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  • 22 Jan 2019 3:57 PM | Julie Lesage

    Occupational illnesses is a common problem in the housekeeping world. Green cleaning protect workers against harmful substances and we pass on the benefits to customers as well.  We have been raised thinking that Clorox and bleach smell means " truly clean". We have to educate people about the efficiency of green cleaning.  

    It is much easier to implement a green cleaning service nowadays.  Many studies have been done to show how toxic conventional products are. Eco-Friendly cleaning should always be an option. How do you promote your Green Cleaning service without falling in the greenwashing scheme?  Be honest about the products your use, be personal about your mission and back your claims with science.

  • 22 Jan 2019 2:34 PM | Andrew Johnson

    Attention IJCSA members:

    For all those who are involved with the cleaning industry make sure you get your Carpet Cleaning Certification from IJCSA. The material is much more than you think, don't miss an opportunity to learn more and make your cleaning organization the tip of the spear. For any potential customer who may be reading this I will now direct you to our directory.


  • 22 Jan 2019 7:36 AM | Melodie Moore

    I feel that having the option to have a Green Cleaning Program is very beneficial. Some people even though they have an idea about Green Cleaning may not want it. In my experience a lot of people are not educated about how this program can be effective and leave a fresh clean scent. So I would get the attention of the people that I am in business with and if they are open come to a consensus on what Green Cleaning means to them and then continue to educate. Start by putting a plan together to service their needs.I would have a simple agreement to "Do Green". Which would include walk throughs to observe and audit the surroundings. Enlist steps to processes in regards to the goal of the audits. Assess what is needed  and obtain the Green Cleaning Equipment that has to be utilized.

    Acquire needed educative materials and educate cleaning crew on keeping abreast and current on Green cleaning processes. Evaluate and monitor by being accountable to the program and key people who are involved which would vary depending on who in the market you are servicing. This Came from the Article Implementing A Green Cleaning Program.

    Find Professional Certified Green Cleaning Service Here

  • 21 Jan 2019 7:33 PM | jerry spalding

    Green cleaning/going green is a widely used term that can mean something different to everyone. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business defines green cleaning as simply taking steps to conserve energy, reduce pollution and saving money. The strategy of conserving energy can include turning off light when leaving and turning off water while brushing your teeth.  Turning off water when filling buckets and cleaning machines.  Using energy-efficient light bulbs and large appliances with high efficiency ratings, which may be a bit more expensive initially, but they can save energy and money in the long run. Recycling is a key component of reducing pollution, also using natural cleaning products for the home, office and more.  Going green is a lifestyle change for homes, offices and cleaning companies consciously aware of the surrounding environment.

    Green cleaning for cleaning companies refers to using cleaning methods and products with environmentally friendly ingredients and procedure which are designed to preserve human health and environmental quality.  Green cleaning techniques and products avoid the use of products which contain toxic chemicals, some of which emit volatile organic compounds causing respiratory, dermatologic and other conditions.  Green cleaning can also describe the way residential and industrial cleaning are manufactured.

    Find IJCSA Green Cleaning Certified Firms Here

  • 21 Jan 2019 6:49 AM | Steven Thomas Jr

    Did you know that the products being used to clean your facility could be emitting volatile organic compounds (VOC) into the atmosphere which can cause respiratory and dermatological problems?  Scary right? Well, if you are ready to “go green” and don’t know where to start?  Look now further…..Find A IJCSA Certified Green Cleaning Service Here.  Going green will improve the quality of the air, clean and disinfect the environment without the harmful toxins from ordinary cleaning products! Don’t hesitate go green today!

  • 20 Jan 2019 7:31 PM | Brock Caldwell
    Implementing green cleaning is very positive, not only for businesses, but the environment also. There  is a lot of benefits from green cleaning. Safer products, better air quality, less expensive, no toxic fumes and no gloves required. Also, a lot of products are biodegradable and are safe around kids and pets.

    I feel confident implementing green cleaning into my daily work routine. I also would suggest other business owners to do the same and follow my footsteps of going green. #Come clean, IKEA, and The Hershey Company are all advocates to promoting green cleaning.

