The best way to start any green cleaning program is by building your team around it. Green cleaning involves not only training managers, but also requires effort from distributors supplying our cleaning company with eco friendly products trained, cleaning crews, and building a clientele dedicated to being green.
When running a ‘green team,’ managers should consider what each member brings to the team. Often, a team member is passionate about green issues and has the best of intentions, but is not skilled enough in building operations that lead to the success of the company.
Also, it is important to address the scope of the program. In some facilities, green cleaning is limited to products, equipment, and strategies. However, some facilities go further and include such measures as introducing environmentally responsible pest-management programs; starting or expanding recycling programs, composting, energy, water, and fuel reductions.
When transitioning to environmentally-preferable cleaning products, the managers should consider working with a cleaning products distributor that has expertise in green cleaning.
Managers should do a complete inventory of all cleaning products used in the facility, and source their green equivalents. An issue that inadvertently comes up is what to do with the inventory of conventional cleaning products still stored in closets. If the decision to go green was made a few months earlier, these supplies are likely to already be running low. But if not, the most cost-effective step to take is to finish using what products remain.
However, if a product is especially harmful to building users and the environment, the manager may want to just go ahead and properly dispose of it.
The next step is actually one of the most important, but is also the one that is most often overlooked: actually implementing a comprehensive and effective green cleaning program. Develop and maintain written guidelines that govern cleaning procedures, chemical handling, equipment maintenance, communication, training, and inspection programs. Managers should also implement record-keeping procedures that make information available to all cleaning personnel, green team members, and building users.
Look for cleaning chemicals certified as green by an independent party. Green cleaning also includes choosing vacuum cleaners that meet the minimum standards. It also means selecting floor machines with vacuum systems or other devices that capture and collect airborne particulates.
Managers must provide easy-to-understand directions for workers, and include documented training on how to properly use cleaning tools and equipment.
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