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  • 18 Aug 2018 5:14 PM | Kelly Hornback

    Here at Intec Building Services, we plan on implementing a GREEN cleaning program both for the safety and overall health of our customers, employees and the environment. Being in the janitorial business for over 35 years, experience and research has proved that cleaning chemicals are loaded with toxins and can produce harmful effects to individual’s overall health and to our environment. 

    Many common cleaning chemicals such as general purpose cleaners, Windex, oven cleaners and even simple air fresheners can cause lung and eye irritation, headaches, dizziness, shortness of breath, burning of the skin, cancers and can poison humans, animals and plants.  Said chemicals will ultimately end up in our rivers and streams causing irreversible effects on our environment.  

    Here at Intec, we strive to be a socially and environmentally friendly and responsible company, which is why we are choosing to go GREEN!

    Find Green Cleaning Professional Companies Here!

  • 18 Aug 2018 10:08 AM | Kelly Hornback

    Are you interested in a professional and environmentally friendly company to handle your janitorial, construction and specialty cleaning needs?  Intec Building Services is committed to providing an excellent cleaning service and promoting eco-friendly cleaning products.  At Intec, we are your janitorial management solution company where customer satisfaction is not only our goal, but our passion.  Look for us at

  • 17 Aug 2018 6:10 PM | Lakita Lee

    Cleaning house is good for the spirit but it’s not always good for the environment. That’s because many of today’s cleaning products contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which, when inhaled or touched, can harm you and your employees..

    Urine Off Bio-pro bathroom cleaner spray:

    Urine off is formulated with specialized enzymes and bacteria that break down urine (and other bodily discharges) that cause odors and stains in bathrooms. Ideal for tubs, tile, grout, toilet, sink, floor and walls. No harsh chemicals. Especially useful in homes where incontinence, pets or “poor aim” are a problem. If they can hit it, Urine off can get rid of it.

    Lemi Shine Multi-Purpose Appliance Cleaner:

    An Eco-friendly way to clean the interiors of appliance like washers, dishwashers and garbage disposals. Made with powerful citric extracts, it is non-toxic, biodegradable and phosphate-free.

    Eco-Egg Laundry Egg:

    Wash clothes without detergent or soap! The Laundry Egg contains two types of pellets: tourmaline ceramic pellets that weaken the bond between dirt and fabric and mineral pellets that lift dirt away. One egg lasts 720 washes and requires adding some new mineral pellets every 72 washes. Dermatologically tested, it contains no harsh chemicals and is perfect for babies or people with sensitive skin. The fragrance-free Laundry Egg is supported by the National Eczema society.

    Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Lemon Verbena Multi-Surface Cleaner:

    This cleaner combines plant-derived ingredients and essential oils for a natural way to get rid of kitchen messes and bathroom odors. It’s great on all non-porous surfaces such as finished wood and tile floors, countertops, walls, porcelain, bathroom fixtures, sealed natural and synthetic stone. Plus, it’s made in the USA.

    Mrs. Meyers Surface Scrub, Lemon Verbena:

    Tackle grimy surfaces throughout your home or business with this non-scratching powder. Contains no chlorine or phosphates. Made with a naturally safe ash and oxygen bleach, it’s great on tile, stainless steel, professional cookware, porcelain fixtures and more.

    Simply Floored Hardwood Floor Cleaner:

    Simply Floored safely cleans and restores shine to hardwood, ceramic tile, stone, bamboo, vinyl, laminate and other sealed floors. No rinsing, no residues.

    Better Life Toilet Bowl Cleaner:

    Naturally powered by plant extracts, this toilet bowl cleaner removes stubborn stains and deodorize as it cleans. It’s thick, so it clings to the surface for effective cleaning. Safe for septic tanks and waterways.

    Pumie Toilet Bowl Ring Remover:

    Tackle tough toilet bowl rings with a pumice stone. Safe for porcelain, it removes rings with just a bit of elbow grease. “Toilet bowl rings are tough. This product wipes them out.

