SchoolFacilities.com focuses on some of the top green cleaning programs schools can implement to achieve their overall "green" goal. These cleaning techniques, common in most facilities, will maintain desired levels of clean, as well as meet environmental cleaning objectives.

Some basic principles include:
• Focus on entryways inside and out - Trap and remove dirt before it enters the building by frequently cleaning the entrances and entryway mats.
• Minimize particles and chemicals in the air - This can be done in a number of ways. For instance, practice applying the cleaners to the cloth rather than spraying the surface that is being cleaned.
• Use environmentally preferable cleaning chemicals - Chemical management systems are also important to regulate dilutions.
• Ensure proper vacuuming, extraction, rinsing and drying - The Carpet & Rug Institute has come out with the Green Label and various vacuums have received the certification. Using these types of products will help eliminate moisture problems and mold growth in carpets.
• Focus on preventative measures - This includes the use of fewer and milder chemicals.
• Mechanically capture dirt and remove it - Products such as microfiber cloths and flat mops help eliminate the need for chemicals and remove dirt, rather than pushing it around.
• Focus on touch-points - Regularly clean door handles, railings, elevator buttons, etc. to help eliminate the spread of germs.
• Apply disinfectant in restrooms properly - Green cleaning programs require that chemicals have proper dwell time so soil is thoroughly removed using less product.
• Promote safety and prevent cross-contamination - Product that are safe, properly stored, and well labeled will help ensure that chemicals are used properly.
• Use "green" paper products - This includes recycled tissues and towels bleached without the u se of chlorine.
• Implement an effective recycling program
• Create a communication program - Work with building occupants on spill notification, food clean-up and clutter reduction.

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