There are hundreds of green cleaning products — how do you pick the right ones for your facility’s cleaning challenges? Here are some easy ways to find safer, healthier cleaning products that actually work!
The first step in selecting any facility maintenance product is to assess your own needs. Do you have any tough cleaning challenges, like tile restoration, hard water, heavy grease or high traffic floors? Do you need a disinfectant? Answer these questions:
- What surfaces are in your buildings?
- What are your toughest cleaning challenges? What do you get complaints about?
- What products are you currently using? How many are there? Are any of your current products green?
- What cleaning processes and tools does your staff use?
Once you’ve figured out what your cleaning needs are, you can start choosing cleaning products accordingly. This doesn’t have to be time-consuming! Most facilities can be kept in tip-top shape with only a few select products, if you know how to pick the right ones. Versatile, effective, safer cleaners, along with proper tools and cleaning procedures, can make your life a lot easier.
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Green product certifications
Green certifications are a great place to start. Some schools and government buildings must select from these certifications; if you don’t have one mandated, take a look at our green certification guide to figure out which ones to look for. We highly recommend searching for EcoLogo or Green Seal products. These products are tested for much more than just environmental impact; they must also pass performance testing and human toxicity tests. This means the products are safer, healthier and actually work!
Green certifications are a great place to start. However, there’s much more that makes a product safe, healthy and green.
Safety Data Sheets
These are now required to be GHS-compliant and standard, making things easier to read. Look for the pictograms and hazards in Section 2. If the concentrated product you’re evaluating is available in closed-loop packaging, make sure you check the SDS of the in-use product as well.
Check the ingredients listed for the product. Things to avoid include acids, phosphates, glycols, alcohol, petroleum, or ammonia. If you’re not sure what something is, ask!
Look for products that are biodegradable, low VOC’s, non-flammable, non-corrosive, and have neutral pH.
The last criteria here is key; there’s no point in switching to a healthier cleaner if it doesn’t actually clean! Request a live product demo for any product you’re evaluating.