|What does green cleaning mean? Green Cleaning in its most simplified form is defined as cleaning to protect health while minimizing the effect on the environment.How can I be sure I am not being duped into buying products that make untrue claims about chemical safeness?Take a good look at the claims the product is making. If it looks like smoke and mirrors, it probably is. Additionally third party certification (i.e. Green Seal) insures an independent unbiased party has reviewed and certified the product.
How can a maintenance manager convince upper building management to go green? What’s the best way to demonstrate environmental needs?
Green program equals healthier employees, more satisfied tenants. A green commitment means a closer look at your overall cleaning program which will result in lower costs, greater productivity and less employee turnover. For example, compare the cost of a scrub and recoat procedure versus an entire strip out.
What can being LEED certified do for my facility?
Excellent exposure for your facility, a commitment to your tenants. Generally LEED buildings can offer a higher rate per square foot than their conventional counterparts.
How can I get started with a green cleaning program?
Start small, identify major impact areas and suggest to upper management a pilot test program with one building or one floor or one hallway…
Where can I go to obtain information concerning green cleaning?
Several websites have excellent detailed information. To name a few:
www.greenseal.org, www.usgbc.org, www.newdream.orgHow can I find a distributor that will help me implement a green cleaning program?
www.betco.com and search for a Betco Gold Distributor in your area.How much more will a green cleaning program cost me?
Overall you will save money, when you institute an entire green program, by looking at ways to be more productive and truly analyzing your entire cleaning operation.
How do I know that green cleaning products will do as well as my current products?
Like anything else, try the products for yourself. The technology has advanced to the point where we can get similar results with green products than by using conventional cleaners.