The acceptance of Green Cleaning methods and products in the professional cleaning industry evolved over more than 25 years. However, by about 2005, we could say it essentially “took off.”
There are many reasons for this. However, among the key reasons are the following:
Performance. The performance of many environmentally preferable cleaning products now meets or exceeds that of conventional cleaning products.
Costs. While Green Cleaning chemicals in particular may still be a bit more expensive to purchase, because they are highly concentrated they often stretch further, minimizing the cost factor. Plus the less tangible benefits such as improved worker morale and enhanced student performance also add value to the use of environmentally preferable cleaning products.
Health. As more credible studies have been released in the past decade indicating the health benefits of using Green Cleaning products, the facts have spoken for themselves. The products foster a healthier indoor environment, increasing the demand for Green Cleaning.
Certification. Going back more than 30 years, there has been considerable confusion as to what exactly is a Green cleaning product. Guidelines developed by credible, independent sources along with independent, third-party certification has helped end this confusion.
Opportunities. When it became clear that Green Cleaning was a concept whose time had come, manufacturers in the professional cleaning industry as well as distributors and contract cleaners all rushed to get on the Green cleaning bandwagon. In addition to providing new opportunities for industry veterans and newcomers alike, this has increased the proliferation of Green Cleaning products and services related to Green Cleaning.
Another factor that has helped make Green Cleaning mainstream is LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design). Initially, facilities seeking LEED certification were awarded credits if they incorporated Green Cleaning. However, in 2009 the U.S. Green Building Council made Green Cleaning a prerequisite to earn certification for LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (LEED-EBOM), essentially making the use of environmentally preferable cleaning chemicals, tools, and equipment a foregone conclusion. And because a Green Cleaning program is relatively easy and cost-effective to implement, even those facilities not necessarily seeking LEED certification but looking for ways to make their properties healthier have transferred to Green Cleaning.