Part 1: What Makes a Cleaning Company "Green" & Why You Should Make the Change

Cleaning is essential—after all, no one wants to work or live in a place that's filled with dirt and dust! For one thing, it can easily cause allergy symptoms. Not to mention that it can cause bacteria and viruses to spread! Luckily for us, cleaning is not as tedious as is used to be—after all, we have a number of tools at our disposal. For instance, we can easily get rid of food crumbs by using a vacuum cleaner. Mops are also helpful in that they can be used to clean various surfaces. Having said that, have you ever thought about the impact that these tools might have on the environment? Believe it or not, but the way you clean can actually affect Mother Nature. Don't worry, though, there are ways to be "greener." Want to learn more about the topic? If so, be sure to read the rest of our post!

What Makes a Cleaning Company Green?

Nowadays, more and more people are becoming environmentally conscious. Considering this, it only makes sense to switch to green cleaning. Wouldn't you want to do your part to protect your planet? In doing so, you'll probably attract more clients too. Really, it's a win-win situation!

Green Cleaning Companies Create Less Waste

You've probably heard this before but single-use products create a lot of waste, all of which ultimately end up at the landfill. Sure, they might be effective at cleaning, but really, how great are they if they get tossed into the trash after just a few wipes? Green cleaning companies don't have to worry about that issue. After all, they use reusable products. Take mop pads, for instance—instead of throwing them into the bin after one use, they can be used again and again. All you have to do is put them in the washer and add a bit of detergent! Let them dry, and you'll be ready to clean again. Billions of pounds of paper products wind up in the landfill every year—why not help with this issue by creating less waste?

Being Conscious of Water Usage

Water is necessary for cleaning. After all, it's hard to scrub away stains with just a dry cloth. While that might be true, it's not uncommon for individuals to use too much water aka "waste" water. For instance, traditional cleaning companies tend to use a liberal amount of water to clean various surfaces. Not only is this wasteful, but it can actually create a hazard if say, the floor, is left dripping wet. Water can also be wasted during the rinsing process—that is, they might use too much water when they're rinsing out their cleaning tools. What's great about green cleaning companies is that they are mindful of how much water they use. If anything, they try to limit their water consumption. In doing so, they use minimal resources, which is better for the planet. Think of the impact that it'd have if everyone was to be conscious of their water usage!

Finding Ways to Reduce the Use of Power

Green cleaning companies minimize their use of energy. They do this in multiple different ways—for instance, it's not uncommon for them to skip the dryer when they're drying cloths and towels. After all, it's one of the most power-hungry appliances out there. Air-drying is a much greener option.

Their gear will also be more energy efficient. Instead of using high-powered vacuum cleaners, they’ll use a “stick” vacuum, which will generally draw much less power. The same goes for other cleaning tools such as electric mops.

Using Natural Cleaners

Believe it or not but most cleaning products are actually a cocktail of chemicals. You can check for yourself—next time you're at the store, pay attention to the ingredients list on some of the items. You'd be surprised just how long it is! Instead of using those, which are actually harmful to the environment*, green cleaning companies opt for all-natural cleaners. In other words, they do not contain any harsh chemicals. More often than not, they are plant-based and organic. Not only are they effective in cleaning, but they're much more gentle as well. *The Impact of Chemical Cleaners Phosphorus and nitrogen are common contaminants found in cleaners. Upon entering the waterways, they cause certain plants to grow quickly which can lead to eutrophication. Not only is this bad for marine life (these plants will deplete the oxygen in the water), but it can lead to the growth of dense vegetation, which can clog waterways. Over time, all of the decay can impact the water so that it’s no longer suitable for consumption.

These compounds can also concentrate indoors, which can cause health hazards. Sure, you can ventilate the air by opening the windows, but then the problem will just go outdoors. Did you know that they can contribute to smog and pollution?

Why Should You Make the Change to a Green Cleaning Company

Here are some reasons why you might want to make the switch with your own cleaning company.

Green Cleaning Companies Can Charge More

Does it surprise you that green cleaning companies can charge a little more than their standard counterparts? Generally speaking, you should be able to charge 10 to 20% more in fees. To give you a better idea, standard cleaning services are typically $20 to $50 per hour whereas green cleaning surfaces are in the $25 and $55 range. This might not seem significant, but it can add up when you have multiple clients!

Eco-Friendly Products Last Longer

Eco-friendly products will last longer. Why? They come in concentrates, which means that you won’t have to use nearly as much each time. In the long run, this will save you a considerable amount of money. After all, the same volume of cleaner will last you that much longer.

Your Cleaning Company Will Create Less Waste

We touched upon this earlier, but there will be much less waste compared to standard cleaning. For one thing, you won’t be throwing sheets upon sheets of disposable pads into the trash. This is great news for the landfill, which is already filled to the brim with paper products.

By switching to microfiber mop pads, you’ll also cut back on the costs. You probably know this already but disposable pads are not cheap—especially when you have to buy refills constantly! Compared to that, reusable mop pads are much more economical.

You'll be Helping the Environment

This goes without saying but you'll be doing your part to help the environment. Not only will there be less waste with reusable mop pads, but you won't have to worry about polluting the oceans with all-natural cleaners as they do not contain any harsh chemicals! Little by little, we can do what we can to help Mother Nature.

You Won't Have to Worry About Adverse Reactions

It's not uncommon for some individuals to be sensitive to the chemicals that are used in certain products. Have you ever had a client tell you that they experienced a skin reaction after your cleaning services? Make the switch to being green and you won't have to worry about dealing with any of that! After all, the cleaners that you'll be using will be chemical-free. In other words, the offending agents will be gone; the risk of adverse reactions will be slim to none.

Green Cleaning is Better For You & Your Employee's Health

As mentioned earlier, many hazardous chemicals are found in commercial cleaners. In fact, it’s not uncommon for some to be known carcinogens! You might feel fine now, but that doesn’t mean that something won’t happen later in the future. Why risk your life for the job?

One of the best ways to protect yourself is by switching to green products—that way, you won’t have to constantly expose yourself to potentially dangerous chemicals. They might be a tad more expensive compared to traditional cleaners, but it's definitely worth it. Who knows? It might even get rid of those headaches that you’ve been getting constantly!

Your Operating Costs Will Be Lower

Green cleaning will minimize your operating costs. For one thing, you’ll save a considerable amount of power by using energy efficient equipment. On top of that, you’ll be able to reduce liability and insurance costs, both of which can add up quickly.

What does that translate to? Better profit margins. Don't forget, you'll be able to charge more too, as mentioned earlier.

The Air Quality Will Be Better

The chemicals from standard cleaners can affect the air quality—this can lead to respiratory and other health issues. To make matters worse, it's not uncommon for you to feel the effects of these toxins many years down the line—after the initial exposure. The last thing that you want is to have volatile organic compounds in the atmosphere as they can be difficult to get rid of!

Given that green products are free from such pollutants, you won’t have to worry about this problem. The indoor air quality will be better, and so will your health!