The Future Of Cleaning

It's important to know what ingredients--green or otherwise--are in your cleaning products.

Some are designed to clean nearly 30,000 square feet in an hour, greatly enhancing worker productivity. Further, to enhance performance and productivity in edge cleaning, some units feature side brooms that rotate and sweep soils out of corners and edges.

Additionally, unlike brooms or gas-powered air sweepers that can generate clouds of dust with possible contaminants and allergens, manual sweepers contain and control what they recover.

Steam Cleaners

Sometimes innovations are ahead of their time and their true value is not immediately appreciated or realized. This can be said of steam cleaners, which have been around for many years.

These systems can effectively and quickly clean a variety of surfaces, from gym and medical equipment to food preparation areas and restroom fixtures. What makes them green is they use no chemicals, operating purely on water heated to more than 240 degrees Fahrenheit. Their popularity is growing rapidly in the market.

Evolving Machines For Care Of Hard Floors

Equipment used to maintain and clean hard-floor surfaces is undergoing tremendous changes relating to being green and sustainable. Because hard-floor surface cleaning has traditionally involved the use of powerful cleaning chemicals, manufacturers are developing equipment that requires fewer chemicals, and in certain applications can even be used with no chemicals.

Additionally, smaller equipment is playing a larger role in floorcare. Instead of large, cumbersome, and difficult-to-maneuver units, smaller machines are being used to tackle floorcare projects, often saving water and dramatically reducing the use of chemicals.

Further, these units are powered by a new generation of batteries that are safer and more environmentally responsible.

Labeling

As referenced earlier, green cleaning chemicals are now well-accepted and are no longer deemed a passing trend in the professional cleaning industry. However, it is expected that in response to growing demand and increased regulations, ingredient disclosure on all chemicals–including green products–will continue to evolve.

For parks and recreation facilities, this will likely prove to be important. For instance, otherwise-green ingredients in a cleaning chemical may potentially trigger an allergic reaction among children. Other products used for the same purpose may not include this ingredient.

Full disclosure of all ingredients will allow facility managers to select only products that do not contain specific ingredients, helping to protect the health of children and others.

Michael Schaffer is a senior executive with Tacony’s Commercial Floor Care division. He is also president of Tornado Industries, which manufactures a full line of professional cleaning equipment, and CFR-brand carpet extractors that recycle water and cleaning solution.

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Sidebar: Sweeping Trends

Many facilities are accustomed to hosing down walkways and other exterior surfaces. However, as water becomes more expensive and more areas of the country experience drought conditions, hosing outdoor areas with a garden hose is increasingly prohibited.

Sweeping is a logical alternative that helps conserve water.

And many municipalities around the country are now limiting or banning the use of gas-powered leaf blowers for a variety of reasons.

As a result, many parks and recreation departments are now selecting manual sweepers for park and facility maintenance.

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One comment on “The Future Of Cleaning

  1. Dave Thompson on said:

    Mike, I could not agree with you more. Reduction of contaminants to frontline users of chemicals, equipment and products is paramount in Green cleaning. Reducing the negative impacts from dust, chemical vapors and overuse of cleaning supplies will improve the existing indoor environments cleaning services take care of daily. Whenever a service provider can move to products and programs mitigating these impacts, progressive organizations will find themselves best served to make the gradual changes as budgets allow.

    At the Green Clean Institute, we are seeing many graduates reporting gradual overall savings from choices made a few years ago when moving to these programs, funding more progressive changes for the future.

    Dave

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