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  • 23 Sep 2018 7:38 AM | Jillian DeAnnuntis

    Knowing about BloodBorne Pathogens and taking universal precautions to protect yourself against them can be the difference between life and death. Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause diseases in humans such as Hepatitis B (HPV), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and Hepatitis C (HCV) just to name a few.

    There are many diseases and illnesses that anyone working in the cleaning industry is exposed to on a daily basis. Always following Universal Precautions is a very important part of keeping safe while on the job. Wearing personal protective equipment such as vinyl gloves, eye goggles, and face masks are one of these protective practices that ensure safety.

    Preventing or reducing contact with bloodborne pathogens for myself and others is the main goal. By properly educating and training each staff member on taking Universal Precautions at all times we can provide a safe environment for everyone. A written exposure control plan is also an important part of ensuring we are prepared for an emergency. Being informed and educated on the hazards of bloodborne pathogens and taking the necessary precautions to prevent any exposure to them is all the difference between being accidentally infected with a deadly disease while on the job or a fully safe and controlled work environment.

  • 22 Sep 2018 9:13 PM | Jillian DeAnnuntis

    Good customer service is one of the most important things a company can provide to its clients. Being able to listen to a customers needs or issues and address them in a timely and professional matter is essential for the success of any cleaning service company. 

    Members of the International Janitorial Cleaning Service Association (IJCSA) like GME Cleaning Solutions, receive customer service certifications. This teaches us how to put customers first and always make customer service a priority. To find a cleaning service provider certified in customer service go to http://www.ijcsa.org/Find-A-Cleaning-Service-Janitorial-Service.

  • 22 Sep 2018 8:29 AM | Tommy Nguyen

    As you walk into your own facility, you may think that there is nothing better than to tell yourself "This place smells amazing". This is exactly what you would expect people to say when you use green products. Not only does your place have a fresh smell, but you are also saving and protecting the environment. 

    We all live in world where pollution exists and chemicals are killing our environment and our bodies. With that being said, it feels so much better knowing that you are helping the environment and saving lives all by just using green products. 

    Green products will do the same thing, if not better than regular chemicals. We should all find a way to implement green products into our services in order to help better the experience of our clients. Take a look at Green Cleaning Service Directory for many different Green Cleaning Options!

  • 21 Sep 2018 1:05 PM | Yanira Morales
    In the modern world, climate change and environmental preservation has more importance and prevalence than ever before. As people are beginning to see the consequences of pollution both in the environment as a whole and in their own personal health, it has become important for janitorial services, such as those found here, to address the concerns of maintaining cleanliness without sacrificing eco-friendliness or health.

    Yanan Eco-Friendly Cleaning Services is located in an area whose culture has emphasized conservation and green living for years. As such, clients looking for cleaning services know the value of green cleaning. With green cleaning certification and the knowledge afforded to us from it, our business can address these issues successfully.

    But green cleaning goes beyond business; it helps reduce our impact on the environment. Standard industrial cleaners contain chemicals that will inevitably end up in our oceans or our trash fills and negatively impact the planet. Ammonia, a chemical found in many industrial and household general cleaners, adds nitrogen to the environment, which can have toxic effects on plants, fish, and animals. Alkyl benzene, commonly found in surface cleaners, is very slow to biodegrade and produces carcinogens and reproductive tocins like benzene during the manufacturing process. Phosphorus, which can be found in toilet bowl cleaners, can upset the balance of water-based ecosystems. Nitrogen, phosphorus, and ammonia have all been labeled as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) by the EPA, which both attributes to smog and negatively impacts local ecosystems.

    Our health, too, can improve with the implementation of green cleaning. Natural cleaning solutions and eco-friendly products tend to be less harsh than standard chemicals, which have been found by the EPA to irritate the lungs, eyes, and skin upon exposure. People with asthma especially can be affected by the harsh fumes and smells. VOCs, the EPA has found, can also impact indoor air quality and expose businesses and homes to higher levels of pollutants. Switching to green products will improve the health of both our team and our clients.

    Click here to find a green cleaning service near you.

  • 21 Sep 2018 8:43 AM | Lisa Perry
     My co-workers and I would benefit greatly from having a mold cleaning program at our workplace. 


    There has been more than one occasion where the a/c system has stopped working in a bldg. w/o us knowing and has remained off for quite a few days.  During that time, the humidity has gotten so high that mold has been able to flourish.

    A mold cleaning program would help us determine and implement the correct remediation procedure.  That way we can remediate the area as effortlessly and quickly as possible so as not to too severely disrupt our already tight schedule.

