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  • 12 Nov 2019 11:11 AM | Katie Vogel Lossner

    Cleaning products are everywhere, marketed to consumers as a way to improve quality of life and provide them with a home which will better their health and the health of their families. Unfortunately, with most products commercially available today, there are multitudes of health problems that these products can cause or exacerbate, which are hidden from the public.

    According to Cleveland Clinic, depending on the ingredients used, all-purpose cleaners can irritate the skin, eyes, nose and throat. They can be highly poisonous to both humans and animals if swallowed. Chlorine bleach liquid and vapors can irritate the skin, eyes, nose and throat. Dermatitis may result from direct skin contact. Ingestion can cause esophageal injury, stomach irritation and prolonged nausea and vomiting. Antibacterial cleaners usually contain water, a fragrance, a surfactant (to break up dirt), and a pesticide. The pesticides commonly used in antibacterial cleaners are quaternary ammonium or phenolic chemicals. Antibacterial cleaners can irritate your eyes and burn your skin and throat. The basic ingredients of window/glass cleaners are ammonia and isopropanol. These products may be irritating to the eyes, skin, nose, and throat. If swallowed, they may cause drowsiness, unconsciousness or death. Chlorine and alkyl ammonium chlorides are the common fungicide chemicals found in mold and mildew removers. Cleaners with mold and mildew removers may cause breathing problems and if swallowed, can burn your throat. Furniture cleaners for wood may contain petroleum distillates and oil of cedar. Furniture polish typically contains one or more of the following substances: ammonia, naphtha, nitrobenzene, petroleum distillates and phenol. These chemicals may irritate your skin, eyes, throat, lungs, and windpipe. If swallowed, furniture polish can cause nausea and vomiting; medical help should be sought.

    Furthermore, these same products that harm our own health also negatively impact the health of our planet. As the EPA points out on its website, certain ingredients in cleaning products can present hazard concerns to exposed populations or toxicity to aquatic species in waters receiving inadequately treated wastes. For example, alkylphenol ethoxylates, a common surfactant ingredient in cleaners, have been shown in laboratory studies to function as an "endocrine disrupter," causing adverse reproductive effects of the types seen in wildlife exposed to polluted waters. Ingredients containing phosphorus or nitrogen can contribute to nutrient-loading in water bodies, leading to adverse effects on water quality. Additionally, volatile organic compounds (VOC) in cleaning products can affect indoor air quality and also contribute to smog formation in outdoor air.

    Regrettably for consumers, avoiding these products can be exceedingly difficult, and cleaning product manufacturers are not required to list ingredients on the labels of their chemicals. However, by selecting a certified green cleaner from IJCSAs directory, consumers may eliminate these concerns and focus more on their day-to-day living.

  • 12 Nov 2019 9:17 AM | Terrance Banks

    IJCSA's members are here to provide the best carpet cleaning services for its clients. We insure to clean your carpet accordingly to make sure it grants you a clean environment. The members of this organization wants to be able to make sure your carpet will last forever with the proper care & treatments, protectors for your carpet. With the help of IJCSA's members & the tips we will also give you before & after the service given to how to keep your carpet clean, IJCSA's strives to have great results at the end. Here's a link to the Carpet Cleaning Directory for all services provided to keep your carpet clean: 

  • 12 Nov 2019 8:02 AM | Katie Vogel Lossner

    The benefits of switching to Green Cleaning are vast and seemingly unnumbered, and in todays world, our health and the health of our environment is increasingly on our collective minds. Many governments are now requiring contractors to be certified in Green Cleaning and to employ green cleaning practices into their routines.

    Businesses and consumers alike can benefit from Green Cleaning certification, and according to the website run by the State of New York, the benefits can be broken down into multiple areas including benefits to public and personal health and wellbeing, increased public safety, superior cleaning efficiency, better financial wellbeing, an improved sense of community, and of course, benefits to the environment, including sustainability.

    Additionally, cleaning professionals are likely to benefit exponentially moreso than the average American, as the products used daily in the line of work can greatly impact a persons health. When using green cleaning products as a business, professionals can expect to experience reduced airway irritation, as well as fewer skin and eye problems, thereby increasing productivity and causing an overall reduction in work-force down time.

    As more and more companies claim to be Green, it becomes increasingly difficult to determine who is truthfully adhering to the stringent set of policies and procedures required to be considered a green cleaning service. By accessing IJCSAs Green Cleaning Service Directory, consumers can know that they are hiring a professional who is educated on Green Cleaning, and professionals can advertise their commitment to their customers and the environments health.

