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What is Green Cleaning and How Can it Benefit Your Business

Hello there business community.  For the green-curious, eco-enthusiast we wanted to shine a light on what green cleaning really means.   When it comes to janitorial services there are so many cleaning products, tools, and techniques that it can be difficult to discern what is or isn’t considered “green.”  Our goal is to give you an overview of green cleaning as it pertains to commercial facilities.  We’ll answer questions such as why you should care, its limitations, and the benefits of green cleaning for your business.  

What is Commercial Green Cleaning?

Most people would agree that implementing some level of eco-friendly cleaning isn’t a bad thing.  In recent years, more Americans have become concerned about the effects that harsh cleaners have on the environment and the human body.  The concern is not unwarranted — the chemicals in some cleaning products can cause eye, skin or respiratory irritation.  

Commercial green cleaning is more than just a trend in the janitorial world – it’s a commitment to sustainability and eco-friendly practices.  The goal is to maintain a pristine environment while minimizing the impact on both human health and the planet.

Green Cleaning in Practice

No matter what type of product you’re using (soap or detergent), responsible and effective cleaning requires planning and energy.  Much of what we consider green cleaning lies within the type of soap or detergent that is used to get the job done.  The promise of green cleaners is not necessarily a better clean, but that you can use them with fewer precautions.  A commercial cleaner can either go green or take the most efficient route to get the job done, and sometimes these two are at odds.  More on that in a minute.  But first, in order to tackle any cleaning job here’s what is needed:

Chemical energy– provided by the soap or detergent 

Mechanical energy– provided by a machine or hand tool

Water- in most cases cold water works just fine.  But for some cleaning challenges hot water is needed.  This is a third type of energy: thermal.

Picture yourself staring down a large coffee stain on your lobby carpet. Much to your chagrin, water alone is not enough to remove the stain.  A carpet spotter, or detergent is needed.  A green cleaner can be chosen for this task.  The molecules in the green cleaner are attracted to the stain and help pull the coffee from the carpet fibers up to the wash water.

Commercial cleaning pros use mechanical energy, in this case in the form of a machine scrubber fitted with a brush, to scrub and agitate the stain.  A combination of friction along with the use of hot water to flush and extract the stain removes all traces from the carpet.  And just like that your building has received a green carpet cleaning.  Go ahead, pat yourself on the back good sir/madame!

The Star Players – Green Cleaning Products

Green Certified Cleaning Solutions: Look for labels like Green Seal or EcoLogo, ensuring that the products meet rigorous environmental and performance standards. These solutions are tough on grime but gentle on Mother Earth.

Eco-Friendly Cleaners: green surface cleaners can cut through dirt, grease and grime with surprising effectiveness.  These cleaners are non-toxic, derived from natural and organic ingredients, and most importantly, biodegradable so they don’t negatively impact the environment.

Biodegradability is really important when it comes to cleaning products because many of them end up in our waterways.  

Eco-Friendly Disinfectants: Instead of harsh chemical disinfectants, plant-based alternatives can be used. Products with active ingredients like thymol or citric acid are used for a more gentle disinfection.

Limitations:  Eco-friendly disinfectants are not hospital-grade.  Strictly-speaking, they are not as effective as an anti-virulent disinfectant.  The Environmental Protection Agency released a list of EPA-registered disinfectants, which are proven to be effective against common viral pathogens like hepatitis.  The reality is that none of them are green products. 

Microfiber Cloths: when it comes to green cleaning practices, you’ll want to use less disposable paper towels, which are wood-based and costly.  Instead, commercial cleaners smartly use microfiber cloths to trap and remove dirt and bacteria without the need for excessive chemicals. Microfiber cloths are washable and reusable, reducing waste and saving trees in the process. 

HEPA Vacuums: When it comes to keeping the air clean, commercial green cleaning employs High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) vacuums. These devices capture tiny particles and allergens, promoting indoor air quality and ensuring that your business is not only clean, but a healthy environment to work.

The Benefits of Commercial Green Cleaning

Improved Indoor Air Quality: as mentioned above, HEPA vacuums capture and remove dust and other fine particles.   In addition, eco-friendly products do not use aerosol cans, which can release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air.

Reduced Environmental Impact: By opting for green certified products and sustainable practices, commercial green cleaning minimizes the negative impact on the environment. It’s a win for the planet and for businesses looking to align with eco-conscious values.  Are you a LEED certified building?  A certified green building is a marketable selling point and a strong virtue signal. 

Fewer Chemicals at Your Workplace. 

  • The removal of bleach for cleaning purposes means less potential exposure to this eye/nose/throat irritant.  
  • The same goes for acid-based toilet bowl cleaners which can negatively affect skin on contact. 
  • Numerous traditional cleaning products contain PSAs (forever chemicals), including many glass cleaners, hard surface cleaners, and upholstery/carpet cleaners.  

  Our Final Thoughts:

If you prioritize green cleaning, talk with your janitorial vendor about your eco-friendly goals.  They should be able to provide you with SDS sheets on every chemical in use.  Bear-in-mind that green cleaning products can be more costly.  In addition, they simply aren’t as effective in taking on tougher cleaning jobs.   A good cleaning company should consult you on your options.  

As businesses increasingly recognize the importance of environmental responsibility, the adoption of eco-friendly cleaning practices has led to some exciting new cleaning innovations.  Ever heard of electrolyzed water (EW) for cleaning?  This new approach to cleaning uses water electrolysis with a dilute sodium chloride solution.  No detergent of any kind is needed!  At Business Cleaning Solutions we promise to continue staying up-to-date on the latest in cleaning innovations.  Subscribe and check back in with us to stay informed.  Our Service consultants are also available for questions.

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