    Bamboo Perforated Towels:

    These towels can be hand-rinsed up to 100 times, drastically reducing paper towel consumption and waste. So tough they function like cloth, bamboo towels can handle scrubbing and cleaning tasks all over the house, from greasy cooktops to grungy tubs. Made from sustainable and renewable sources, they leave minimal or no imprint on the earth at the end of the product life cycle.

    E-Cloth Window Cleaning pack:

    Microfiber on steroids — that’s how we describe ecloth. Its super absorbent fibers tackle dirty windows with just water, no chemicals! Get lint-free, streak-free, sparkling windows and save trees at the same time. Each cloth is good for up to 300 washings — that means a lot of clean windows!

    Scrub Daddy:

    Scrubs clean without scratching wood, plastic, stainless steel, cast iron, non-stick coatings or glass. It rinses clean and debris-free, too, so it doesn’t develop odors. It has a hard texture in cold water for tough scrubbing and a soft texture in warm water for gentle cleaning.

    Skoy Eco-Friendly:

    Another way to eliminate paper waste in the home or business, a single Skoy cloth replaces up to 15 rolls of paper towels and is 100 percent biodegradable. Skoy Cloth can be used like cloth for cleaning, yet it is more absorbent (it absorbs 15 times its weight). Plus, it dries quickly to prevent the growth of bacteria. Reusable, it is safe for the dishwasher, washer and dryer.

  • 17 Aug 2018 1:43 PM | Matthew Bompane

    Any effective and professional commercial cleaning company will depend on a variety of different chemicals and procedures to get the job done. However, some of these chemicals, such as disinfectants, cleansers, and strippers used by these companies have been proven to be toxic and dangerous to both cleaning staff and building occupants. A good janitorial company recognizes the impact of using these chemicals and takes great precaution to avoid and mitigate the dangers associated with each.

    One such danger of the use of cleaning chemicals, strippers, and disinfectants is inhalation. Aerosol is the process when a liquid turns into a gas and goes airborne [1]. An common example of this occurrence in regard to chemical utilization is spray bottles. When a spray bottle is filled with a disinfectant or cleaning material, lets say bleach or ammonia to be sprayed on toilets, the chemical is disbursed into the air, making anyone in the vicinity exposed through breathing it. Inhalation of toxic chemicals can lead to respiratory issues, lower IQ’s, memory problems, thyroid issues, and birth defects [2].

    Another such danger of using toxic chemicals, and by toxic we mean anything containing, phthalates, perchloroethylene, or butoxyethanol [3] among others, is that these chemicals are susceptible to improper mixture. Since most companies must mix solutions manually, it takes a trained professional to properly measure, read the label, and adjust chemical concentration properly. Mixing the wrong type of chemicals together or too strong of a concentration of one chemical or the other, can lead to disastrous results, not only in terms of asset preservation but in terms of staff and occupant health. In most cases, dangerous and toxic chemicals will directly affect indoor air quality.

    On a brighter side, there are many advantages and benefits to utilizing a green cleaning program. Companies today both commercial and janitorial, as well as many mainstream consumers, are waking up to the fact that they want safe, toxic-free, and sustainable environments both for their homes and for their business. The emergence of green clean technology and products on the market in the past 15 years is direct proof of this [4]. With a green cleaning program, there are many benefits to using safer chemicals and cleaning procedures. The biggest is that it will improves health and well being.

    Reducing the exposure to toxic chemicals both for staff and occupants elevates health and well being. Symptoms and problems from the direct and indirect exposure of harmful chemicals is drastically reduced with safer, alternative, and green cleaning products. There are many facility managers today interested in the benefits of increase indoor air quality and the use of green chemicals and procedures helps them accomplish this goal. The use of safer chemicals also has many social impacts as well. Many customers demand a safer, cleaner, and healthier environment and companies want to avoid lawsuits created from mold or inhalation problems [5].

    The use of green cleaning chemicals and technology is a superior method to ensure the health, wellbeing, and safety of all building occupants including janitorial staff. We have come a long way and many of the old methods are unsafe and seriously outdated. Organizations demand green facilities that will help improve their image and sustainability, and occupants demand higher standards in clean such as mold and allergen free environments as well as good air quality. The industry has come a long way and still has much technology and innovation to utilize in the future.