    Find A Professional Mold Cleaning Service Here

  • 19 Sep 2018 10:21 AM | Jillian DeAnnuntis

    Using Eco-friendly or “Green” Cleaning Products and techniques to Clean is not only beneficial for my clients and their families and pets, but it also benefits myself, my employees and the environment. Green cleaning companies are committed to using only the safest products and most efficient cleaning methods. More and more people are becoming aware of the harmful chemicals found in most common household cleaners and are turning to Green Cleaning products and methods.

    There are many benefits to being a Green Cleaning Certified company. Using a Green Cleaning program reduces exposure to toxic chemicals. This is proven to reduce the risk of asthma and allergies. It improves the overall indoor air quality by reducing airborne dust and chemicals. This will reduce sick time for me and my staff as well as my clients and increase work performance.

    By implementing high efficiency Green Cleaning methods, overall cleaning costs can be reduced increasing my bottom line. It includes improved training programs that stress safety which reduces work place accidents and injuries. Regular and improved maintenance of powered cleaning equipment which ensures equipment is always working efficiently. 

    Being IJCSA Green Cleaning Certified lets my customers know that I am committed to reducing their exposure, and the environment, from toxic chemicals and reduce waste. For these reasons I received my Green Cleaning Certification thru The International Cleaning Service Association (IJCSA). The IJCSA provides a list of Certified Green Cleaning Companies in different areas. The link is http://www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services.


  • 18 Sep 2018 9:48 AM | Roger Morgans

    The environmental footprint of the janitorial industry has been long overlooked. Just as we have obligations to our clients and employees, we also have even deeper obligations to our communities and environment.

    "Green" chemicals and procedures have advanced to a point where they perform as well or better than their harsher and less safe counterparts and are becoming more competitively priced. This means as we embrace the changes we can depend on safer, cleaner facilities and work spaces.

    Find Your IJCSA Certified Green Cleaning Company Here

  • 17 Sep 2018 10:07 AM | Jillian DeAnnuntis

    Many cleaning products and chemicals that are not green certified contain toxic ingredients that can be harmful to your health and the environment. The purpose of green cleaning products and methods is to protect and promote health, while also reducing the negative effects on the environment. When you use many cleaning products, “harmful chemicals are being released into the environment,” says Leslie Reichert, author of “Joy of Green Cleaning”. Not great for you and the people around you to breathe in. 

    Green cleaning products help decrease harmful air and water pollution, ozone depletion, and global climate change because green cleaning products do not include toxic chemicals that regular cleaining products do.All-natural green cleaning has been shown to reduce health problems that are associated with allergens, chemical sensitivities and contaminants. This includes mold and bacteria. Studies have shown that spraying a household cleaner just once a week increases a persons chance of getting asthma. 

    Using green products that are all-natural are known to increase worker satisfaction, improve employee morale, reduce absenteeism, promote productivity and efficiency. Green cleaning methods Improve training programs by stressing safety and cleaning procedures. This reduces injuries to custodial staff and Worker’s Compensation Claims. 

    Other benefits of using Eco-Friendly cleaning methods include reducing chemical consumption and the number of chemicals needed. Promoting better inventory management of supplies and equipment, resulting in more efficient and better-planned procurement of goods. Also, using green cleaning products won’t damage surfaces over time like traditional cleaners can. 

    There are many benefits of using natural green products versus everyday cleaning products. It’s no wonder more and more people are turning to Green Certified cleaning products and eco-friendly cleaning methods. For a list of providers in your area the IJCSA has compiled a list of their service members who are Certified Green Cleaning Companies. You can find a provider at http://ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services 


  • 15 Sep 2018 4:39 PM | Jillian DeAnnuntis

    GME Cleaning Solutions care about the health of our staff, our clients and their families as well as the environment. We are proud to be a Certified Green Cleaning Service Company and members of the International Janitorial Cleaning Service Association. 

    We implement a three-step Green Cleaning Program to ensure we are doing our part to keep us all safe. These three steps include first using only eco-friendly cleaning products to reduce being exposed to toxic chemicals harmful to us and the environment. Second step in our program is to provide extensive training to our staff emphasizing safety Reducing workplace injuries. The final step includes using the most efficient cleaning practices and equipment to reduce waste and chemical use.

    GME Cleaning Solutions is ready to provide your home or office with Green Cleaning Services! You can find out about all other services we provide and schedule a Cleaning online at www.gmeclean.com. For more information about the International Janitorial Cleaning Service Association go to www.ijcsa.org. We look forward to hearing from you soon! 

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