To run a successful business, you need to keep your office clean. Your clients and customers notice the fresh smell and clean, uncluttered space the moment they walk through the door. And this first impression makes the difference between having a customer comes back and one who fades away.

When you think of clean, what comes to mind? That lemony chemical smell? Harsh cleaners? Sanitizers that come with a list of ingredients that you can't pronounce? While chemicals have their place when it comes to keeping businesses, homes, and other spaces clean, you don't always want them around.

Chemical cleaners can pose health risks, especially to those with compromised immune systems, such as the very young and the elderly. They can also adversely affect anyone with an allergy to one or more of the ingredients in the cleaning products. Keep yourself, your employees, and anyone who enters your business safe from chemical health hazards with green cleaning.

If you're not completely sold on the idea of green cleaning, a pro can come in and do the job for your business. Take a look at what green cleaning looks like in the commercial setting and what you need to know about the process.

Health Benefits

Why go green? There are a pretty amazing array of reasons for switching your regular office or business cleaning over to a greener version. Many business owners make the change because of employee and customer health.

Some chemicals in cleaning products release volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs can cause a host of physical issues, such as nose and throat irritation, headaches, nausea, vomiting, skin reactions, dizziness, memory impairment, and respiratory tract problems. Green cleaning products that are free from chemicals are better for everyone's health.

Your clients or customers can know that your business is a healthier environment when you tell them that it's cleaned in a green way. You can cut down on the issues that traditional chemical cleaners cause, increase staff productivity, and make visitors feel welcome. Beyond that, everyone who enters your building will know that you care about them and their health.

Safer Chemicals

Green cleaning is just that - cleaning. While there are completely natural methods of cleaning, some of these may not be appropriate for commercial use. A homemade natural cleaner such as lemon juice and water may freshen your countertops at home but may not work well in a heavily trafficked office or a retail space. However, you don't have to compromise your cleanliness standards.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains a list of safer chemicals. While these chemicals aren't entirely risk-free, the EPA's Safer Choice Standard does address possible hazards and risks.

Chemicals certified by the Safer Choice Standard must be proven to not cause health problems such as asthma, cancer, developmental issues, reproductive problems, harm to internal organs, and other health-related concerns.

Green Seal Standard

The Green Seal Standard for Commercial and Institutional Cleaning, or GS-42, establishes procedures for green cleaning inside of non-residential buildings. While businesses don't have to follow GS-42, it helps those who elect to use it to clean responsibly. Keep in mind, a cleaning company does not have to follow the GS-42 standard to clean green.

The GS-42 standard includes a certification process that licenses service providers. These providers are permitted to use the Green Seal Certification Mark and are routinely evaluated to make sure that they're adhering to the standard requirements. Requirements include using cleaning practices, processes, products, and training materials for cleaning staff that align with the GS-42 standard.

Do you need a cleaning company that knows how to green clean your office? Upright Commercial Cleaning can help.