Monday, April 14, 2014

Cleaning vs Disinfecting: Implementing a Green Cleaning Program


“Cleaning green is comprised of an environmentally responsible application of methods and systems. It is achieved by integrating cleaning products, policies, operational procedures, methods or systems intended to minimize harmful environmental impact and maximize sustainability of the built environment.” In order to successfully carryout a green cleaning program, one must assess the sustainability measures of the following components: 1) Procedures, 2) Equipment, 3) Chemicals, 4) Consumables, and 5) Training. It is imperative that your commercial cleaning company have all functioning parts in conjunction with green standards. Below states the requirements that must be adhered to in order to successfully carry out and maintain a green cleaning program.

1)       Procedures
It’s not only what you clean with, but very important as to how you clean. In order to maximize the performance of your program, your cleaning procedures must be defined in detail with Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Develop and implement a floor cleaning and maintenance plan, consistent with manufacturers’ recommendations, to extend the life and appearance of flooring through routine, periodic, and restorative cleaning operations.
  • Determine schedules of routine cleaning operations, activities performed periodically, equipment operation and maintenance, cleaning inspections, and accident preparedness plans.
  • Schedule cleaning operations to ensure the minimum frequency required to clean and maintain the area to a level that adequately protects human health and the environment.
  • Include a review of cleaning operations at least twice per year to adjust the program as needed in response to the changing needs of the building/complex and its occupants.


Below are all factors that must be addressed in writing your Standard Operating Procedures. AFS Janitorial can assist you with this when you are ready to implement a green cleaning program.

-Identify people with special needs                 -Entryways
-Hard Floor Care                                            -Carpet Care
-Dust Mopping                                                -Dusting
-Restrooms                                                    -Food Areas
-Odor Control                                                -Spills
-Trash Removal                                              -Indoor Plants
-Recycling                                                      -Maintaining HVAC Systems
-Garage Maintenance                                       -Roof Maintenance
-Pest Management                                           -Fabric Cleaning
-Basements                                                     -Stairwells and Elevators
-Closets                                                          -Building Exterior

2)       Equipment
Ergonomic, sustainable equipment that does not have a negative effect on a facility’s IAQ is required in a green cleaning program. Benefit – more effective use; longer life; cleaner indoor air. Below displays a list of equipment type, along with requirements and examples of each.

Equipment Type
Requirements
Example
Vacuum Cleaners
HEPA Filtration, meet CRI standards, operates at sound level less than 70 dBA
Powered Floor Machines
Operates at sound level less than 70 dBA, guards and filters, controls for dispensing to optimize chemical use
Carpet Extraction
Propane-Powered
Low emission engine, building must be unoccupied in order to use
Powered Scrubbers
Control method for dispensing chemicals

A logbook should be kept for all powered equipment to document purchase dates, maintenance history and equipment information sheets. To view more options of equipment that meets green standards click here.

3)       Chemicals
Cleaning products play a major role in the health of your building’s IAQ (Indoor Air Quality). Chemical Management Systems aim to reduce waste and allow for proper dilution control measures. Benefit: more cost effective; safer for the user; less VOCs; less material in landfills. Chemicals that meet the standards set by Green Seal or DfE contain fewer toxins and lower VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). View acceptable chemicals here.

4)       Consumable Products
The three basic issues of concern for paper are total recovered material (recycled content), post-consumer recycled content, and the bleaching process. Environmentally preferable (check for green certification or recognition) paper products should meet the following standards for each of the following product categories:
  • Restroom tissue—100% recovered materials and 20% post-consumer content.
  • Toilet seat covers—100% recovered materials and 40% post-consumer content.
  • Paper towels and general-purpose industrial wipes—100% recovered materials and 40% post-consumer content.
Using coreless paper products also reduces waste. Considering using a "touch free" dispenser if possible, as it reduces potential cross-contamination of bacteria and other potentially harmful pathogens.

