If you oversee the cleanliness of a school, workplace, or job site, you know the ancient, hard-fought battle rages on. It’s the battle between germs and sanitation, cleaning supplies and clean, breathable air.

Is it possible to have both a workplace that’s both clean and safe?

The answer is yes, of course. But it does take some expertise and education. That’s why we recommend a strategic, targeted approach that focuses on both process and products.

Process
Many people think every cleaning system is the same — apply chemicals to dirty areas, and walk away. But as every cleaning professional knows, there is much more complexity involved. Before we even discuss green cleaning chemicals, the first step is to create a strategy that’s “green” at its core. Here’s a short checklist to start with:

* Prevent dirt at the door – use walk-off mats

* Disinfect only targeted areas, and when required

* Update and maintain cleaning equipment

* Clean rooms from the top down (not bottom up)

Products

As important as process are the products you choose to implement into your strategy. Here are a few important reminders, when thinking about green cleaning supplies:

* Use third-party certified cleaning and paper products and hand soaps that have been evaluated as greener, healthier, and effective

* Cleaning with an all-purpose product removes most germs

* Ban cleaning products brought from home

* Ban room fresheners, deodorizers, plug-ins; ban para-dichloro-benzene cake toilet deodorizers

Go to the Professionals for Resources

Remember, this is just a very brief starter’s guide. If you’re really serious about green cleaning, you’ll need to continue educating yourself, and keep digging for best practices. This blog is a great place to start. You can also find helpful strategies here and here, and this guide to green cleaning products here.

 

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