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  • 19 Jun 2018 7:23 AM | Jacques Geere

    Looking for a professional carpet cleaning company?

    It is easier now, to find a professional carpet cleaning service, by simply visiting the International Janitorial Cleaning Services Association (IJCSA's) Carpet Cleaning DirectoryBy using a IJCSA certified member, you can be rest assured that you will get international standard service at an affordable price. Click on this link to find a carpet and rug cleaner near you.

  • 18 Jun 2018 11:48 PM | Shanda Hakim

    Scrub-All Cleaning service is IJCSA Green Cleaning Certified! We are proud to say we took the necessary steps to protect ourselves, our employees, our customers and our environment. What better way is there to say "Thank you" to a customer than cleaning "green"?

    Scrub-All Cleaning Service is committed to providing green cleaning in the Columbus area. The way we will continue to offer this is by supporting "green" companies that create "green" cleaning agents. Our employees are properly trained to use green and natural products that will keep them safe and healthy as well as our environment. At Scrub-All we realize the risks of not working "green". We want to protect ourselves and others from the harmful affects of chemicals so, we have permanently adopted the standard for our business and plan on sticking with it.

    Scrub-All has offered green and all-natural cleaning since it opened one year ago. It was founded on the idea of supporting healthier lifestyles. many of our clients have shown support and appreciation. Being certified as a "Green Cleaning" business is icing on the cake!

    We can be found on the IJCSA listing at:

  • 18 Jun 2018 9:50 PM | Shanda Hakim

    There are more than 3 million cases of asthma and people with chronic breathing issues in the United States. According to the American Lung Association, past studies show that exposure to chemicals from cleaning supplies lead to occupational and other respiratory illnesses. Cleaning products release dangerous chemicals including volatile organic compounds also known as VOCs. 

    The Environmental Working Group came out with the "Cleaners Hall of Shame List" that includes products that contain harmful chemicals. These chemicals include, carcinogens, asthma instigators and poisons. Ammonia and bleach are on the list containing harmful ingredients that can set these patients into asthma attacks and/or trigger breathing complications. Some of the most popular chemicals we see on the shelves contain the most harmful chemicals. These dangerous chemicals come at a high price.

    Only a small percentage of these cleaners actually disclose the chemicals used in them. The states that 53 percent of these cleaners contain lung harming ingredients. Cancer causing carcinogens such as formaldehyde and chloroform were found in these products. This should be enough to permanently close the door on using harmful chemicals to clean.

     Let's discuss the pros of cleaning "green".

    One of the pros to cleaning "green" is that the products will not cause damage to your surfaces over time such as traditional cleaning products with stronger chemicals. We all know that "green" and natural products are also much safer going down drains as well. We all rinse our used mops and towels after cleaning with cleanser. Green products were made with this in consideration.

    Although all-natural products take a little more effort to clean with, its certainly healthier and far more safe for humans and the environment. Green products are created to be safer for the environment yet support working efficiently and effectively. Using a company that uses and supports "green" is something to be proud of. D what is best for yourself , your family and your employees.

    Find your Green Cleaning Company or All-Natural Company here:

  • 18 Jun 2018 1:35 PM | Lakita Lee

    If your worried about your health and the health of your employees, a competent Green Cleaning program will greatly reduce the exposure to toxic chemicals and improve your indoor air quality by reducing airborne dust and gases that are released by chemicals.

    All american affordable Commercial cleaners is a Green Company. We will continue to learn and observe green cleaning environmental safety practices to lessen water and air pollution thus getting rid of the need to disposal of harmful toxins and chemicals.

  • 17 Jun 2018 11:44 AM | Lee Manseau

    Mainstay Cleaning Services defines “Green Cleaning” as janitorial services that considers and protects the health of the company’s workers, without harming the environment. Green cleaning products and techniques avoid or entirely eliminate the use of chemically toxic products that can have adverse effects on workers, customers, and their surroundings.

    We are proud of our accomplishment in becoming IJCSA Green Cleaning Certified. We are committed to providing the best quality of service while maintaining a high level of safety for our clients. We strive to always learn and keep on top of the latest health and sciences news so we can deliver the best products and services available.

    Mainstay Cleaning Services Green cleaning commitment provides businesses on a daily basis with: Certified non-toxic cleaning products, HEPA Vacuums, EPA recognized disinfectants, Non-ammonia glass and multi-purpose cleaners, Non-alkaline detergents, Steam Cleaning, Advanced energy saving cleaning equipment, Environmentally conscious and knowledgeable staff. 

    We want you to focus on the core competencies of your business, which are generating revenue and building growth, while our focus will be on maintaining a clean and sanitized property using natural green products. By outsourcing your cleaning to Mainstay Cleaning Services you can focus on what’s most important: your employees and your clients.