    Find A Green Cleaning Service Here

  • 20 Jan 2019 8:05 AM | Maxine Kennaugh

    Green cleaning is when we use products that are safe for the environment and do not emit any pollutants when used. It is important to use green cleaning not only for the environment and our planet but for the health of our customers, employees, and the general public. 

    Having a toddler and baby at home, we wanted to make sure the products we were using in our home were safe. There are many surfaces little fingers and mouths can touch in your house and knowing that the cleaning products you are using are non-toxic will put your mind at ease.

    Pregnant women and children that are five years old and younger are very susceptible to harmful chemicals in the air. When making the transition from using traditional cleaners to environmentally friendly ones, you’re creating a much safer atmosphere for the whole family. 

    You can reduce pollutants in your home by better insulation and by using the safest most natural ingredients when cleaning. 

    Find Professional Certified Green Cleaning Services Here

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  • 19 Jan 2019 6:55 PM | Anastasia Walters

    When you hear the term "blood-borne pathogens", what do you think of? First thing that comes to my mind is a zombie invasion. Okay, it's not as scary (or cool) as that, but it is something to take serious. Anyone whose job requires potential risk to coming in contact with bodily fluid needs to be informed of blood-borne pathogens. Why? Because you don't want to become a zombie, of course! Or at least get very, very sick.  

    Blood-borne pathogens are disease-causing microorganisms that exist in blood. They can be transmitted through mucus membranes, cuts, or abrasions. Two examples of blood-borne pathogen diseases are hepatitis B (HBV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). What is even scarier about these diseases is that you can have it without immediately knowing because it can take some time before signs and symptoms appear.  

    As cleaning service employees, we are at risk of coming in contact with blood-borne pathogens. That is why it is important for us to take precaution against these diseases. That means wearing proper safety gear, learning proper ways to disinfect, and properly disposing of potentially contaminated items. It requires us to be knowledgeable on blood-borne pathogens and know what procedure to follow if we suspect we have been exposed.  

    Keep safe practices a priority with every cleaning job you do and we won't have to experience a real life World War Z.

  • 19 Jan 2019 11:07 AM | Jillian DeAnnuntis

    Many cleaning products and chemicals that are not green certified contain toxic ingredients that can be harmful to your health and the environment. The purpose of green cleaning products and methods is to protect and promote health, while also reducing the negative effects on the environment. When you use many cleaning products, “harmful chemicals are being released into the environment,” says Leslie Reichert, author of “Joy of Green Cleaning”. Not great for you and the people around you to breathe in. 

    Green cleaning products help decrease harmful air and water pollution, ozone depletion, and global climate change because green cleaning products do not include toxic chemicals that regular cleaining products do.All-natural green cleaning has been shown to reduce health problems that are associated with allergens, chemical sensitivities and contaminants. This includes mold and bacteria. Studies have shown that spraying a household cleaner just once a week increases a persons chance of getting asthma. 

    Using green products that are all-natural are known to increase worker satisfaction, improve employee morale, reduce absenteeism, promote productivity and efficiency. Green cleaning methods Improve training programs by stressing safety and cleaning procedures. This reduces injuries to custodial staff and Worker’s Compensation Claims. 

    Other benefits of using Eco-Friendly cleaning methods include reducing chemical consumption and the number of chemicals needed. Promoting better inventory management of supplies and equipment, resulting in more efficient and better-planned procurement of goods. Also, using green cleaning products won’t damage surfaces over time like traditional cleaners can. 

    There are many benefits of using natural green products versus everyday cleaning products. It’s no wonder more and more people are turning to Green Certified cleaning products and eco-friendly cleaning methods. For a list of providers in your area the IJCSA has compiled a list of their service members who are Certified Green Cleaning Companies. You can find a provider at 

  • 18 Jan 2019 5:17 PM | Garret Penzel
    Hi, my name is Garret Penzel and I am interested in cleaning carpets. This program will help me by watching videos and giving me the information I need to know. I'm planning on doing extraction cleaning at businesses and offices or any other commercial enterprise. It will be fun for me and a good experience.

    Find Professional Certified Carpet Cleaning Companies Here

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