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  • 14 Nov 2018 8:40 AM | Kellie Turner

    http://www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services

                    When it comes to finding a green cleaning service for your home or company, there are quite a few things to consider and look for. Among the long list of things to look for there is making sure the company is certified, that it isn’t a greenwashing company, they are bonded and insured, they are committed to being green, and they know how to answer all your questions.

                    It is reassuring to make sure the company you are interested in hiring is certified. There are a lot of companies out there that claim to be certified, so it’s best to find out the certification process. One great one to look out for is the Green Seal’s GS-49 Standard. Companies that have this seal use healthy types of tools, processes, products and techniques. The requirement for this certificate is the company’s owners and employees must finish 8 hours of training annually. Making sure the company isn’t greenwashing is important to know before hiring. The best way to go about finding this out is by inquiring about their material safety data sheets. Professional cleaning companies are required by Occupational Safety and Health administration (OSHA) to have safety data sheets.

                    Although not exclusive to green cleaning companies, making sure they are bonded and insured gives you protection in case something goes wrong. Their insurance company will be responsible for covering financial losses, not you.  Look for content that specifies the company’s chemistry and describes their processes to make sure they are committed to being green, if the company is committed to being green they will use products and chemicals that are non-toxic. Give the company you are interested in hiring a call and ask all your questions. Questions like, how long have you been in business, do you train all your employee’s in green cleaning, what products do you avoid using and why, do you have certifications, or what kids of tools do you use? All these questions plus more if you feel you need to ask them are great questions to learn more about the company. If they can answer your questions and you feel comfortable with your answer, then you are ready to switch to green cleaning.

    Find IJCSA Certified Natural Green Cleaning Services Here


  • 14 Nov 2018 6:35 AM | Roxanne Crockett

      Our company is honored and privileged to be IJCSA Green Cleaning Certified.  We can now be productive in our environment by becoming eco-friendly.  Our customers will benefit from better environmental and air quality as well as productivity.  

      We use only green cleaning products!  Our company use several green sealed certified products. For window cleaning, we use a product called "bio-renewable".   We use a foam hand soap that is green certified.  We also use "Spartan Xcelente" as a floor care disinfectant. These products will be used in all of our accounts. 

      We plan on ensuring that all of our employees are green certified and implementing the processes efficiently and effectively.   

    Find Green Cleaning Certified Companies Here

  • 13 Nov 2018 1:02 PM | Andrew Johnson

    Salutation, 

    This post is in regard to IJCSA Members and the value of customer service. IJSCA has many program courses and certificates including one primary certificate that is for customer service. IJCSA Members must watch videos and engage in communicating with new members with respect to customer service. There is also an extensive exam at the end to test the knowledge of the exam taker. IJCSA clearly has customer service high on their list of priorities so member companies can satisfy their customers with service that is respectful, proper, and polite. 

    Find Cleaning Companies That Are Customer Service Certified Here

  • 13 Nov 2018 8:58 AM | Juliet Davison

    Walking through a local grocery store one cant help but notice the changes that the major chain stores are making towards offering Greener options to almost everything. Stores are motivated by consumers sales and manufacturers price points. This leads me to assume that we are all buying smarter and healthier products everyday. This is very good news indeed, If the typical shopper only knew about the risks when using window cleaner or oven cleaner etc, would any of us ever buy it again? 

    As the common family starts to move towards a safe and less toxic environment to live in I'm encouraged by the options being offered that are recycled or biodegradable. Many of the products that we come into contact with daily are toxic or known to cause cancer. Why would anyone pay for that type of exposure when we have safe options. The health risks are real, the effects are dangerous and deep down you know this. Every-time you hold your breath while cleaning the oven or put on gloves when washing the floor you know that this is something about that product that is harmful to your body.  

    Its time to give something new a try. If you already haven't tried that new window cleaner that is refillable and is a reusable bottle maybe now is the time? I know that my housekeeper used it with some newspapers to wash the windows and I have never seen them SO clean! 

    Did you know that 1/2 Cup of White Vinegar and a gallon of water is another wonderful window wash?  It also strips old wax off your floors and deodorizes. Vinegar is not the only pantry star that will change your cleaning life. Baking soda is laundry's best friend! Brighter, Whiter and smelling fresh Sodium Bicarbonate has been used for years to handle the washing. It is a great alternative to the synthetic laundry cleaners available that have harmful and toxic chemicals in them. 

    People with sensitive skin recognize the threat and often are among the first to switch to a natural product. I know for me it was the birth of my Son. I wanted to make all his food myself from Raw fresh ingredients. I didn't want any chemicals to taint his little new body. This was a enormous and daunting task that I was not prepared for. While I was successful in some areas like laundry detergent, foods, shampoos etc. It was impossible for me to keep him away from harsh chemicals once I went back to work. In my small town, excellent daycare were limited and definitely not Green. 

    I encourage all of you to join me in doing our part to limit our use of chemicals in our work and homes. Try taking baby steps and replace items as you run out of them. While at work find out what products are used to clean and make sure that they are safe for you and your co workers to use. Educate your coworkers on the benefits of going Green and removing the risk of toxic or dangerous chemicals in your workplace and in our homes.  

