Yearly Archives: 2016

27 Sep

Green vs. Greenwashing

By now, it’s pretty safe to say that the green movement has reached mass appeal in the jan/san industry. Before marketing yourself as eco-friendly, however, it’s important to understand the difference between “green” and “greenwashing.” What is greenwashing? Trying to appear greener than you are is called greenwashing (the word is a spin on the

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23 Sep

The Three Pillars of Green: People, Planet, Profit

There’s no bigger buzzword in business these days than “green.” Companies of all types are making environmental sustainability a priority and choosing vendors who align with their goals. Before jumping on the bandwagon, however, it’s important to understand the true meaning of sustainability. In fact, there are three pillars of corporate sustainability and each is

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14 Sep

Back to School: Cleaning for Health

Streak-free windows and spotless floors are certainly important, but aesthetics aren’t the primary purpose for cleaning. More important is the role janitors play in protecting the health of a building’s occupant—and nowhere does this matter more than in the education market. Make sure you’re doing all you can to keep kids healthy with this guide

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07 Sep

Green Up Your Fleet

Spotless floors don’t come easy. In most facilities, it takes a fleet of equipment to keep everything spic and span underfoot. Choosing that machinery is always difficult, but it’s even more of a challenge when you add sustainability into the buying guidelines. There are no green certifications specifically for floor maintenance equipment, so how does

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30 Aug

Microfiber: The Green Choice

Green cleaning programs are becoming commonplace and, in some parts of the country, even standard practice. More buildings than ever are earning LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, and BSCs are joining the environmental movement in droves. When it comes to “going green,” microfiber plays a critical role. Made from a polyester-nylon blend,

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23 Aug

Odor Control in the Age of Fragrance-Free Products

Controlling odors is a baseline expectation for housekeeping and facility management, but it can present a complex challenge. In the past, foul odors could be easily masked with a strong air freshener or other scented product. It’s not so easy these days. Many facilities now place an emphasis on environmentally friendly and green cleaning methods

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17 Aug

How to Bring in Local Business with Localized Search Engine Optimization

When it comes to service oriented businesses, location is often an important consideration. Many businesses can only cover a certain service area, so requests that come in from outside that boundary may not be particularly useful. On the other hand, bringing in business from within that area is critically important. That is why many businesses

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16 Aug

Quiet Down: A Sound Approach to Reducing Noise Pollution

When you think about protecting the environment, sound is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. But noise pollution is a serious issue with genuine health, safety, and quality-of-life implications for everyone in a building. Environmentally friendly facilities are a hot topic, and programs to reduce waste, cut down chemical use, and improve

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11 Aug

Chemical-Free Cleaning: What You Need to Know

Green cleaning is constantly evolving. A few years ago, the push was toward more natural cleaning products that use “friendlier” chemicals. More recently, the focus is shifting toward chemical-free cleaning. But is it really possible to achieve the results you want without using chemicals? Some experts argue that the phrase “chemical-free” is misleading. Strictly speaking,

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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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