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  • 03 Apr 2018 1:17 PM | Javier Velez

    Unsafe cleaning is when the service provider does not use the proper methods and practices that are needed in the area assigned to them. Usage of unsafe chemicals lead to non-hygienic areas and spaces and can cause respiratory harm, skin rashes.These in turn affect the nose, throat, skin, eyes and ears.

    Safe practice and usage of Green Cleaning Products provide comfort to these said same areas. Health and morale mainstays and work a tolerable is made a better enjoyed experience.

    Safe is better than unsafe! Find IJCSA Certified Green Cleaning Services Here!

  • 03 Apr 2018 1:05 PM | Javier Velez

    Being Green Cleaning Certified allows me to enter any workplace and negotiate with top-employers in the businesses of today. I am able to use green cleaning chemicals that are safe and follow all necessary guidelines ,rules and regulations from the instructions provided to me in my training, complete my own tasks and provide others their necessary instructions for effective and safer work measures. Being Green Cleaning Certified allows me to set the standards I want with my know-how and applied skills.

  • 03 Apr 2018 12:18 PM | Javier Velez

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    Do you have a company and need effective eco-friendly  Green Cleaning that provides you with a safe environment? these are two addresses shown on the blogs of two of the most leading competitors up to date. Try them out and refuse to stay disgruntled with your workplaces.

    In everyday America workplaces the need to find guarantee of workmanship is a constant growing awareness as we head into our busy days so it is best not to stay disappoint it and contact the most professional and effective companies in the market and refuse to work in unsafe and unhygienic and hazardous surroundings.

  • 03 Apr 2018 11:58 AM | Javier Velez

     There are many benefits to having an effective Green Cleaning Program in the workplace. It is a fundamental need in everyday companies and thriving workplaces. Without green cleaning programs there wouldn't be rules and regulations that provide safe, sound and secure strategies and practices. Using MSDS sheets and Eco-friendly Green Cleaning solvents in everyday workplaces provide customers with safe assurance against hazards such as bacteria that cause illnesses: Fevers amongst them which lead to employees not able to work. Having an effective Green Cleaning program is the highlight of everyday cleaning companies and allows profitable gain and nourishment to their economy.

    Find IJCSA Certified Green Cleaning Services Here

  • 03 Apr 2018 8:03 AM | 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: 

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


    References:

    [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerosol

    [2] https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/chemicals/toxic_substances.htm

    [3] http://safemarkets.org/toxic-chemicals-in-products/cleaning-products/toxic-cleaning-products

    [4] http://www.cleanconscience.com/blog/2015/02/rise-green-cleaning-industry/

    [5] http://corporate.findlaw.com/business-operations/addressing-toxic-mold-risks-in-retail-and-commercial-property.html


  • 31 Mar 2018 12:39 PM | Kumasi Rayford

    As an IJCSA Green Cleaning Certified Company, we are committed to providing natural solutions using natural products. We base our success on human satisfaction and environmental conservation. We are fortunate enough to understand the importance of human health and safety thus the use of natural cleaning products that do not burn or harm individuals while using them.

    IJCSA Green Cleaning Certified Companies operate within the limits of standardized products thus you are guaranteed quality and protection. Our workers have also been trained extensively on the use of natural products making them qualified to do the job- better than other institutions.

    An IJCSA Green Cleaning Company is also pocket friendly. With hard economic times shoved down on our throats, we help you clean at affordable prices using products that you can relate to, as some can be found in your kitchen cabinets and drawers. Affordability will allow you to save up and use that money for other important issues that come your way.

    We cannot forget to mention sustainability with IJCSA when it comes to our work. Imagine not having to worry about the atmosphere you are breathing at home thanks to the use of our products. You can come home or to your office without fretting about air pollution, contamination, or your skin being irritated. We understand the different roles you play in life; and we would like to see you live healthier to achieve your goals. Choose us, an IJCSA Green Cleaning Company, today.

    HOW TO IMPLEMENT THE GREEN CLEANING PROGRAM EVERYDAY

    First and foremost, our workers will understand the products they are dealing with. They will be trained on how the products are used. Once your people understand it, it will be easier to sell your services to different prospects and clients. They will be able to provide quality in their work while becoming more effective and productive.

    Second, we will minimize the particles and chemicals by using only natural ingredients in our products. We understand that using other unnatural products will cause degradation towards the environment and damage to human, plant, and animal health thanks to air pollution and water contamination.

