop ®

Eco-Friendly Residential/Commercial Cleaning Company

As seen in

See us on ABC and WETA (PBS).  Check out our Videos on the Video page
 
 
 
 
Donny Deutsch "The Big Idea" on March 13, 2008
The Million Dollar Question Guests
http://www.cnbc.com/id/23618651
 
We asked Donny the Question:  We know we have a million dollar green idea but do we have a million dollar logo?
 
His quoted response:
 
YES, YOU DO!  I LOVE IT!!!
"It's contemporary, it's fresh, it's green, it's cool, it's very well designed, it makes me curious about it, doesn't tell me too much, tells me enough, That's a million dollar logo!!!"
®
 

ABC 7 News/ News Channel 8 - We were filmed by ABC 7 News on Tuesday January 8th for a story which aired on January 14th, 2008 at 5:45PM on our green cleaning.  Here's the post for both video and print media from both channels (ON THEIR SITE - LOOK FOR "GOING GREEN:CLEANING NATURALLY"):

The results from the different channels below are basically the same with slightly different graphics.

From channel 8:

( http://cfc.news8.net/searchvideos.cfm?k=going+green&x=0&y=0) and

 ( http://www.news8.net/news/stories/0108/487803.html)

From channel 7:

 ( http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/0108/487803.html)

and ( http://cfc.wjla.com/searchvideos.cfm?k=green&x=0&y=0)

 

February 20, 2008 DC Current Newspapers (Northwest, Georgetown, Dupont, and Foggy Bottom)

Green’ cleaners use old-fashioned methods to get out the grease

Some of the choices consumers face while navigating

the waters of the current green revolution seem more

abstract than others. Purchasing carbon offsets will

help plant trees — but not in your backyard. Reducing consumption

of red meat will prevent the destruction of rain forest

for grazing lands in — well, somewhere, but not here.

A crop of companies, however, has sprouted to bring

green right into the living rooms of area residents. These

green cleaning outfits eschew the chemical-laden tools of traditional

cleaning services for a battery of cleansers our grandmothers

would have recognized: “Lemon juice, vinegar,

hydrogen peroxide,” listed Mia Gallina, founder of The

Green Mop (www.thegreenmop.com), a green cleaning

company based in Arlington that has grown to 30 full-time

employees and 350 clients in the past five years.

Gallina is waging war not only on the ingredients and products

that she says are harmful to our health and the environment,

but on the very idea of “clean” in the American psyche.

“People tend to associate clean with the smell of Pine-

Sol,” said Gallina. “When we finish cleaning your

home, there’s no smell.”

While Gallina works to shift that “perfect point”

away from chemical cleansers, they know that many clients

first hire a green cleaning company for personal rather than

ideological reasons. Gallina noted that her clients early on

were rarely environmentalists: “A lot of people had asthma or

compromised immune systems.”

But she said, more recently “people

have become more aware” and cite

environmental and health issues.

One such client is Logan Circle

resident Jona Lai, who hired The

Green Mop when she was pregnant

with her first child, Olivia, now 4

months old. “All the products we

used to clean made me nauseated,”

she said of her pregnancy.

Lai and her husband try to make

good environmental decisions, but

concern for the new baby and her

husband’s allergies were a large

part of what pushed them to The

Green Mop. They now find the service

indispensible. “We look at our

budget and say we can give up this

and this, but we can’t give up the

cleaning service!” said Lai.

Gallina has scores of

such stories, but each is also proud

of the improvements that a sustainable

approach has made in employees’

lives. Gallina, whose goal when

she began The Green Mop was to

run “a sustainable company that

pays much more than minimum

wage,” noted that her employees,

many of whom have worked for

traditional cleaning services, don’t

have lung problems like they used to.

Gallina, who began her company

to employ women she met while

volunteering at a Northern Virginia

shelter, now often hires former

employees of other cleaning services.

“They notice a difference within

days,” she said. “They’re less tired

and have fewer headaches.”

Gallina admitted, however,

that quite a bit of “retraining and

rethinking” is in order for those

employees who have been taught

to “spray a chemical and walk

away,” as Gallina described it.

“They’ve been taught that lots of

soap is good and lots of bleach is

good,” said Gallina, whose employees

don’t even use gloves.

Cleaning green, then, isn’t

always easy. Certain cases are a

showdown between a nontoxic

philosophy and a particularly

stubborn bathtub: Gallina, who bemoaned

the stubborn spores, uses a combination

of Borax, baking soda

and vinegar but noted that mold

is easy to avoid. “If you don’t

have granite in it, after a shower,

spray the shower with vinegar

and don’t rinse it out.”

