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Green Cleaning vs. Cleaning Green

May 23rd, 2016 · No Comments

Green cleaning is not just switching out your cleaning solutions to more environmentally friendly products. Green cleaning is defined as a system of cleaning that promotes healthy surroundings for building occupants, and is also less harmful to the environment. Let’s take a look at some of the other aspects of green cleaning.

A comprehensive green cleaning program contains the following criteria:

  1. Pay more attention to entryways. Entryway mats strategically placed to capture soil tracked in from outdoors play a major role is controlling dirt being carried throughout a building.
  2. Minimize airborne particles and chemicals. Cleaning tools should capture and remove dust particles. Using microfiber cloths and fragrance-free cleaning products are examples of improving indoor air quality for the cleaning employees and building occupants.
  3. Use HEPA vacuums to reduce airborne particles. HEPA filters on vacuums greatly reduce the amount of dust released into the air when the vacuum is operated. There must also be a standard for emptying the collected dirt from the vacuums.
  4. Use environmentally friendly cleaning products.   More and more cleaning products are being formulated to be biodegradable and non-toxic.
  5. Use chemical management systems for accurate dilution. Proper dilution of a concentrated cleaning product ensures that there is a solution that will perform the cleaning necessary without wasting the product. Using concentrated products also reduces the amount of packaging that is disposed of in a landfill.
  6. Use microfiber flat mops. This cleaning tool reduces that amount of cleaning solution and water needed to clean a floor. It is more ergonomic for the user than a heavy wet bulky mop head. And it leaves less water on the floor surface, so the floor dries quicker and reduces the chances of slips and falls.
  7. Color code cleaning cloths and other tools to avoid cross contamination. Color code cleaning cloths to only be used in a certain area of a facility. For instance, designating a red cloth to only clean toilets and urinals, will eliminate the chance that a red cloth will be used in the break room.
  8. Use recycled paper products in restrooms. Many toilet papers today contain some amount of recycled materials. Their softness and effectiveness is not compromised by these recycled materials.
  9. Incorporate a green cleaning employee training program. Specialized cleaning requires specialized training. Cleaning employees should be aware of the new cleaning products they will be using and also the new tools to efficiently and effectively clean for the health of the building’s occupants.

So Green Cleaning is adopting cleaning products that are environmentally friendly. Cleaning Green is adopting an entirely new system that puts the health and well-being of the cleaning employees and building occupants first. The cleaning green process takes into account all of the points in this article. Call ServiceMaster Commercial Services today at 866-370-0737 to discuss ways to incorporate Cleaning Green into your cleaning program.

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