Promoting Sustainability: Chemical-Free Cleaning for Facility Management

Sustainability has been trending for years now, with no intentions on stopping, and it has become an essential part of modern Facility Management. FM companies are trying to minimise their ecological impact and one of the most breakthrough ways to do this is using chemical-free cleaning. This approach helps to save our planet as well as to enhance significantly health and safety conditions for people working in the buildings and those who clean them.

What is Chemical-Free Cleaning?

Chemical-free cleaning is the practice of cleaning and maintaining facilities using non-toxic and eco-friendly methods. Instead of the harsh chemicals used in conventional cleaning products, they make use of natural ingredients or advanced technology that can deliver an even better outcome in cleaning. Key examples include the use of ozone, electrolysed water, and steam.

The Benefits of Chemical-Free Cleaning

Environmental Protection: Chemical-free cleaning helps to minimise the release of harmful substances into the environment. Traditional cleaning chemicals may pollute water sources and contribute to air pollution. By doing away with these, FM companies greatly reduce their ecological footprint.

Health and Safety: Cleaning chemicals can cause respiratory problems, skin irritation, and other health-related complications not only to the cleaning staff but also to those who occupy the buildings. Cleaner practices that are chemical-free make it safer, help minimise exposure to health risks, and encourage a healthier workplace environment.

Cost Savings: While the initial investment might be seen to be higher, in terms of investments in the chemical-free cleaning technologies, the long-term savings will actually be huge. It will translate from reduced chemical purchases, to lower healthcare expenses occasioned by less ill health, and longer lifespan for surfaces and equipment.

Compliance and Reputation: This approach helps companies in FM adhere to the environmental norms and attain green certification, gaining a positive reputation and a competitive edge with ecologically concerned customers.

Success Story: Real-World Example

Savills Queensgate Case Study – Download Here

Peterborough’s Queensgate Shopping Centre, recently reviewed their cleaning processes to see how they could lessen their carbon footprint by reducing the need of deliveries of chemicals, and so they could improve the environment and air quality at work.

They wanted a truly sustainable option and expressed their interest in Ozoklenz as it ‘ticked all the boxes’ they required to make a real difference in their cleaning at work. It seemed too good to be true that they could eliminate their chemicals and just use Ozoklenz a naturally made product, so they requested a trial to see how it performed.

 The cleaners found it worked outstandingly on glass and stainless steel as well as general surfaces round the shopping centre. We carried out ATP testing on various surfaces from the washroom basins to bins and door handles with all results proving an effective clean. The Queensgate Shopping Centre, run by Savills, trialled Ozoklenz for over one month, and the Soft Services Manager confirmed they were happy with it and it was performing as they required without the need for chemicals.

The total number of chemical substances listed within their COSHH Register has been reduced by 41% as well as being able to save almost 10% of their annual chemicals and consumables budget within 5 years. Savills was delighted to acquire the unit to help them on their journey of sustainability and improving cleaning at work.

Methods and Technologies for Chemical-Free Cleaning

Ozone Cleaning: Ozone generators produce ozone, a powerful oxidising agent that can sanitise surfaces without the need for chemicals. Ozone is produced naturally during thunderstorms. We replicate lightning in our unique Ozoklenz Unit, The Ozo Eco1 and Eco2. Air is passed through a drying chamber and high voltage is applied to the oxygen (O2) creating a reaction that produces ozone gas. This gas is then injected into mains water, making Aqueous Ozone which is then dispensed into your spray bottle, mop bucket, or cleaning equipment.

Long-Term Benefits

Cost Savings

This makes chemical-free cleaning methods relatively cheap in the long run. It is, for instance, much less expensive to use water and electricity to produce ozonated water than it is to purchase chemical cleaning agents. Lower demand for protective equipment, as well as fewer cases of medical treatment for exposure to chemicals, can lead to further savings.

Health Benefits

FM organisations can provide a much safer environment to their employees and building users by removing hazardous chemicals. This does not only decrease absenteeism due to sickness but greatly increases the productivity and satisfaction of all staff.

Industry Standards and Certifications

Adopting chemical-free cleaning helps FM companies meet various industry standards and certifications. Organisations like the International Sanitary Supply Association and the Green Cleaning Network set guidelines and give certifications that validate eco-friendly cleaning practices. Such credentials serve not just to attest that a company has committed to sustainability but also to enhance its marketability.

Supporting Data and Statistics

Chemical-free Cleaning for Sustainability

FM professionals have a unique opportunity to lead the sustainability charge through chemical-free cleaning. In so doing, you save the environment while providing healthy, safe spaces for everyone. It’s high time to make a difference toward a sustainable future. Take a look at chemical-free cleaning solutions today and find out what so many other FM companies are doing to make a difference.


What is chemical-free cleaning? Chemical-free cleaning uses natural or technologically advanced methods to clean without harsh chemicals.

Why should FM companies adopt chemical-free cleaning? It promotes environmental protection, health and safety, cost savings, and compliance with eco-friendly standards.

What are some examples of chemical-free cleaning technologies? Ozone cleaning, electrolysed water, and steam cleaning are popular methods.

Are there cost benefits to chemical-free cleaning? Yes, it leads to long-term savings on cleaning agents, healthcare costs, and maintenance.

How can I start implementing chemical-free cleaning for sustainability in my facility? Research and invest in proven chemical-free cleaning technologies like EnozoPro and Ozo Eco 1/2, and train your staff on sustainable cleaning practices.