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Cleaning Products

In addition to cleaning procedures, the selection and use of cleaning products are important in a green maintenance program. General guidelines for purchasing decisions include:


Prefer cleaners that have a neutral pH (closer to 7) compared to those with extreme pH (closer to 1 or 14).


Prefer cleaners that are readily biodegradable (check for green certification or recognition) compared to those that are slower to degrade. Unfortunately, many older formulations use excellent performing ingredients that have been found to have serious environmental and health concerns.

Dyes and fragrances

Prefer those with no or low levels of dyes and fragrances compared to those products that are heavily dyed or fragranced (check for green certification or recognition). If dyes are necessary, use those that are approved for foods and cosmetics (F&C).


Prefer those that have no or low VOCs. These requirements will vary depending on the product type, usage, actual outgassing rates, and other factors (consult recognised green guidelines in Appendix B) compared to those with higher levels.

Bio-Based/Renewable Resources

Prefer products that use materials derived from renewable resources compared to those from non-renewable resources (check for green certification or recognition).


Prefer products that have a high flashpoint compared to those with a low flashpoint (see the product’s MSDS).

HMIS (Hazardous Materials Identification System) rating

Look for a product with a zero hazard rating (see Appendix B).

The final component in selecting products is consideration of the supplier. The supplier plays an important role as part of the green cleaning and maintenance team and may be intimately involved in training. Therefore, consideration should be given to suppliers’ ability to train cleaning personnel and their expertise 28 Green Building Operations and Maintenance Manual with green janitorial products and cleaning, in addition to price, reputation, and other traditional considerations.

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