Being clean and going green go hand in hand when talking about effective facility maintenance. Reducing your carbon footprint starts with reducing the amount of waste you produce, the use of cleaning products with harmful chemicals, and amount of cleaning supplies and resources used in general. Implementing a facility maintenance plan that incorporates eco-friendly cleaning supplies and aims at efficiently utilizing products and resources to reduce waste, can help your company improve cleanliness, while reducing your carbon footprint. We outline the best facility maintenance practices as well as green janitorial supplies to keep in your inventory.

Facility Maintenance Best Practices


Use Commercial Entrance Mats

Use Commercial Entrance Mats

Commercial entrance matting can help reduce the amount of dust, dirt, and grime that is dragged into your facility. These sustainable products can help reduce the amount of time taken and cleaning products used to maintain your facility. Not only do these products help facility maintenance, but they can safeguard employees and staff members from slip and fall accidents.

Train Your Janitorial Staff

Train Your Janitorial Staff

Having your facility maintenance staff fully aware of eco-friendly practices and products will help enhance the program. Also, it is important to emphasize simple, yet effective behavioral adjustments, such as turning off lights in rooms when they are not needed as well as powering off equipment, like fans and vacuums when they are not in use.

Make Recycling as Accessible as Possible

Make Recycling as Accessible as Possible

A major goal of any effective facility maintenance program is to dispose of waste as environmentally conscious as possible. Make recycling bins easily accessible to your staff and customers. Encourage employees to recycle plastic, paper, and more to reduce the carbon footprint of your building.

Incorporate Janitorial Cleaning During Normal Business Hours

Incorporate Janitorial Cleaning During Normal Business Hours

According to a report by BOMA International, janitorial practices equate to approximately 25% of a facility’s weekly lighting expense. Janitorial teams traditionally work night shifts, draining the facility’s natural resources such as natural gas and oil far beyond the normal business hours. To reduce the amount of resources being used, try having your facility maintenance team work during the normal business hours; consequently, lighting and other resources can be saved during the nighttime hours, furthermore, reducing your operating costs.

Green Supplies

FMX Green Seal Foam Handwash Dispenser Refill, Unscented, 1250mL
FMX Green Seal Foam Handwash Dispenser Refill


This environmentally friendly, Green Seal certified hand wash is perfect for the restrooms of your facility. This soap is also certified by EcoLogo, a compliance standard for green products. Green Seal certified products are safe for employees and customers to use, made with a miniscule amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCS) and they are also biodegradable.

Recycled Can Liners, 13gal, .7 Mil, 23 3/4 x 28, White, 90 Bags/Box
Recycled Can Liners

These recycled can liners from Earth Sense are linear and low density for your commercial needs. Make your waste disposal as eco-friendly as possible by using these liners that are made of 60% recycled content. These bags apply toward LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credits.

Boardwalk Green Universal Roll Towels, Natural, 8 in. x800ft, 6 Rolls/Carton
Boardwalk Green Universal Roll Towels

Use these general purpose, Boardwalk Green paper towel on metals, ceramics, glass, and more. This Green Seal Certified product also can help your business earn LEED credits. The hardbound, roll of paper towels is made of recycled materials and features an embossed design.

HYGEN Disposable Microfiber Cleaning Cloths, White/Blue, 12. 2 x 14. 3, 640/Pack
HYGEN Disposable Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

The HYGEN Disposable Microfiber Cleaning Cloths remove 99.9% of bacteria and have built-in scrubbing fibers to remove tough stains. Use these cloths on mirrors and glass for a streak-free shine and don’t worry about smearing surfaces. These cloths are intended for use with the Rubbermaid HYGEN charging system, which is sold separately.

Green Option Floor Sealer/Finish, 5gal Box


The Green Option Floor Sealer from Franklin Cleaning Technology helps to reduce the environmental impact of harmful compounds. The essential mix can help lengthen the life and aesthetics of your flooring. This sealer is ideal for use with low maintenance or high-speed floor cleaning systems. This product is truly eco-friendly with a Green Seal certification.


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