Environmentally friendly cleaning: dispelling the myths

April 16th, 2013 Category: Office Cleaning

Environmentally friendly cleaning practices are increasingly being considered in the workplace and in public sector establishments, which is why dispelling a few myths about green cleaning is essential if they are to take off.

One of the most common misconceptions surrounding green cleaning practices is that the products used are not as effective as conventional products. The reason for this is that many cleaning products produced 20 to 30 years ago that claimed to be environmentally friendly were actually quite ineffective, but that has radically changed of late. In the past ten years, advances in green cleaning products has resulted in them working as well – if not better – than their conventional counterparts, which rely heavily on harmful chemicals and pollutants.

Another myth is that these products cost more than their conventional alternatives. Although this may, naturally, be true of some products, it certainly shouldn’t be a uniform assumption. Indeed, many products have become very competitive of late, which makes their use on a large scale even more effective. 

And sticking to building management and large scale projects, it is a common myth that green clean simply means switch to green cleaning chemicals. In fact, environmentally friendly cleaning encompasses virtually all tools, products and equipment used in cleaning, as well as chemicals. This means that vacuums, carpet extractors or floor machines should all be utilising less chemicals and working more efficiently.

Jennifer Meek, director of marketing and head of customer relations at Enviro-Solutions, a leading manufacturer of Green cleaning products, told “Green cleaning is more than products. It also involves cleaning procedures, processes, and methods.

“For instance, a Green cleaning program would include efforts to minimize floor refinishing cycles. Refinishing floors can be very detrimental to the environment; however, there are several ways to stretch refinishing cycles. This not only protects the environment, but typically provides a cost savings as well.”