5)       Training
Continuous one-on-one training ensures the success of a green cleaning program. Below are ongoing programs that AFS Janitorial staff receives.
  • Green Cleaning 101
  • Cleaning Basics
  • Equipment Training
  • Restroom Care
  • Floor Care
  • Safety (MSDS & Labels)
  • How to use Microfiber Chemical Management Systems
  • Green Products
  • Proper Use of Disinfectants
  • Personal Protective Equipment
The greenest thing you can do is to clean properly. Therefore, by constructing a cleaning program that incorporates process, equipment, and chemical, you end up with a program that achieves the true objectives of green cleaning. A study reported by the American Hospital Association showed that for all of the approximately 134,000,000 workers in the United States, asthma alone cost US employers 125,209,000 lost work days at a cost of just over $23 billion dollars.

IT PAYS TO CLEAN GREEN.

73 comments:

  1. Hey thanks for sharing this blog its really good. You share such a good information.

    Buy Industrial wipes

    ReplyDelete
  2. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are known to result in headaches, respiratory problems, and other related illnesses. However there are no such issues with green cleaners.
    house cleaners

    ReplyDelete
  3. Great...
    you give us some knowledge about that which we have never through out.
    Janitorial Cleaning services Edmonton
    thanks for share that

    ReplyDelete
  4. It would be so nice if I could get someone to come clean our office. Nobody cares about the cleanliness of our work place, and it's driving me insane. I agree that it would be nice to clean with environmentally friendly products. That would make mother Earth a lot happier. http://www.teddyclean.com.au/services_categories/commercial-cleaning

    ReplyDelete
  5. Thanks for sharing.. I like to see your blog. It's very helpful for me. Lubricant Chemicals

    ReplyDelete
  6. Marketing and Advertising Consultants,creating brand attitudes online and offline with Brand Awareness Strategy and Brand Awareness Campaigns resulting in Brand Recognition.Brand Loyalty.High Conversions
    pressure washer reviews

    ReplyDelete
  7. you own a mobile car wash business, you will need to transport your equipment to different client sites and you will require a portable pressure washer. If you own a fixed location car detailing business, you can use both stationary and mobile pressure washers. Some stationary pressure cleaners remain on the spot while others have a wheeled configuration that allows limited movement within a commercial location.check this site out

    ReplyDelete
  8. You can employ weight washing organization for productive administrations and speedy tidy up of the sought spot. trushine window cleaning

    ReplyDelete
  9. In the event that you live in North Miami Beach, check if your AC Repair North Miami Beach specialist co-op has positive inputs or not. local ac companies

    ReplyDelete
  10. Get in contact with a reliable AC repair company to get assistance with your AC whenever you require. air conditioning companies

    ReplyDelete
  11. Sometimes, you will not get the enough cooling effect even if the system is turned on for several minutes. Check if the filters are not properly cleaned and clogged with dust particles. AC Repairs Ottawa

    ReplyDelete
  12. It is important for us to get the best Commercial Cleaning for maintain the house, And we always look for best repair service. Home Cleaning Services Leicester

    ReplyDelete
  13. Thank you for sharing this blog. If you want to keep yourself productive and feeling up to the task, then a clean and germ free environment is needed. Find high quality Commercial Cleaning Boise from idahomaintenance.com.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Thank you for sharing this blog about implementing a green cleaning program. Find the best Janitorial Cleaning Services Laval at goprocleaning.com.

    ReplyDelete
  15. This is a smart blog. I mean it. You have so much knowledge about this issue, and so much passion. You also know how to make people rally behind it, obviously from the responses.
    office cleaning

    ReplyDelete
  16. Ultimately, choose your financial plan. When this rundown is set up the time has come to begin the meeting procedure. Record every one of your inquiries.
    The London Cleaners

    ReplyDelete
  17. This post helps by offering profitable information. I would positively propose others to experience the blog entry and get your insight helped up.
    AC Repair in Dwarka By Alpine Engineer
    Air Conditioner On Rent in Gurgaon
    AC Services in South Ex By Alpine Engineer

