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  • 24 May 2019 7:21 AM | Neville Walcott

    Having a green cleaning system provides numerous advantages to the environment as well as preserves human health. Galaxy professional Services has embarked on a Green Cleaning Program to ensure we providing the best quality of cleaning and janitorial services to our customers. Traditional cleaning chemicals are known to contaminate ground water, result in air pollution and are toxic to humans & pets.

    Green cleaning products preserves human health and environmental quality. It also provides additional benefits such as cost savings, improved productivity, reduces liability and improves the community and well being of all workers.

    Find A IJCSA Certified Green Cleaning Service Here

  • 24 May 2019 12:57 AM | Laura Martinez

         The effects of the many harmful cleaners so easily and readily available are to numerous to list them all. There are so many volatile chemicals in so many cleaners, that it is virtually impossible to find a safe cleaner.

          The effects are terrible, and cause many side effects, including messing up your hormones, irritating lungs, eyes and skin. In addition, many are even known to cause cancer, and even death.

          The effects to not only people and children, but also to pets and the environment have affected the earth's ecology. Some of these chemicals leach into the water and kill marine life, and beneficial bacteria. It has impacted the human race like never before, and we have had such a profound increase in cancers and other diseases due to the chemicals found in our cleaners.

         The benefits of green cleaning is that the products are natural and have no side effects and minimal precautions, if any. There is no long term effects, and can safely be dumped down the drain or toilet or outside with no adverse effects.

          IJCSA offers all the information you need, and provides a directory or certified green cleaners, and certification courses.

  • 23 May 2019 11:02 PM | Laura Martinez

         Being green cleaning certified will not only benefit me and my clients, but also my company in tremendous ways. Being green clean certified gives me an advantage over other companies who do not use eco friendly products, due to the fact that so many people are now learning of all the nasty side effects of all these cleaners, harming them and causing cancer, and harming the environment, as well earth's delicate ecology.

          Being green also means that while I am cleaning, I am not inhaling toxic chemicals, nor risking skin and eye irritation. Long term of green cleaning, i do not have to worry about carcinogens or developing some type of cancer from these volatile compounds.

           Also being certified green also means healthier and safer environment for my clients, their kids, and their fur babies as well. No need to worry about a pet getting sick from licking the floor from a cleaner I used, and no baby getting an asthma attack from the fumes from the cleaners.

           It gives me total peace of mind, and for that of my clients as well. IJCSA is a great resource for locating certified green cleaners, and a great resource for certification and information.

  • 23 May 2019 10:40 PM | Laura Martinez

          Looking for a cleaning company who is green or eco friendly can be a challenge. You want what is best for you, for the environment, as well as for your family. You want a company who is knowledgeable and certified in green cleaning.

          Even if you want your carpet shampooed, it can be hard to find someone who offers green cleaning options even for something as basic as carpet shampooing. Green is better on the cleaner's body as well, so they are not inhaling all those toxic chemicals.

          Just do a local search for green cleaners, eco friendly cleaning services, or all natural cleaning services. IJCSA offers an abundance of knowledgeable and certified green cleaners. There are many companies out there, but only a few offer green and eco friendly cleaning.

  • 23 May 2019 10:20 PM | Laura Martinez

           I am just starting up a cleaning business, and am going to be all green. It is better on the environment, on me, and my clients, as well as their pets. There is no hazardous fumes, VOC's, or toxic waste that can make kids or pets sick. I believe it to better for the environment as well

           After reading the green certification course, I can now confidently make my own safe cleaners using vinegar, baking soda, essential oils like lavender to help with scent. This gives me the advantage over other companies, since I do not see any in my area offering green cleaning services. Plus I am making a difference in the environment. Huge bonus.

    Find Professional Green Cleaning Companies Here

  • 23 May 2019 7:24 PM | Anthony Perales

    Janitorial employees have a far greater chance at coming into contact with contaminated items such as used bandages, discarded syringes, bodily fluids and sharp objects that have been contaminated.

    Learning the proper use of protective gear while dealing with bodily fluids is the first line of defense in preventing yourself from contamination. Face masks, rubber gloves and goggles are just some of the protective equipment you will need while decontaminating an area.

    The use of  proper procedure and self protection will help prevent infection from such things as hepatitis, HIV and other harmful life threatening disease. The importance of proper contaminated clean up procedure  and the use of protective equipment will prevent employees and customers from further contamination.

    Learn More About Bloodborne Pathogens Here 

  • 23 May 2019 12:33 PM | Sonja Nelson

    I believe it will give me an edge over my competition, I am just starting my business and have researched the competition, there are none in my area that mention green cleaning.

    I believe it can save my company money, as many of the chemical cleaners are expensive. The super simple, natural ingredients to be mixed and used as mentioned on this site are cheap, cheap!

    I believe that using microfiber, HEPA vacuums, etc. will do a better cleaning job that my clients will notice.

    Use the International Janitorial Cleaning Services Assoc. directory to find a green cleaning company.

