Reduce Your Carbon Footprint with Eco-Friendly Commercial Cleaning
Last Updated: January 09, 2023
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Green cleaning is a booming industry. Public awareness is growing about the long-term effects of harsh chemicals. Commercial cleaning companies are responding by increasingly offering eco-friendly cleaning services.
Green cleaning means more than just using non-toxic cleaning products. It's a comprehensive approach to cleaning practices that are environmentally friendly. It means using less water and reducing paper waste, too.
Green cleaning offers the same services as traditional commercial cleaning companies - everything from vacuuming and dusting to cleaning bathrooms, floors and break rooms. But, the service usually comes at a slightly higher cost than other services. This is primarily due to the higher cost of environmentally friendly cleaners and products.
Green Cleaning Service Average Costs #
A green cleaning service usually costs $5 to $10 more per hour than a traditional cleaning service. Standard rates for commercial cleaning are usually $20 to $50 per hour, so plan on spending anywhere from $25 to $60 per hour for green cleaning.
- Illinois-based Go-Green Cleaning Services charges $30 an hour for commercial cleaning. The company, like many others in the industry, has a two-hour minimum for all commercial cleaning jobs.
- New York City-based Green Clean charges $35 per hour for the initial deep cleaning. After that, rates are $30 per hour for monthly visits or $26.25 per hour if you opt for more frequent service.
- Seattle based Green Team Cleaning, LLC. charges $35 per hour for one cleaner and $65 per hour for two. You set the amount of time and the cleaners will get as much as they can finish within that period.
How Do I Know the Service is Really Green? #
Any company can call themselves ‘green.' It's up to you to do some research to make sure the cleaning company you choose truly has environmentally-friendly practices. Ask specific questions, including:
- Do your cleaning products meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards for safe cleaning products? Those that do are labeled ‘low' or ‘zero' VOC (volatile organic compound).
- Do you use microfiber cloths instead of paper towels?
- Do you use flat mopping technology that reduces water waste?
- Do you use HEPA clean vacuums and filters?
For more information about sustainable products and services, visit the Green Seal website. Green Seal is a nonprofit organization that has developed nationally recognizes sustainability standards.