    We shall ensure that our products have been certified by the necessary boards, so that they shall be in line with what is considered natural products. Standardization will also allow us to prove that we have nothing to hide, thus becoming transparent to our customers.

    We shall use environmental sensitive paper products that are recyclable in nature; reducing the amount of waste shoved in our environment. As a green company, we shall focus on the R’s of environmental conservation; that is reusing and recycling.

    We shall mechanically capture dirt instead of using cleaners that will only cause more harm than good. That being said, we can use items such as mops and cloths instead of chemicals to clean the point places. This way, we shall be able to focus on touch points and in areas where germs are, without compromising human safety.

    Finally, ensuring that proper vacuuming for our products have been done and drying has been guaranteed to avoid moisture retaining and causing other health problems due to the moisture. For instance, we can dry our carpets using the natural source of light to allow freshness. This will also help in conserving energy in the long run.

    Find IJCSA Certified Green Cleaning Services Here

  • 30 Mar 2018 8:26 PM | Gurinder Gill

    There are multiple facets to implementing a green cleaning program in a janitorial business. The three main factors consist of training employees in green cleaning principles, the primary use of green natural products, and regular utilization of green procedures. 

    Creating a green cleaning protocol is the initial step to implementing a program. This protocol should include standard training procedures including; safety protocols, inventory of green natural products and their corresponding uses and minimizing environmental impact through the minimized waste creation and appropriate disposal, reduced energy use, and appropriate use of specific green products. Through this training process, there is a consistent cleaning protocol followed by all employees. This consistency ensures the overall entity is implementing the reduce, reuse, and recycle procedures required for green cleaning. This also ensures the employee's safety because regardless of products being green inappropriate use or mixing of products can result in off-gassing or reactions that can be harmful to the employee and building occupants. Our overall goal is to improve environmental and human health by reducing unnecessary exposure to harmful products. 

    Green natural cleaning products are the only commercial products that can be guaranteed to meet the requirements of green cleaning needs. These products should replace the inventory of non-green products currently being utilized in janitorial operations. An alternative to store shelf green products is to use self-manufacturing products out of simple ingredients that are known to break down and reduce environmental and human exposure to waste by-products that may further react after use. 

    Lastly, the actual implementation of green procedures should include the use of all natural green cleaning products. However, this use should not be in excess, products should be used in only the minimal required quantities to reduce waste. Overall activities should reduce energy use such as turning off lights after completion of a job, utilizing manual methods as opposed to electronic equipment where necessary, and the appropriate disposal of waste and recycling. 

    Find IJCSA Green Cleaning Certified Firms Here

  • 29 Mar 2018 11:03 PM | Kumasi Rayford

    Thanks to technology, cleaning agents have doubled and increased in the market. However, what most people do not understand is the effect they have on individuals and to the environment as a whole. Most of these products are harmful even though they are supposed to make our houses and offices clean.

    Being exposed to unnatural cleaning products has increased the chances of damage to one's breathing system. Several reports show that many individuals suffered from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease after using bleaching cleaning agents. The disease has a negative impact on an individual as it leaves them with a permanent damage inside the lungs. One of the reports indicates a 32% increase in individuals who suffer from the disease.

    Some of the unnatural products have been known to alter genes thus causing mutation among men. These, in turn, have a negative impact on the development of the general population. For instance, one might end up giving birth to someone disabled thanks to the usage of unnatural products. For example, some of the cleaning agents contain oestradiol which hinders proper development in the male offspring and accelerates puberty among the young females. (Guardian Service indusries inc., 2015)

    Most of the unnatural cleaning products have an impact on the environment. Chemicals released into the atmosphere introduce mild to severe consequences to terrestrial and aquatic animal life. When consumed by the animals, they might die from poisoning or become transmitted to human beings thus increasing the chain of illness. For example, if one consumes plants or animals exposed to dangerous toxins such as sodium hydroxide and chlorine, one might get stomach infections or ulcers as an end result.

    Another major concern about the use of unnatural products is that they end up depleting nonrenewable resources such as oil. Most of the chemicals used are petroleum based thus they will suck out the remaining resources a country has. This in turns creates room for more spending and less saving thus becoming an expensive affair.

    Plastic bottles used in packaging cleaning products are viewed as waste as most of them are disposed of aimlessly after used. Since the waste is not renewable and in most cases not recycled, they contribute to the mounds of solid wastes that are ugly to view or come across. They, therefore, end up causing air pollution. Some of the bottles contain carcinogens which are the leading cause of lung cancers. (Regeneration International, 2018)

    The most common effect of the cleaning products that are not green friendly is corrosion. Most individuals who use unnatural products suffer from skin burns, eye irritation and if ingested, can cause major damage to the throat and esophagus. The toxicity may range from mild to severe depending on the product used by an individual.

