Taking a healthy and environmental approach to cleaning your hotel will make your guests and staff more comfortable, and will save you money. Environmental cleaning techniques apply to laundry, dusting and vacuuming, and the avoidance of harmful chemicals in your housekeeping procedures or cleaning services.
It is unnecessary to use harsh chemicals to clean sheets and towels. Baking soda boosts the effectiveness of laundry detergent, and vinegar in the rinse cycle works well to soften the wash, without leaving a telltale odor. For stains, a product called StainSolver works very well.
Dusting and vacuuming can stir up as much dust and dirt as they trap if you use the wrong equipment. Use a dust cloth that "captures" the dust it comes in contact with, so that it's not just spreading the dust around. Vacuums need to not only get the dirt out of the carpeting, but also to keep the dirt and dust contained. A good HEPA filter will go a long way to making the vacuuming process effective.
Many cleaning products are as harmful to the people using them as to the "germs" being fought. Often cleaning products are heavily perfumed, causing discomfort to many people breathing the resulting air. These cleaning supplies cause air pollution problems, allergic reactions, and even harm surfaces like carpet, furniture, and fabrics. There are natural cleaning products on the market that clean well without causing harm.