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Green cleaning: What is it and what do you need to know?

Why a green cleaning program is important for a company’s ESG score

Joey Correia

In our last blog this past spring, we talked about ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance) and what that means in the commercial cleaning industry.

Green cleaning practices are an essential component of a company’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategy.

By integrating these practices, companies can significantly improve their ESG scores, reflecting a strong commitment to sustainability and ethical operations.

Types of green cleaning

There are some obvious and not so obvious approaches to green cleaning. First, we can look at chemicals.

We all know what to look for when we clean our homes. Perhaps we are looking for products that are eco-friendly and safe around our children and pets.

In commercial cleaning, it’s no different. Companies like Bee-Clean seek out certified eco-friendly chemicals.

Here are the key points to consider when you work with your cleaning company:

  • Certifications matter: Look for cleaning products certified by recognized organizations such as EcoLogo, Green Seal, or EPA Safer Choice. These certifications show that the products meet stringent environmental and health standards.
  • Health benefits: Eco-friendly cleaning products reduce exposure to toxic chemicals, improving indoor air quality and promoting the health and well-being of employees and visitors.
  • Effectiveness: modern eco-friendly products are formulated to be as effective as traditional cleaning chemicals, ensuring that your building remains clean and safe. Did you realize there are also non-chemical approaches to cleaning? While certified chemicals are essential, there are several non-chemical cleaning methods that are both effective and sustainable.
  • Microfiber cloths: These reusable cloths are excellent for dusting and cleaning surfaces without the need for chemical sprays. They trap dirt and bacteria, providing a thorough clean with just water.
  • Steam cleaning: Using high-temperature steam can sanitize surfaces and clean deeply without chemicals. It’s particularly effective for floors, tiles, and upholstery.
  • HEPA filters: Vacuum cleaners equipped with HEPA filters can capture fine particles and allergens, resulting in cleaner air and surfaces without chemical use.

What to expect

When you are choosing a cleaning company for your business or working with your existing company, we think it’s important that you fully understand what should be expected with green cleaning.

  • Check certifications: You’ll want to confirm the cleaning company has certifications and knows how to follow green cleaning protocols. You should be able to ask for evidence of certification.
  • Training and expertise: You should also be confident that their staff have training in this area and are able to use products and tools effectively.
  • Customized cleaning: Every building has unique cleaning needs. A good green cleaning company will offer customized plans that address specific requirements while adhering to green principles.
  • Transparency and communication: Choose a company that is transparent about their practices and open to communication. They should be willing to discuss their methods and adapt to any specific requests or concerns you may have.

The bottom line

Adopting green cleaning practices is a step towards a healthier, more sustainable future for your business and the planet.

By choosing certified eco-friendly products, using non-chemical cleaning methods, and partnering with a reputable green cleaning company, you can be rest assured that your building is clean, safe, and environmentally responsible.

About Joey Correia and Bee-Clean Ottawa

Joey Correia is the vice president of operations for Eastern Ontario at Bee-Clean Building Maintenance. Bee-Clean Ottawa is one of Bee-Clean’s 21 branches across Canada, serving Ottawa and Eastern Ontario.

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