So, You want to go all Green? "But what's in it for me?" You ask....
Student Life Series LLC has broken it down for you so we can all be on the same page
As a cleaning company, we realize how important it is to keep dust, dirt and grime out of a building. For our customers, a clean building means better living and working conditions for tenants and residents and, therefore, higher productivity. A clean building is also much more appealing to residents / tenants and guests. In addition, keeping a building clean increases the life span of carpets, flooring, furniture, and fixtures.
Green cleaning is much more than using a few chemicals that have been labeled as “green”. Green cleaning is defined as a system of cleaning that promotes healthy surroundings for residents, tenants and guests, as well as being also less detrimental to the environment.
Why make the switch to green cleaning? People are becoming more concerned about the health of the environment, including the residential / tenant environment. Awareness is also growing about the importance of indoor air quality. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the level of indoor air pollutants can be 2 to 5 times higher, and occasionally up to 100 times higher than outdoor levels.
How a building is cleaned can be a major factor in the quality of indoor air. The economic impact of a “healthier” building is not measured in nickels and dimes but in billions of dollars. A study by the U.S. Department of Energy indicated that US businesses could have an ANNUAL productivity gain of $30 to $150 billion just by implementing cleaning techniques that improve indoor air quality.
In addition, cleaning employees experience high injury rates. Many of these injuries are caused by the toxic chemicals used in daily activities. Reducing the use of the most toxic chemicals by switching to greener products can reduce injury rates and increase employee morale.
Today there are less toxic and very effective products available for almost all cleaning applications. Green cleaning products are less toxic, have lower VOC’s (volatile organic compounds), and most are biodegradable and free of heavy metals and carcinogens.
Green cleaning is not a fad and it’s not going away. A few years ago, cleaning contractors resisted making the switch to green cleaning chemicals because the products didn’t work very well and they were more expensive than conventional cleaning chemicals. But manufacturers today are spending millions of dollars on research and development of green products that are as good as or better than conventional cleaning products.
Listed below are some examples of potential problems associated with poor indoor air quality:
Problems associated with poor indoor air quality:
Poor indoor air quality can also cause acute health conditions and decrease resident / tenant and student performance.
Poor indoor air quality can reduce a person’s ability to perform mental tasks that require concentration, memory skills or calculation.
Poor indoor air quality consistently ranks among the top five environmental risks to public health.
Poor indoor air quality can lead to:
Puffy, red, itchy, dry and irritated eyes.
Ear aches and ear infections.
Sore, dry and scratchy throat.
Stuffy, runny, dry noses, or excessive sneezing.
Chest congestion, coughing, wheezing or difficulty breathing.
Dry skin or skin rashes.
NOW, for the good news…
Benefits of green cleaning:
A healthier living and working environment for a building’s occupants and visitors.
By using “greener” chemicals, you’ll cut down on the amount of hazardous chemicals used. This also helps to reduce the potential for spills, accidents and potential liability claims that can occur when using more hazardous chemicals.
Improved resident / tenant productivity due to fewer chemicals being used.
Reduced liability on insurance claims.
Potentially lower maintenance costs.
Increased value and appearance of the property.
Marketing benefits of having a green building. Property managers may be able to attract tenants who would prefer locating to a green property.
Here are some Green Cleaning “Myths”
More and more attention is being paid to green cleaning. However there have been several myths and misconceptions spread about the products and procedures of green cleaning.
Myth #1: Green cleaning products are expensive.
Truth: When green cleaning chemicals were first manufactured they were priced higher than traditional cleaning chemicals. Today the costs of green cleaning products are no more expensive than the cost of traditional cleaning products. Increased research and production of green cleaning products have decreased the cost of green cleaning products and supplies. So green cleaning products are no longer any more expensive than traditional cleaning products.
Myth #2: Green cleaning products and procedures are not as effective as traditional cleaning products and procedures.
Truth: The improvement in green cleaning products and supplies has made them just as effective as traditional cleaning methods. Some products, such as microfiber cloths, actually clean better than traditional dust cloths that spread more dust than they pick up.
Myth #3: All I need to do is use green products and I can market my business as a green cleaning company.
Truth: Green cleaning is much more than using green products. It is a whole system that starts with proper training of employees, implementing methods to keep soil out of buildings such as adequate matting and reducing the need for chemicals.
Myth #4: Only environmentalists are concerned with green cleaning.
Truth: More and more people are concerned with the chemicals that are used in their residential / tenant properties and are looking for better alternatives. Green cleaning is not only cost effective but is better for a building’s indoor air quality – making it a better environment for residents / tenants and visitors.
Myth #5: To implement a green cleaning program you have to dump all of your current cleaning chemicals and buy new green chemicals.
Truth: You can start slowly transitioning from your current system to green cleaning procedures. It is best to start with getting rid of your harshest chemicals first and gradually switch the rest of your products, equipment and procedures. It works best to switch one product at a time, so you can evaluate the results and make sure that the product fulfills
Student Life Series LLC is very passionate about the living environment of our clients here in Lee County, Alabama. We are making it our goal to stay on top of all the current and future Green cleaning chemicals, techniques, equipment, training and certifications available as soon as they hit the ground. We are dedicated to doing all we can to make sure the only thing that comes to mind when you think of Student Life Series LLC is “those are the green cleaning people” there is no shame in our game, we are a very proud group!
Furthermore… there is no difference in the cost of utilizing Green cleaning services versus using the regular cleaning approach.
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