Why Should My Facility move to Green Cleaning?
- Healthier office for your employees.
Because the products used in green cleaning are free from toxic chemicals, have lower or no VOCs, and are typically fragrance free, your building will be a healthier environment. There will be fewer chemicals that can be absorbed into the skin or inhaled.
- Better air quality.
Vacuums used in green cleaning use HEPA filters, which remove 96% of particulate matter 0.3 microns or smaller in size. This, combined with fewer scents, will improve the air quality and may help any employee with breathing issues.
- Taking care of the environment.
Green cleaning products are formulated to protect water and air quality. The packaging of green cleaning products is typically recyclable. In addition, the liquids are concentrated or ultra-concentrated, which reduces the amount of packaging needed for the products. The end result is less negative impact on the environment.
To clean green, I just need to change my cleaning products. Right?
Actually, no. Changing your cleaning products to “green” products is an easy first step.
But there is more to it than that.
Blue River Cleaning knows that successful green cleaning requires more than just choosing a green cleaning chemical. It requires all of the following:
- Using the right chemical products in their correct quantities.
Green cleaning products are free from toxic chemicals and VOCs. They are safer for the environment and for people.
True green cleaning products have been certified by a credible, independent third party like Green Seal, EcoLogo, or EPA’s Design for the Environment Program. These organizations have tested the products to ensure that they are formulated without harmful chemicals like carcinogens, heavy metals, mutagens, asthmagens, or ozone depleting chemicals while still maintaining their effectiveness.
- Choosing the right equipment for the job.
For instance, vacuums are HEPA rated and meet the Carpet and Rug Institute requirements. These vacuums have HEPA filters, which remove 96% of particulate matter 0.3 microns or less in size. They are also quieter with a sound less than 70 dBA. But it doesn’t stop there. Equipment needs to have safeguards such as rollers or rubber bumpers to reduce potential damage to building surfaces.
- Ensuring that proper green cleaning processes are in place.
Having green certified chemicals and equipment that meets green standards is good. But this only matters if proper processes are in place to ensure that the benefits of choosing green chemicals and equipment are realized.
Blue River Cleaning has written procedures that cover almost every aspect of its operations. This includes such things as how to maintain the janitor’s closet, how to dust, how to use the chemicals, and how to maintain the equipment. All employees are trained and monitored to guarantee that they are properly following all procedures.
- Not charging the client more.
There’s no reason to charge more to do what is right. Green cleaning benefits you, all building occupants, your employees, and the environment.
Don’t let anyone tell you that they need to charge more for green cleaning.