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  • 02 Feb 2018 1:24 PM | Antonio Mason

    Looking to have your facility clean? Don't know where to start?, Call Jemison and Mason, a Certified Green Clean Company, if we can’t help you we will directed you to someone who can. http://www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services


  • 02 Feb 2018 1:22 PM | Antonio Mason

    Jemsion and Mason’s plan on implementing a green clean service program for a proposed facility includes: first looking at the proposed facility and taking in account the size, square footage, and what needs to be done. The next step would be to find out what the facility is being used for and what is the foot traffic of the building. Last a list of cleaning products currently being used, if any, would be collected.

    After gathering this information then a plan can be implemented. Jemison and Mason would collaborate with the owner on types of green cleaning products and the best way to use them and when cleaning should take place.

    Find Us & Other Certified Green Cleaning Services Here


  • 31 Jan 2018 1:20 PM | John Reina

    No one likes a dirty carpet.

    Think it looks clean? Think again. Simply vacuuming your rug and/or carpets is not enough. Carpets trap bacteria, pollutants, and allergens that can only be removed with proper extraction cleaning.

    Plus, everyone loves the feel and smell of a fresh, clean carpet.

    Call an IJCSA certified carpet cleaning company today, and get that clean, CLEAN. Find a service provider near you on the IJCSA website today.

      


  • 31 Jan 2018 11:28 AM | Sasha Kuber

    The harmful effects of using cleaning chemicals compared to using natural green products are proven to be more riskier because of the harsh chemicals and negative affects it can have as opposed to green products that ensure safety. There are pros and cons to everything but overall the likelihood of something going "wrong" will be with chemical driven products than those that do not have it in their products. 

    "There are about 80,000 well documented chemicals commonly used, but there are many, many more in use whose environmental effects have not been studied or tested. These can range from human health to our environment. According to CBS News, unlike the numerous and heavy regulations imposed on food inspection, there is no such governmental regulation on chemical products. In addition, companies are only required to report primary, dangerous first-hand, hazardous chemicals, causing institutions to ignore chemicals with potential long-term effects or even avoid fully reporting all chemical ingredients present in a product (Smith, 2016)."

    A lot of misinformation has to deal with people not being fully aware with what ingredients are being used and what the harmful effects it can cause. If someone is uninformed and just use the first thing they see instead of doing some research and gaining more knowledge into products it can lead to a potential serious situation that could most likely have been avoided. Like mentioned in the material amyl acetate with is used in furniture polish that can attack the nervous system or Butyl cellosolve that is found in all-purpose cleaners and can irritate mucous membranes that attacks the liver and kidney these are just a couple of harmful products that can have serious impact on someone's health. 

    It is important to be aware and informed with every product and equipment being used as to stress the importance of one's health, others around and the environment. 24/7 Commercial Cleaning can be found in the  IJCSA Green Cleaning Directory to ensure the use of natural and safe non-toxic products will be used in services provided. 

    "If you go green, "No longer will there be chemicals absorbed into the skin or breathed in by the person cleaning. Health benefits extend to family members who are no longer breathing in cleaners lingering in the air and sitting on surfaces. Changing to greener methods helps reduce pollution to our waterways and the air and it minimizes your impact on onzone depletion and global climate change with fewer smog-producing chemicals(Weber, 2017)." It provides a healthier and safe environment than that of products with chemicals that most people are unaware of the hazardous side effects it can cause. 

    Like mentioned in the material there are thousands of harmful ingredients in chemical cleaning products and after reading and studying the material provided I will make sure that our services will provide products that are not harmful and dangerous especially now days where there are a lot of great natural and green cleaning products that work just as great if not better without the harmful side effects and pollution. 

    Find A IJCSA Green Cleaning Service Here

    Reference

    2016. Smith, D. Is Greener Cleaner? Retrieved from www.ijcsa.org 

    2017. Weber,C. Benefits of Green Cleaning. Retrieved from www.care.com 

  • 24 Jan 2018 10:58 PM | 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

  • 24 Jan 2018 9:42 PM | Juliet Davison

    Spring cleaning time again! Keep your family and pets away from harmful, harsh or toxic cleaning methods. Green Up this spring and get the deep down clean that you need with the piece of mind you deserve. Hire the best, don't settle for less. Competitive pricing and professional service is just a call away.

