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Renewable Restoration

Commitment to sustainability is permeating the business world globally. At its simplest, sustainability is a case of ensuring that your cleaning provider uses environmentally friendly products, processes and equipment, but the maximum benefi ts are derived by those organisations which take an integrated approach to environmental goals internally, and via its various external service providers. A combination of environmentally focused building, service, and product design and innovation is, in our view, where the momentum behind sustainable processes is generated.

Green cleaning is one of the easiest and fastest ways for building managers to make their facilities healthier and safer for employees, not to mention their contribution to the overall environment, as well as lower operating costs. There are a number of other benefi ts such as it offering the ability to easily earn BREEAM® points in the process – so there’s really no excuse not to go green.

ServiceMaster Clean is committed to doing business the right way, and has developed the ‘Capture and Removal Cleaning System’. This unique approach to cleaning combines new equipment and technology with carefully researched cleaning processes, to deliver a higher quality cleaning service while helping our customers to do their bit in making the workplace more sustainable. It’s not just about the way we clean though. We are seeing a growing trend for day-time cleaning, which reduces energy consumption, as it negates the


Alan Lewin, Business Development Director of ServiceMaster Clean, outlines how organisations can make their facilities more eco-friendly.

need to keep buildings open for longer. In addition, one of our businesses in London is currently trialling the use of an electric bike, liveried in ServiceMaster Clean yellow, to travel to customer’s premises and reduce fuel consumption.

Sustainability is important, but it is not the only factor important to customers. Excellent service is crucial as well as value for money and these factors can work hand in hand; for instance, using the example of the electric bike, this also helps us to get across the city faster to service clients, whilst helping to keep costs down.

Restoration Organisations can become more sustainable by making sure that fl oor coverings and upholstery last as long as possible. Regular maintenance is a lot less costly than replacing fl oor coverings and upholstered items frequently.

Figures from the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) estimate that 583,000tonnes of fl ooring waste is produced each year, with the majority (71%) being carpet. More than 90% of this fl ooring waste ends up in landfi ll, with less than 1% being recycled – all too often, carpeting, vinyl and other fl ooring is disposed of in favour of new coverings when it becomes prematurely tired.

No matter how carefully carpets and fl oor coverings are maintained, there are sometimes unforeseen events which can cause extensive damage to the interior and exterior of buildings. Damage can be caused by anything

from fl oods or other extreme weather conditions, escape of water, fallen trees, fi re, or even malicious damage. We provide a national, emergency disaster support service, Restoration Response™ to put property back to pre-damage condition. Sign up is free, giving you peace of mind that, in an unexpected emergency, we will be there within two to four hours to help, delivering one of the fastest onsite response times.

Wherever possible, ServiceMaster Clean works with organisations to carry out full restorations of damaged fl oor coverings, furniture and upholstery, saving materials from our landfi lls that could take hundreds of years to break down. The technology for protecting, sustaining and restoring the appearance of fl oor coverings and furniture that were previously considered beyond repair, has improved dramatically.

It’s no longer enough to just think about caring for our environment, we need to take action now to prevent greater damage in the future. Small changes to the way our customers maintain their premises can make a huge difference to what ends up in landfi ll. By using a specialist cleaning provider, businesses across the UK can not only enjoy cost savings and the kudos that comes with being operationally greener, but can also help make real inroads into reducing waste.

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