Going "green" isn't just a buzzword, it's a new way of life. Green cleaning means having a cleaner facility and deriving multiple cost-savings in the process. Although this transition may appear monumental, it doesn't have to be. The following information explains a few minor and simple changes you can make to help your organization transition to a greener, cleaner and safer place to work and do business.

Basic Principles of Green Cleaning

Watch Touch-points

The touch-points in the office are the places people touch the most, such as door handles and light fixtures. Making sure these areas are clean will be taking gargantuan steps toward a greener and cleaner workplace.

Manage Chemicals

Green cleaning isn't just about making sure surfaces are clean. It also entails making sure all chemicals are diluted at the proper levels, which reduces waste and optimizes your cleaning initiatives. One of the best ways to make sure you are managing your chemicals effectively is through chemical management systems.

Prevent Cross-Contamination

When you properly use and store greener chemical products, you create a significantly safer environment. Make sure you use color-coded tools to prevent pollutants from cross-contaminating areas. Hands-free towel dispensers are also excellent tools to prevent cross-contamination.

Pay Attention to the Entryways

One of the most important elements to green cleaning is to focus on the areas where pollutants enter the building. These areas, such as entryways, should be cleaned very frequently to trap the dirt and pollutants.

Green Equipment

Flat mops and microfiber dusting cloths significantly outperform regular mopping and dusting materials. This type of equipment is much more effective at removing soil without chemical compounds. At the same time, flat mops and microfiber cloths are reusable, which minimizes waste.

Vacuuming Tips

Your carpets and vacuum bags can be a petri dish for a host of hazardous substances. As a result, it's important to make sure your carpets are dry and clean to prevent moisture buildup and harmful mold growth. After the carpets have been vacuumed or when the bag is half full, it is imperative to empty the bags for more efficient future vacuuming. You can also use HEPA filter bags to trap pollen and other allergens inside of the bag.

When it comes to green cleaning, no business has one-size-fits-all needs. As a result, SourceONE offers a fully customizable green cleaning program. Whether you're looking to become LEED Certified or to save money, SourceONE offers the premier green cleaning customizable solution. For more information about how SourceONE can help your organization's green cleaning initiatives, contact us today.

John Nigro
SourceONE Building Maintenance
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San Jose, CA 95112
Phone: 408-437-3046
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