    ReplyDelete
  18. Typically the internet is one of the most useful tools for finding roofing companies. The Better Business Institution website is accessible regardless of what city you reside in. Eastvale Roof Shingles

    ReplyDelete
  19. Once the servicing has been completed, you will be notified of any problems found with the system. best aircon servicing in singapore

    ReplyDelete
  20. When I found out I had to move, the first decision that I needed to make was the moving company that I would use. My friends and family had recommended TSC to me and when I read their reviews online, I wasnt surprised. They are definitely the best in the business out there. Their movers are all professional movers who are well trained and experienced. They also offer a storage facility which made it convenient for us since we had to move into storage for a month. Their moving and storage rates are both reasonable. I would highly suggest them to anyone who is moving and is looking for movers. Dont think and just chose them.” commercial HVAC Toronto

    ReplyDelete
  21. Such a very useful article. Very interesting to read this article.I would like to thank you for the efforts you had made for writing this awesome article. It takes away that need for two valves and reduces it all into one.

    ReplyDelete
  22. When I found out I had to move, the first decision that I needed to make was the moving company that I would use. My friends and family had recommended TSC to me and when I read their reviews online, I wasnt surprised. They are definitely the best in the business out there. Their movers are all professional movers who are well trained and experienced. They also offer a storage facility which made it convenient for us since we had to move into storage for a month. Their moving and storage rates are both reasonable. I would highly suggest them to anyone who is moving and is looking for movers. Dont think and just chose them.” commercial HVAC Toronto

    ReplyDelete
  23. A reputable commercial cleaning service understands budgets and will understand your need to have an idea, if not a solid dollar amount for the types of services necessary or which may become necessary.TheHouseGoods website

    ReplyDelete
  24. I know your expertise on this. I must say we should have an online discussion on this. Writing only comments will close the discussion straight away! And will restrict the benefits from this information. you could check here

    ReplyDelete
  25. The PASMA and IPAF educated employees are skilled and may securely thoroughly clean cladding with what can appear to be extremely inaccessible locations. Shine Cleaning Solutions

    ReplyDelete
  26. I use basically superior fabrics : you will discover these products by:
    Carpet Cleaning Fort Lauderdale

    ReplyDelete
  27. I am very much pleased with the contents you have mentioned. I wanted to thank you for this great article. The Top Cleaner

    ReplyDelete
  28. Adore how magnificently every word is composed with appropriate adjust.
    Heating engineer London

    ReplyDelete
  29. Looking for the reputable commercial cleaning services in Vancouver then, hire Richmond BC Power Washing Services and cleaning services are needed for the clean environment.

    ReplyDelete
  30. This is highly informatics, crisp and clear. I think that everything has been described in systematic manner so that reader could get maximum information and learn many things.
    Warrendale plumber

    ReplyDelete
  31. I have read your blog it is very helpful for us. I couldn't find any knowledge on this matter prior to. I am very thankful to you for sharing this article here. Floor Cleaning Service Portland Maine

    ReplyDelete
  32. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Dependability is a major issue since you would prefer not to enlist a cover cleaner which can't stay faithful to their commitments of cleaning your cover legitimately. This is the reason selecting to employ a firm which has a cash back or fulfillment ensure is suggested.
    carpet cleaning Brooklyn NY

    ReplyDelete
  34. I read your post and got it quite informative. I am impressed by the details that you have shared in this post and It reveals how nicely you understand this subject. Keep sharing this type of articles here. Office Cleaning Services Portland

    ReplyDelete
  35. This is the thing that we call alleviating. Can't show signs of improvement than that.
    best pool vacuum cleaner

    ReplyDelete
  36. Thank you Cozy for the efcient recommendation for HVAC, we are really happy about our decisions and we got a great deal on commercial HVAC Toronto.