For Gallina, the

approach to cleaning is smart business.

The company was green

from their inception and has

gained recognition from Co-op

America, a consumer advocacy

group. But they work for a cleaner

environment — literally —

because of personal beliefs that

transcend the bottom line. “This is

a personal stand, not a business

move,” said Gallina.

USA Today - November 26, 2007:

Making a green sweep cleans up
Mia Gallina's Arlington, Va.-based service The Green Mop uses natural cleansers. Business really took off after the release of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, she says.
By Lisa Nipp for USA TODAY
Mia Gallina's Arlington, Va.-based service The Green Mop uses natural cleansers. Business really took off after the release of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, she says.

Arlington, Va.-based service The Green Mop, which uses natural cleansers such as lemons, vinegar

and baking soda, launched in 2007 and has 25 employees and more than 260 clients.

"We are very busy," owner Mia Gallina says. "We were overwhelmed (after Al Gore's 2006

film, An Inconvenient Truth), and from then on, it just grew."

 

Co-op America Business Network (CABN):

Congratulations! Your application to the Co-op America Business Network (CABN) has been approved. You are among CABN’s year 2008 progressive business leaders who are solving today’s tough social and environmental problems.
Your listing will begin appearing tomorrow (12/1/07) at Greenpages.org and in the 2009
National Green Pages (due out late fall 2008).

DC's Home Improvement Magazine in November 2007:

Industry News
Photo courtesy of The Green Mop
It seems like everyone is doing something to go green these days. Did you know you could do your part to help the environment while keeping your house clean at the same time? You can, thanks to some of the newly developing cleaning companies that are focused on environmental responsibility.
The Green Mop, an earth-friendly cleaning service, run by local gal Mia Gallina, aims to be environmentally and socially responsible. "Social responsibility is as important to us as leaving homes and businesses truly clean," Gallina says.

They'll clean your home or office top to bottom using only eco-friendly and sustainable products, including homemade solutions, such as lemon juice and salt to clean the coffee maker; a mixture of soap, tea tree oil and water for antiseptic spray; and baking soda and essential oil to deodorize carpets.

And they simplify the process that much more by bringing all their own supplies and equipment. Plus, they let you submit payment online. The Green Mop covers Arlington, Alexandria, Springfield, Fairfax, McLean, Bethesda, Kensington, Silver Spring, Chevy Chase and the entire Washington, D.C. metro area. For more information call (202) 425-2538 or visit www.thegreenmop.com.

We were featured in The Daily Candy on August 28, 2007:

August 28, 2007

Gang Green

You’re something of a green goddess — wearing bamboo T-shirts, carrying groceries in a canvas tote, biking to work.

So since cleanliness is next to godliness, boost your ecodeity status by hiring The Green Mop, an earth-friendly cleaning service run by local gal Mia Gallina that aims to be environmentally and socially responsible.

They’ll clean your home or office top to bottom using only ecofriendly and sustainable products, including homemade solutions such as lemon juice and salt to clean the coffee maker; a mixture of soap, tea tree oil, and water for antiseptic spray; and baking soda and essential oil to deodorize carpets.

As if they weren’t simplifying your life enough, they bring all their own supplies and equipment and let you submit payment online. Oh, and they support nonprofits like the Sierra Club, too.

Not that they have a god complex or anything.


The Green Mop (202-425-2538 or thegreenmop.com).

 

We were also featured in the Home Section of the Washington Post about eco-friendly cleaning.

April 19, 2007 - "Green is Cleaning Up"

Hot Market Makes 'Eco-Friendly' a Household Word 

Piece about us from the article -

Mia Gallina, owner of the Green Mop housekeeping service ( www.thegreenmop.com) in Arlington, has seen her young company thrive by relying on purely green cleaning agents -- mostly the lemons, baking soda and vinegar her Philippine mother used.

"I started as a green company in 2007 and never deviated," says Gallina, 36, who came to America to attend graduate school. Today she has 18 employees and more than 100 customers. "My customers at first are skeptical that their houses can be really clean without using lots of chemicals, but then they see results. Lots of my clients have kids or pets or allergies or compromised immune systems. Plus they care about the environment."

Jessica Boger and Gregory Rapawy, lawyers who live on Capitol Hill, have used Gallina's Green Mop services for a year. "It's the best housecleaning service I've ever had," Boger says. "I think most indoor environments are more polluted than the outside, and household cleaners are a big part of this."