Cleaning is the procedure of removing harmful materials, including airborne bacteria, infectious particles, and various contaminants, from an environment or object. It is necessary because many pollutants are harmful or can be considered hazardous to people who may be exposed to them. Cleaning usually occurs in several different contexts. In some instances, it involves the removal of waste materials and in other cleaning (kuizen) cases, it is the disposal of these same materials.
Cleaning is needed in industries and other large establishments because dirty work areas create a breeding ground for bacteria. Dirty surfaces also create conditions that make it difficult for bacteria to grow or multiply. As well as being unpleasant to work on, bacteria left on the surfaces of work stations or other surfaces like kitchen and flooring can create unpleasant odors and can also attract insects. Cleaning is therefore required to remove these bacteria or their eggs and to keep the work surroundings clean and healthy.
As an example, when cleaning drains and sinks at a construction site, green cleaning procedures are used where there are abrasive materials like sawdust, tile shavings, or oil-based paints that are difficult to remove by using conventional cleaning methods. Some parts cleaning is also done in this case, as part of an effort to keep these parts dry. For drains, a special drain cleaner that contains low levels of abrasives soothes and removes the oils and debris from the drainage and allows it to be flushed away. In this process, an abrasive material is usually chosen that will not wear off or damage delicate surfaces.
In another context, green cleaning might be called ‘contaminated soil’ or ‘contaminated ground’. This term refers to those surfaces that contain organic materials, as well as those containing and bacteria, which are unable to be cleaned through standard soil treatments. The term contaminates can refer to anything from human feces to chemicals or pesticides that have entered the surface through either an injection or an aerosol spray.
Here’s another pro tip: many of today’s most popular industrial disinfectants are in fact organics. So, if you’re dealing with highly contaminated soils or contaminated water, look for the word biocompatible. These disinfectants will kill germs and bacteria without releasing toxic fumes into the air. The more biocompatible disinfectants in use, the better off you’ll be.
Finally, another key point to keep in mind is that some forms of industrial cleaning require the employment of steam sterilizers. These sterilizers work by drying up the dirt and grime that penetrate your surfaces, whether they be floors or walls. To sanitize these surfaces, use a sanitizer that contains trisodium phosphate, calcium hypochlorite, or potassium sorbate. These disinfectants break down the bacteria and germs on contact, preventing them from reproducing.