  • 23 May 2019 10:11 AM | HL Humphries

    One of the first things I have learned since joining is the importance of providing good customer service! Customer service is the most important key to any business. It doesn't matter how good your service is if you treat your customers terrible. Customers today can voice their feelings and demand to be heard. It's important to treat your customers the way you want to be treated. That is the golden rule of life not just customer service.

    The word service is in the name of our cleaning company. This makes services the most important part of our business. Our customers keeping using us because we have proven to give them the type of service they want. Our customers have recommended us to other companies. That is the best proof of great customer service! We listen to them and take care of their needs. These are the key points that IJCSA stresses to all of their members. 

    Find Professional Cleaning Companies Who Care About Customer Service Here

  • 23 May 2019 6:20 AM | Alberto Atallah

    How to stay healthy in a toxin-ridden business.

    It should be noted that there's no way to not be exposed to harmful toxins or bacteria in real life, but there certainly are ways to minimize it. Our bodies are suited to combat these harmful substances and help us heal and grow more immune to them, but repeated exposure and improper care can wear down even the hardiest of people. You could be a healthy individual who exercises, eats right, and takes care of their overall well-being; and still be prone to disease or other complications due to exposure to things you often don't give a second thought...such as common cleaning products that are already in your home. You'll notice many products contain the label "hazardous to humans and animals", and might think, "why would I use this all over my house or office?"

    The average household has over 60 toxic chemicals, a claim by environmental experts. These are often found in fragrances or their furniture/counter top cleaners, making people prone to asthma, cancer, and other chemical imbalances in the body. These exposures are more hidden than more direct hazards, like heavy fumes or direct contact with other chemicals. A common harmful substance found in air fresheners an dish soaps, are phthalates. These are considered endocrine disruptors, so men who are exposed to these on a constant basis suffer from reduced sperm counts and other hormonal complications. Since the skin has no protective layer like our organs do, direct contact is much less safe. You can reduce exposure to these by choosing more green options to cleanse the air; such as having plants or lighting a scented candle.

    Another harmful substance known as 2-butoxyethanol, is readily available in most window, kitchen, and all-purpose cleaners. The convenience of these items and the fresh, clean feeling they provide after use can be misleading. When you constantly inhale these scents, the body is more prone to lung, liver, and kidney damages. The riskier part is, US Law does not require this chemical to be listed on a product's label. A way to dilute or reduce this chemical's presence, is once again to employ a greener option to clean your windows and kitchen. A mixture of vinegar, oil, and water is an effective, non-threatening solution to leave your glass surfaces sparkling. Washed with a microfiber cloth or even a newspaper, you can rest assured knowing your windows are clean and your organs unharmed.

    Ammonia is another one of several common chemicals found in our cleaners. Usually they're found in products that clean bathrooms, sinks, jewelry, as well as glass. Since ammonia evaporates and leaves your glass feeling sparkly and clean, people often don't give it a second thought. Ammonia is a powerful irritant, especially bad for those who suffer from asthma or other lung issues. House cleaners who must do their work can spend hours exposed to this, and even if they suffered no health issues before, they can suddenly spring up in the form of bronchitis or asthma. A viable choice would be to use vodka on any metal surface, as it will produce that shine without the added health risk.

    Chlorine, which is used as an antiseptic and disinfectant can be misleading in thinking it is safe. Even when you're in the pool and open your eyes underwater, you can feel the irritation it gives and the distinct red coloring your eyes get after. It's also commonly found in toilet cleaners, laundry whiteners, and mildew removers. The fumes it gives off go to your skin due to proximity, but it's also running in the tap water you brush your teeth with or shower with. The effects can be mild, or chronic, but it's certain that it causes irritation in our breathing. To scrub in an effective and safer manner, try using baking soda and vinegar. A mixture of vinegar and borax powder work well for whitening clothes. To reduce the exposure you get from tap water, consider installing filters on your sinks and showers.

    Aside from the few chemicals mentioned earlier, customers really need to be aware of greenwashing. Greenwashing refers to companies or products that label themselves as "green" or "natural" mistakenly leading to believe they are nontoxic. The environmental consulting firm known as TerraChoice Group made up a report called "The Sins of Greenwashing" in which it found more than 95% of "green" consumer products contain at least one or few harmful toxins. Being certified as a green cleaner by the IJCSA is a great step for you as a cleaning business owner, to show your customers you know proper and safe procedures to provide an effective, natural cleaning solution. Check out a green-certified company in this directory:

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  • 22 May 2019 3:19 PM | Kristofer Bartow

    There are many reasons why being trained properly in carpet care are beneficial to maintaining carpets. One of the main reasons to have someone certified caring for your carpet is "carpet life". If you can keep carpets looking good for longer with little cost. You would be saving money in the long term. 

    Having someone certified taking care of your carpets will not only keep the life of the carpet longer but also keep it looking good. Knowing they have been trained on properly using chemicals and testing in areas first will put your mind at rest.

    Find IJCSA Certified Carpet Cleaners Here


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