CLEANING AND JANITORIAL SUPPLIES
Switch to microfiber cloths and mops
9. Build Resilient Infrastructure, Promote Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization and Foster Innovation
UN SDG Target
By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities
Level of Effort
Level of Effort Scale
1 -Quick Wins: solution involves adding criteria for the good or service being purchased (ex: certifications), minimal internal process changes.
2 -Long Term Adoption: solution requires some changes to internal processes and/or more capital investment (ex: digital transformation to reduce paper use).
3 – Disruptive Opportunities: requires significant investment and changes to internal processes (ex: retrofitting building)
1. Identify the variety of cloth materials currently being used for janitorial services.
2. Conduct research on the different types of microfiber cloths available in the market (example: standard weave, waffle weave, micro-chenille, microfiber pad, heavy-duty and medium grade).
3. Perform cost analysis to evaluate the economic feasibility to make the switch, as microfiber cloths are expensive but have a longer shelf-life.
4. Research and identify different vendors of microfiber cloths in the market.
Long term cost savings due to higher lifespan of microfiber cloths, reduced need for cleaning chemicals.
Increased safety due to a decline in cleaning chemicals used and reduced water used for cleaning microfiber cloths - microfiber products uses 10 to 20 times less liquid than standard cotton mops (cotton mops use 105 gallons of water to clean 100 rooms while microfiber mops use only 5 gallons of water to clean 100 rooms).
Strategy Build & Execution
1. Based on the cost analysis conducted earlier, determine the level of change incorporated (gradual vs full switch).
2. Based on the analysis done on the different types of microfibers, determine the best option to proceed with various types depending on the purpose (wood, glass, machines, etc.).
3. Select a supplier or check if the existing supplier has the option to provide these cloth materials and establish a contract if required.
4. Explain to the company janitorial department on the sustainability view behind the switch.
5. Provide the department employees training on how to use the microfiber cloths effectively.
Supplier Negotiation & Contract
1. Leverage on the strong relationship with existing suppliers on the discount options for bulk purchases with a variety of choices.
2. Evaluate new products carefully by requesting for certification and product performance reports; assess product safety.
3. Establish a pilot or test period for the new microfiber product.
4. Agree on the quality management of these products with your supplier.
Supplier Performance & Management
1. Record water consumption regularly, cost savings should be evident in your utility costs. Maintain records of purchasing and inventory cost, average inventory level. There should be a decrease in overhead as microfiber products will be replaced less often compared to traditional cotton cleaning equipment.
2. Perform an internal review after the program has been implemented to evaluate the commercial impact of large-scale switch in purchase, and environmental impact through your water usage and overall cleaning chemical purchases.