Currently weighing options between professional janitorial service companies that use conventional cleaning products versus those that offer eco-friendly cleaning alternatives? Unsure about whether or not green choices are right for your business? We’ve compiled some points to help to decide if “going green” is right for you.
Conventional cleaning products have ingredients like bleach and ammonia. Many conventional cleaners cannot be used in conjunction with each other, and often cannot be used near each other due to dangerous chemical reactions that may result. These kinds of cleaners must also be thoroughly rinsed off of surfaces in order to be safe for those surfaces to be safe. If proper usage instructions are not followed, you may be exposed to dangerous chemicals covering your workplace surfaces. By choosing eco-friendly or green cleaners, you don’t have to worry about these dangerous chemicals being released into your workplace environment and polluting your things.
Furthermore, exposure to conventional cleaners can impact your health. Minor side effects of chemical exposure can include rashes and other skin conditions, headaches, and irritated mucus membranes. More serious side effects include cancer, birth defects, and central nervous system damage.
Conventional cleaners do more than pollute your workplace surfaces; they also pollute your workplace air quality. This is because many conventional cleaners have a high number of Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs. VOCs enter the body when inhaled and can aggravate respiratory conditions and even impact organ function. Environmentally safe cleaners do not have VOCs and do not pose risks to users or those who come in contact with them.
When searching for a janitorial service provider, ask for their “green” services list. Many providers also use recycled paper products to clean and other environmentally responsible processes to keep your business looking its best while maintaining a safe environment for all.
In our How to Select A Quality Cleaning Service series, we covered the first two steps to select a quality service provide. The first part of the process, the interview, entails asking potential candidates questions regarding their service and business practices, employees, and billing, as well as asking for their qualifications and references. The second part of the process, the overview, suggests asking potential candidates for an overview of their cleaning strategy, deep cleaning schedule, and ensuring they provide their own professional cleaning equipment.
These steps help you narrow the field of candidates and eliminate companies that may not be able to provide you with the level of service you need, and leave you a qualified pool of candidates to choose from. In order to choose the best suited vendor for you, you should review the information you collected during our first two suggested steps.
The company you select should be compatible with your needs, provide a detailed and strategic plan for cleaning your space, has scalable services to meet future growth, employs well -trained individuals, and uses professional equipment. Ideal candidates also provide deep cleaning services, and can handle seasonal needs or special projects. Companies should be insured and able to provide proof of liability and workers comp coverage as well.
The ideal janitorial service company will also be able to visit your site and provide you with a free, written estimates. A company willing to provide a free estimate indicates a company that is working for more than profit and is looking to establish a partnership with you. Also, ask any potential provider for a copy of their standard contract to review. It is critical to read through the contract to understand its terms, limits, and any recourse you may have should you be unsatisfied with your service.