    ReplyDelete
  37. I am very happy to read this. This is the kind of manual that needs to be given and not the random misinformation that’s at the other blogs. Appreciate your sharing this best doc.
    best general ac price in uae 2020

    ReplyDelete
  38. Thanks for sharing the details of green cleaning program. Privilege Cleaning is one of the professional Canberra cleaners who provides the best cleaning services.

    ReplyDelete
  39. شركة اللمسة الأخيرة تقدم لك الحل الأمثل فلا حشرات بعد اليوم ولن تعود مرة أخرى. فنحن نستخدم أفضل المبيدات العالمية الفعالة صديقة البيئة التي لا تترك رائحة ولا سيوثر على صحة الأنسان ويقوم باستخدامها عمال مدربون يقومون برش المبيدات بشكل علمي مما يضمن لك الراحة التامة نرجو التواصل على هذا الرقم 0580002467
    شركة رش مبيدات بأبها
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بأبها
    شركة مكافحة النمل الابيض بأبها
    شركة رش مبيدات بخميس مشيط
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بخميس مشيط
    شركة مكافحة النمل الابيض بخميس مشيط
    شركة رش مبيدات بالقصيم
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بالقصيم
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بجازان
    شركة رش مبيدات بجازان

    ReplyDelete
  40. I read the post and I really liked it. You must add something more to your post in order to increase audience. Keep your work up.
    trash removal near me

    ReplyDelete
  41. I really enjoyed reading this post, thank you for sharing. I rarely come across the article equally interesting and informative! I generally prefer Citrus Cleaning Supplies for a vileda mop and bucket and as a regular user would recommend it to all.

    ReplyDelete
  42. wow, great, I was wondering how to cure acne naturally. and found your site by google, learned a lot, now i’m a bit clear. I’ve bookmark your site and also add rss. keep us updated. best electric mop reviews

    ReplyDelete
  43. I have looked couple of days and discovered some spellbinding formed work on it. In any case, it is the best of all. Carpet Cleaning Companies in las vegas

    ReplyDelete
  44. هل تبحث عن شركة متخصصة فى خدمات التنظيف بالطائف بافضل المعدات والسوائل وثقة تمة فى العمل ودقة فى النتائج كل هذه المميزت توفرها شركة الخليج الشركة الافضل والامثل فى الخدمات المنزلية بالطائف وبما اننا الشركة الافضل والامثل بدون منافس سوف نسعى لتوفر افضل الخدمات باقل تكلفة وبقدر كبير من الاهتمام والدقة عزيزى اينما كنت فى اى منطقة ا وحى تابع لمدينة الطائف اتصل بنا وسوف نصلك فى الحال شركة الخليج للخدمات المنزلية شركة تنظيف منازل بالطائف
    شركة تنظيف فلل بالطائف
    شركة تنظيف خزانات بالطائف
    شركة تسليك مجارى بالطائف
    شركة رش مبيدات بالطائف
    شركة مكافحة نمل ابيض بالطائف
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بالطائف
    شركة عزل اسطح بالطائف
    شركة عزل خزانات بالطائف

    ReplyDelete
  45. Thanks for taking the time to share this informative article here. Reading your article I got numerous valuable information about the cleaning. Get the professional San Antonio rug cleaners who give you the best quality cleaning services

    ReplyDelete
  46. Good to know about this valuable tips on cleaning. For cleaning and to gather all the dusts and unused substances at one place use Cleanroom bags.

    ReplyDelete
  47. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  48. Good post but I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this subject? I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Appreciate it! cleaning contractors perth

    ReplyDelete
  49. nice post. clean a home program by implementing a green cleaning is very useful to all homemaker. you were told all procedure of cleaning is seems splendid. so we recommended Cheap Removals Coventry. thanks for posting this article.....

    ReplyDelete
  50. I like to read such kind of articles and use  website  for this purpose.
    Elevator Pit

    ReplyDelete
  51. Love to read it,Waiting For More new Update and I Already Read your Recent Post its Great Thanks. KRM.net.au

    ReplyDelete
  52. You have done a great job on this article. It’s very readable and highly intelligent. You have even managed to make it understandable and easy to read. You have some real writing talent. Thank you. Indigenous Architecture Victoria

    ReplyDelete
  53. I read your blog and i found quite informative. San Antonio carpet cleaners one of the experienced carpet cleaning company who expertise in removing all carpet defects, eradicating odours and stains.