    Find IJCSA Certified Green Cleaning Services Here 

  • 15 Jun 2018 10:09 PM | Shanda Hakim

    Everyday people are becoming more and more conscientious about their health. Being Green Cleaning Certified gives my business the opportunity to service those that are health conscious and trying to help save our environment. This healthy lifestyle and planet saving movement  has emerged in society and we want to play a major role in it. Targeting this audience will give us the ability to play our role in not only growing our business but to contribute to helping people stay healthy.

    Many people have become aware of the risks of using chemicals in their homes and how dirty the fumes make the air quality. Chemical ingredients in common household products contain many toxins that make us sick. As a professional cleaning service we take the responsibility of providing the best all around service to our clients from working safely and efficiently. best Being Green Cleaning Certified reduces the risks that come along with "traditional" cleaning products.

    Scrub-All Cleaning is dedicated to addressing all aspects of a bona-fide green program. We use color coded cloths to prevent cross-contamination, most of our products are natural, the cleaning products that we use that are not natural are green and stored in recycled material. Our vacuum bags are green and has a 99.9% filtration efficiency. Better filtration means cleaner air and less dust.

    Cleaning services that use green cleaning solutions but do not improve air quality are not fully allowing the customer to benefit from the "green clean". Using a good, green, certified filter will reduce asthma or allergy attacks. 

    Having a green cleaning service that address the aspects of holistic green cleaning methods provide maximum health benefits to the environment and the people in it. 

    Visit to find your GREEN CLEANING SERVICE

  • 15 Jun 2018 10:23 AM | Jacques Geere

    With a IJCSA certified carpet cleaning company I can be rest assured that my valuable upholstery are treated with professionalism and the highest of care. 

    With the thorough procedures of inspecting the materials, pre-treatment and the chemicals used, one can be certain that cleaning will be done at the highest level. 

    Find IJCSA Certified Carpet Cleaning Companies Here

  • 15 Jun 2018 9:37 AM | Jacques Geere


    Vertex CCS is now a trusted green cleaning service vendor which means our customers can be assured that our cleaning methods are eco-friendly and health conscience. We believe cleaning needs to be done properly to keep your premises in top notch condition, but this doesn't have to happen in a harmful way that will hurt mother nature and your health. Trust us to deliver a quality service and make a difference by supporting Green Cleaning today!

    Our Green Cleaning program includes, conducting full audits of our clients current cleaning status that will help to determine where there's room for improvement,. This audit will include determining what cleaning products are used and how cleaning has been done in the past. 

    Once completed, a daily green cleaning plan will be drawn up stating the key ways in which cleaning techniques can be used that are more environmentally friendly. These techniques include the use of 'biodegradable' cleaning products. Micro-fibre cloths and mops can be reused and often used without applying harmful chemicals.  We also use other eco-friendly products e.g. high filtration vacuum cleaners, biodegradable bin bags and non-harmful chemicals. We understand that the best green cleaning program not only consists of products and equipment but well trained staff as well. Working together to preserve our planet and the people that live in it is our best policy.

    Find Other Certified Green Cleaning Services & Us Here

  • 15 Jun 2018 9:18 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    IJCSA Online Cleaning Certification Programs

    Now it`s easy and affordable for you to get certified right from the comfort of your home or office anytime day or night. Online Certification Courses and classes from the International Janitorial Cleaning Services Association are an excellent cost efficient way for you to expand your knowledge and continue your education. 

    All of our cleaning certification programs are included with membership at NO EXTRA CHARGE!    

    Certification is more than just a piece of paper - it shows commitment to your career, personal growth, and dedication to business & industry. Members should never stop learning and certify at their own pace. 

    IJCSA Master Certification (IMC) - The most comprehensive in depth online cleaning and janitorial certification program available today. 250+ questions w/ 110 written essay questions. Verbal oral exam. Average test certification time 4 hours. Average course study time 10 hours. All course materials available online. Must pass all IJCSA certification courses before starting IMC course.  

    Bloodborne Certification (BPC)  Bloodborne Pathogens Certification OSHA I And OSHA II Approved. Are you at risk of exposure? Stay OSHA compliant. As someone who may come in contact with blood, you are required by OSHA to be trained in bloodborne pathogens. OSHA fines for non-compliance can be as high as $70,000. Avoid fines and stay compliant with effective training that will help keep you safe and up to date. Average test certification time 1 hour. Average course study time 1 hour. All course materials available online.

    Mold Inspection & Remediation Services (MIRS)-  Provides members the ability to identify and correct potential mold infestation in a residential home or commercial building. This IJCSA course will provide you with a fundamental knowledge about fungi and the potential health risks of toxic mold. 40 hours as required by law. Average test time 2 hours.  All course materials available online. 

