August Cleaning Tips:
By Mike Schaffer - President, Tornado Industries
Top 10 Ways to Reduce Water Use When Cleaning
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 36 states now anticipate local, regional, or statewide water shortages by 2013.
These water shortages, with more likely to come in the future, will impact every aspect of building operation, including cleaning. Everything will be analyzed, as facility managers look for new ways to reduce water consumption.
To help meet these water challenges, Michael Schaffer, a senior executive with Tacony's Commercial Floor Care division, which manufactures CFR brand carpet extractors that recycle water and cleaning solution has created the, "Top 10 Ways to Reduce Water Use When Cleaning?"
Here are his top 10 suggestions:
- Eliminate the use of garden hoses when cleaning. "Very often sidewalks, outdoor plazas, even commercial kitchens are cleaned by hosing them down," says Schaffer. "This uses millions of gallons of water and is a practice that simply is no longer sustainable."
- Use sweepers for cleaning plazas and sidewalks.
- Prioritize floor and carpet cleaning; clean lightly used areas less frequently that heavily used areas.
- Use auto-dilution systems to mix chemicals, either onboard or free standing units; these systems precisely monitor chemical and water use to eliminate waste.
- Select floorcare equipment that uses less water; manufacturers are now introducing low moisture scrubbers and other type cleaning equipment.
- Switch to cylindrical brush floorcare technology. "These machines use rotating brushes instead of pads. Because the brushes do more of the work, less chemical and water are necessary," explains Schaffer.
- Select carpet extractors that recycle water and cleaning solution; these systems can safe as much as seven times the amount of water that conventional extractors use.
- Select microfiber mop heads and cleaning cloths, which use less water than traditional string mops or terry cloth towels.
- Use steam vapor systems when appropriate for the job; although these are dependent on water, they tend to use it more responsibly.
- Consider the use of pre-moistened cleaning wipes. First introduced for the household market, commercial versions are now available. If used properly, the wipes control the use of both water and chemicals.
"Just as our industry had to embrace Green cleaning, we now face challenges dealing with sustainability and natural resources," says Schaffer,"and water conservation is at the top of that list."