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  • 19 May 2019 11:44 AM | Adriana Robine
    When you decide to implement green cleaning program into your business you are assembling all your team making a commitment of using fewer toxic chemicals, choosing environmentally responsible equipment and considering processes that are sensitive to vulnerable populations. Green cleaning isn’t just about protecting the environment; it’s also about protecting the health of place occupants and cleaning staff while enhancing overall productivity.

    The benefits of green cleaning are directly related to your business operations are: - Demonstrate the quality of environmentally responsible products and services which can meet or exceed performance and expectations. - Obtain access to new customers and increase loyalty, expanding your Network - Profitability Increase - Show sustainable conscious not only with the environment, but also with clients & staffs - Fewer staff health problems, decreased absenteeism - Help professionals understand the importance of using environmentally-preferable products carefully, safely and with the goals of green cleaning in mind.
    That’s why HCC Cleaning is committed not only on promoting healthier environment but acknowledgement of the importance of being sustainable conscious to make a better Planet to live.

    Find Certified Green Cleaning Services Here.
  • 18 May 2019 6:43 PM | Hwanyong Shin

    I have worked for several cleaning companies over the years. I had to use a lot of chemicals which are really harmful to the human body. Although the cleaning result is okay, it is not eco-friendly and it is harmful to the earth, kids, pets, and clients. 

    Now, we can use green cleaning products and it allows us to a run a healthy green cleaning business. As I use green cleaning products, I can proudly explain to customers about what kind of healthy results they will receive. I explain they can have the same cleaning results without any harmful side effects. 

    Green cleaning is new world cleaning. State of the art cleaning! Where we do not have to hide something from our clients and we can be proud to clean an office or home using natural healthy green cleaning techniques. 

    Find Professional Green Cleaning Companies Here

  • 18 May 2019 3:25 PM | Michael & Laure Relihan

    The reason it is so important for employees and staff of cleaning companies to be educated on blood-borne pathogens, is because this is where the spread of these pathogens begin! The more employees that know, the better prepared they will be with precautions in place to stop the spread of these pathogens!

    This is undoubtedly the most important part in stopping and or minimizing the spread of blood-borne pathogens! If cleaning employees are trained properly, they can then take the proper steps in safety, which entails wearing proper protective gear, using proper and approved methods of labeling hazardous or non-hazardous materials, and proper cleaning and sanitation of contaminated areas. It is also important for employees and staff to have a written exposure plan, that way employees are educated on what actions to take in the case of exposure to blood-borne pathogens. 

    The greatest importance of this education is the knowledge that it provides to employers and employees about the risks, proper handling, and cleaning of infected areas. 

    Learn More About Bloodborne Pathogens Here

  • 18 May 2019 1:27 PM | Julie Lesage

    Occupational illnesses is a common problem in the housekeeping world. Green cleaning protects 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 and health benefits 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.

    Find Certified Green Cleaning Services Here

    More Information On Green Cleaning Here


  • 17 May 2019 6:31 PM | John Nelson

    Traditional cleaning chemicals can have a harmful effect on people and on the environment. Everyday cleaners contain toxic ingredients such as chlorine bleach, napthas, phthalates, and methylene chloride. Many cleaners also contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) Regular exposure to these chemicals can have adverse effects on the health of the workers who handle them and on the people exposed to places where they have been used. 

    Green cleaning products are a great alternative to traditional chemicals. They have less of an impact on human health and the environment. They contain things like vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, and cornstarch. They are generally biodegradable and can be mixed at home, which reduces plastic packaging waste. 

    These green and eco-friendly products are also superior cleaning products. For example, a vinegar and olive oil mixture makes an excellent furniture polish which compares favorably to any other polish on the market and can be made by individuals very inexpensively. 

    Using green products in place of traditional cleaning chemicals can also be advantageous from a business standpoint. More and more customers are demanding the use of products which are safer to use around their families or employees. It is in the best interests of cleaning businesses and individuals to become Green Clean Certified to meet these market demands. 

    Customers can find a provider of green cleaning services through IJCSA's Provider Directory. Businesses or individuals who are Green Clean Certified can also be verified through IJCSA's Directory


    Sources:

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

  • 17 May 2019 6:19 PM | 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.  

