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HEALTHIER CLEANING


Jangro Operations Director Joanne Gilliard discusses how the cleaning business is now


heading towards ‘Cleaning for Health’ and explores ways to embrace this new trend.


Green Cleaning has been on the rise for several years, and has now become a fundamental part of our industry. An increased awareness and regard for the wellbeing of customers, employees and the environment continues to drive demand for eco-friendly cleaning products and processes that minimise their impact.


2018 will see the cleaning business heading further towards ‘Cleaning for Health’, where the goal is to minimise the potentially negative impact cleaning has on building occupants and operatives themselves, and help reduce the spread of bacteria, rather than just cleaning for ‘appearance’.


There are of course clear benefits to this: for example, an office will benefit from a healthier workforce, resulting in fewer days lost to sickness. These days, Cleaning for Health often goes hand in hand with reducing the impact that cleaning has on the environment. This trend is being driven by a growing awareness among consumers (who are increasingly more savvy on the issue), and facilitated by the increased availability of eco- and health-friendly products and services.


A BALANCING ACT Clients now expect reputable cleaning and janitorial companies to make sustainable choices wherever possible. This can leave cleaning businesses with tricky purchasing decisions and place them under pressure to balance the preference for ‘eco’- and ‘health’-friendly products against performance. Ultimately, a product must be effective and perform well, or the business may risk client dissatisfaction, and potentially loss of repeat custom and revenue. However, there are many ways that Cleaning for Health can be incorporated into your businesses.


LOOK AT THE ALTERNATIVES A good, reputable cleaning and janitorial distributor will not only offer a range of products, but will also offer sound advice, based on the type of facility and who works or visits it. For instance, Cleaning for Health is especially important in places such as hospitals, care homes and schools where germs are prevalent and can spread easily. In such places, good hand washing practice is crucial to help stop bacterial and viral infections from spreading and leading to illness. However, with allergies reported to affect 21m people here in the UK, and the high frequency of hand washing required, it is important to offer products that are unlikely to irritate the skin such as soap dispensers with pleasant, mild, and fragrance-free products.


Also consider choosing green certified products. Jangro has developed an environmentally-friendly range of


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“Cleaning for Health often goes hand in hand with reducing the


impact that cleaning has on the environment.”


cleaning agents, Enviro Concentrates, designed to reduce users’ carbon footprints. As well as using green cleaning formulations, such as bacterial washroom cleaners, the Enviro Concentrates range are high concentration and low dosage products, and their trigger spray bottle format makes it easy to know how much of a product you are using. Not to mention the significant reduction in the amount of plastic packaging sent to waste.


PREVENTING CROSS-CONTAMINATION Do not underestimate the importance of training. All cleaning companies must ensure that their operatives know which products to use, and when and how to use them. Understanding a colour-coding system is also vital, so that certain tools and products are used only for particular tasks.


This helps prevent cross-contamination during the cleaning process, and stops, for example, a cloth that has been used to clean a toilet, then being used on a hand wash basin. A simple but important step that makes a large contribution to hygiene standards and the elimination of cross infection.


With more people realising that their environment has an effect on their wellness, there has never been a better time to introduce measures which focus on health. Avoiding cross-contamination, following best practices and looking at alternative, but effective, solutions help create a healthier clean.


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