We have banned the mop bucket, the feather duster, cotton cloths. We have found that microfiber products can do a much better job at removing dirt, dust, germs the previous mention products. Also take the feather duster, when was it last washed? The mop bucket: when was last cleaned and disinfected? Was this done before it was used to clean your floors? We use a clean microfiber pad for each floor surface.
We use cutting edge tool to ensure maximum cleanliness.
This tool is a Sphergo which provides a flat surfaced bottom to which a Microfiber pad is attached. The pad is sprayed with a Greens Seal Approved, Eco and People friendly cleaning agent. The pad then cleans the cleared desktop of fingerprints, coffee spills, germs. Because the Spergo is flat and the desktop is flat, the surface gets a more even clean better than doing the same job using your hand and a microfiber cloth. The cleaning pads are changed out frequently as not resoil a desktop surface.
We use a separate clean microfiber cloth to remove the dust that has accumulated behind the computer, phones and photos that usually sit at the back of the desktop.
Desktop dust removal is important and it can be surprising as to the amount of dust that accumulates behind the desktop items such as computers, monitors and phones.
This image show the amount of dust that was removed from several workstations at an engineering company which has it’s workstations cleaned 1X per week.
The cloth used to capture the dust was a Microfiber Cloth which has the ability to attract dust because of the +positive nature of the cloth which attracts the -negative nature of the dust particles. Opposites attract.
Vaccuum Cleaners with Hepa Filter & CRI Seal of Approval
The other part of a Green Office Cleaning service would be to use vacuum cleaners with a Hepa filter which traps 99.7 % of particles. Also the Carpet & Rug Institute has a Green Label program for vacuum cleaners.
To earn the CRI Seal of Approval/Green Label certification, vacuums must pass the following independent laboratory tests:
- Soil removal — CRI uses NASA-enhanced x-ray fluorescence technology instead of traditional gravimetrix testing to measure the precise amount of soil removed from carpet — either 30 oz/sy commercial cut pile carpet or 30 oz/sy loop pile carpet.
- Dust containment — The vacuum must not release more than 100 micrograms of dust particles per cubic meter of air, keeping dirt and dust locked tight in the vacuum — not escaping back into the air where it can be breathed.
- Surface Appearance Change — The vacuum must not affect the texture of the commercial cut pile carpet (900 passes with sample rotated every 50 passes) more than a one-step change based on one year of normal vacuum use.
Office Air Quality
Your office carpeting acts as a Giant filter capturing indoor dust particles plus the 100 hairs you lose each day. Frequent vacuuming helps to reduce the dust particles that could be recycled back into the office air.
We care about your indoor office air, so we use vacuum cleaners that have the Green Label of Approval by the Carpet Rug Institute at http://www.carpet-rug.org/CRI-Testing-Programs/CRI-Seal-of-Approval-Program/Vacuums.aspx