Green Cleaning – Frequently Asked Questions

Q: “What do you know about green cleaning?”

A: Green cleaning can also be defined as effective cleaning that protects health without harming the environment. Green cleaning is about more than just green chemicals. A true green cleaning program also has appropriate equipment, tools, disposables, accessories, and perhaps most importantly, training on procedures.

Q: “What are your references?”

A: Depending on the products being proposed, several case studies exist that could be used as references.  One example of a case study is the LEED for Existing Buildings: Earth Rangers, which used the CBG® program from MCL to assist with green cleaning credits for the project.

Q: “What is your green product or service range?”

A: MCL offers several options of low environmental impact cleaning products, tools, and equipment, and in addition to recommending products, MCL can also provide training.

Q: “Are you familiar with USGBC & LEED? Are you a member?”

A: MCL is very familiar with USGBC and LEED. MCL Sustainable Solutions is a member of the US Green Building Council (USGBC). In addition, MCL employs twelve LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED AP’s) and two LEED Green Associates, and the GPS® Green Partner Support Program™ can help contribute a significant number of the credits required to certify a LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance project. A “Green Housekeeping Program” can also assist a LEED for New Construction, LEED for Core and Shell, or LEED for Commercial Interiors project.

Q: “How do your products differ from traditional products?”

A: It depends on the product. If it is a cleaning chemical, it will be safer for human use and it will have a more favorable environmental profile than a “traditional” product because it will be formulated without ingredients that have been demonstrated to have a negative impact on human health and the environment. If it is a disposable paper product or trash bag, it will contain a recommended amount of post consumer recycled content, or be made from more rapidly renewable materials. If it is a piece of cleaning equipment, it will contribute to better indoor air quality or use less water, and if it is a vacuum cleaner, it will meet filtration requirements set by the Carpet & Rug Institute.

Q: “Are your green products certified?”

A: MCL offers certified products in several different categories. Some examples of third party certifications include EPA Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines for post consumer recycled content paper products and trash liners, Green Seal and EcoLogo certification for cleaning chemicals, and Carpet & Rug Institute Green Label certification for vacuum cleaners. In addition, Green Seal and EcoLogo have certifications for floor care products and sanitary paper products that MCL offers, and cleaning chemicals are also available that have been formulated in partnership with the EPA Design for the Environment (EPA DfE) program. In addition to certified products, MCL also offers product solutions in categories that are not currently “certified”, but which still demonstrate a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment.

Q: “What is your level of support on the street?”

A: MCL Sustainable Solutions offers the support of the sales consultant, who is supported by all the resources of the company, including MCL sales management, MCL chemical and equipment specialists, as well as manufacturers’ vendor representatives.

Q: “How will you help me communicate the benefits to my customers?”

A: MCL can assist a building service contractor communicate the benefits of green cleaning to one of their customers by offering examples of case studies. In addition, a MCL sales consultant can assist in end user sales presentations.

Q: “What training programs do you offer?”

A: MCL offers training on green cleaning procedures as part of its CBG CleanBeyondGreen program.

Q: “If I am starting with a blank slate – how should I begin?”

A: You should begin with a Green Cleaning Site Survey conducted by an MCL Sanitary Maintenance Consultant, who can make recommendations on how to make your cleaning operation “greener”.