In the last decade, more of us have become increasingly aware and concerned about environmental measures and ways in which their daily activities can affect the future of our world. We should all consider adopting various eco-friendly cleaning methods as well. Below are some eco-friendly cleaning tips for commercial cleaning:
Employ the services of a good cleaning contractor
Finding a commercial cleaning contractor for your commercial space is an obvious option. However, you should not only find the best commercial cleaning contractor but also one that observes eco-friendly cleaning practices. When agreeing to a contract always ask the company about their various cleaning methods and if they have any eco-friendly cleaning policies.
Reduce waste and recycle
Reducing the rubbish and clutter in your office or retail environment is the first step to achieving an eco-friendly outcome. For instance, ban the use of plastic bags in bins or cups in the office, and encourage the use of water bottles or jugs during meetings. You may also choose to encourage your staff to use reusable keep-cups for their daily coffee and reusable food containers.
Whilst reducing the amount of waste produced, you should also work on recycling any waste correctly. A good way to do this is by providing recycling bins instead of general rubbish bins, and placing signs in appropriate areas to guide staff to be acting correctly. Deciphering a hard plastic vs a soft plastic isn’t always easy!
Clean with non-toxic chemicals
Most commercial cleaners prioritise getting the job done as quickly as possible. The easiest way to achieve this is through the use of ammonia or bleach. While these are great cleaning products, they greatly contribute to environmental damage. Therefore, encourage the use of environmentally-friendly chemicals. As a rule of thumb, avoid chemicals with excess perfumes, toxic chemicals, and other additives.
Opt for easy clean flooring and furniture
Most commercial buildings and offices like to use carpets and hard-to-clean furniture. However, to encourage eco-friendly cleaning, consider using tiles and wooden or plastic furniture in offices. Tiles and wooden or plastic furniture are easy to clean, as they can be kept clean with a simple wipe. This reduces the number of toxic chemicals used during cleaning. By not needing as regular a clean you’ll both save money, and reduce your businesses environmental impact.
Engage other people
Engaging your co-workers and other office members by asking them to share ideas and initiatives on how to reduce office waste, conduct cleaning, and maintaining an eco-friendly practice is beneficial. If your co-workers feel part of this process, they will likely embrace every measure. You should also publicise your eco-friendly values to your customers and other visitors. With the public becoming more and more green in their daily lives, this may even earn you more customers. They often look for environmentally friendly businesses that align with their own values.
While it can be challenging to start and maintain eco-friendly cleaning practices, the result is worth the struggle. Just like modern constructions are focused on being eco-friendly, ensure that your commercial cleaning practices are also focused in this direction. To stamp your commitment, you can go further and obtain a local certification about your eco-friendly policies that should be observed. Good luck going green!