Green janitorial services are the perfect high-end, cost-effective solution necessary for the ongoing success of art atelier initiatives.
Green Janitorial Services for Affordable Art Design Studios
The three primary cleaning and health challenges facing art design studios are:
- Indoor air quality due to multiple factors, including chemicals used in the artistic process.
- A clean, professional appearance, both inside and out, especially for reclaimed historical buildings, and;
- The cost of ongoing service and upkeep.
Green cleaning chemicals and processes efficiently resolve all of these challenges.
- Green cleaning products are eco-friendly and do not vent additional Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) into the air, creating a highly toxic and dangerous working environment.
- The tools used by green janitorial vendors, specifically microfiber, have been shown to perform at or above the level of conventional practices, in less time, while eliminating waste, and reducing costs in multiple areas.
Art Studios and Indoor Air Quality
A studio’s primary concern will be the health and safety of their tenants and employees.
Due to the volatile nature of the compounds used in many modern artistic processes, such as oil painting and ceramics, there is a very high likelihood that the air quality inside of an average studio ranges from potentially dangerous to highly toxic, depending on ventilation, safety precautions, and length of exposure.
The short-term effects of VOC exposure are typically limited to irritation of the eyes, throat, and nose, as well as temporary respiratory issues.
The long-term effects of ongoing exposure, while poorly documented outside of commercial environments, can be deadly.
A report commissioned by an Ohio art studio from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found;
- One employee had a full-shift, PBZ silica exposure that was at the NIOSH recommended exposure limit of 0.05 milligrams per cubic meter.
- Silica samples collected during high dust-generating tasks exceeded the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienist’s excursion limit.
- CO levels exceeded the NIOSH ceiling limit of 200 parts per million during forklift use, and;
- The air was not well mixed throughout the facility.
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Conventional cleaning chemicals compound the issue of indoor air quality by venting additional hazardous chemicals into the environment, leading to an indoor organic pollution level that has been tested at 2 to 5 times higher than the levels outside of the same building.
This can lead to a potentially deadly environment if certain chemicals, specifically limonene, commonly found in household aerosols and cleaners, are mixed with high levels of indoor ozone; triggering a chemical reaction that produces formaldehyde in the air.
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The Cost of Clean
We have, in the past, discussed the financial consequences of a poorly cleaned and maintained office space, specifically;
- Loss of customer business due to poorly maintained facilities, and;
- Employee absenteeism due to work-related illnesses and the resulting loss of productivity.
A lack of presentable cleanliness will be especially problematic for a smaller studio boasting a display gallery while attempting to cater to a more affluent client base.
- The showroom must be immaculate and free of dust and other odors.
- Facilities and lavatories must be thoroughly sanitized and well provisioned, and;
- The external facade, walkways, and parking structures for studios, especially those in reclaimed, historical sections of town, must present a clean, professional appearance at all times.
The purpose of atelier art studios is to provide a cost-effective alternative to commercially available design space.
Green janitorial services complements this focus by:
- Lowering long-term purchasing and shipping costs through the acquisition and storage of concentrated, environmentally safe cleaning products.
- Reducing the amount of time required to fully sanitize an office though the use of microfiber and HEPA-based technologies.
- Eliminating the use of chemicals that affect employee and tenant health, cognitive function, and productivity.
- Lowering operational costs by significantly reducing water and gas (hot water) usage (microfiber requires fewer bucket changes and is effective with warm water), and;
- Aligning with socially responsible and ecologically sustainable business practices that could lead to tax incentives, rebates, and deductions.
Green Cleaning Tips
- Educate all staff, visitors, and tenants regarding the chemicals used in the construction of the building, especially if it was reclaimed, historic property, as well as in the daily creative process.
- Make Material Safety Data Sheets available for easy public consumption.
- Ensure proper respiratory equipment is provided and that all safety regulations are adhered to.
- Have the air tested to ensure an adequate level of ventilation is occurring.
- Implement an HEPA-based HVAC filtration system.
- Dust daily from the top, down, and vacuum the floors after closing with a high-efficiency, HEPA filtered system.
- Ensure all hazardous chemicals are properly disposed of.
- Use microfiber mops and towels to clean up chemical spills immediately to prevent damage to the studio, as well as the potentially dangerous gassing of hazardous chemicals.
- DO NOT use any product containing limonene.
- Consult with a certified green janitorial vendor, experienced in facilities maintenance and property management, to develop a cost-effective strategy that reduces or eliminates financial and natural resource waste.
References & Resources
- Minnesota Street Project
- Safety Guide for Art Studios
- Essential Guidelines for a Safe and Healthy Pottery Studio
- Oil Painting in Educational Settings: A Guide to Studio Safety
- Volatile Organic Compounds’ Impact on Indoor Air Quality
Maintaining a clean, healthy working environment is mandatory for the prosperous future of any art studio.
The most important aspect of maintaining a profit-forward modern studio is ensuring the high-quality of indoor air, and one of the primary means by which this can be accomplished is through the elimination of VOC emitting cleaning products.
Cleanliness also plays a key factor in appearance and curb appeal, especially for studios catering to high-dust creation processes, such as pottery design.
Green janitorial services produce an equivalent-to-superior level of cleanliness without the use of VOC creating toxic chemicals, at a lower total cost of investment for ongoing maintenance, than conventional practices and products.
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