Tag Archives: Green Cleaning

04 Aug

Weathering the Drought: Water Conservation and the Janitorial Industry

The most important liquid in any cleaning operation is plain old water. We use it in almost everything we do, usually without a second thought. That’s changing. Earlier this year, the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report named water shortages as the number-one crisis facing the planet in the next decade. As the summer temps

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20 Jul

A Look at LEED Certification

The push towards greener buildings has been gaining steam for decades. At this point, many people expect facilities to do their part to preserve the planet. While facility managers often understand the environmental and economic benefits of a sustainability plan, knowing where to start can be a challenge. That’s where the U.S. Green Building Council’s

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13 Jul

Waste Not, Want Not

Words and phrases like “sustainable,” “green initiative,” and “zero waste”—once used mostly by eco-conscious extremists—are now part of the common vernacular. Cleaning up the planet is a common goal today, and the janitorial movement is leading the charge. Reducing waste is one important way BSCs, senior housekeeping staff, and facility managers can reduce the negative

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07 Jul

Making Sense of Green Certifications

Not so long ago, green cleaning was far from a priority for many in the industry. In a sector driven by practical concerns, it was largely considered a novelty. Times have changed dramatically. Environmentally sound cleaning practices and products have a solid presence in the industry, and recent studies have shown consumers are increasingly willing

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13 Jun

How to Market to the Healthcare Industry

The aging population and expanded benefits under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are creating a tsunami of opportunity for BSCs and jan/san distributors. The $20-plus billion health industry is America’s largest, and it’s expected to grow more in the next decade than any other sector. Healthcare spending accounts for 17.5 percent of the national economy,

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25 May

Shining Light on Day Cleaning

Traditionally, janitorial work has been done after dark. In recent years, however, an increasing number of facilities are eliminating nighttime cleaning in favor of day cleaning. Advocates of day cleaning cite many benefits to the method, and expect it will continue to gain steam in the coming decade. Building owners and facility managers often choose

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10 May

How Battery Technology is Changing Cleaning Productivity

Chances are good your janitorial closet includes battery-powered equipment. In fact, smaller, cordless equipment is becoming becoming more and more common in the cleaning industry. In the past, batteries typically were used only in larger pieces of equipment, like automatic scrubbers, because the technology at the time for smaller batteries was expensive and they typically

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01 Apr

Throw Out Your Mop and Save Money With A Floor Scrubber!

When you made up this year’s budget, how much did you calculate saving on labor? For cleaning businesses, labor costs account for approximately 80% of expenses. Here’s one idea to save, while maintaining productivity. Upgrade your machines to a faster, more efficient arsenal of commercial cleaning equipment. Did you know that it takes a worker 14

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23 Feb

Green is the New Black: Six Steps to a Successful Recycling Program

Corporate recycling programs are commonplace these days. If you you or your clients are late to the eco-friendly party, it’s time start doing your part. Starting a recycling program for your facility (or helping a client start one for theirs) may sound overwhelming, but it’s actually inexpensive and painless. In the average workplace, about 80

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10 Feb

Are Battery Backpack Vacs Right For You?

The vacuum cleaner is a key weapon in a janitor’s arsenal. There have been a lot of changes to this key piece of equipment since its invention about 100 years ago, and technological advances continue to improve ease of use, efficiency, and effectiveness. Lately, there has been a lot of talk in the jan/san industry about

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