Renewable cleaning

Clean Talk with Rose
By Rose Galera, CEH
Hawaii Hospitality Magazine, Nov/Dec 2011

Hi Rose,
At a Renewable Energy Conservation program I attended, the speaker emphasized the importance of the housekeeping department’s role in renewable cleaning, and its impact on energy conservation. Please share any information as I missed a workshop you once held.
A Neighbor Island EH

Aloha NIEH,
Yes, I’ve talked, trained and promoted renewable cleaning since attending the 2009 ISSA/ IEHA Convention held in Chicago and gained Trends & Technologies updates that are having an impact on our cleaning profession and industry today. Renewable cleaning is the removal, inactivation and/ or proper disposal of pollutant contaminants, pathogens, particles and chemical residues to restore our indoor enviromnents to their original or desired condition. Renewable cleaning works like nature does employing parallel methods. The process conserves resources (economic and financial) and focuses on cleaning for health and establishes a code of best cleaning practices to deliver high standards of cleaning services and environmentally sound standards.

Renewable cleaning is organized as green cleaning, which targets general sanitation using eco-friendly practices, products and equipments for a healthier environment. It is a program that utilizes natural cleaning products that are non-toxic, biodegradable, not tested on animals, and are renewable and sustainable. It uses cleaning equipment that clean better, faster and reduce the need for chemical application, and cleans surfaces, polishes stainless steel, cleans mirrors, or collects dust with microfiber cleaning cloths and flat mops. Water is a key medium for renewable cleaning as it is a universal resource, is benign, non-polluting and naturally replenished. Water plays an important role as a chemical substance, is one of our most plentiful chemicals. Its chemical formula (H20) is the most well known of all chemical formulas. Water’s many important functions include being a good solvent for dissolving many solids, serving as an excellent coolant both mechanically and biologically and acting as a reactant in many chemical reactions. When believed in, accepted and implemented, renewable cleaning will have definite and positive environmental, economic, financial and social impact for Hawaii.

Rose Galera

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