    Finally, the usage of toxic substances as cleaning agents is less sustainable in the long run. For example, when one inhales the chemicals or gets burnt by the chemicals during work, he or she may not continue with his or her duties at hand. This, therefore, creates room for an increase of absenteeism cases in the long run thus causing low productivity among individuals and the company at large. Companies like Blueface Cleaning Systems which can be found in the IJCSA Green Cleaning Directory  are championing the use of green environmentally safe products and cleaning methods to prevent the harmful effects of everyday products.

    Guardian Service industries inc. (2015, June). Retrieved from What is green cleaning and what are the environmental impacts.

    Regeneration International. (2018). Retrieved from organic consumers- How toxic are your household supplies?


  • 29 Mar 2018 7:23 PM | Kumasi Rayford

    Being green friendly has many benefits towards its users in our society. One benefit is that it provides a cleaner and safer environment for human beings. One is protected from contact with corrosive elements or products that are considered harmful to the human health thus reducing chances of illnesses such as asthma and other breathing difficulties. Other serious diseases such as skin cancer are also avoided.

    Being green friendly as a company helps us increase productivity among workers. It is often said that a healthy people equate to a healthy nation. Being green cleaning certified guarantees the promotion of health among individuals thus reduces the number of absenteeism cases in the workplace. Less absenteeism, therefore, amounts to more effort in the workplace thus more productivity.

    Being a green cleaning certified company helps address the issue of protecting the population and the world from harmful products. As the world strives for sustainability, going green is the way to go. One of the sustainable goals is to ensure a healthy environment by 2030. This can only be achieved by avoiding spillage of chemicals to water bodies or the atmosphere. Having a green cleaning program ensures this happens as their products go through scrutiny and standardization before being used by individuals.

    Being green friendly certified like those found in the IJCSA Green Cleaning Directory, allows a business to be set apart from its competitors. New customers are attracted towards business that recognizes sustainability and safety as key values in today’s world. They are inclined to buy from natural based products as they are assured that their health shall not be compromised in the long run. Being green friendly helps also in retaining other clients and customers of the business. These, therefore, shows that people end up being satisfied by what is brought in the table.

    Finally going green is very economical as it reduces the amount of expenditure used. Turning a business or company to be eco-friendly is that it comes with a large deposit of savings on it. The fewer expenses used means that the company does not have to struggle financially thus providing job security for its members. In most cases, where there is job security, job satisfaction among individuals in a company is guaranteed. (Dholakiya., 2017)

    Dholakiya., P. (2017, February 22). Business.com. Retrieved from Saving Money while saving the Environment.


  • 29 Mar 2018 6:30 PM | Kumasi Rayford

    Blueface Cleaning Systems is a greater Detroit area cleaning service company dedicated to creating a clean healthy environment that makes people feel good, safer, and work comfortably. We are suited to clean residential or commercial locations and are committed to the satisfaction of our clients. We will leave your home or office sparkling! Customer satisfaction is guaranteed. Blueface Cleaning Systems is committed to providing superior quality as well as an environmentally friendly approach to cleaning. Through constant evaluation of new green technologies and products, we will provide a residential and commercial cleaning service that will always contribute to a healthier planet and ensure customer satisfaction. Aside from preserving our environment, our key focus lies within the human component of doing business. We will remain steadfast in giving back to our community and providing society with the tools and knowledge to sustain the planet.

    Blueface Cleaning Systems offers cleaning plans to suit your home or business. We offer weekly, bi-monthly, and monthly cleaning service intervals with no long-term contracts. We schedule your service visits within one-hour windows, so you will always know when to expect us. You can always call or email us should you need our assistance in between scheduled cleaning services.

    Blueface Cleaning is proud to offer free in-home consultations if necessary. Every space cleaned by Blueface is unique. With this in mind, we are more than happy to adapt our cleaning services to accommodate your specific cleaning needs. A cleaning consultation from us allows you the opportunity to have any questions answered about our services. During the consultation, our custodial technicians can go over which of our services best fits your needs and budget.

    We greatly appreciate the opportunity to earn your business. Your facility, team, home and family are very important to us. We are dedicated to serving our customers and all of us pledge to uphold the highest of quality standards at all times to thoroughly meet your needs. Green Cleaning Service Directory

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