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  • 10 Oct 2018 12:39 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! 

  • 10 Oct 2018 11:13 AM | Lee Manseau

    The benefits of having a green cleaning program in place are numerous. The green cleaning practices span such a wide spectrum of environmental concerns such as employee (and client) health and well-being, by virtue of cleaning agents being consciously manufactured to contain low allergens, and being non-caustic, non-toxic, and containing 100% biodegradable cleaning compounds.

    Moreover, there are other practices that will greatly benefit a cleaning services such as, Installing the proper floor mats at every entryway to trap dirt and other pollutants from entering the building, and using only HEPA filtered vacuum cleaners to prevent dust from kicking up and being breathed in.

    In summary, the dirt that is removed must be discarded into a location that is far from the facility you are working on. By using cleaning agents that are 100% biodegradable, you can be assured that you are being a responsible cleaner and steward to the environment, and community by choosing and implementing a green cleaning program.

    Find A Certified Green Cleaning Service Here


  • 09 Oct 2018 11:01 AM | Deleted user

    This is an incredible age we are in! Rapid technological replication and medical advances at the microscopic level to name a few, have given way to many new and exciting devices and products. This also includes the need for cutting-edge cleaning products and practices within our living and work spaces. Unified: cleaning organizations and their accrediting bodies must uphold a high industry standard. 

    To meet this ongoing need: organizations like the International Janitorial Cleaning Services Association ( ijcsa.org ) offer green cleaning certification for the budding cleaning professional as well as a growing community of companies the public can network from.  Proven Green Cleaning practices are the most effective and best cleaning approach for all consumers.

    Here's why: Harsh toxic chemicals only "kill" a small amount of pathogens, in fact, they cause more harm to humans and the environment and thus outweigh any benefit. Better cleaning options are available for those seeking LESS chemical exposure while still getting excellent results. This is achieved ONLY through green cleaning best practices.

    Some things to look for when deciding on a Green Cleaning Company: cleaning companies and their support staff not just cleaning for appearance. Rather, by using pure, concentrated botanical products, microfiber cloths, sealed Hepa vacuums, and steamers, living and work spaces are cleaned chemical-free. Maintained surfaces are then deep cleaned and sanitized better.

    For all these reasons, green cleaning is a very effective and safe practice when used in the correct manner. For more information on locating a green cleaning service visit http://www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services.



  • 08 Oct 2018 9:04 AM | Jeremy Wright

    BWH Security LLC has made the move to being a Green Cleaning service.  We are proud to be Green Certified through IJCSA and hope to leave our mark on our buildings and all facilities we maintain.  We are proud to use only Green based cleaning products, and implement a training program that is environmentally friendly to all of our staff members.  To find other Green cleaning companies near you, follow the link!

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

  • 06 Oct 2018 1:16 PM | Shanda Hakim

    Scrub-All Cleaning Service uses environmentally safe products for you, your employees, your home and your family. Our mission is to provide products and cleaning services that simply put, are a better way to clean.

    We understand the importance of sustainable practices and our social responsibility to this planet. The products we use are organic and green in a number of ways, naturally they are recycled, eco-friendly and are made with your health and the health of our planet in mind.

    We are committed to making a better way for the sake of people, animals and our planet.

    Traditional cleaning products contain ammonia, chlorine, solvents and other various chemicals that are petroleum based. Most of these chemicals contribute to asthma, allergies, cancer, heart conditions and other common sicknesses. This is not to mention the damages that these chemicals cause to our echo systems. Organic green cleaning with natural cleaning products is one of the most important things you can do for a healthy home and environment.

    This is why Scrub-All is proud to say that we contribute to organic green cleaning! 

    IJCSA Green Cleaning Certified Professionals 


  • 05 Oct 2018 3:52 PM | Travis Miller

    You would think that the cleaning products that are easily sold in your local grocery store are safe but you may be wrong. Studies have shown that chemicals found in common household cleaners and cosmetics contribute to diseases. Not only have these chemicals shown to be a burden of disease but also economic and environment cost. 

    A study in 2010 shows that endocrine-disrupting chemicals have lowered IQ points and intellectual disability. These chemicals have also been linked to obesity, autism, heart disease and reproductive toxicity, let alone the effects it has on your skin. A lot of these chemicals are meant to break down grease and grime and are very abrasive. 

    Fragrances added to many cleaners, most notably laundry detergents and fabric softeners, may cause acute effects such as respiratory irritation, headache, sneezing, and watery eyes in sensitive individuals or allergy and asthma sufferers. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has found that one-third of the substances used in the fragrance industry are toxic. But because the chemical formulas of fragrances are considered trade secrets, companies aren't required to list their ingredients but merely label them as containing "fragrance."

    We can protect the environment by not using petroleum-based products, which contribute to the depletion of non-renewable resources. Phosphates is another famous water pollutant and are commonly found in laundry and dishwasher detergents. Too much of these chemicals can make our water very toxic to both humans and wildlife.

