Not too long ago, people laughed at the whole “green movement”. Terms like “environmental consciousness” and “eco friendly” were attributed to “tree huggers”, Greenpeace “nazis” and the like. Now, however, it’s the “green initiative” and the “greening of America”.
Not only are consumers and the public catching on, but so is the government. Across America, from California to Washington, Texas to Wyoming, from government officials on down to small-town mayors, we’re going green, and that includes Houston.
The many green initiatives and mandates, as well as rising consumer demand, have caused a lot of businesses to change their focus towards becoming more eco friendly. Building owners, in particular, are looking at their options to meet demand and mandates; in other words, they’re going green and becoming more efficient. Once these changes have been made through various means, especially if the owner decides to convert their building to LEED, keeping the facility up to standard is imperative for a good return on investment.
Here is where green cleaning comes in, and why so many facility owners have switched their commercial cleaning practices to eco friendly janitorial services.
Green Cleaning vs. Commercial Cleaning
Commercial cleaning is a generalization that covers a wide variety of cleaning services, both standard and eco friendly. It covers everything from general office cleaning to cleaning carpets, stocking supplies, pest control, heating/venting/air conditioning and landscaping. The types of facilities include businesses, hospitals, schools, warehouses, manufacturers, parking lots and retail stores.
Green cleaning, on the other hand, is a specialized form of commercial cleaning. Janitorial services, such as GreenEfficient® in Houston, provide all the same services as any other commercial cleaning company, while using a holistic approach that helps the building owner, tenants, workers and the environment. Green cleaning focuses on things such as:
Benefits of Green Cleaning
As you can see, green cleaning is a bit more involved than standard commercial cleaning. The question in many facility owners’ minds, however, has to be, “Is it worth it?”
Eventually, government mandates may set green building, cleaning and maintenance as the definitive standard. With this in mind, many studies have been done to find out whether the overall changes are actually working, as well as what they affect. The largest benefit noted by the studies as well as building owners is increased indoor air quality.
Improved indoor air quality has shown quantifiable, positive results in such things as:
Other benefits include less water and electricity usage, as well as a longer life for interior assets such as flooring, drapes and other fabrics.