Simple steps for a green clean

February 22nd, 2013 Category: Office Cleaning

There's a lot of hype over environmentally-friendly procedures, particularly when it comes to office cleaning, but what businesses may not be aware of is that staying clean doesn’t mean keeping green – in fact, it can often mean the opposite.

With colour-coded bins now crowding the office space and recycle signs littering every corner of the workspace, there's little denying that corporate responsibility is certainly in vogue when it comes to keeping a spic and span environmental record. But what many companies don’t realise is that they could be causing damage to the environment without even realising they are doing so, with everyday procedures such as office cleaning often bringing harmful pollutants into the corporate space.

Reducing chemicals from the cleaning chores could simply be a matter of reverting to age-old practices, rather than sticking to the toxic materials that are often used today. Whether in the office or at home, going back to traditional cleaning methods can clean-up the home as well as clean-up your carbon footprint.

For example, have you ever tried using vinegar rather than, say, Domestos? Vinegar has for some time been regarded as a cheap and natural alternative to harsh chemicals, costing far less than brand-names at the best of times. It can be put into use around the house and the office to complete several chores, such as clearing the dirt off your computer, printer and other office machines, or cleaning blinds by using a gardening glove dipped in the substance. Even carpets and wood floors can benefit from a good vinegar scrub, removing stains and dirt effectively from both surfaces.

Another age-old solution is to use lemons as part of your routine clean. Use half a lemon and salt to clean discoloured brass, copper and chrome faucets, or you could even use them in the laundry room to remove grease stains on clothes by rubbing lemon juice on the spot, allow to sit overnight, then wash.