Vacuuming is the Key to Green Cleaning
By Rob Beckerley
President, Ace Janitorial Services Inc. San Diego Ca
One of the key steps in Green Cleaning is working from the top down. This means starting your cleaning as high as you can and working your way to the floor. This also means that dust, dirt and other particles will fall down into your carpets. The Carpet and Rug Institute of America says Green Cleaning starts with vacuuming. They also say “regular vacuuming can have the largest impact of the air you breathe”.
You want to do a regular vacuuming daily of your high traffic areas. When you do your house or office cleaning you want to do your vacuuming last. However, you want to be using a “green certified vacuum” and preferably one with HEPA (High Efficiency Particular Air) filters. To be a HEPA filter the filters must trap 99.97% of particles. So those of you with allergies these vacuums can help your breathing.
Also proper vacuuming is a key to true Green Cleaning. As mentioned in my “Magic Vacuum” article, proper vacuuming consists of going over an area continually. We suggest using slow front to back motions with 3-4 passes when you vacuuming. A quick pass of a vacuum cleaner will not remove all the dust, dirt and particles. Also, use your crevice tools at least weekly to get along the edges and in the corners where vacuum can’t reach.
Ace Janitorial Services, Inc. have implemented these Green Cleaning techniques into our regular cleaning for our San Diego customers. We use the very best vacuums all with HEPA filters so that our San Diego customers can breathe freely.