Too often the value of clean is overlooked. When budgets are tight, it is common that the custodial department is the first to be considered for cuts. You face reductions in overhead in the form of people, right down to the budget for tools and products you need to do the job efficiently. Nichols is here to help you advocate and reinforce the value you provide.
Cleaning can significantly impact (either negatively or positively) the appearance level and therefore company/facility image. Appearance is still the most common intended positive impact of cleaning a building. Yet there are many other reasons to clean.
Indoor Air Quality
- People spend as much as 90% of their time indoors and some 100%. Indoor air pollutants include the dirt, dust and other contaminants that people bring in from the outside. Dust also comes from our indoor activities such as: gases that are released from furniture and building materials; germs we spread as we touch things, cough or sneeze; and products we use to clean the building. A widely used example is asthma in K-12 schools, an average of 3 to 5 kids in a classroom of 30 are affected by asthma. Children, elderly and those with health conditions are especially vulnerable to IAQ issues.
- Use safer chemicals in cleaning practices, and the associated health and litigation risks decrease.
- Products with low or no VOCs, 3rd party certified products and those that create less waste help to reduce environmental impact.
- A floor care program without burnishing reduces dust particles and contaminants (and I hope none of you still burnish floors today)
- When a routine cleaning procedure is in place, we reduce cross contamination and therefore exposure.
- Disinfect surfaces properly and only where they are actually needed
- Place hand wash stations effectively throughout your facility
Check out this video for great statistics on how CLEAN means GREEN… (how it affects your bottom line).