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  • 09 Dec 2018 9:44 AM | Lee Manseau

    Mainstay Cleaning Services defines “Green Cleaning” as janitorial services that considers and protects the health of the company’s workers, without harming the environment. Green cleaning products and techniques avoid or entirely eliminate the use of chemically toxic products that can have adverse effects on workers, customers, and their surroundings.

    We are proud of our accomplishment in becoming IJCSA Green Cleaning Certified. We are committed to providing the best quality of service while maintaining a high level of safety for our clients. We strive to always learn and keep on top of the latest health and sciences news so we can deliver the best products and services available.

    Mainstay Cleaning Services Green cleaning commitment provides businesses on a daily basis with: Certified non-toxic cleaning products, HEPA Vacuums, EPA recognized disinfectants, Non-ammonia glass and multi-purpose cleaners, Non-alkaline detergents, Steam Cleaning, Advanced energy saving cleaning equipment, Environmentally conscious and knowledgeable staff. 

    We want you to focus on the core competencies of your business, which are generating revenue and building growth, while our focus will be on maintaining a clean and sanitized property using natural green products. By outsourcing your cleaning to Mainstay Cleaning Services you can focus on what’s most important: your employees and your clients.

    Find IJCSA Certified Green Cleaning Services Here 


  • 08 Dec 2018 7:32 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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  • 07 Dec 2018 5:05 PM | Elena Pena

    Using green, eco-friendly cleaning products can improve the air quality, reduce health and environmental concerns and sets the standard for environmentally responsible behavior. Contributing to a well thought out green cleaning practice will benefit not only client, but it will also ensure that you are reducing your impact on the environment. Your clients will appreciate this and maybe even start using green cleaning products themselves!

    To implement a good green cleaning service program you must first conduct an audit of the facility or area in which you have been hired to clean. This will help you assess which areas need the most improvement and build a comprehensive plan around this. Next is to train the cleaning staff with the use of chemical and equipment handling and cleaning procedures. Afterwards, review the progress to make sure the green cleaning program is successful and implement any changes.

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  • 07 Dec 2018 10:19 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)


    So what is this alternative to conventional cleaning products that claims to be healthier for the environment, the human body and does a job just as well?  Yes, green clean is the new clean.  Well if you've eagerly or hesitantly jumped on this band wagon....welcome aboard!  If your interest has been sparked, but you're not quite there, don't give up just yet.

    Having a green cleaning program has many benefits.  People want to be happy.  Good health is a very good start.  Who doesn't want a healthy family, healthy, happy children?  Toxic chemicals can linger in the environment for some time after use.  Green cleaning can reduce the exposure to toxins which can in turn have a positive effect on a person's health, which reduces healthcare costs.  

    People like to save money.  This method of cleaning often comes with less cost because it can made in the comfort your own home.  And most importantly, the green can really clean.  

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  • 06 Dec 2018 7:33 PM | Rosana Constantino

    In today's world, we are constantly surrounded by toxic contaminants. The most dangerous are known as Volatile Organic Compounds and Persistent Organic Pollutants. The EPA reports that VOCs are emitted by a wide range of consumer and industrial products, among them, everyday cleaning products.

    These everyday cleaners are meant to facilitate our lives, but are, in fact, harming us. Unfortunately, we the consumers are the reason they are being manufactured. Organic chemicals are inexpensive to produce and are very effective, something very appealing to the mass production process.

    Please note that VOCs are not ingredients themselves, rather, they are gases that are constantly being released from organic chemicals used in the manufacturing process. EPA studies indicate that people who clean using products containing organic chemicals can expose themselves and others to high pollutant levels. Even after you're done cleaning, elevated concentrations can persist in the air for hours.

    The novelty of POPs is that they are highly stable organic compounds often used as disinfectants. POPs are a real problem because they persist in the environment, accumulate in human and animal fatty tissues, and are toxic to most forms of life.

