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Commercial cleaning services go ‘green’ with ‘clean’

I know, I know, no matter what we talk about, when it comes to cleaning; there is one phrase that comes up all the time. Environment! More than 25 years ago, “green”, “eco-friendly”, “biodegradable”, “eco-friendly” and “energy efficient” became everyday words of reference to the cleaning industry. Offices, hospitals, large retail spaces and schools have become highly conscious of the cleanliness and health of their facilities at both “germ-free” and “green” levels. They also realized the relationship between “clean” and the health of their employees. Think about how safe and healthy it might be to use the dreaded skull and crossbones symbol, to use cleaning products with the words “dangerous”, to wear gloves, to seek medical advice immediately if the product gets in your eyes or is swallowed!

 Many of the more effective “green” cleaning products have warnings,

but they are not that serious and do not say that you should seek medical attention immediately if the product is swallowed or if it comes into contact with your skin or eyes! Commercial cleaning services have had to find a way to incorporate the use of energy efficient, eco-friendly equipment alongside eco-friendly cleaning products without losing their high “clean” standards and making a major impact on their profitability. Many medium to large cleaning companies have been successful in doing this. We use ‘environmentally safe’ products; it’s easy to say ‘something else to do’.

One of the biggest challenges faced by commercial cleaning services

The amount of cleaning products and equipment that claim to be safe for the environment. Putting the word “green” in the product name or description doesn’t make it that way. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Green Seal, a nonprofit dedicated to a clean and healthy environment, have developed guidelines and standards to help them make tough decisions about which environmentally safe products to use. “Green” products are not only more beneficial for the environment, but are also safer for one’s health. Most “green” cleaners not only “clean” as their less environmentally friendly counterparts do, but generally clean better and are less harsh and abrasive on the surfaces being cleaned. Regular use of “green” cleaning agents will protect your floors and surfaces and thus help prolong their life.

Cleaning equipment that was found to be toxic

And harmful to the environment has been replaced by more environmentally friendly models. For example, automatic washers of past years required a lot of chemicals and water to do the job right. There are now more than ever before, a wide range of eco-friendly automatic washers that use less chemicals and less water. Some even have built-in chemical monitors that reduce chemical usage and measurement errors. Less use of chemicals and water not only helps the environment, but also increases productivity and therefore increases profits.

Hand in hand with cleanliness

And the environment came a growing awareness of how many unseen bacteria still exist after “cleaning”. Everyone in the commercial cleaning industry believed that if the floor was shining, the windows were shining; the surfaces were dust-free and clean. How could any level of bacteria have remained? What a shock it is that with the use of an ATP tester, in many cases large amounts of small, viable microorganisms remain. These microorganisms don’t necessarily carry disease-induced diseases, but I don’t know of anyone who thinks they can be healthy when they see a living organism! The use of microfiber cleaning cloths, effective, environmentally Erhvervsrengøring products and equipment has greatly reduced the level of bacteria.

The use of ATP tests before and after cleaning proves the results.

Use of the tester measures adenosine triphosphate (ATP) levels in seconds, giving clear results in real time. Cleaning services that incorporate the use of the ATP test into the cleaning process know the importance of not just “looking clean” but actually “being clean”. It also assists them in the evaluation and success of cleaning programs, the products and equipment used, and the performance of their employees. This is even more important in medical offices and laboratories, hospitals and our schools.

Successful commercial cleaning services have not only adopted environmentally sound, effective cleaning methods, but have also successfully applied them. With the use of environmentally friendly products and equipment available today, they have proven to be better “cleaner” and still do a profitable business. Do your homework when choosing a commercial cleaner! Ask what cleaning products and equipment they use and why. Let them prove it to you using an ATP tester,

Kate

Kate Johnson is a content writer, who has worked for various websites. She is also a college graduate who has a B.A in Journalism.

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