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Cleaning Sustainably – How to be More Eco-friendly in the Commercial Sphere

By April 10, 2024April 15th, 2024No Comments

Do you want to be more eco-friendly? Yes? Pretty much everyone will do what they can to make a small difference in their surrounding environment or the wider world. Sustainability is a massive buzzword in commercial business. Organisations large and small are paying more focus to their environmental responsibilities. Indeed, changing regulations are demanding more and more that corporations are explicit in their environmental policies. Your commercial cleaning contracts are no different and are actually a very significant way that your business can demonstrate your green policies.
Eco Products
The products that a commercial cleaning contractor uses are central in whether they support your green policies. So ensure that you appoint a cleaning organisation who uses eco-friendly products. It may seem small but it’s a huge step towards supporting green policies that exist elsewhere in your organisation. Your office may be large or small but with regular daily or weekly cleaning, this one act reduces the amount of chemical residue hitting the sewage system. At CJH Cleaning, we only ever use eco-friendly cleaning products. This is great for our cleaners, great for your building and great for the environment!
Building Health
Of course, an environment means more than the global impact of products and processes. Your workers’ immediate environment can directly impact their health and productivity. Dust and bacteria ingrained on office desks and office IT equipment can spread infections and inflame allergies. So don’t let these parts of your space become neglected. With regular office cleaning and IT deep cleansing, you will see the benefits in your staff health.
Equipment Maintenance
Scheduling a deep cleanse of communication and IT equipment can even mean that these items last longer. Months and years of grime are often the root cause of ‘gremlins’ in the system. So you can play your part in reducing large items hitting landfill by consciously maintaining them with regular cleaning.
Manage your washrooms and kitchens in a sustainable way. With sanitary disposal, air freshening, vending machines and cleansing systems to consider, these spaces are key in operating sustainably. Have you invested in energy efficient hand dryers? How about your waste disposal? The most simple solution is to outsource the management of your washrooms to an eco-friendly contractor. In this way, you can easily and quickly ensure that products are promptly refreshed, sustainable options sourced, and waste disposed of responsibly.
The Three R’s
A popular mantra for sustainable living is to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. You can apply these principles to any aspect of daily life and the commercial building or office is no different. These are the ways that your commercial cleaning contract should support your green responsibilities.
It’s so important to reduce the number of products and chemicals used in commercial cleaning. Eco-friendly products will not increase your bill. They are less abrasive on your fixtures and fittings and great for your working environment. For external building cleaning, harness the power of water. Jet wash technology is hugely effective and even removes graffiti and gum. So your external signage, walls, car parks and flooring will look like new without any artificial products.
Through regular and managed commercial cleaning programmes, your business can prevent the need for refits of the space. And this stops all the old furnishings ending up in landfill. Breathe a new lease of life to your office carpets and floors through specialist carpet and intensive steam cleaning. Invest in stain prevention coatings so that any incidents are not catastrophic! You can even upcycle your space through the restoration of original wood or stone flooring.
How easy is it for your staff to recycle? Invest in multiple clearly labelled recycling bins that separate paper, plastics and metals. As well as placing paper recycling by printers and photocopiers, how about adding a space for incorrectly printed sheets to be placed so they can be reused as scrap paper before finally reaching the recycling? But it’s not just about where staff place their waste. What happens next? Can you trust your waste disposal contracts to check recycling waste and responsibly dispose of both recycled and general waste? At CJH cleaning we check waste to ensure that it is separated correctly, and then efficiently move the waste on to the correct disposal processes.
Sustainable Energy
Part of your commercial sustainability policies will no doubt cover energy. You may have replaced your lighting with LED bulbs to reduce the energy consumed and increase the lifespan of each product. Many organisations have gone still further to install solar panels to generate energy from the building itself. However, the efficiency of your solar panels is directly related to how clean the panels are. With dust, pollen, sand and bird droppings to contend with, sunlight can struggle to permeate the glass. The Solar Energy Power Association claims that dirty solar panels can lose around 20% of their energy output. So ensuring that your solar panels are regularly cleaned by a specialist contractor, like us here at CJH Cleaning, will optimise your panels.
The source of much waste and excess often comes from organisations taking a ‘one size fits all’ approach. What works for one building may not be appropriate for another. Businesses all have different scales of workforce, and different corporate needs. At CJH Cleaning we take the time to put together tailored cleaning packages that are individual to a business. In this way we are able to eradicate wasted products and time, which keeps our services both sustainable and affordable. To find out how your business can benefit from a more sustainable approach to cleaning, just get in touch and find out how we can help.