Celebrating National Cleaning Week
National Cleaning Week is a time to celebrate the importance of clean and its positive impact on public health, the environment, and the economy. The International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA) uses this week to provide education and training to raise awareness on the importance of cleaning in our society. The week promotes the value of clean spaces, recognizes front-line cleaning professionals, and advocates for the cleaning industry.
Here at Dexterra, we’re taking this opportunity to recognize our front-line employees, thank our customers, and demonstrate the value of clean during this week dedicated to the cleaning industry. Let’s start with breaking down why cleaning is so important.
The Benefits of a Clean Environment
Why is a clean environment essential? Maintaining a clean environment has many benefits, including:
Promotes Health and Hygiene
Cleaning helps remove dirt, dust, and harmful bacteria from living spaces, which reduces the risk of illnesses and infections.
Prevents the Spread of Diseases
Regular cleaning can prevent the spread of diseases by eliminating germs and viruses that may be present on surfaces.
Improves Indoor Air Quality
Regular cleaning removes allergens, pollutants, and other harmful particles from the air, which can improve indoor air quality and reduce the risk of respiratory problems. This can contribute to efforts towards achieving a healthy building.
A clean and organized workspace can increase productivity, reduce stress, and improve mood, leading to better mental and physical health.
Promotes Environmental Sustainability
By properly disposing of waste and using eco-friendly cleaning products, cleaning promotes environmental sustainability and reduces our impact on the planet.
Overall, a clean space can have a positive impact on our physical, mental, and environmental well-being. Celebrating National Cleaning Week within the facilities management industry helps promote awareness on the importance of cleanliness and its impact building user experience, health and safety, facility productivity and success, and sustainability.
Green Cleaning – Better for You and the Environment
National Cleaning Week encourages organizations to focus on sustainability, green cleaning practices and the environment. A clean facility helps to minimize waste and energy consumption. For example, regular cleaning of a buildings HVAC systems enhances its efficiency, resulting in lower energy consumption and costs. As a facility management company, we understand the importance of integrating green cleaning practices into our routines to minimize our environmental impact.
What is Green Cleaning?
Green cleaning practices refer to using eco-friendly cleaning products and techniques that are safer for the environment and human health. Below are a few examples of green cleaning practices:
Natural and non-toxic cleaning products
Instead of using harsh chemicals, green cleaning products are made from natural and non-toxic ingredients.
Environmentally friendly cleaning tools
Microfibre cloths and mop heads, as well as reusable cleaning tools are environmentally friendly options that reduce waste.
By using low-flow faucets and toilets, and avoiding letting the water run while cleaning, you can conserve water.
Recycling and properly disposing of waste
Recycling and proper disposal of waste reduces the amount of waste that ends up in landfills and promotes sustainability.
Why is Green Cleaning so Important?
Research shows that cleaning chemicals can have a negative impact on the environment. Here are some statistics that illustrate this impact:
A study by Environment Canada found that certain cleaning chemicals, such as surfactants, can be found in surface waters in Canada. These chemicals can have a negative impact on aquatic ecosystems, including fish and other wildlife.
According to a report by the Canadian Environmental Law Association, some cleaning chemicals can release VOCs into the air, which can contribute to smog and air pollution. This can have negative impacts on human health and the environment.
The Canadian Plastics Industry Association reports that Canada generates around 3.3 million tonnes of plastic waste each year, much of which comes from plastic packaging used for cleaning products. This waste can end up in landfills or the environment, where it can take hundreds of years to decompose.
A study by the Canadian Wildlife Federation found that chemicals from cleaning products can have a negative impact on aquatic ecosystems, including fish and other wildlife. In addition, plastic waste from cleaning products can pose a threat to wildlife if it is ingested or entangles animals.
The production and disposal of cleaning chemicals can contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to climate change. A study by the Canadian government found that the production of cleaning products in Canada was responsible for approximately 1.4 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.
Overall, these statistics highlight the need to be mindful of the environmental impact of cleaning chemicals. Traditional cleaning chemicals may be harmful, but choosing and using green cleaning products properly protects the health and safety of building occupants and the planet.
How Dexterra Supports the Future of Clean
Staples Corporation conducted a survey that showed 94% of workers reported feeling more productive when they are exposed to a clean work environment. And 77% of the same respondents stated that a clean workplace enables them to generate higher quality work.
Clearly, a clean environment matters, which is why at Dexterra we focus on just that.
As an integrated facility management service provider, our ultimate goal is to support and enhance the product or service offering of our clients – a clean, safe space can do that. We understand that a clean environment is not only essential for health and safety but also for creating a positive impression on visitors, employees, and clients.
From janitorial services, to housekeeping, to speciality cleaning and disinfection – we deliver custom cleaning solutions that focus on safety, quality, and enhancing the integrity of your facility and assets.
At Dexterra, safety is fundamental to everything we do. To best serve our clients, we embed sustainable cleaning practices into our custom cleaning solutions and green cleaning programs. One of the sustainability practices we deploy in our green cleaning programs is the use of microfibre cleaning cloths.
Microfibre cloths are a great alternative in promoting green cleaning because they:
- Reduce the amount of water and cleaning chemicals used.
- Clean and remove bacteria better than other tools, which results in lower costs and reduced worker exposure to disinfectant chemicals.
- Are more ergonomic to handle due to their lighter weight and can be color-coded for different cleaning tasks.
- Have a 2-year lifespan and they can be easily cleaned by rinsing in warm water, which reduces waste, machine washing, detergents, and energy usage.
By prioritizing the use of eco-certified cleaning products, we can help our clients protect the health and safety of their building occupants while minimizing the use of harmful chemicals.
We’re Powered by People
Our people are the backbone of our company, everyday they work on the frontlines keeping our clients’ facilities shining. In honour of National Cleaning Week, we would like to take a moment to spotlight just a few of the wonderful cleaning staff across our organization that keep our operations running.
Get Involved in National Cleaning Week
This national cleaning week, do your part to get involved in the celebration and recognition!
How can you participate? The ISSA has several ways you can participate, including:
- Register for a relevant webinar or event. Check out a few here: How To Leverage National Cleaning Week – ISSA Events
- Share graphics and information about National Cleaning Week on social media using the hashtag #NationalCleaningWeek
- Run promotions and tell your customers about National Cleaning Week and the Value of Clean.
- Give back and supporting ISSA Charities at www.issacharities.org.
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