Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Cleaning Industry Benefits From

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Cleaning Industry Benefits From

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Source: Environmental Leader

Many facilities are now implementing a number of programs to help reduce the amount of energy, water, fuel, and other natural resources that they use. While managers often turn to outside engineers and contractors to help in this regard, they often overlook the custodial workers who clean large and small facilities on a daily basis. Today, building owners and managers are witnessing the next stage in the evolution of professional cleaning. Cleaning workers are taking more and more responsibility for helping to make buildings more sustainable and, in so doing, reduce operating costs and improve efficiencies. Color-coding systems can help with this. An increasing portion of the cleaning industry--where English is often a second language--has taken to color coding as a way to tell workers what product or process is to be used where. Colors can also help identify which electronics, mechanicals, and other power-using systems can be turned off when the building is not in use. …

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