    ReplyDelete
  54. It's not necessary what you clean there is more important how you clean. Most important steps are mandatory for cleaning the commercial companies. There should be plan to implent for cleaning each and every steps. Then operations are performed on that plan. Amazing article shared. Following steps are very helpful for Commercial Cleaning Companies Perth

    ReplyDelete
  55. You walk all over your carpet, but may not realize that it is time to take care of your carpet.Klean Restoration deep cleans your carpet having it look, smell, and feel brand new. For the more details you can visit on carpet cleaning Indiana

    ReplyDelete
  56. You made such an interesting piece to read, giving every subject enlightenment for us to gain knowledge. Thanks for sharing the such information with us to read this... Mop

    ReplyDelete
  57. I really appreciate the kind of topics you post here. Thanks for sharing us a great information that is actually helpful. Good day!
    waste disposal companies near me

    ReplyDelete
  58. I cannot wait to dig deep and kickoff utilizing resources that I received from you. Your exuberance is refreshing. pometalni stroji

    ReplyDelete
  59. Wow! This is the perfect blog I am looking this type of blog its awesome blog here , share great information about this topic. This informative blog helps many readers with their decision-making regarding the situation. Great articles and will look forward for more!
    commercial cleaning services near me

    ReplyDelete
  60. Great post, Which you have shared here about the green cleaning program. This information is very important for every person those really interesting in. Cleaning the place play a major role for the health. Maid Cleaning Service Cedar Park

    ReplyDelete
  61. شركة السالم لخدمات التنظيف ومكافحة الحشرات ونقل العفش مع الفك والتركيب بالطائف يتم العمل لدينا من خلال فريق وعماله فنيه مدربه في غاية الاتقان ومن خلال احدث المعدات والاداوات مع شركة السالم فانت دائما في راحة تامه وامن مستمر
    شركة تنظيف بالطائف
    شركة تنظيف مجالس بالطائف
    شركة تنظيف خزانات بالطائف
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بالطائف
    شركة رش مبيدات بالطائف
    شركة عزل اسطح بالطائف
    شركة تسليك مجاري بالطائف
    شركة نقل اثاث بالطائف


    ReplyDelete
  62. Thanks for nice and informative post. This article is really contains lot more information about this topic. Get the Anti-Static Shielding Cleanroom Bags and Tubing products at reasonable cost at degagecorp.com. If you know more about the offers go through Anti Static Cleanroom Bags and Tubing


    ReplyDelete
  63. You have shared a nice article here about the cleaning program. After reading your article I got very much information and it resolved many of my doubts. Thanks for sharing this post here. Air duct cleaning

    ReplyDelete
  64. I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post. Limpieza de comunidades

    ReplyDelete
  65. Worth to read! thanks for sharing, everyone will surely gain a knowledge from this! Keep posting an informative and helpful work like this. Btw, here’s also the office carpet cleaning, you can visit and message our website offering services in affordable prices! thankyou!

    ReplyDelete
  66. I have express a few of the articles on your website now, and I really like your style of blogging. I added it to my favorite’s blog site list and will be checking back soon… čistilni stroji

    ReplyDelete
  67. Great Information sharing .. I am very happy to read this article. thanks for giving us go through info.Fantastic nice. I appreciate this post.
    commercial cleaning near me

    ReplyDelete
  68. Excellent! I'm really impressed that so much has been disclosed about this topic and you've done it so nicely.

    Regards
    Cleaning services in Singapore | Cleaning services singapore

    ReplyDelete
  69. Thanks for sharing the valuable blog with us. Buy our best quality smart window cleaning machine online at the most affordable prices. For more buy window cleaning robot

    ReplyDelete