    Carpet Cleaning Certification (CCC) This IJCSA Carpet Cleaning Certification course covers basic to advanced carpet cleaning techniques and will enable you to be confident on every job no matter what the customer asks you or what carpet cleaning challenges are encountered. Training is focused on the green cleaning process along with standard carpet cleaning practices. Covered in this course is how to remove stubborn stains, how to prevent stains from returning, and the techniques to clean all carpet, upholstery & rugs. Average test certification time 2 hours. Average course study time 5-10 hours. All course materials available online.

    Green Cleaning Company Certification (GCC)- Residential and commercial consumers are no longer satisfied with services saying they are green companies. In some commercial situations a certification is required for you to clean their building, so they stay current with their own certification process. Green cleaning is now the most popular choice for service providers based on health and environmental reasons. Average test certification time 1 hour. Average course study time 2-4 hours. All course materials available online.

    Chemical Hazards Certification  (CHC) Improve your understanding of the underlying health and environmental impacts of chemical hazards by reviewing the toxic effects of materials and the basic mechanism of MSDS. Average test certification time 1 hour. Average course study time 2-4 hours. All course materials available online.

    Customer Service Certification (CSC) A company's reputation is only as good as the customer service it provides. Please a customer, and your client base will swell with relatives and neighbors who catch wind of your top-notch service. But upset one, and brace yourself for disaster. Average test certification time 1/2 hour. Average course study time 1 hour. All course materials available online.

    Sign up for these certification courses now >>

  • 15 Jun 2018 6:27 AM | Gurinder Gill

    The harmful effects of everyday cleaning products originate in the ingredients utilized to manufacture the products. The impacts the products have on organisms such as animals and humans. The lack of safety protocols provided when purchasing the products. The dangerous bi-products of inappropriately mixing products. 

    Many cleaning products contain phthalates which produce fragrances. Phthalates have been demonstrated in peer-reviewed research as weak endocrine disruptors. There are multiple exposure routes the main being inhalation and dermal. The main impact of phthalate exposure is reduced male fertility. However, there could be larger environmental impacts due to these products being excreted, not treated in waste management plants, and reaching aquatic life in the receiving environment. A greener choice would be to choose fragrance-free products. 

    Antibacterial agents now commonly found in cleaning products can often become a long-term issue. The concern of our time is the formation of resistant bacteria multiplying in sensitive environments such as healthcare facilities. There are now common strains in such facilities due to the extensive use of antibacterial agents in both cleaning and consumable products. Once resistant strains multiply they can infect immune-compromised individuals and cause resistant infections, to which we have to treatment besides trying multiple antibiotics until we hopefully find one that works, which sometimes is not the case. A better alternative would be to use physical methods along with diluted vinegar solution to eliminate harmful microbes. High temperatures and friction are often adequate methods and a green approach to reducing harmful bacteria from surfaces.

    Ammonia is most dangerous to immediately exposed individuals such as those responsible for cleaning and those present during the cleaning. It is a volatile highly irritating substance. Ammonia will vaporize and be readily inhaled which will irritate the mucous membranes and could cause irreversible damage with long-term exposure. It is also very fast acting in terms of causing irritation, there is not much of an opportunity to rinse an exposure area and avoid damage. There are multiple green alternatives to ammonia including green stain removers and polishes which are the main uses for ammonia. 

    Sodium hypochlorite or bleach is dangerous if it directly comes into contact with the skin or mucous membranes. It can cause chemical burns and irritation very quickly. However, the main concern is if it is mixed with an acidic substance creating chlorine gas. Chlorine gas if inhaled will cause extreme pain and irreversible lung damage. The effects could easily be life-altering and fatal. With many cleaning products containing acidic substances, this could easily happen and has happened in the past. Bleach was often used as a primary disinfectant, however, there are now many safer greener disinfectant alternatives, a simple one being vinegar.

    Phosphates are not directly harmful per say to the human population and will not cause specific issues in building occupants. Phosphates used in detergents and dishwashing products go directly into the aquatic environment. They are not commonly removed through wastewater treatment. They provide a limiting nutrient to algae in the impact water bodies causing algal blooms to grow exponentially year after year. Blooms can then produce toxins which are concentrated by organisms such as oysters and mussels. If humans or animals higher on the food chain consume these contaminated products they can suffer from one of many types of poisoning depending on the specific toxin produced. One of which is paralytic shellfish poisoning, if not treated in time will result in death. It is in our best interest to eliminate the use of phosphate containing detergents, as the foaming aspect does not contribute to the actual efficacy of the product. A green alternative would be phosphate free personal care products, clothing detergent, and dishwashing detergents, all of which are readily available.

    Overall, a green approach is not difficult to implement and is in our best interest as service providers. 

    Find Your Certified IJCSA Green Cleaning Service Here

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