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Green Cleaning

We work to keep our facilities as clean as possible, but do so in a way that is not harmful to the environment, patients, visitors or staff. Traditional cleaning processes are very water and chemical-intensive, and cleaning solutions can release irritating fumes and even potentially health-harming substances. These practices are simply not in line with our mission to maintain relaxing, healing environments.

We employ the following "green cleaning" methods:

Safe Solutions

Over the past four years, we have moved to Green Seal-certified products for our light duty floor and all-purpose cleaners. These products meet high environmental and health standards and improve our indoor air quality.

Water Conservation

By switching from conventional cotton mops and cleaning cloths to microfiber pads and cloths, we went from using two gallons of water for every three patient rooms cleaned, to one gallon of water in an entire day. Pads and cloths are changed in every room to reduce cross-contamination and are laundered before being reused.

Efficient Equipment

All of our floor care equipment uses at least 70 - 80 percent less water and solution than conventional equipment, and we have been able to completely eliminate the use of chemicals for cleaning hard-surface floors. Our equipment employs ec-H2O technology, which converts water into a cleaning solution by using an electrical charge.