  • 11 Nov 2019 7:21 PM | Katie Vogel Lossner

    As a small, locally owned business, it is important to rise noticeably above the competition. One important way to achieve the goal of standing out from a crowd in what can sometimes feel like a saturated market is to show potential customers that their health, safety, and well being is first and foremost. Cleaning is, after all, a service industry - driven by caring for customers, their families, and their most precious and personal environment: their home.

    Obviously, green products are far better for our planet than their chemical, man-made counterparts due to biodegradability, sustainability, and toxicity among other factors, but the benefits they offer are also keenly felt inside a home. When considering products to use in cleaning someones home, much consideration should be given to the residents of the home, and the health impacts that such products can have. Green products and cleaning can provide assurance that children, pets, people with respiratory or skin sensitivities, the elderly, and other at-risk groups, as well as largely healthy individuals, will not come to any harm as a side effect of a cleaning service. Providing this assurance to potential customers by using products known to be safer allows the customer to enjoy a cleaner home environment without worry of side-effects, and allows the business to showcase commitment to a healthier home environment for potential customers as well as a healthier world for all of us.

    Find Professional Certified Green Cleaning Services Here

  • 11 Nov 2019 4:02 PM | Terrance Banks

    In my business I plan to implement a carpet cleaning program throughly because as well as doing my other duties, carpet cleaning is just as important. I plan to have it in my duties of work giving the clients & customers a full and thorough cleaning service that will always be provided to them. It's important to have this implemented in my routine of work because if not, the job is not done. Carpet cleaning is important to keeping your home or even your work space clean.

    Carpet can hold a lot of dirt, bacteria when not vacuumed or cleaned regularly. My job is to come in to prevent that from happening or in some cases stop it before it gets worse. All the tools & knowledge of carpet cleaning, the job will be done properly at all times. This is essential to have and to keep this implemented in my work.

  • 11 Nov 2019 1:32 PM | Katie Vogel Lossner

    In todays world, its common to hear the word Green in reference to cleaning products, cleaning services, and cleaning techniques. Unfortunately, not all products, services or techniques are green as advertised, including products that are sold in stores under the guise of being green and safer for human use and the planet.

    One problem that consumers often run into when seeking truly green services from cleaning businesses is that they see Green in the name of the business, or otherwise touted on marketing materials, and they assume that the business is being honest with them or is educated enough to know what being green means. Unfortunately, many companies call themselves green cleaners, but are either ignorant to or uneducated about what it takes to be a truly green company. The only way to be certain that you are getting a business that engages in true green cleaning practices and is educated on what that means is to find a company that possesses certification, as do all the services who are certified via IJCSAs Green Cleaning Certification.

    When seeking green cleaning practices and products, determining the counterfeit from the genuine is extremely important, and equally as difficult. However, if consumers are serious about hiring a green cleaning service, IJCSA has created a way for them to successfully find businesses which are committed to maintaining their education and certification in the field of Green Cleaning, ensuring that the risk of deception and/or ignorant advertising is all but eradicated. All consumers need do is visit IJCSAs Green Cleaning Service Directory and search their local area for a certified professional.

  • 11 Nov 2019 11:17 AM | Leah Venegas

    It may surprise individuals to learn of the negative health effects from basic cleaning products available on the market.  It may also be a surprise to them that manufacturers are not required by law to list the ingredients in their cleaning product, and that those companies are free to use nearly any chemical they want before they’ve even been properly tested for their effects on human health1.  Consumer cleaning products have been linked to cancer, birth defects, respiratory problems, asthma, breast cancer, hormone disruption and even serious health issues in children2

    Many studies have been conducted to shed light on the effects of traditional cleaning products in a home or office.  One study conducted by a team of 15 researchers at the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development center concluded that the use of disinfectants in a home can cause children to become obese later in life3.   Another study, conducted by a team of European researchers, concluded that the effects on lungs from cleaning your home once a week is equivalent to smoking every day for 10 to 20 years4.  Unfortunately, the air quality in homes that use these toxic chemicals is five times more toxic than outdoor pollution5, and those chemicals can persist in dust in the home for years to inhale or ingest6.

    The good news to all of this is that there is a better way.  Eco-friendly cleaning products have come a long way in the last several years.  Not only do they clean as effectively, if not better, than traditional cleaning products, but their pricing is comparable.  With that in mind, the only reason that traditional products maintain the market share is because of the lack of awareness and education.  Green cleaning companies can aim to change that mindset and set the public on a healthier path to a healthier home or office. 

