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  • 18 May 2018 6:22 AM | Arlene Smith

    To implement green cleaning into my business, new cleaning products and equipment will need to be purchased such as environmentally-preferable cleaning chemicals, vacuum cleaners with high-filtration filters, floor machines with dust-control systems to capture impurities so they don’t pollute the indoor environment, and microfiber cleaning cloths and mops, which are more absorbent than conventional cloths and mops. Start new cleaning procedures using the environmentally-preferable products always having the goals of green cleaning in mind.

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  • 17 May 2018 8:58 AM | 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

  • 16 May 2018 11:58 PM | 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.

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  • 15 May 2018 9:14 PM | Joe Briarton

    Don’t Settle for Less Than the Best! An IJCSA certified professional carpet cleaning company can renew your soiled carpeting to like new condition. Dirt, Stains, Bacteria and Mineral Deposits will be removed using rotary cleaning new technology. 

    Even if the carpets still look clean, they almost certainly contain unseen filth that can affect  color and sanitation, For complete restoration or routine maintenance let an IJCSA professional demonstrate the amazing results using a revolutionary system. Consult the directory today at www.ijcsa.com

  • 15 May 2018 8:52 PM | Joe Briarton

    Implementing carpet cleaning at Combat Cleaning Services will compliment our floor and tile & grout cleaning services. We can provide both services during the same service call at a substantial discount and enhance our service by leaving the customer with all surfaces clean. 

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  • 15 May 2018 8:14 AM | Kelly Hornback

    Here at Intec Building Services, we plan on implementing a GREEN cleaning program both for the safety and overall health of our customers, employees and the environment. Being in the janitorial business for over 35 years, experience and research has proved that cleaning chemicals are loaded with toxins and can produce harmful effects to individual’s overall health and to our environment. 

    Many common cleaning chemicals such as general purpose cleaners, Windex, oven cleaners and even simple air fresheners can cause lung and eye irritation, headaches, dizziness, shortness of breath, burning of the skin, cancers and can poison humans, animals and plants.  Said chemicals will ultimately end up in our rivers and streams causing irreversible effects on our environment.  

    Here at Intec, we strive to be a socially and environmentally friendly and responsible company, which is why we are choosing to go GREEN!

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  • 14 May 2018 11:31 PM | Gloria Perez

    Providing good service is the most important thing can set your business apart from the others of its kind. Customers in the janitorial industry look for someone who really cares about their clients. They look to be treated with honesty, a good attitude, and an excellent customer services.

    As a member of the IJCSA family, we have the commitment of always putting our customers first.  RFC Janitorial is proud to be of the IJCSA Business Directory and promise excellent customer service to our clients and future clients.

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  • 14 May 2018 8:39 AM | Brandon Lee

    Alkanol amines, ammonia, chlorine, chlorophoine, .. And the list goes on. These are just a few of the MANY harmful chemicals found in everyday household cleaners.

    Coming in contact with the toxins of these very harmful chemicals can cause severe problems. They can irritate lungs and eyes, disrupt hormones, be poisonous, cause cancer, and burn skin tissue on contact. Inhaling the fumes of these toxins can cause headaches and dizziness as well as shortness of breath.

    Green cleaning ingredients such as vinegar, borax, washing soda, are all better alternatives to these harmful chemicals in the paragraph above. These green cleaners are all natural and do not cause ANY of the problems that these other conventional cleaning products cause.

    Find Your Green Cleaning Service Here. 



  • 12 May 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


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