    Most everyday cleaning products contain POPs as their main ingredient and are found in household insecticides and moth repellants. According to the EPA, nearly every person on earth can be shown to have detectable levels of POPs.

    There are also variants such as Persistent, Bio-accumulative, and Toxic pollutants that pose a risk to humans and wildlife ecosystems that make them horribly destructive to our planet and our health.

    Overexposure to VOCs can cause adverse health conditions such as coughing, fever, muscle aches, and allergies. High levels of VOCs and POPs have been shown to cause cancer, birth defects, and even death. The use of products that emit VOCs and POPs is also at least in part responsible for many conditions such as Sick Building Syndrome, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, and Asthma.

    Why then are they still being manufactured and sold to the public? The truth is that there are few regulations of these chemicals. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only tests prescription drugs and consumable products. The EPA only investigates after there have been many complaints reported. Basically, if a product ever gets to a point where it warrants an investigation, it's likely too late. Interestingly enough, the EPA already lists most VOCs and POPs as Extremely Hazardous Substances (EHS), but unfortunately, chemical production continues largely unregulated.

    To protect ourselves, we need to reduce or eliminate our exposure to these substances. Some of the most toxic are found in everyday products like all-purpose cleaners, oven cleaners, and fabric softeners.

    These environmental poisons need to be replaced with non-toxic and environmentally safe counterparts, if not by the government, then by each and every one of us. For daily cleaning, baking soda and vinegar are wonderful natural alternatives that do a great job keeping things clean.

    For an ongoing green solution, you can seek out a green cleaning service provider at www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services 


    Sources:

    VOC Information: http://www.epa.gov/iaq/voc.html

    POP Information: http://www.epa.gov/international/toxics/pop.htm

    PBT Information: http://www.epa.gov/pbt

    Extremely Hazardous Substances: http://www.scdhec.gov/environment/baq/docs/ehsalpha.pdf

    Effects of POPs: http://www.childenvironment.org/position.htm


  • 06 Dec 2018 11:19 AM | Richard Williams

    Green Cleaning! The great way to clean and be safe. Think of your cleaning company search as a guide to understanding the core value of it's principal "Do what you  say", say what you do" when it comes to green cleaning  IJCSA and It"s directory has you covered  http://www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Service with tons of information, and certified cleaning professionals at your finger tips. Use the directory to find green professionals in your town. Remember picking a Green Cleaning company dose not have to be difficult. IJCSA makes it easy as 1,2,3!!!

  • 05 Dec 2018 4:05 PM | ANTHONY HOLLOWAY

    At home, especially after having children, I realized the importance of green cleaning. Considering the effect it would have on them if they got ahold of it, touching it or even just breathing in dangerous cleaning chemicals. The damages chemicals cause didn't seem beneficial enough to keep around, when there's so many alternatives that do not have a negative effect on health. 

    We plan to offer full green cleaning services for those interested. Instead of using harsh chemicals, we'll polish with an olive oil blend. Switch out stain removers for a peroxide mix. We'll explain to our customers the importance of green cleaning and help them understand the difference it has in their health and for our planet. When you think about green cleaning in detail over cleaning with harsh chemicals it just simply makes more sense. 

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  • 05 Dec 2018 8:35 AM | Kumasi Rayford

    DOES YOUR CARPET NEED CLEANING?  After a long, stressful, hard day at work, the last thing you want to be concerned with is where your feet will step at the end of the day. With that being said, we as an IJCSA certified carpet cleaning companies put our efforts in making sure that your feet stay healthy and free from bacterial diseases that may be gotten through dirt and fungi. We keep your carpets clean and free from moisture; the number one cause for fungal infections. Our products are consumer friendly and cost-effective. We ensure that our products for carpet cleaning have been standardized by the quality assurance team, thus we guarantee you quality in our services. Professionalism is also a part of mission. Become a client, today, by choosing our cleaning service. We assure your safety will begin at home. Carpet Cleaning Directory

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  • 04 Dec 2018 8:05 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. 

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