Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Cleaning Trends Are Consistently Leaning Toward Green

When it comes to floor cleaning, being green is actually pretty easy. 

The term “green cleaning” is tossed around the cleaning industry left and right, but what does it actually mean? In the most basic sense, “green cleaning” is when a task meant to sanitize a given area also conserves energy, water and chemicals while minimizing the impact on human health. It’s an attractive idea for facility managers and service contractors everywhere, not only for its potential health benefits, but because it cuts costs. Green cleaning, it turns out, is actually good for business.

With concern for the environment, a drive toward less energy consumption, and personal health awareness growing year to year, tenants often find comfort in knowing their building is being cleaned in a responsible way. In fact, governments at all levels are actually requiring the use of green cleaning products in their facilities. Whatever the reason, the industry is definitely trending toward greener cleaning.

Green Cleaning Standards


A staggering 6 billion pounds of cleaning chemicals are used around the world annual. Minimizing the use of these chemicals and the harm they can cause is one motivation behind green cleaning. In fact, green cleaning programs nearly always mandate the use of chemicals that have been certified by organizations such as CRI, Green Seal, EcoLogo and EPA Design for Environment.


While chemicals are an important factor when it comes to green cleaning, equipment can also make a significant contribution to the cause. Brands with high-quality construction, corrosion resistance and reliability, such as Advance, can reduce the environmental impact of equipment manufacturing while providing long-term economic benefits.

Policies and Procedures

Green floor-cleaning programs specify when and how the cleaning gets done. The “Standard Guide for Stewardship for the Cleaning of Commercial and Institutional Buildings” is a great resource for building manangers looking to create a green cleaning program that’s specific to their facilities. Green cleaning policies have also been addressed by ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, which has even gone as far as updating the Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS), helping guide facilities into greener cleaning.

In conclusion…

Green cleaning is one way to minimize the environmental and health impact of commercial, industrial, public and institutional cleaning programs. Facility managers and Building Service Contractors intent on creating their own green cleaning program should focus on purchasing only chemicals and equipment that meet green cleaning requirements. Still, even the greenest chemicals and machines are useless unless they can get the job done. Fortunately, with Advance, the “green” comes with the “clean.”

To find out how Advance can help you move forward with your green cleaning program, visit and explore our selection of powerful, ultra-efficient floor cleaning machines. 

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