    IJCSA Green Cleaning Service Directory

  • 13 Nov 2018 8:43 AM | Kellie Turner

    It is extremely important for cleaning employee’s and staff to know about bloodborne pathogens because, if exposed to blood or other bodily fluids they are at risk for serious or life-threatening illness. The definition of bloodborne pathogens is, pathogenic microorganisms that are present in human blood and can cause disease in humans. The pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes AIDS. It is important for anyone who could encounter someone else’s blood to know what to do in that case and how to prevent themselves from contact, because it could save their life.

                    One thing all companies whose employees have a high risk of contact with bloodborne pathogens put an Exposure Control Plan in place. This plan follows all the requirements of OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. The exposure control plan is a written plan to eliminate or minimize occupational exposures.

                                                                      

    For more information check out the website link. http://www.ijcsa.org/Bloodborne-Pathogen-Certification

  • 13 Nov 2018 6:59 AM | Michael Roberts
    Non-certified companies just don't measure up. The knowledge of certified IJCSA professionals well ensure a successful deep-cleaning and sanitizing, regardless of you carpets style, material, condition or age. Certified IJCSA professionals know how to safely clean your carpet whether you have small children or pets at home, during or after their cleaning process,
    by using green cleaning products and techniques they can keep the whole family safe and prevent exposure to harsh chemicals.

    www.ijcsa.org for carpet cleaning directory and cleaning services.

  • 11 Nov 2018 6:35 PM | Kumasi Rayford

    DOES YOUR CARPET NEED CLEANING?  After a long, stressful, hard day at work, the last thing you want to be concerned with is where your feet will step at the end of the day. With that being said, we as an IJCSA certified carpet cleaning companies put our efforts in making sure that your feet stay healthy and free from bacterial diseases that may be gotten through dirt and fungi. We keep your carpets clean and free from moisture; the number one cause for fungal infections. Our products are consumer friendly and cost-effective. We ensure that our products for carpet cleaning have been standardized by the quality assurance team, thus we guarantee you quality in our services. Professionalism is also a part of mission. Become a client, today, by choosing our cleaning service. We assure your safety will begin at home. Carpet Cleaning Directory

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  • 11 Nov 2018 6:07 PM | Lavette Ray

    Ever walked into a building after someone has thoroughly cleaned it ? Smelled that fresh bleach smell. As you look around and see how organized everything is and still that bleach and household cleaning smell. 

    How about ever made the mistake of mixing Bleach with another chemical. Then get this burning in your chest, find it hard to breath? This can come from the harmful chemicals you have mixed together and in most cases the same effects can happen if the chemicals are used separately.

    Which is why most companies provide a go Green or eco Friendly cleaning service. Keeps the air fresh, more productive. Going green is alot healthier than using your everyday products.

    If you are looking for a Green Cleaning Service feel free to check out the IJCSA directory for a green cleaning company near you Green Cleaning Service . Green cleaning is better because at least you don't  have to wear face mask to try and protect your eyes, lungs and waterways .

    So why not go green and receive the same cleaning result as using those household products. Ill be making sure my company is Green Cleaning 

  • 09 Nov 2018 6:29 PM | Kayla Straight

    Did you know washing your hands with antibacterial soap is not any better than washing with regular soap? Frequent use of antibacterial soaps and cleaners can promote bacterial resistances to antibiotics. Which means easier to become sick and harder to get well again. They may even play a roll in messing with your hormonal system and thyroid. All from using a simple cleaning product. We are hit with over 300 toxins before we are even born. If you had a choice would you continue to add to that count?

    Government regulations do not require ingredients to be listed on any cleaning products. Leading a misrepresentation as to what you are really buying and using for your home. Manufacturers are not obligated by U.S. law to list all ingredients in consumer products. Products that are labeled "green" do not necessarily mean they are safer. For example, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a list of products that meet its Safer Choice requirements for cleaning and other needs. They include cleaning products for home and vehicles. it is best to do your research to make sure the Green clean you are aiming for is the one you are getting.  

    There is never a need for harsh chemicals to be used inside our home, offices or even vehicles. Replacing harmful toxic chemicals with non toxic, biodegradable, safe cleaners will greatly reduce the risk of over exposure, diseases, and provide you and your family with better air quality, safer products, purer environment, and cheaper on the dollar. Take the small leap today for a healthier lifetime. 

    To search for a Green Cleaner in your area please click on the link below.

    http://www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services

  • 09 Nov 2018 4:59 PM | Kayla Straight

    We have been asked in the past, what is green cleaning? Can it really help protect us and the environment? Do the products work as well as mainstream cleaners? Implementing green cleaning products and services would not only secure the trust in future clients who prefer these services but will also help those who do ask these questions feel at ease to try a more healthier and safer way to clean. Safety of our staff and clients are a priority. Knowing the product you are using, how to use the effectively and showing the client not only does it work, it is also better for your health as well, This allows for under educated clients to gain a new understanding on the toxins that are emitted through the use of most mainstream brands and the heath affects it could have on their own bodies. 

    How to implement green cleaning into our business we must be knowledgeable of the products that you are using. Which products is for what type of cleaning job and if they really are (on the commercial product side) a green cleaning product. The chemicals which are in the products you must know in order to wean those out that are not true. There are also natural herb and oil cleaner that would be a true green cleaning investment without chemicals at all. Offer the green cleaning services to existing clients and get their feedback on what they liked and didn't like to make adjustments and improvements on the products you use and how you use them. It is a safer, easy to budget and effective way to help all that is around you for a healthier more manageable way to clean.  

    Find Certified Green Cleaning Services Here

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