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  • 20 Apr 2019 7:23 AM | Thomas Wilkinson

    While some states are passing laws on green cleaning products, cleaning companies are going to be faced with the fact that they can go green like these companies or eventually go out of business for not keeping with the times. As the “green clean” trend grows in demand its origins are clear and easy to grasp. In an article I read this quote: ““We should no longer be limited to repairing damage after it has been done; nor should we continue to allow the entire environment to be used as a laboratory.” – Council on Environmental Quality report published in 1971” really struck me. 

    We have known cleaning chemicals have been linked to cancer, death, water supply and ground poisoning and yet we still use them today. There are plenty of great eco-friendly products and green cleaning companies to choose from. There was a time when chemists would come up with a great solution for cleaning a product and everyone would clamber for it only to discover years down the road that it has a long-lasting detrimental effect on biological life and the environment.

    Besides all the known side effects like cancer, sterility, caustic burns take a look at this search result for study+ lungs + cleaning + agents  The evidence is out there educate yourselves on the products you/your company uses the results may just change your mind.

    Cleaning products with warning labels should be an indication to all that there is something horribly dangerous with the product, do your research on what the harmful ingredient is and then see if there isn’t an equivalent product that has no warning labels, and instead has a green cleaning solution certification sticker.  Knowledge does not have to be a factor anymore, we know, we have learned from those past mistakes and now need to practice what we learned.

    Our environment is precious to all of us and if we do not stop polluting it what will be left for our future generations. We cannot keep polluting our ground water and soil with these harmful agents at the rate we have been, or we will lose resources. We need to stop introducing harmful chemicals into our living and working spaces. To stop the effects of leaching of chemicals or the harm it can cause another human being or yourself, action has to start with each and everyone of us.

    As a cleaning company, by going green, you know that your employees are safe, the clients are safe, and you have done everything you can to reduce the chemical foot print we leave behind if we all did our part then this world we live in will be a much safer place.  Did your chemicals cost you a bit more? Could have, but boy is it worth it.

    Find Professional Certified Green Cleaning Companies Here

  • 19 Apr 2019 3:12 PM | Deleted user

    It's 2019, and with every passing year the general public is becoming more conscious of how chemicals have negative actions on our environment.

    In the Washington DC metro area, green certification among commercial cleaners is highly sought after, as the general population are among the most highly educated in the country.

    No matter where your business is established or frequently doing business, or who your clients are, cleaning companies are constrained to do their part in the sustainability of the earth.

    If ethics is not enough to persuade a company to have a green cleaning program, the clients that you won't obtain due to lacking a green program should be enough.  

    Find Professional Certified Green Cleaning Companies Here

  • 19 Apr 2019 8:12 AM | 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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  • 18 Apr 2019 7:08 PM | ZIJUN JIANG

    During the cleaning process, cleaning workers are exposed to the contaminated areas and under the threat of bloodborne pathogens. If the employees and staff have no idea about bloodborne pathogens, they might push down the garbage with bare hands, or do not care to be aware of needlesticks and other sharps-related injuries that may happen, or dispose contaminated sharps the wrong way… These are the beginning of a disaster.

    It is employers’ responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for the employees and staff. OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard requires that employer must implement an exposure control plan for the worksite to protect their employee and staff against exposure to bloodborne pathogens, such as hepatitis B virus and human immunodeficiency virus.

    By knowing bloodborne pathogens, injuries and bloodborne infections can be avoided. Cleaning employees and staff know how to use appropriate personal protective equipment before they are exposed to any potentially infectious materials. They know how to use safer medical devices. They know how to protect themselves and others better.

    All in all, do not ignore bloodborne pathogens because you cannot see the risk to your life hiding right in front of you. 

  • 18 Apr 2019 2:10 PM | Gregory Reese

    We all know being Green Clean certified benefits our companies and ourselves as individuals. It helps my company standout to consumers, preserves the environment, protects the public and my employees. These are important for production and the life for us as a community. 

    Green Cleaning helps to standout to consumers because not many companies offer this service and by doing so it shows that as a company, we care. It also shows that we are serious and disciplined because we took the time to get Green Clean Certified. By being Green Clean certified Superb Cleaning is able to teach consumers things they do not know, which will display our knowledge that we have and the extensive studying we did. 