    JCSA International Certified Janitorial- Eco Friendly Professionals

  • 24 Jan 2018 9:31 PM | Juliet Davison

    Grandma used baking soda to remove foul smells in the washing. It whitened and brightened our laundry for generations. How did the "Modern Woman" (at the time..;) decided that new laundry detergents must be better because they were "New and Modern." is unknown. However, It probably made sense that when you bought a new machine or just ran out of your tried and true, you should try a new and improved product. One thing is true, television was just available in the homes and product marking was at historical highs. Over the years it seems that the availability of premixed soaps and ready to use packs, liquid options etc. took the place on the shelf where our baking soda and vinegar once resided. It was several years ago when I became aware of the natural powers of everyday items and household staples for use as handy, safe and effective cleaners. 

    The truth is, it took a teenage Boy to set me straight about cleaners. He was taking my Living skills class and we were studying laundry tips. He educated the whole class about common stain removal solutions, bathroom cleaners, and green alternatives that are better for the earth and our health. Come to find out he gained his knowledge from his amazing foster Mom. After my education, I switched many of my household chemicals out for recycled or refillable alternatives. I love the idea of doing my small part to help out the ozone and limiting my families exposure to harmful toxins in our home. Please visit this site for others that have Greened up!  http://www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services 


  • 22 Jan 2018 9:52 PM | Gloria Perez

    Am I cleaning or hurting my environment with the cleaning products that we use every day? Most of the traditional cleaning products that we use every day are harmful to our health and the environment due to the chemicals they are made with. 

    The most common in daily use is chlorine, Sulfuric acid, Ammonia, and Alkylphenol ethoxylates just to mention some of them. These chemicals harm our health in different aspects, some are irritating to the skin, others when we breathe them.

    An example is the common glass cleaner or mirrors, some contain Isopropyl alcohol that can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, and throat, and Ammonia which is also an eye irritant and the skin that causes coughing, short breathing and wheezing.

    All women like to clean the kitchen with chlorine to kill all germs and disinfect very well to keep the family very healthy, but chlorine is one of the most deadly chemicals since ancient times. But when you smell it for a few minutes it gives you headaches and throat irritation.

    For years we have used these products that damage our health, our mood, our environment day by day without knowing that they are the cause.

    We can change all this if we clean every day with natural products that do not harm our health or our environment such as vinegar, sodium carbonate, borax, just to mention a few.

    Vinegar and water are used to clean and disinfect most surfaces. Baking soda is a very good odor controller just like borax.

    Stop hurting yourself and the environment! Find a green cleaning service here. 

  • 22 Jan 2018 8:46 PM | Gloria Perez
    It's difficult to find a professional green cleaning company that has the knowledge of what are they really doing in the field. Many cleaning and janitorial companies claim to be professionals but, how can you know if that is true?

    IJCSA has so many members if you are looking for an eco-friendly company you simply can`t go wrong!
         
    If you need cleaning service in your facility it is better to check if they are certified in the service that they are offering. A professional green cleaning company will take care of your facility and the people who work with you using safe natural products.   


  • 20 Jan 2018 10:12 PM | Gloria Perez

    Some of the products we used every day to clean our surroundings can affect our health and the environment. These cleaners contain chemicals that have been linked to different common symptoms like allergies, skin reactions, headaches, depression, dizziness and asthma, just to mention some of them. Many chemical makers do not label their products with all of the ingredients and many of us don't look at what a cleaning product is made of.

    Now, after learning how harmful so many of the popular cleaning products are we have started looking at the labels of the products that we use to serve our clients. We started using more natural green cleaning products like vinegar, baking soda and lemon having the same results. 

    We are happy because going green is a benefit for our customers and the environment. 

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