How to Make Your Commercial Cleaning Regime More Sustainable
Sustainability is a buzzword across many sectors as companies aim to become more green and more environmentally conscious, reducing their carbon footprint and their impact on the wider environment through the actions and practices they undertake.
Implementing a sustainable commercial cleaning regime will predominantly help companies reduce their water and chemical consumption which is not only beneficial for the environment, but can also reduce employee exposure to toxins and harmful chemicals. Making these changes doesn’t need to be major or immediate. Small and gradual changes to a company’s cleaning regime can go a very long way.
These changes can collectively help to prevent and control infection, all whilst minimising the effects the regime may have on the wider environment.
Another key benefit for companies is the amount of money they are able to save by reducing their consumption and the amount of waste they produce and have to dispose of.
Watch Your Water Waste
Commercial cleaning is extremely water-intensive so one of the key concerns when becoming more sustainable is learning how to reduce water waste.
One of the main things that employers can do is implement stricter limits on their water usage.
Changing up the products being used can also make a big impact on the amount of water wasted. A surprising amount of water is wasted just through mopping or cleaning surfaces. Using microfibre products gives cleaners the advantage of doing more, with less waste. Additionally, using flat mops and low-moisture vacuum systems can save huge amounts of water.
In general, there are certain measures that can be implemented around the office building. These include fixing any leaking taps, ensuring that any faucets (showers, toilets, taps) are efficient, reusing water where possible and checking the buildings Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards.
Swap For Greener Products When Cleaning
With commercial cleaning, one of the easiest ways to become more sustainable is to change the cleaning products that you are working with. Many cleaning products contain harmful chemicals, many of which come from petroleum.
These toxic chemicals can be harmful both to the environment and to employee health. In the long-run, sustained exposure can cause health problems to employees. At an environmental level, they contribute to the destruction of the ozone layer and pollution of water.
Finding the correct cleaning products can be a challenge as it needs to be something which can effectively remove dirt, germs and allergens without compromising the environment or human health.
Cleaning utensils that do not rely on heavy-duty chemical cleaning products can help to contribute to a more sustainable cleaning procedure. For example. Microfibre can remove fine particles and bacteria without the need of harsh chemicals.
There are understandably, some cleaning products which by their very nature have no substitutes that are more environmentally sound.
For example, harsh drain cleaning products, some strong and abrasive cleaning products and some of the PPE needed to handle such harsh chemicals cannot be swapped safely. In such cases, simply minimising use is the best thing a cleaning company can do, particularly in the case of a commercial cleaning company who will likely go through a lot of products and PPE over time.
One of the simplest things you can do to ensure more sustainable commercial cleaning is encouraging recycling as a wide-scale practice in your workplace. There are certain legal requirements when it comes to the sorting and removal of waste which must be implemented office-wide.
Commercial cleaning companies produce an estimated 40,000 rubbish truckloads of waste per year. There are certain ways to improve this situation including consistent recycling, using reusable materials around the facility, and avoiding the use of plastic bin liners for paper-based rubbish.
Facility managers should make sure there are suitable recycling points readily available on each floor of the workspace. Additionally, they should take responsibility for educating staff be it via email or posters around the offices.
Efficient waste management will help create a more cost-effective working environment as well as reducing environmental damage and keeping the space clean.