Green cleaning isn’t just a fad. Studies have shown that exposure to chemicals and toxins found in common cleaning products can lead to lung issues, reproductive problems and certain types of cancer.
Green cleaning programs use non-toxic products and eco-friendly techniques designed to ensure a clean, healthy and safe environment for your employees, visitors, occupants, patients or students.
Keeping the environment clean inside and out is a commitment LCS Facility Group makes to our clients. Our Healthy High-Performance Cleaning from one of the leading innovators in green technology, Johnson Diversey, only uses products that are bio-degradable and chemical-free.
Say goodbye to sick-building syndrome with these six green-cleaning tips:
1. Start with the basics
Green cleaning is more than just changing products and equipment, it’s important to communicate new procedures and techniques to your employees. All the changes you make by selecting a green cleaning program can be compromised if your employees fail to follow suit. Educate them of the importance of green cleaning and encourage them to follow best practices set forth by your cleaning crew.
2. Make air quality a high priority
Air pollutants and contaminants found in air ducts may cause allergy or asthma symptoms if not regularly maintained. Having your air ducts cleaned can improve your building’s air quality, increase your HVAC system’s energy efficiency, and increase your system’s life, reducing potential costs associated with repairs.
3. Opt for LEED-certified cleaners
Make sure your cleaning crew is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified. LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world, which ensures facility management teams are up to speed on best practices regarding green cleaning, helping the environment while keeping your visitors, employees and staff.
4. Invest in cleaning technology
Many facilities maintenance companies are investing time, energy and money to train their employees in and to provide healthy, high-quality cleaning techniques and services. Take advantage of their modernized cleaning equipment by choosing a green-cleaning program.
5. Beware of old furniture
Older furniture may contain polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDEs), which are fire retardants that can be toxic to both humans and the environment. PBDEs are not chemically bound to fabrics, or other products in which they are used, making them more likely to breakdown and enter the environment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has enacted laws that prevent manufacturers from creating new products that contain PBDEs and phase out existing products with known traces of PBDEs.
6. Hire a cleaning company with a proven record for green-cleaning techniques
From schools and hospitals to warehouses and offices, a Green-Cleaning Program from LCS offers best practices and guidelines, and only uses products that meet the standards set by Green Seal, an independent, non-profit organization since 1989, and are specifically selected for the Healthy High-Performance Cleaning Program.
Working with the proper equipment, procedures and training has the LCS Green Team focused on removing harmful elements from the floors to the air ducts, and from the entryways to the bathrooms.
Call us today at 866-800-4LCS to learn how LCS can be your trusted partner in green cleaning.