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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Choosing the right chemical for the job

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We recently published a post identifying the difference between cleaners, sanitisers and disinfectants. To follow on from that post we though it would be useful to give you a heads up about which chemicals to use in what scenario so that you’re better equipped to clean!

  • An all-purpose cleaner will be sufficient for most surfaces where the likelihood of cross-contamination is low. More importantly, a cleaner should always be used to remove visible soil from any surface prior to sanitizing or disinfecting.
  • A sanitizer is most often used in food service areas and healthcare facilities. Sanitizers can also be used in office environments where a cleaner may not be strong enough, but a disinfectant isn’t necessary.
  • Disinfectants are most commonly used in medical facilities where drug-resistant organisms like MRSA or C.diff are an issue as disinfectants can make kill pathogens that sanitizers cannot. If you have a situation where you know there’s potential for additional germs that aren’t going away with sanitation, then you take the step of applying a disinfectant. Regardless of environment, disinfectants are the go-to chemical during an outbreak of illness, such as norovirus.

Based on the differences between cleaners, sanitizers and disinfectants, you might wonder, if disinfectants will kill nearly everything in their path, why not always use them? Well, in addition to being overkill, disinfectants can be a budget buster when used needlessly…