Top tips for green cleaning in the office: Part One

September 3rd, 2013 Category: Office Cleaning

Part one of our guide to green cleaning the office.

More and more companies around the country are looking to ramp up their energy efficiency measures at the moment, with a recent report stating that some 80 per cent are making this one of their priorities moving forward.

However, it does not need to be all about turning off lights and making sure everything is switched off each night, as efficiency can count in any area, particularly cleaning. So what are the top tips for making the office cleaner?

1. Ditch the toxic materials.

Use of toxic materials in the cleaning of the office can have a detrimental effect on the environment, so you should look to get rid of these from your repertoire.

Ditch the bleach and other chemicals like chlorine. These are oxidants, and as well as having a negative impact on the environment, they can damage water and sewage pipes, which can have longer lasting detrimental effects you might not even see.

2. Ethically dispose of chemicals.

So you are thinking about getting rid of bleach and other chemicals from your cleaning arsenal, but make sure you do so properly through companies that deal with this sort of thing.

Throwing them in the bin or pouring them down the sink can mean they end up in the water supply or in landfill sites, again having a far further-reaching impact than you might think.

3. Conserve water.

We have all done this when we are cleaning – leaving a tap running in the background as we clean worktops or toilets, and it doesn't take an expert to see that this wastes water.

Leaving taps running will not only be bad for the environment in the long run by wasting the essential resource, but it will also mean higher water bills, and no one will want to be dealing with that.

4. Use an eco-friendly contractor.

Cleaning contractors will of course have a big impact on your cleaning and environmental policies, and there are now many that are more green than ever within their practices.

There will be little use in your company looking to be more efficient if the cleaning company coming in at the end of the day is not also thinking along the same lines.