How to Realize Sustainable Cleaning without Sacrificing Quality

By Eric Michaels

How to Realize Sustainable Cleaning without Sacrificing Quality

If your business needs a way to conserve environmental resources and save money on operating costs, take a look at the cleaning systems your custodians are using. When outmoded cleaning tools and overpriced devices are part of a day's work, it is impossible to keep your budget in check and expect great results. A more sustainable cleaning system requires better equipment and greener practices.

Why Green Cleaning Matters

Recent droughts and energy crises in different regions of the US make conserving resources a must when you draw up the cleaning budget. And as urban areas in the West become denser in population, energy and water are likely to become scarcer and more precious by the year, notes Climate Central. Organizations of any size have to find a way to keep these concerns in mind when sending custodial teams out to clean their facilities.

In addition to the responsibility every business has to the environment, finding a more sustainable way to clean can keep your operation's overhead down, too. Water costs are expected to continue to increase in the coming years, notes Circle of Blue, which means it will cost your business more to get your job done. As you upgrade to more advanced cleaning systems, however, you'll find you can reduce costs of labor and cleaning supplies if you develop a more sustainable cleaning model.

Sustainable Cleaning Tools and Techniques

No organization should expect to waste resources during the course of daily operations, but old cleaning practices make it difficult to avoid doing so. Mops and buckets, for example, have proven to be about half as effective as the latest cleaning systems. Furthermore, the style of mop and rag cleaning is simply too exhausting and time-consuming for your cleaning team to handle on a daily basis.

Administrators cannot throw money at the problem to fix it. Costly solutions like autoscrubbers, although efficient at removing soils, are far more cumbersome and expensive than their greener counterparts. Of course, the use of chemicals in this process also has an impact on the local environment. More sustainable cleaning practices can reduce the use of chemicals by 90 percent in your operation without reducing effectiveness. In fact, it's possible to remove up to 99.9 percent of soils using just tap water. You just need the right equipment.

Increasing the soil removal potential of your cleaning system means custodians have to spend less time—and waste fewer resources—to make your facilities sparkle. Before you spend big on autoscrubbers or look for synthetics that kill any living particle, keep in mind that green cleaning products can rival any harsh chemical without harming the surrounding ecosystem.

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