    Having this knowledge and certification also allows us to preserve the environment. Since we have knowledge of VOCs and carcinogens we are able to use Green/natural cleaning products that will protect the environment. By protecting the environment, my company will be acknowledged by the community and we will build a good reputation. Earning the respect and acknowledgment of the community is important for word-of-mouth advertisement. 

    By protecting the public, we will gain more recognition and then by protecting my employees, they will get sick less. Of course the recognition just calls for more good word-of-mouth advertisement. By my employees getting sick less; that means less sick days, better morale and attitude, and high quality production. My employees will not have to be afraid that the products they are using are harmful to them or going to get them sick. Companies such as:

  • 18 Apr 2019 9:45 AM | Gregory Reese

    We all know that there are many benefits to green cleaning services that make it an almost necessity. One of the benefits being that it keeps the area clean and free of harmful chemicals and substances. This in turn will assist in employees not getting sick as often, which means not as many sick days. This translates into more likely having a fully staffed team all-year-round. 

    Another benefit would be spreading awareness about poor air quality and toxic exposure. By us providing green cleaning, people will get intrigued about why we do it or wonder what exactly is it. This will open a door for us to step in and promote green cleaning and hopefully convert others to do the same. 

    Find Professional Certified Green Cleaning Services Here

  • 18 Apr 2019 1:45 AM | Gregory Reese

    There are plenty of harmful effects from using regular cleaning chemicals. These chemicals release terrible substances in the environment that are harmful to humans, plants, animals, etc. These chemical pollute the air and any surrounding water as well. The harmful substances released into the environment are called Volatile Organic Compound (VOC). 

    Most products that create vapor or have a scent to them contain these VOCs. These substances induce asthma, eye irritation, skin irritation, reactions, etc. VOCs are actually even regulated by law because of all the harmful effects on humans and indoor air quality. 

    Additionally, a lot of cleaning chemicals have carcinogens in them. Carcinogens are substances capable of causing cancer in living tissue. So to stay away from VOCs and carcinogens, Green Cleaning has been invented and utilized by many different cleaning companies. Companies such as: , , 

  • 18 Apr 2019 1:12 AM | Gregory Reese

    Finding a green cleaning service can be very difficult right? Well you can stop here at IJCSA because we have Green Clean Certified cleaning companies here at your disposal! These companies have went through the necessary, intensive training to have been given the privilege to walk around with Green Clean certifications. 

    Our IJCSA cleaning teams come up with methodical green cleaning plans specific for your facility's needs. Our certifications are always up to date and we are always available to clean! Some great companies that fit this description are:

    You can also use the professional green cleaning directory to

    find a green cleaning service near you here.

  • 17 Apr 2019 4:13 PM | HL Humphries

    It is very important to wear the proper safety gear when working in an area where exposure to bloodborne pathogens is possible. You should always wear gloves and eye protection. Gowns and other protection may be needed depending on the conditions. 

    A person can contact HBV and HIV by exposure to blood and other body fluids. Care must be taken when working in an area where exposure is possible. A person should not compact the trash with hands due to the chance of sharp items with body fluids. Any one working in an area must be offered a HBV B immunization shot by their employer.

    OSHA requires a written plan for all companies working in an area where exposure to Bloodborne pathogens is possible. The plan must be available for all employees to view. 

    Learn More About Bloodborne Pathogens Here

  • 17 Apr 2019 10:54 AM | Miguel Bonilla-Roman


    We are members of IJCSA, top mold removal and cleaning specialists. We will assess the level and type of mold you may have. We will determine how dangerous the mold infestation is, and provide the most effective solutions possible to mitigate your mold problem. Our customer’s safety is our number one priority! We also collaborate with other cleaning companies:

    Trendi Pro Clean

    H & J Services Inc.

    Superb Cleaning

    Atlanta`s Premier Mold Removal Company!

    Some of Our Services:

    • Containment of mold infested areas
    • Removal of mold infected materials
    • Application of environmentally friendly spray disinfectants
    • Full wipe down cleaning to ensure mold removal
    • Micro-biostatic treatments, which are safer for humans and pets.
    • Full rebuild and restoration options to fix the damage

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