    Find A IJCSA Green Cleaning Service Here


  • 17 May 2019 4:06 PM | Fernando Gallegos

                As the world turns we as a people, as a society are becoming globally smarter. So smart that our items are smart,  smart water, smart phones, smart tv's, smart cars, and even smart vacuums that need no one around to clean. The years have taught us what to do and what not to do. Everyday we keep striving to create that safe haven, that heavenly house or business. Looking for a more safe and healthier environment.

                     Reaching some goals, but at the same time creating our next problem. until a few years back a clean house meant a toxic chamber, hazardous to breath after cleaning, how ever we lived in it, for the sake of a clean house. Poor mothers that keep their home clean daily. Sweeping and mopping, spraying and wiping all day. Inhaling chemicals all day. How about if cleaning was your job, your 9-5, your bread and butter. Meaning you give super service to acquire satisfied customers while slowly damaging your lungs and brain from constant inhaling of chemicals from cleaning products. Yes chemicals, there is nothing natural about it. People exposed to these hazardous chemicals have shown complications in the later years. So our past experience and way of working has been proven to be dangerous and less effective. Knowing this people have agreed that the environment and people should be work as one to improve the quality of life.

                      Putting our trust in mother nature, we took a closer look at our natural resources. Doing so introduced us to chemical-free products that happen to be as effective or work even better than chemical made products. Chemicals-free products equal a safer environment for people, plants, and pets. We called this movement "GOING GREEN" or  Green Cleaning"  focusing on more natural based cleaning products. Making it safe to clean with, inhale, and dispose of it.

                   Knowing this information, the change in products are optional, as well as the practice. Instead of being mandatory to do and be certified on. A lot of company's are transitioning to more green products and on being green cleaning certified for the safety of their workers and clients. Being certified means that you have knowledge in products, and that you care for other people`s health, as well as yours. For any help in finding companies that are green cleaning certified you can always check the IJCSA directory. or by typing green cleaning in the search box.

    Being Green Certified say's a lot in short words, by a customer accepting a green cleaning certified company they know they are getting service from a company that cares for their workers, customers and environment


  • 17 May 2019 1:35 PM | Kristofer Bartow

    There are many carpet cleaning services out there. To find one that serves all your needs can be daunting. First you should look up services in your area. Decide what kind of cleaning you need. Next you should call and ask with method of cleaning they use. Dry cleaning or steam (hot water extraction). Use the method which you will fit your needs. 

    In the Wisconsin area there are a few like Sunshine cleaning company in oak creek or Oso cleaning in Riverfalls. Ask questions about what services you need and what they provide. Residential or commercial carpets have an impact on how they will approach treating the carpet. 

    References

    www.Osoclean.net

    www.sunshinecleaningcompany.com

  • 17 May 2019 10:53 AM | Miguel Bonilla-Roman

     

    The dangers associated with having mold in your home or business are a continued discussion and has been for years. Having a mold-cleaning program is necessary. There are numerous benefits of having a mold-cleaning program, which includes reducing health risks, offer professional solutions opportunities and it can be identified at the source.

    The health risks associated with prolonged exposure to mold are numerous. Having a mold-cleaning program will ensure that you are living in a much healthier environment. You cannot put a price on your health and continued exposure to mold is dangerous. Despite what others may tell, you no one can tell if a particular mold has mycotoxins or could cause you, or your family, any health problems.

    Many people think they can take care of cleaning mold on their own but no matter how hard you try, your cleaning of mold cannot compare to that of a professional. Proper mold remediation does not just contain the cleaning of the mold but also includes getting airborne mold spores down to acceptable levels with the proper HEPA filtration equipment. 

     There is no use in having your home cleaned for mold if you cannot find the source. A professional will not only clean for mold, but they are also able to identify the source of the problem. Finding the source of the growth is the first step to eliminating mold growth and establishing a successful preventive program. 

    Find Professional Certified Mold Removal Companies Here

  • 17 May 2019 6:12 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

    Find Green Cleaning Services Here

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