How Green Cleaning is Changing the Commercial Cleaning Industry
Eco-friendly cleaning practices are in demand for all types of commercial worksites. At Mayfair Building Services, we provide commercial cleaning for British Columbia businesses ranging from office cleaning to heavy-duty industrial cleaning.
“Green cleaning is arguably the No. 1 trend in the cleaning industry.”- The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association.
An eco-friendly cleaning company is one that uses eco-friendly materials and natural cleaning products. How “green” you want to be can vary depending on your preferences. Some of our clients prefer to have only environmentally friendly products in use on their worksite. Other clients may want to substitute a few “green” cleaning products in place of cleaners made with harmful chemicals. This might be done in specific areas, like workstations that can benefit from daily hands-on cleaning using non-toxic, environmentally friendly products.
Why Choose Eco-Friendly Cleaning?
There are so many great reasons to choose an eco-friendly cleaning company or a company that utilizes these products. The number one reason – it’s safer. It’s safer for our employees and for your employees, who might be sensitive to harsh chemicals found in chemical cleaners.
Commercial janitorial services have traditionally been an industry where there has been a reliance on heavy-duty chemical-based cleaners. However, as cleaning products with biodegradable formulas have evolved, the use of green cleaners is becoming more common.
According to cleanlink.com, “The demand for using green products for cleaning is increasing through to 2021 (and) manufacturers of cleaning products for industries and institutions have adhered to the changing societal demands and have started using bio-based ingredients, innovating cleaning products that require less or no water with eco-friendly and recyclable packaging.”
Today, it can be used for all methods of cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting in just about any environment.
Many of our clients request our green cleaning service because it gives them peace of mind. Using eco-friendly cleaning products and practices means that:
- No potentially harmful products are coming into their workplace
- Usage of petroleum-derived cleaners is reduced or eliminated
- Their employees are not exposed to the synthetic fragrance added to many cleaning products (a common irritant)
- They are doing good for the environment by creating less waste, choosing biodegradable products and encouraging practices that use less water
- They are helping to protect workers’ respiratory health with the use of HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filtration systems
- They are helping to protect Mayfair’s employees from prolonged and repeated exposure to VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) found in many solvents
- They are helping to reduce waste. Many eco-friendly cleaning products have great refill options for spray bottles, refill pods and more. This means there is less plastic waste being sent to landfills.
- They are actively helping to reduce the impact to the environment
Examples of Eco-Friendly Products
When thinking of eco-friendly products, some people might automatically think of cleaning with vinegar and half of a lemon. Others might think of the green cleaning products you might find on the shelf at the grocery store. In the case of eco-friendly cleaners for commercial businesses, the products are much different. Though they are controlled and safety tested, these types of solvents are still extraordinarily strong cleaners just like their toxic counterparts. Because of this, they still need to be carefully mixed and measured by a trained professional.
At Mayfair Building Services, we use Dustbane EcoLogo certified products including degreasers, disinfectants, all-purpose cleaners formulated with plant-derived ingredients and more.
We also use high-quality green label certified commercial vacuums with top-of-the-line HEPA filters, eco-friendly microfibre cloths and mops and much more.
Microfibre cloths and mops are extremely effective for removing high amounts of oil and dirt from surfaces, with minimal water needed. After all, saving water is another great way to protect the environment.
How Do Eco-Friendly Cleaners Work?
Early natural cleaners were ineffective at best, and not suited for commercial cleaning. Today, eco-friendly formulas can easily power through the toughest grease and grime, while eliminating harmful bacteria. The enzymes in these new “green” cleaners work by eating away at bacteria. Today’s eco-friendly cleaners have evolved to become some of the most powerful germ and dirt fighters on the market today.
Benefits of eco-friendly cleaners:
- Free of caustic ingredients
- Petroleum free
- Chlorine free
- Ammonia free
- Phosphate free
- Free of dangerous acids
Apart from using these non-toxic cleaning products formulated with natural ingredients, green cleaning also applies to the equipment and procedures used.
At Mayfair, our WHMIS-trained employees use specific cleaning procedures and equipment specially designed for use with eco-friendly solvents. Altogether, our green cleaning practices help ensure that we’re maintaining a minimal carbon footprint within your workspace.
How Much Does Eco-Friendly Cleaning Cost?
Eco-friendly cleaning is generally more of an investment than traditional chemical-based cleaning. This is because the products themselves cost more and cleaning takes place daily on high-touch surfaces.
This more frequent cleaning routine increases labour costs and the amount of these more expensive cleaners. However, the daily cleaning required with an eco-friendly cleaning regime ensures that the traditionally dirtiest or germiest places in the office are also bacteria-free and sparkling clean.
Choose Mayfair Building Services for Skilled Eco-Friendly Cleaning Services
At Mayfair, we ensure our cleaning staff are fully trained on every aspect of their job, including eco-friendly cleaning practices. Our cleaners and janitors are fully trained in WHMIS to ensure the proper handling of cleaners. They’re also extensively trained in the use of commercial cleaning equipment.
We provide regular inspections and supervision for our clients to ensure services are up to our high standards. Many of our staff have been with us for a long time over our 30 years in business. That track record of mutual trust has led to long contracts with some of Vancouver’s top companies in a wide variety of sectors.
Eco-friendly cleaning is here to stay. If you’ve been curious about how you can make the switch to a “greener” approach to cleanliness in your business, we can get you started. Serving the Greater Vancouver areas of Burnaby, Coquitlam, Langley, Surrey and White Rock, we are happy to work with you to create a schedule that meets both your cleaning requirements and budget. Need daily, weekly, monthly or occasional cleaning services? Contact us today to get started.