    Green cleaning products are not only safe for your household and environment they are also cheaper. One of the common misconceptions is that natural, green products are more expensive but in the long term they actually save you money. Natural cleaning products include vinegar, lemon, borax, castile soap and baking soda. These ingredients have never been marked as harmful and are most likely in your cabinets now. 

    So instead of waiting for these chemicals to become illegal, make the switch now. When looking for green products to use, choose products with plant-based, instead of petroleum-based ingredients. Another good sign to look out for is the "keep out of reach of children" label and other tell-tale hazard warnings. 

    Health Problems from Common Chemicals Cost $340 Billion Per Year: Study

    Exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals in the USA: a population-based disease burden and cost analysis

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  • 05 Oct 2018 8:32 AM | Jillian DeAnnuntis

    Did you know that cleaning products are largely unregulated with around 70% of conventional cleaning products containing harsh chemicals unapproved by the EPA? It’s no wonder more and more people are turning to Eco-friendly cleaning products and cleaning services. 

    Studies have shown that using a household cleaning spray even just once a week in your home or office raises the risk of developing asthma. There are many cleaning service companies that are committed to keeping their staff, their clients and the environment healthier and safer by implementing Green Cleaning Practices.

    Your health and your family’s is the most important thing to all of us in the green cleaning industry. The International Janitorial Cleaning Service Association (IJCSA) has compiled a list of their members who are Green Cleaning Service providers in your area. Visit their website at http://www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services.  


  • 01 Oct 2018 10:09 AM | Andrew Baynes

    As a small business owner in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina I think it is imperative to our community to offer my clients a "green" alternative to meet a growing demand from the areas client base.  We are a growing metropolis and have managed to build in parks, streams and natural areas into our sprawling city.  Once folks viewed the green movement as a fad, but as many studies of harmful additives corporations are including in their household and industrial cleaners come out, the need to go green is more real than ever.  We as an industry can help spread the benefits of a green cleaning program.

    Not every business is ready to jump on board however as my dentist explained to me during a recent visit.  He told me that in his profession there is an extreme need to have effective products and that unless a "green' alternative product can offer him a minimum of 5 years of successful testing backed by major healthcare monitoring agencies that he has no interest in them.  For him, the risks are too high and he appreciates the peace of mind that the industry standards give him.  He did state however that with those 5 years of studies and at a competitive price he would like to implement those products that give him the option of being more green.

    My business provides our largest client a chance to mix in the use of vinegar and less caustic chemicals but still keep other non green products available in the rotation for certain jobs as well.  I believe that the key to implementing my green program will be communication to my clients.  When I make a listing of chemicals I plan on using on their property I also have a separate column that lists a green alternative to that chemical when available, leaving the choice to the consumer and ultimately allowing the business owner to say they made a great choice, not only in the choice of cleaning products, but with the business that is providing them with the choice.

    In general, I am very happy to provide my accounts with a chance to be a better member of the community.  When I educate my clients as to the risks of using most over the counter cleaners vs. their natural alternatives I feel that I have leveled the playing field a bit by giving them information that they don't get in the big corporation's hyped up TV ads. 

    Find A Green Cleaning Service Here

  • 29 Sep 2018 10:05 AM | kieron scott

    For my business, Simply Superb, I plan to use my Green Cleaning Certification in many ways. One way would be showing my future costumers not only am I aiming to be Eco-Friendly, but I took the necessary steps in becoming certified as a professional Eco-Friendly Cleaning Service

    Also, I feel as though it will increase my potential  customer gain due to the knowledge and awareness of hazardous chemicals used in the Cleaning Industry today. I will use my knowledge to promote a well-known clean and hygienic  cleaning service. 

    Find A IJCSA Green Cleaning Service Here

  • 28 Sep 2018 6:18 PM | Adriana Robine

    When you decide to implement green cleaning program into your business you are assembling all your team making a commitment of using fewer toxic chemicals, choosing environmentally responsible equipment and considering processes that are sensitive to vulnerable populations.

    Green cleaning isn’t just about protecting the environment; it’s also about protecting the health of place occupants and cleaning staff while enhancing overall productivity.

    The benefits of green cleaning are directly related to your business operations are:

     

    -       Demonstrate the quality of environmentally responsible products and services which can meet or exceed performance and expectations.

    -       Obtain access to new customers and increase loyalty, expanding your Network

    -       Profitability Increase

    -       Show sustainable conscious not only with the environment, but also with clients & staffs

    -       Fewer staff health problems, decreased absenteeism

    -       Help professionals understand the importance of using environmentally-preferable products carefully, safely and with the goals of green cleaning in mind.


    That’s why HCC Cleaning is committed not only on promoting healthier environment but

    acknowledgement of the importance of being sustainable conscious to make a better Planet to live.

    Find How to Certified Green Cleaning Services Here 






     


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