What Does Cleaning Green Entail?
Updated: May 12
First, a definition: "Green Cleaning" is cleaning to protect health without harming the environment.
First Image takes a holistic view of your facility. We consider the purpose of the facility and the activities that take place in and around it. We study each aspect of “green” building operations and maintenance in the context of your goals and the benefits you expect.
Success is in the details. First Image crews are specifically trained to pay attention to details beyond the industry norm, both in their cleaning and in the procedures they follow. We take extra steps to ensure the success of your program.
First Image Green Building Maintenance focuses on the details. This means we pay special attention to:
Indoor and Outdoor Entryways An important preventative step in cleaning green is trapping and removing dirt and pollutants before they enter the building, frequently cleaning the entrances and entryway mats.
Minimizing Particles and Chemicals in the Air Mechanically capturing dust and dirt, using course spray for chemicals and applying the cleaner to the cloth rather than spraying the surface to be cleaned are a few examples of steps we take to keep your air pollutant-free.
Chemical Management Systems for Accurate Product Dilution We train our employees to use chemicals properly to minimize waste and maximize cleaning efficiency, an important element of cleaning green.
Emptying Vacuum Bags Surprisingly, many crews skip this step in an effort to finish a job more quickly. Our crews change their bags at the end of each shift or when the bag is half full for cleaner and more efficient operation.
Proper Vacuum Techniques Carpets can be a host for moisture problems and mold growth. Green cleaning means minimizing these problems with thorough vacuuming, particle extraction, rinsing and drying of your carpets.
Preventative Measures Our janitorial staff washes their hands often to avoid cross-contamination and keeps equipment clean and well maintained for optimum operation.
Special Attention to "Touch-Points" Door handles, bright work and other areas where people come in contact with the facility or its fixtures are primary sources of contamination. First Image gives special focus to these areas.
Properly Applying Disinfectant in Restrooms This is more than mopping a floor with a pine-scented cleaner and spraying it down with disinfectant spray! Our crews make sure the chemical has the proper “dwell time” so that soil is thoroughly removed using less product.
Vigorously Promoting Safety and the Prevention of Cross-Contamination Safer products and the proper use and storage of chemicals help create a safety-conscious environment. Color-coded tools ensure that pollutants don’t get carried from one area, such as a restroom, to another.
For companies going green, First Image is ready to help you start small or big. Let us customize green cleaning solutions to meet your goals today.