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Cut down on waste in your commercial cleaning business with these water management tips based on verified conservation practices. There’s no way around the fact that the commercial cleaning industry uses a substantial amount of water. Some of it is unavoidable, as we dilute cleaning concentrates or steam clean carpets. However, there’s also a lot of room for improvement and cutting down on waste. These water management tips can help.

First, let’s look at some of the reasons water management is so important. Conservation is certainly a valid and admirable goal on its own, but using excess water is also bad for the environment and expensive.

The engineering department at the University of Nebraska conducted several studies on water usage in different cleaning situations. In one, they found that switching from standard cotton mops to microfiber cloth mops for one year could save over 23,000 gallons of water and $4,870 in supplies and utility costs. They also found that a microfiber mop saved an “average of six minutes of labor per room,” while potentially reducing worker injuries due to its lighter weight.

Paying attention to conservation-informed water management tips also makes your commercial cleaning business more attractive to your potentials or current clients. Facility managers and business owners are looking for easy ways to improve their environmental friendliness. Whether it’s for marketing purposes or based on personal beliefs, a water-conscious cleaning company is something they can boast about on their website and social media channels.

Still, you do need to use water in your commercial cleaning operations. So how can you optimize your management of that resource?

6 Water management tips that will help you save money, save water, and win over clients Some of these water management tips are easy to implement. Others may take some time and even a financial investment to put into place. Just remember that any steps you can take in the right direction will eventually pay off.

  1. Switch to microfiber: Microfiber mops save water, money, and time. Just in case you skipped the intro, microfiber cloths can save somewhere in the range of 85 to 90 tons of water each year and thousands of dollars in supply costs. That alone seems like a good reason to go water conscious!

  2. Turn the water off when you aren’t using it. This is one of the most straightforward water management tips, and yes, so many of us leave the water running much longer than we should.

  3. Use automatic dilution systems: These systems take the guesswork out of the cleaner and water ratio. They’re set up to dispense the correct amount of cleaning solution, so you don’t waste either water or product, and you can rest assured that facilities are getting the needed amount for proper cleaning and disinfecting.

  4. Use low foaming and/or no-rinse products. It will save time and water.

  5. Choose the right product for the job. Are you sure you and your team are using the right product? Perhaps re-evaluate your approach.

  6. Prioritize training: Educate your team to optimize water and product conservation. Train, train, train.

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