Shades Of Green: Are You Getting The GREEN You're Paying For?

The industry continues to be abuzz with the phrase “green cleaning”. Everyone touts that they do it. So why is any one company different from the next?

The answer lies in the knowledge base of management and the ability to execute. The first thing you, as a property manager or owner, should do is check the credentials of the companies you are seeking bids from. Do they have training in “green cleaning”? Do they have the proper accreditations?

Next, have each prospective vendor describe their process, and how they will implement “green cleaning” in your specific facility. Make sure that what they consider to be “green”, matches your EXPECTATIONS of “green”.

Finally, determine what ongoing checks and balances are available to make sure that they continue to provide the “green cleaning” that you were sold.

With one of the few local LEED APs in the janitorial sector in South Florida, Joe Millstone, President of Cleanall Commercial Cleaning has brought new ideas and innovations to the industry in South Florida  One such innovation is multi-tenant daytime cleaning. “It is a paradigm shift from the old ways of night cleaning. It saves energy because the building shuts down earlier and there are no security issues due to the janitorial staff leaving the building when the tenants do.Day cleaning is one of the items that can also contribute to additional LEED points,” commented Millstone. CB Richard Ellis has implemented CleanAll’s day cleaning concept at Sawgrass Lake Center, a 240,000 square foot office building in Sunrise, Florida. The tenants are much more comfortable with seeing and knowing the cleaners that are cleaning their space and the common areas.  Property Management can see that the building is being cleaned daily. In implementing day cleaning for its clients, Cleanall uses virtually silent HEPA backpack vacuums and Green Safe chemicals that can be used in the suites during the day without disturbing the tenants or exposing them to any health risk.  They also assist in the certification process from the USGBC LEED rating system.]]>



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