Green Cleaning and Your Foreclosure Cleanup Business
Green cleaning is the use of products and methods that are environmentally safe and friendly. It is a process that protects health and that doesn't harm the environment. Generally, products are used that won't make you sick, and the products are made of ingredients that have not harmed a soul. Eco cleaning is kinder, gentler, non-invasive cleaning, if you will.
Fad or Trend?
Every industry has fads and trends, and I, personally, don't believe cleaning green is a fad, but rather an industry trend that has fast-become "mainstream" and an expected option in certain areas of the foreclosure cleanup business industry. On its website, ISSA (The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association) reported, "Green cleaning is arguably the number one trend in our industry and is showing no signs of slowing down."
Green Cleaning Networks
There are whole green cleaning networks out there for which membership is available to give your company validity in the industry. One was mentioned above: ISSA, The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association. ISSA has a whole section on their website dedicated to green cleaning. Another such organization is the Green Cleaning Network. It's a nonprofit whose goal is the sharing of information and ideas, via online discussions, education forums and more in an effort to promote eco-type cleaning to the betterment of humans and the environment.
Should You Offer Green Cleaning?
Should you offer green cleaning as part of your foreclosure cleanup services? Hmmm, that's a personal preference. But I say, in the beginning, use the KISS principle: Keep It Simple Start-up! Besides, you will be concentrating on foreclosure cleanup, and right now, in the REO industry, banks and mortgage companies are concerned with property preservation, security and safety. I don't see them shelling out money on eco-friendly cleaning any time in the near future.
But, if you feel passionately about offering this service, by all means, offer it, tout it, go for it! But perhaps consider starting out offering certain elements of green cleaning instead of marketing your company as a full-fledged green cleaning company. Ordering Products Also, consider ordering your eco-friendly cleaning products from the smaller vendors that don't require a minimum order. This way, you may not have to buy in quantity, but you can still have the necessary products on hand and will be ready to offer "green" as part of your services.