Green cleaning has become more than simply a passing fad, especially in commercial settings. Increasingly tighter federal standards are gradually phasing out toxic chemicals of all kinds. And although adopting a more environmentally friendly perspective is becoming a government mandate, it’s also an effective means for practicing corporate social responsibility.
What is “Green Cleaning”?
This is the most common question that business owners and facility managers pose. Countless products claim to be environmentally conscious, but the key is the Green Seal designation. Green Seal is a nonprofit entity that evaluates products on several levels, giving each designations that allow the consumer to compare products more effectively, and to truly understand the degree to which a given product is actually green, or simply trying to ride the wave of “green” marketing schemes.
Why Adopt a More Ecological Approach to Cleaning?
Using fewer toxic substances in your office or facility reduces the risk of injury and damage. Common side effects to traditional cleaning products can include allergic reactions, breathing problems, itchy or watery eyes, nausea, headaches and even, in extreme cases, cancer. Choosing less toxic cleaners can greatly improve the air quality in the restrooms and throughout the facility, as toxic fumes can move through the ventilation system to other areas. In some cases, including those companies seeking the LEED designation or similar certifications, the selection of more ecologically friendly products can help your facility earn its certification more quickly.
How to Choose Green Products for Restroom Cleaning
When choosing your own company’s restroom cleaning products, do as much research as possible. Buying products simply because they’re in front of you (or because you like the packaging) is not an effective strategy. Research current strategies, products and practices and understand how these might improve upon your current practices. Federal standards are ever-changing and what was considered environmentally viable even a few years ago may have been replaced with new products or technology.
As an alternative to spending time and effort learning about green cleaning products for your office or facility restrooms, it may be beneficial to check with your commercial cleaning service provider for advice. Most cleaning companies offer a line of less toxic products and, in fact, many companies have switched to those as a default. Town & Country Office Cleaning uses the most up-to-date products and practices that do the least harm to the environment and pose the fewest risks to your staff and customers. Let Town & Country advise you on the most effective green cleaning practices for your office.