How to implement Green Cleaning at commercial facilities – Part 2

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Last week we posted Part 1 of this two part series on Green Cleaning at commercial facilities, covering offices and schools. This part will set out some of the challenges faced with introducing a Green Cleaning program at two other common types of sites:

Green Cleaning in Retail

Introducing a Green Cleaning program in a retail space comes with a different set of challenges as, other than the shop staff, facilities or building managers and the landlord,  you are not dealing with the same group of individuals day in day out due to the high footfall of people on the premises. However, this does not detract from the need to effectively communicate the Green Cleaning program at the facility with those occupants who are at the premises every day so that they fully understand the benefits and advantages, as well as the different types of cleaning equipment and procedures that can be used in a retail space to ensure the least disturbance.

Green Cleaning in Healthcare Facilities

Cleaning for healthcare facilities requires a greater amount of attention to detail than any other form of commercial cleaning. Unfortunately, poor cleaning standards at healthcare facilities have led to a rise in MRSA and other harmful, and sometimes deadly, ‘superbugs’. A good cleaning program, however, can dramatically reduce the risk of these bugs spreading.

As hospitals are active throughout the day and night, the Green Cleaning program must be flexible and adaptable to the facility. Cleaning work will normally need to be scheduled to take place during quiet periods but there are often emergency situations which require a greater amount of flexibility. Working with medical staff to draw-up a list of priorities of the most crucial areas that need cleaning at a facility should be a priority for the cleaning company implementing the Green Cleaning program. Prioritising areas according to potential risks allows a cleaning program to target the most important locations. It also increases and improves the amount of cleaning in high-risk areas that require the most attention. This factor in itself is one of the key elemental differences between a Green Cleaning program and using standard cleaning methods, as it enables the efficient allocation of cleaning resources.

The fact that Green Cleaning products are used in healthcare facilities speaks volumes for the effectiveness when compared with standard cleaning products. Not only do they perform as well as standard cleaning products, but Green Cleaning products also have the overriding benefit of not being harmful to the health of patients at healthcare facilities.

There are clear advantages to implementing a Green Cleaning at commercial facilities as it benefits both the occupants, the business and the environment. If you have any questions about introducing a Green Cleaning program at your facility, contact  The Organised Cleaning Company on 020 74584433 and talk to one of our team who will be happy to help!

 

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How to implement Green Cleaning at commercial facilities – Part 1

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Welcome to Part 1 of this two part series on how to implement Green Cleaning at commercial facilities. One of the keys to successfully introducing  Green Cleaning program on site is to ensure that you have an effective & efficient team implementing the program. Your team should include not just the cleaning operatives but also include members from key stakeholder groups on site (i.e. a representation on behalf of the landlord, the facilities manager and the building occupants) as well as someone from your janitorial supply company.

Although the principles to implement Green Cleaning at commercial facilities are similar when applied to different sites, each type of facility that requires cleaning presents its own unique set of challenges:

Green Cleaning in Offices

The size of the facility determines the application of the cleaning operations. Cleaning a smaller office enables a cleaning company to get to know clients & building occupants quicker. This makes it easier to explain the advantages of Green Cleaning and how it benefits those affected by the cleaning regime.

With larger facilities, the personal touch is lost as often the cleaning company liaises with the facilities manager. A short presentations by the cleaning company to the building occupants (and in most cases the facilities manager, landlord and parties associated with the offices) of large office buildings, explaining the implementation of the Green Cleaning program and its advantages enables greater acceptance and understanding of what the Green Cleaning program is trying to achieve.

Every office will contain people with different sensitivities, allergies and illnesses and a Green Cleaning regime will cater for all individuals as there is no recourse to cleaning chemicals.  Throughout the life of a cleaning contract it is crucial that everybody is kept in the loop and is completely aware of the environmental, financial and health benefits of implementing a Green Cleaning program to ensure effective delivery.

Green Cleaning in Schools

At schools, it is important to engage with all stakeholders – that is everybody at the school from the governs and teachers to the parents and children. All of those affected by a Green Cleaning program (either directly or indirectly) need to have a clear understanding of the new cleaning strategy being implemented at the school and the reasoning behind it.

Parents have their child’s best interests at heart so by understanding the school’s decisions to change to a Green Cleaning program and how this will benefit their child’s health (both in the short and long-term) makes parents feel that the school is mindful of their child’s health and  welfare.

One initiative which has been successfully introduced at schools in South London is Delphis Eco’s The Eco Turtle Project. The project aims to aid education surrounding sustainability in schools and also includes fundraising revenue for the school, enables pupils to learn business skills and gives the school a chance to uphold their environmental aims.

Part 2 of this series will be posted next Friday and will cover implementing Green Cleaning at Retail and Healthcare Facilities. Make sure you subscribe to our blog so that you don’t miss it!

