Green cleaning refers to using cleaning methods with environmentally-friendly ingredients and chemicals to preserve human health and environmental quality. Green cleaning techniques and products avoid the use of chemically-reactive and toxic cleaning products which contain various toxic chemicals, some of which emit volatile organic compounds causing respiratory and dermatological problems among other adverse effects. Lakeside Building Services has continuously moved towards green cleaning with our chemical dilution systems, as well as the use of laundered microfiber mops and cleaning cloths.
Our floor care and carpet services have also trended towards green methods with use of low moisture carpet cleaning methods and reduced use of harsh floor strippers when performing interim services.
Janitorial Powered Equipment
Vacuum Cleaners shall meet the requirements of the Carpet & Rug Institute’s (CRI) Green Labeled vacuums.
Carpet Extraction Equipment shall meet the requirements of the Carpet & Rug Institute’s (CRI) CRI Bronze Seal of Approval at a minimum. Hot water extraction equipment shall be capable of removing sufficient moisture such that carpets can dry in less than 24 hours.
Automatic Floor Scrubbing Machines shall be equipped with variable-speed chemical feed pumps to minimize the use of cleaning chemicals OR shall clean without the use of added cleaning chemicals.
Floor Burnishers shall contain shrouds and active vacuum attachments to capture particles produced during use. Propane-powered floor equipment shall have high-efficiency, low-emissions engines. Battery powered equipment shall be equipped with environmentally preferable gel or comparable batteries.
Reporting on Janitorial Powered Equipment Documentation shall be provided to demonstrate compliance with these requirements. A log shall be kept for all powered janitorial equipment to document the date of equipment purchase and all repair and maintenance activities and include manufacturer’s technical materials for each type of equipment in use in a log book