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What Makes a Company “Green?”

As the climate crisis continues to loom over all of us, you may start to think about what your company can do to help. When the Wilburn Company “went green” in 2018, we did so because of a need to be environmentally-responsible and give back to the world around us. If you’re feeling pressured to make the same commitment, you may be wondering how you can go green. What procedures need to change? How do you increase your energy efficiency? How can you get your employees involved? As a green cleaning company, we’ve been there and done that. Here are…

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The Impact of Commercial Cleaning on the Environment

Everything that we, as human beings, do has an impact on the environment. Whether for better or worse, even the length of our showers and the makeup of our day-to-day diets can change the future of the Earth. Naturally, commercial cleaning also has an impact on the environment. When you’re cleaning several thousand square feet on a frequent schedule, you’re using up a lot of paper material, harsh chemicals, and energy. Green cleaning solutions can mitigate many of the negative impacts of commercial cleaning and can help your company achieve its mission of becoming more environmentally friendly. Releases Volatile Organic…

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5 Ways Your Business Can Celebrate Earth Day

April 22nd, 2019 marks the 49th anniversary of Earth Day. The holiday started in 1970 and marked the beginning of the modern environmentalism movement. It was officially founded by Gaylord Nelson, a Wisconsin Senator. Like few things in US politics, the movement gained bipartisan support and highlighted the shared values between different facets of the American melting pot. The Wilburn Company “went green” in 2018. We committed ourselves to providing green cleaning services to the Washington, D.C. area business community. With the help of the Green Seal organization, we became certified in green cleaning: we implemented new ways to conserve…

What It Means for a Cleaning Company to Be Employee-Focused

On the night of January 8th, two Wilburn Company employees were performing their usual cleaning jobs when they noticed that a tenant was standing outside in the cold with her two small children. Realizing that it was late and that the building was closed, the two employees went out to check on her. As it turned out, her car had been broken into. The windows were smashed and there was glass everywhere. The tenant had nowhere to turn, and to make matters worse, when she’d gone outside to check on the situation, she’d inadvertently gotten locked out of the building.…

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Why Your Commercial Cleaning Should Be Green

As we move ahead into 2019 and plan the year ahead, take a close look at your building’s commercial cleaning services. Are they green? Environmentally friendly? Do they benefit your employees? Commercial cleaning should be green. Green commercial cleaning provides your building with huge benefits- but it also provides benefits beyond just your building. Environmental Considerations At this point in the year, we’ve heard it all. The latest headlines make terrifying claims: “World’s Worst Climate Change Disasters Cost 50bn in 2018” “’Please Don’t Kill Us’, Maldives beg ‘failing’ climate conference” “UN Chief Warns Failure to tackle Global Warming ‘suicidal.’” Climate…

How Commercial Cleaning Prevents Winter Colds

  According to Villanova University, over one year Americans will suffer a collective 1 billion colds. That means 1 billion stuffy noses, sore throats, coughs, and sick days from work. Keeping your employees healthy doesn’t just benefit them, it also benefits your company with increased productivity, more uptime and fewer sick days taken. Green commercial cleaning, among other commercial cleaning services, can help keep your company running by reducing the spread of illness and preventing those nasty winter colds. Bacteria-Caused Illness Colds are spread by touching infected surfaces and then touching your eyes, ears, nose, or mouth. Colds can also…

It’s Time to Move from “Janitor” to “Environmental Hygienist”

There’s a scene in the early moments of the movie Goodwill Hunting where Will (the main character played by Matt Damon) solves a graduate-level math problem in the hallway of MIT that’s been left on the blackboard as a challenge to students. Within minutes, he’s completely resolved a challenge that’s been unattainable for an entire class of brainiacs. It’s compelling to watch – not just because genius in action is fun to see, but because Will is not, in fact, a student at MIT. He’s actually a janitor at the school, responsible for scrubbing floors, not solving complex math problems.…

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How to Decide if Green Cleaning is Worth It

Avocados, coconut oil, acai berries. They’re all health fads that are being trumpeted as the healthiest new thing one minute and the devil himself the next. For example, one week coconut oil pulling is the “cool thing to do” and the next it’s full of saturated fats. Green cleaning may sound like one of these Pinterest-style fads but, unlike these “superfoods,” it’s here to stay. Like most things, green cleaning has its advantages and disadvantages. When you’re considering what is best for your company, you may be tempted to stick to traditional cleaning methods that seem easier and less expensive.…

Why Your Cleaning Company Should Be Growing

Often, there’s a certain level of opaqueness to business-vendor relationships. A vendor is hired to do a job, and they either do it well or they don’t. The curtain to what’s going on behind the scenes is never lifted. That makes sense. Performance in-role is what matters, for cleaning companies as well as for any other vendor. That’s the lens through which a cleaning company should be judged. Yet, what goes on behind the scenes can impact a vendor’s ability to perform a job. If your cleaning company isn’t doing well internally, there’s a good chance that you’ll soon see…

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The Definition of Green Cleaning

What is green cleaning?   An executive order in 2009 defined green cleaning as: “the use of those products and services that have a lesser or reduced impact on human health and the environment when compared with competing products or services that serve the same purpose.” But the reality is that green cleaning is much more than that. Green cleaning means reducing the harmful toxins that cleaning staff, customers, and employees are exposed to throughout the day. Normal cleaning products contain endocrine disrupters, phosphorus, nitrogen, and volatile organic compounds. All of these chemicals harm wildlife, the environment, and the people…

