Different offices and business premises have significantly different ways of operating and therefore require different cleaning regimes. However, it doesn’t matter if you’re the owner of a digital marketing agency or a small mechanic shop – there’s one thing everyone can do to reduce the environmental impact of their cleaning regime.
Reevaluate and move to “green cleaning” wherever possible.
Okay, this might sound like more trouble than it’s worth, but it’s not. I promise! In the rest of this article, I’m going to outline a few popular ways to transition to green cleaning, as well as its benefits and a few ways it could transform your office environment.
How Can We Transition to Green Cleaning?
To begin with, you should sit down and have a chat with your commercial cleaning company. Let them know that you would like to implement green cleaning techniques and that they should stop using toxic chemicals and anything else that could have a negative environmental impact.
Following this, you may decide to sit down and do a little research to decide on the best eco-friendly cleaning techniques for your office space. Consider:
- How often cleaning needs to take place. Do your offices really need to be cleaned as often as they are?
- Any ways you could reduce water usage.
- Whether or not non-toxic cleaning products are a viable alternative.
- If you can use chemical-free cleaning methods, such as steam cleaning, and eliminate cleaning products altogether.
What Are the Benefits of Green Cleaning in the Office?
Green cleaning has numerous benefits, and will generally transform your office into a much more pleasant space and, in many cases, improve employee productivity over the long term. Some obvious benefits of transitioning to a green cleaning regime include:
- Your environmental impact will immediately be reduced. Chemicals from your cleaning won’t be entering nearby waterways and water usage may be reduced as well.
- Your employees will be healthier and happier. Most commercial cleaning products contain highly toxic volatile compounds that vaporise over time and enter the office atmosphere. These can contribute to existing skin problems, allergies, and respiratory issues.
- Your business will be more productive. Removing toxic compounds from your office environment and improving employee health will make them more productive – I mean, that’s just logical, right?
On top of this, many green cleaning techniques are significantly cheaper than the chemical-heavy alternative. It’s simply not necessary to use a range of nasty (and expensive) chemicals to wipe a little dust from office desks and other surfaces when something like warm water and a soft cloth would do the exact same job.
Sometimes, a little common sense goes a long way.
Green cleaning is becoming increasingly popular across the world. It’s not just another “save the planet” feel-good trend. In fact, it’s associated with a wide range of benefits, including healthier, happier employees and much better productivity.
If you haven’t already, consider sitting down with your cleaners and discussing green cleaning alternatives for your business. Trust me, you won’t regret it.