Like many green cleaning concepts, the accent on proper carpet care begins with preventive care and moves quickly to rectify accumulations of soil as soon as they occur. Preventive measures include walk-off mats and soil-catching mats on the outside of the building, while quick response times prevent the spread of soil throughout the building. The net result is a cleaner environment and lowered cleaning costs.
Green cleaning seems so simple. The changes are subtle but effective. For example, take the green cleaning method of damp mopping a floor. The process involves proper cleaning techniques, and includes measures to protect the housekeeper’s back.
One of the most popular green product lines is manufactured by Elements. All Elements products bear the benchmark Green Seal Certification. The products and dispensers are environmentally safe. Some of the products include a peroxide powered cleaner and degreaser, an all-surface cleaner and an organic acid restroom cleaner along with a non-ammoniated glass cleaner and a super duty degreaser. For effective and proper use of these products, Elements recommends a combination of supervised education and training seminars. Like all green cleaning products, Elements’ cleaners are user-friendly with reduced health risks to workers and building occupants.
There are many reasons to clean office buildings green. Aside from the environmental and health advantages, green cleaning, like sustainable building and the use of sustainable products, is a socially responsible business practice. The U.S. Green Building Council developed its benchmark third party Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating and certification system more than 10 years ago. The program, like the green movement, has undergone many revisions since its forward thinking founders released the initial version of LEED NC (New Construction). In response to feedback from concerned LEED certified building owners, the USGBC developed standards to maintain existing LEED certified buildings. Prior to implementation of its LEED EB (Existing Building) standards, green building owners came to realize that their investments in green building were being tarnished by the lack of ongoing standards. LEED EB works! With the same vigor and foresight that created the LEED NC standards, guidelines for responsible property maintenance and […]
Companies around the globe are beginning to fully understand the “Sick Building Syndrome” and the toll it is taking on personnel and productivity. In addition to promoting a healthier environment, green cleaning has taken aim on the conditions that cause Sick Building Syndrome. Through the use of less invasive products and better cleaning techniques, great progress has been made. 30 percent of U.S. workers suffer health problems caused by Sick Building Syndrome. In the 1960’s, the Sick Building Syndrome was exposed when research revealed that volatile, organic compounds from carpeting and furniture, inadequate air circulation, poor lighting, mold buildup and disruptive temperature variances were contributing to a host of unhealthy conditions. In terms of lost productivity, these conditions were costing American business billions of dollars per year. In 2002, a study by the Indoor Environment Department at the Lawrence Berkley National Design Laboratory in California found that improved air quality used in LEED approved green […]