If you have any questions about introducing a Green Cleaning program at your facility, contact  The Organised Cleaning Company on 020 74584433 and talk to one of our team who will be happy to help!

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Sustainability Driven Service

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Both Matt Harris and I have been canvasing a cleaning publication called Tomorrow’s Cleaning via twitter to spread the word about sustainable cleaning and have a regular content about the sustainable cleaning industry in the magazine.

At the moment, Tomorrow’s Cleaning is the only publication that has a dedicated sustainable cleaning supplement, which is issued quarterly. We’ve asked for it to be issued monthly and this is something which the magazine will consider once the profile of sustainable cleaning has been raised sufficiently enough. A bit of a chicken and egg situation because without regular press it takes longer to raise the profile! In any event, Charlotte asked Matt to contribute to this quarter’s edition of the Tomorrow’s Cleaning Sustainable Supplement which was issued yesterday.

Tomorrow’s Cleaning has a readership of 58,000 people and gets distributed to those in the property, retail, leisure, government, transport and manufacturing sectors. November’s supplement will be circulated weekly through the month of November, so having  contributed to the supplement means The Organised Cleaning Company will have its profile raised significantly.

You can read the full edition of Tomorrow’s Cleaning Sustainable Supplement right here, and I’m also re-blogging it below for the benefit of my readers. Check out the cheesy photo of Matt Harris at the end! We’re interested in your comments on the article so like The Organised Cleaning Company’s Facebook page and let us know what you think, or comment on this blog post right here!

“Sustainability driven service 

Matt Harris, owner of The Organised Cleaning Company, explains the positive effects a sustainability driven cleaning service has on people, the planet and profits.

It’s safe to say that green cleaning is no longer regarded as a passing fad. The advancement of ecological cleaning products, cleaning technology such as microfiber and different energy efficient & water saving equipment has made the concept of green cleaning more commonplace at facilities throughout the UK.

Nowadays, however, clients are demanding more sustainable practices from their service providers to ensure that they’re wasting less, reusing more and reducing their harmful effects on the environment. Recent survey results revealed that sustainability may be the deciding factor in more than 40% of business negotiations.

In order to provide a sustainable cleaning service, cleaning companies have to do more than simply using ecological products and innovative technology, and adopt the triple bottom line at the core of their business – People, Planet, Profit:

People: This element is often considered in terms of stakeholders who have an interest in how the business is run. Often, the three main stakeholder groups are shareholders, employees and customers.

A sustainable cleaning service will add value to shareholders by enhancing stakeholder value, which includes making the role of a cleaning operative more satisfying for greater job satisfaction in order to maintain high levels of performance. Recruiting staff within close proximity of facilities, cutting traveling time, costs and CO2 emissions, whilst enabling staff to take on more work or a second job. Daytime cleaning also allows staff to engage with customers during regular working hours, which helps build rapport and develops their inter-personal skills.

From a customer perspective, they have to satisfy their own stakeholders by taking active steps to embrace sustainability. Employing a sustainable cleaning company will be a contributing factor to their ‘green’ credentials and can add a certain amount of environmental kudos.

Planet: One of the challenges faced by today’s society is taking responsibility for the environment for future generations.

A sustainable cleaning service minimises its impact on the environment not just by using less toxic, ecological products or reusable cleaning materials, but by providing a service that increases energy efficiency & encourages a waste hierarchy (Reduce/Reuse/Recycle), in order to reduce a facility’s carbon footprint and the amount of waste it sends to landfill. Carrying out a lifecycle analysis, implementing a daytime cleaning regime and identifying & effectively managing processes that produce the most waste all contribute to a facility functioning more sustainably.

Profit: A key advantage of a sustainable cleaning service is that its operational efficiency enables cost savings at facilities.

Today’s ecological cleaning products require smaller inventories of stock to clean facilities, and by training staff to products & equipment correctly ensures that there’s less wastage so that inventories last longer. Buying concentrated products in bulk and decanting them reduces transport costs and emissions, whilst producing less packaging waste. Using an electric fleet of vehicles when staff, products and equipment need to be moved from different facilities, produce zero emissions, save on road tax and are up to seven times cheaper per mile than diesel vehicles.

Reducing the amount of energy consumed (lighting accounts for 16% of the UK’s total energy use, with commercial properties accounting for 43% of this usage) & the amount of waste produced (waste accounts for 4-5% of a company’s operating costs) at facilities will also have a significant impact on a customer’s bottom line, especially with rising energy costs and landfill tax.

In short, a sustainable cleaning service has a positive effect not just on the bottom line of businesses by having a positive effect on profits, but also a wider reaching effect of protecting the two other “Ps” that constitute the triple bottom line – people and planet.”