    In fact, it may surprise some to know that basic everyday products such as baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice are powerful, natural, non-toxic cleaners.  Commercial manufacturers have started to develop very effective cleaning products using powerful solutions such as hydrogen peroxide.  Other companies are even using plant-based products in their cleaning solutions.

    Anyone can start to make a difference by throwing out the toxic cleaning products in their home or work environment.  If buying more environmentally friendly products, it’s important to understand that some products claiming to be eco-friendly are simply not.  It’s easy for consumers to be confused and become frustrated, and rightly so. 

    The most important thing to remember is that cleaning doesn’t have to be a health risk.  With all of the other concerns about the state of the world, cleaning with toxics chemicals can easily be taken off the list.  By trusting in a green cleaning company, the stress of knowing what products to use on what surfaces can be alleviated.  And you can start living a healthier life.  Find a green cleaning company at the Green Cleaning Service Directory.

  • 10 Nov 2019 6:37 PM | Terrance Banks
    • Members at International Janitorial Cleaning Services Association (IJCSA) advocate the use of green cleaning methods and products. With a focus on health and environment preservation, green cleaning consists of cleaning products that do not contain toxic chemicals. IJCSA members provide a consumer-friendly service through a consistent brand experience and allowing product information to be easily accessible. Consumers will be less concerned about health risks after receiving services involving green cleaning due to the lower degree of liability it entails. 

      The IJCSA is consumer friendly because of its health benefits. Us members in the IJCSA cut down on health risks with the eco-friendly use of green cleaning. Since these green formulations have little to no toxins, exposure to these hazardous chemicals are significantly less. Also, this can account to better air quality, cleaner water, and less pollution overall. 

      Aside from creating a healthier lifestyle, the IJCSA is consumer friendly because of its website. Our website allows a simple way for someone to seek the green cleaning janitorial service they are searching for.  With the search and browse feature on the website, users are allowed to find the specific service they need in an efficient manner. This website also allows a simpler and more easy method to network. Personally, I have already found a few janitorial services on the website that I am in contact with for business advice. Overall, the IJCSA website is a great tool for businesses seeking and providing the service.

    • Find Certified Green Cleaning Services Here

  • 10 Nov 2019 3:29 PM | Noah Belanger

    Peckham is dedicated in providing green cleaning programs as part of our custodial program.  We are also working with many different organizations and agencies such as State and Federal agencies who are now requiring the use of Green Cleaning Programs and the use of Bio-preferred products.  They also require developing reports on practices relating to sustainability. Peckham always uses the Key Sustainable Products requested and required in Sections described in many of the of the Performance Work Statement (“PWS”).in our government contracts. 

     Additionally, and as a part of meeting these requirements in PWS, Peckham uses Green Seal Eco logo and EPA safe choice products.  Peckham’s Green Program also reviews recycled content and post-consumer recycled content when purchasing waste liners, paper towels and paper products. 

    Peckham also looks at ways to decreases the amount of items going into landfills by using microfiber products that are reusable in addition to recycling cardboard and paper whenever possible.  The health benefits of green cleaning are helping sustain and protect the future for all of us. So look to Peckham for your future needs in Green Cleaning.

  • 10 Nov 2019 11:49 AM | Ed Crockett

    My plan is to implement a business that focuses on commercial carpet cleaning is important to have for my business. My process will begin with inspecting the area needed to be cleaned.  This will give me a good idea on how how dirty the carpet might be and the materials I will need to use.  It will be important to find a small area to test with my products.  This step is needed to avoid damage to my client's carpet.  Utilizing an agitating tool to loosen dirt is a key step before dry-vacuuming.  If the area is heavily soiled, a spot cleaner will be used.  These areas will be sprayed and agitated twice to ensure the product is applied and working.

    Now that the heavily stained areas have been treated, it will be important to begin cleaning the area with a professional carpet cleaning machine.  The key is to clean in sections to be sure the entire area is covered.  Using an air-mover works for me to assist with drying the carpet.  The next steps to carpet cleaning is grooming the area.  For this, a carpet rake/comb should do the job.  

    The most important thing to consider for my customers is health.  This is why I plan to only use environmentally-friendly products that get the job done and help save the planet..

    Milton Cleaning Services provides a homeowner with the confidence that their carpet is being cleaned by a professional.  This certification provides me with the confidence needed to become a certified carpet cleaner.  Understanding how to apply the materials, different levels of soil and machinery is important to know due to various different jobs.  When customer see this certification, they know they have the right professional.


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