    For a list of green clean service providers, go here:







  • 16 Aug 2018 11:30 AM | Roger Morgans

    Finding a reputable company to furnish mold remediation services can be a daunting task for any facility. The IJCSA directory located at is the best place to start. You'll find companies like Morgans Cleaning & Property Management of Wilkes-Barre, PA, professionals fully equipped and trained to meet any need.

    IJCSA compiles professionals serious about their work and committed to quality. Flood damage, mold growth, and general cleanliness can pose serious risks for facilities and employees, and you'll want a certified flood damage & restoration company to help.

  • 15 Aug 2018 5:05 PM | Johnathan Pearson

    The importance of bloodborne pathogen knowledge lies between severe sickness and or death. To stress this topic will ensure safety of all  cleaning employees and staff. Having every member of your team armed with knowledge is the best defense. Knowing that all staff are adhering to all protective practices is the best offense.

    Universal precaution will not protect an employee with a lack knowledge of how to protect and prevent themselves from pathogenic microorganisms. All elements of protective practices, such as equipment safety, using disposable safety wear, not consuming food or beverage, not allowing bodily fluids to come in contact with carriers, and lastly never compress bags for "sharps", will prevent accidents and maintain a safe working environment. 

    As an employer it is the companies responsibility to uphold and execute all OSHA requirements. Expectations of proper procedure being followed should an employee be exposed consist of, filling out all required documents as well as keeping the information files for three years after the exposure. It is the companies goal to provide a safe and healthy work environment.

    More On IJCSA Bloodborne Certification Here

  • 15 Aug 2018 3:32 PM | Roger Morgans

    Partnering with Morgans Cleaning & Property Management opens the door to the new world of Green alternatives in the janitorial industry.

    We are experts in the field, and now Green Certified by the International Janitorial Cleaning Services Association, which means you can be confident that in addition to finding the best program for your facility we can do it with the best chemical alternatives available.

    Find Us In The IJCSA Certified Green Cleaning Directory

  • 15 Aug 2018 3:25 PM | Roger Morgans
    IJCSA's Green Cleaning Directory is an excellent resource for anyone concerned with the harmful short and long term effects of traditional cleaning chemicals.

    Even areas with heavy traffic can now be cleaned without such chemicals.

    To complicate things further, as reported in the Environmental Working Group's "Cleaners Hall of Shame" report, only 7% of cleaning solutions even adequately disclose their own ingredients. That means in addition to the known concerns there is no way to tell what other issues they may be causing.

    Chemicals in standard cleaners have been found to irritate the skin, causing rashes and even chemical burns. Contact with the eyes can be devastating.

    Others are harmful even when not touched directly. The study found that 53% of all cleaners tested contained lung-harming ingredients and carcinogens.

    Natural and eco-friendly alternatives have been shown to perform as good or better under most circumstances, making the choice to go green an easy one for most conscientious companies and facilities.

    Find Your Certified Green Cleaning Service Here

  • 15 Aug 2018 3:05 PM | Roger Morgans

    As companies large and small grow more environmentally conscious, it is important to adapt and provide services their culture finds acceptable and beneficial.

    Green Certification and implementation of green strategies can improve worker safety and health, cut down on the costs of missed time due to illness and accidents, and benefit the community as a whole.

    Green Certified companies show a care for their surroundings and future generations and a commitment to safety and customer satisfaction. 

    The IJCSA Green Certified Directory is filled with just such companies, like Morgans Cleaning & Property Management of Wilkes-Barre, PA.

    Our trained professionals are experts at developing green solutions on any scale, from bio-friendly chemicals to the cutting edge technology of using electrically converted water in our top of the line scrubbers.

  • 15 Aug 2018 2:56 PM | Roger Morgans

    Searching for all-natural alternatives to the harsh chemicals of yesterday can be a daunting task. Even the best performing bio-based solutions are only as good as the team using them. 

    This is why it is essential to find the right partner for your operational and environmental goals. A good place to start is IJCSA's Green Service Directory at 

    Sourcing planet-friendly products and processes is only half the battle - implementing them can be an overwhelming task. You'll want the reliable and conscientious professionals like IJCSA member Morgans Cleaning & Property Management.

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