The What, Why, and How of Flood Response

It’s been an unfortunate month for emergency response in Maryland. In the aftermath of flooding in Howard and Frederick Counties and the destruction caused by historic water levels in Ellicott City, many in the area have been left struggling to repair and recover. At the Wilburn Company, we’re grateful to see rebuilding happening at these sites. And we’re thankful that the sites we serve were unaffected by recent flooding. As you might expect, we aren’t often tasked with responding to historic emergency events. However, we do serve over 9 million square feet of space, and we do provide emergency response…

How Green Cleaning Benefits LEED Scores

  Commercial green cleaning uses environmentally friendly and sustainable materials and methods to maintain your commercial property. Green cleaning can benefit your business by saving money, creating a healthier work environment, and by giving you the satisfaction of knowing that you’re helping the environment as a whole. And, if you’re a business owner or facility manager interested in boosting your business’ LEED score, green cleaning will benefit that as well. What’s a LEED Score? First, a quick recap on LEED: LEED stands for leadership in energy and environmental design. It is a grading scale created by the U.S. Green Building…

5 Things You Might Not Know About Green Cleaning

If you’re in facility management, you’ve probably heard the buzz around green cleaning. As a service, it’s changing commercial cleaning, and as a part of building wellness initiatives, it’s impacting the entire field of facility management. Yet, for all of the buzz, there are still aspects of green cleaning that are relatively little-known, or even commonly misconceived. Don’t worry – we’re here to help. Green cleaning is incredibly impactful, and it’s important to understand it fully. With that in mind, here are five things you might not know about green cleaning. 1. Green Cleaning Is Not More Expensive In fact,…

5 Hidden Costs of Non-Green Cleaning

When trying to run a successful business, everything is evaluated by how it impacts the bottom line. Cutting costs and increasing efficiency are at the forefront of your mind. So, when it comes to commercial cleaning, what is the best route to take? There are many benefits of using green cleaning in your facility. Not only is it better for the health and safety of your employees, but it’s also good for business. So, while green cleaning may seem like the obvious better choice for your building, people are often deterred by the misconception that green-cleaning is more expensive than…

3 Ways Green Cleaning Services Benefit Your Business

As you’ve probably heard, green cleaning services benefit the environment by reducing waste, increasing efficiency, and reducing the usage of harsh chemicals. And, as we’ve written about before, green cleaning services benefit building occupants by improving the health of indoor environments and, consequently, the health of the people who frequent them. So, green cleaning has a lot going for it already; those two factors themselves make green cleaning services pretty appealing. But there’s another benefit a step further down the chain, too, that you may not initially expect from green cleaning. Green cleaning services benefit businesses, too. It’s true. Green…

How the Concept of Building Wellness is Transforming Cleaning Services

Not long ago, property management services were oriented around efficiency.   It’s an understandable approach; saving time and money on property management is a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Companies homed in on efficiency have gone to great lengths to reduce service times and product costs, ultimately transferring those benefits to building owners and occupants. But it’s harmful in the end. Because, while in many ways the pursuit of efficiency is a great thing, it isn’t everything. Treating efficiency as the end-all, be-all ends up hurting both our buildings and the people who occupy them. Pursing it to the exclusion…

Is Green Cleaning More Expensive?

Almost any topic these days is up for debate, but one that seems to have been immune to that challenge is health. Just about everyone wants to be healthy and wishes the same for others. Whether people take the measure of eating well, exercising, getting enough sleep, or all of the above to stay healthy, the goal is the same—to live the healthiest life possible. Despite the desire for health, one area that forces some to take pause is commercial cleaning. While it’s important to watch what we put in our bodies when we eat, monitoring what we use to…

The Best Green Cleaning Companies in MD Do This

In a world of endless choices, it can be difficult to know what company is the best option for your cleaning needs. This is especially true if you’re interested in green cleaning, as this term has become a bit vague and hard to define. To know what to look for when selecting a green cleaning company, let’s look at five things that the best green cleaning companies in Maryland are doing. Uses Green Products and Environmentally-Friendly Procedures The basis of green cleaning is using products, equipment, and procedures that are safer for building occupants and the environment than traditional harsh…

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The Wilburn Company Goes Green By Achieving GS-42 Certification

The Wilburn Company Goes Green By Achieving GS-42 Certification Linthicum, MD: The Wilburn Company does more than just building cleaning – they help to keep the environment cleaner, too. The professional cleaning company has received the GS-42 certification, an affirmation from independent certifier Green Seal® that Wilburn’s green cleaning program meets its high standards. “Achieving GS-42 certification is changing the culture of our company and how we view the importance of the services we deliver,” said Robert Baldwin, Vice President of The Wilburn Company. “We are not just janitors; we are Environmental Hygienists. We are impacting people’s lives by directly…

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Top 3 Commercial Cleaning Trends in 2018

There’s a recent GEICO ad featuring an anthropomorphized robot vacuum complaining about its limited role in the world. “All I do is suck up dirt,” says the vacuum. It’s a morose, monotonous life for the machine. The takeaway is supposed to be that GEICO does more than one thing (car insurance, in this case). The contrast works – sure, a vacuum really does just have one role – but it’s interesting that the marketing people responsible for the ad identified cleaning as a static field when dreaming up the comparison. In fact, it’s somewhat indicative of the overall tendency of…