A decade ago when green cleaning was first taking hold in the professional cleaning industry, where did cleaning contractors and in-house cleaning professionals turn to help guide them through the transition?
They turned to their jansan distributors for help.
Distributors were the ones with the green products; they were the ones who manufacturers taught how to use these products; and, in most cases, they were the ones who had attended the early seminars with industry advocates on how to design and implement a green cleaning strategy.
Now fast-forward 10 years. Many facilities have transferred to a green cleaning strategy. Today, the goal is to go a step further and incorporate sustainability into the mix. Similar to how implementing a green cleaning program a decade prior wasn’t on the radar of cleaning contractors and in-house cleaning professionals, we see once again that cleaning professionals are turning to jansan distributors for advice and direction on implementing a sustainability program.
When it comes to incorporating sustainability, distributors are likely to advise their clients to take the following steps:
Additionally, a sustainability program will have guidelines designed to help eliminate cleaning solutions that are no longer used or needed. This typically begins with a supply audit to determine exactly what cleaning solutions have been purchased for the facility.
Once you accomplish this, you can begin to consolidate. Consolidation is a process of selecting products that, for instance, can be used on multiple surfaces for the same purpose or for multiple purposes, eliminating the need for current solutions that serve just one purpose. In addition to enhancing sustainability, using fewer products can help reduce training needs, improve cleaning efficiencies, and promote safety, all of which fall under the umbrella of an effective sustainability program.
This article originally appeared in the September 2016 edition of Cleaning & Maintenance Magazine.