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Conserving water and using earth-friendly wash products at Cactus Car Wash

Car wash chain reduces its environmental impact by reusing water, reducing electricity use and choosing Eco-friendly car wash products by Zep.

Car washes are sometimes associated with wasted water and energy, not to mention environmentally questionable chemicals. But some car wash companies are changing that perception with strong sustainability efforts that include eco-friendly wash products. Cactus Car Wash, a company founded in 1996 in South Carolina, addresses environmental concerns in three ways. Read More…

Green Cleaning for Cars

Believe it or not, car washing can be harmful to the environment. Follow these recommendations to make sure you’re cleaning your vehicle in a responsible way.

Washing clean, washing green.

You’re the kind of person who wants to do everything you can to minimize the impact of your automobile on the environment. That’s why you bought that hybrid or electric car, or that gasoline-powered vehicle with the great fuel economy.

Now it’s time to apply that same environmentalism to the care of your car, specifically its cleaning. If you’re not careful, you can waste water and create polluted runoff when washing your vehicle. By following the green cleaning tips outlined below, though, you can be sure that you’re washing your car in the most environmentally friendly way possible.

Don’t try this at home
Washing the car in your driveway may be an enjoyable way to spend a sunny summer afternoon, but environmentally speaking, home washing is not a great way to care for your automobile. First off, it can create polluted water runoff that the flows off your property and into a community’s storm drainage system, which sends it untreated into nearby rivers and streams. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), cleaning a car outside with lots of soap creates runoff that “may contain high amounts of nutrients, metals and hydrocarbons.” Read More…

Tips For Fine-Tuning Your Green Cleaning

Everyone has always liked the smell of a freshly cleaned building. But now facility managers want to know that they can achieve a fresh, clean Tips for Fine Tuning you Green Cleaning Programenvironment with safer products.

Fortunately, today’s green products deliver the same performance as traditional cleaning products but are safer for the environment – and for the employees using them.

A true Green Cleaning Program isn’t just about chemicals – it’s about systems and products that become the way of life. Here are a few easy tips that will help you launch an effective Spring or year-round Green Cleaning Program:

1.  Stop dirt at the door.

Many green cleaning methods don’t involve chemicals at all. For example, adding a high quality entrance mat will help keep dirt from coming into your building. Since 80% of dirt that enters the building comes from people who walk in, this is an easy way to reduce cleanup inside.  Using mats that are at least 15 ft. long at building entrances will stop most of the dirt from coming in.

2.  Improve your air quality in minutes.

Just change your air filters – and be sure to maintain your systems regularly. Air quality ranks in the top 5 issues related to building cleanliness.  The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that indoor air may be 2 to 5 times as polluted as the air outside. You can help reduce the spread of pollutants and germs throughout your building with regular filter changes and HVAC maintenance. Read More…

Green cleaning for hospitals

We try to take some of the confusion out of environmentally-friendly cleaning procedures in medical facilities.

Working to find solutions that are both safe and effective, many hospitals are implementing environmental cleaning programs that use non-toxic products to properly clean and disinfect medical facilities and equipment. But there’s a bit of confusion about just how green cleaning for hospitals should be carried out.

Currently, a number of organizations like Health Care Without Harm offer guides to green cleaning in hospitals, but there are no industry-wide standards that administrators can use to determine the plan that will be beneficial for their particular facilities. Read More…

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