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  • 12 May 2019 2:13 PM | Michael & Laure Relihan

    Clean & Pristine Services Inc's President and Vice President in celebration of completing the Blood Borne Pathogens Certification, we are offering 20% off on all services of 2 or more hours, all SPRING & SUMMER LONG!

    For all your home/office cleaning, maintenance, and management needs, please feel free to visit us at our new website @

    When you hire us, it's not clean until it's Clean & Pristine!

  • 12 May 2019 1:58 PM | Shenna Morris

    Mattie B. Cleaning Services is committed to providing services that prioritize the total health and wellness of our customers, their homes, and our environment.  Our commitment to doing this requires us to be conscience of the techniques and products that we use. This is why the knowledge and use of green cleaning is essential to who we are and what we do. 

    We are committed to prioritizing the usage of natural solutions. This includes creating natural cleaning solutions and informing customers of the solutions used. Additionally we will work to inform customers of the benefits of using natural products and why it is a healthier alternative than using common chemical products that many are familiar with. By providing green cleaning solutions, we are ensuring that our customers, both human and being, aren't exposed to toxins that can create short and longterm health effects.  

  • 12 May 2019 7:17 AM | Halston Shanklin

    OSHA's act on the prevention and clean up of blood pathogens has been in affect since 1992.  This act was and still is intended for the employers to safeguard and protect it's employees against health hazards caused by bloodborne pathogens. 

    Employers in areas like schools, doctors offices, and dentist offices are required by law to train their employees on the safe removal of these hazards, but does this training only have to be in these facilities? I ask the question cause I believe that all facilities should have this training. This should be really taken into consideration when having a facilities that houses more than 5 employees in one location. Employees need to know what to do if exposed to such common things like vomit, or tiny cuts in the work place. Although we drop our guard in such relaxed environments such as common work spaces, break rooms, and bathrooms that's no reason for employees in such facilities to be uneducated in such procedures. 

    So as employers it is our duties to not only educate our employees in this training but remind them that just because the facility that one is working at isn't a school, or medical facility that one can still encounter these situations.

    More Information On Bloodborne Pathogens Here

  • 11 May 2019 6:34 AM | Thomas Wilkinson

    Bloodborne pathogens:  infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause disease and kill humans. 

    Cleaning technicians need to be educated on human bodily fluids as they can contain very infectious and deadly diseases known as pathogens. These pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). One should always assume that bodily fluids contain bloodborne pathogens and with proper training a cleaning tech can avoid contamination to themselves and others. Proper handling of waste material can keep you and others safe from these contaminants.

    Knowing how to handle waste material by using absorbents, spatulas, and other mechanical tools to collect bodily fluids and reducing exposure by learning, knowing, and practicing safe handling techniques is imperative to the safety of the cleaning technician performing the work.

    Understanding the need to wear Person Protection Equipment such as eye protection, gloves, face masks can save a life. Making sure not to splash, splatter, or spread the fluids can prevent accidental contamination to open mount nose or sores.  Cleaning technicians must be diligent in following these personal safety precautions to protect their person health as there are no second chances when it comes to deadly diseases.

    Dispose of materials in proper containers, marked bags, and proper receptacles and do not manually compact, squeeze or over handle any means of disposal container this can keep the cleaning technicians and others who may encounter these containers safe.

    Find Professional Certified Cleaning Companies Here

  • 10 May 2019 8:55 PM | Alberto Atallah

    I've spoken before about the benefits of green cleaning for people around you. Your customer, the people around them, their overall environment enjoys cleaner air, not burdened by chemicals from conventional cleaning tools. The environment gets a little more breathing room, your employees enjoy a good working morale, and better health as well. It's easy to see how these benefits would add to me as an individual, as well as my business.

    I've mentioned how offering green cleaning adds a selling point to your brand, because of the benefits I mentioned earlier. The satisfaction of knowing you're helping conserve the ecosystem, being responsible and practically adept, helps me find more pride in the work. Natural, green cleaning components are a cost-effective way of providing cleaning solutions in several cases. Did you know an effective furniture cleaner can be made up of a mixture of vinegar, olive oil, and lemon juice? These are common household items you can use, that have no effect on the environment you apply them to.

    As a company, the community that I service has the satisfaction that I'm providing an effective, elegant, but also eco-friendly solution to their problems. Green cleaning is not meant to lower service quality, but rather improve it. The title of a previous post was "There's no excuse to not hire green cleaning services", which I wholeheartedly believe. If companies are going out of their way to provide healthier, cost effective, and quality solutions for their clients, all the more reason to consider them. 

    Becoming IJCSA Green certified is a major advantage for your cleaning company. The standards set in this program make sure anyone running a cleaning service offers an eco-friendly, quality solution for their customers. As an individual, I feel better knowing I can do my trade without condemning the environment, while still helping the community. Look out for a green-certified company in this directory:

  • 10 May 2019 3:29 PM | Anthony Perales

     For those who have had enough of cleaning companies who claim to be Green Cleaners while still using dangerous chemicals on your home or job?

    Look no more ,our green cleaning services guarantee 100% chemical free , green cleaning for your home or work space.

    Our technicians are all IJCSA Green Cleaning Certified which is reviewed and renewed every year.

    We promise to use only the safest and most effective chemical free cleaning agents available.  We will leave your home or work clean without leaving trace elements of dangerous chemicals from commercial cleaning agents.

    We use natural products made from lemon juice, vinegar, baking soda and other all natural products.

     Keep your family and coworkers from being exposed to dangerous chemicals and go Green Today by choosing a IJCSA Green Cleaning Certified companies.

    IJCSA Green Cleaning Directory Here

  • 10 May 2019 5:56 AM | Ariel Jala

    Getting certified in green cleaning will benefit me for the rest of my life. I was affected by the wildfires in Malibu and almost had my house burned down. My house was completely filled with smoke and it is still a process of getting everything back to normal. Driving around Malibu so many homes are burned to the ground, foundations are filled with toxins, and the air is very polluted. Green cleaning cannot only improve the quality of my life but also my community. 

    My work environment is a high school where my cleaning practices are affecting hundreds of students everyday. There has been many outbreaks of the flu virus in the school because lots of the custodians do not have good cleaning practices.  Using green cleaning products would be highly beneficial for the schools because it is cost effective. In the Malibu schools lots of parents try to sue the district, so by having green practices it reduces liability. 

    Having my first child has really changed my life forever. I am so hyper aware of everything he does. Now I really have to be concerned about how I clean the countertops and wash his clothes. I did not realize that common laundry detergents have chlorine in them. I now have learned that I can go outside to my lemon tree and use a lemon as a cleaning agent. I also learned to have minimum exposure to metals around children. 

    I grew up in a poor town in the Philippines, I was never taught about green cleaning and green products. My family would just use what was readily available. Through all this knowledge I have learned I can teach my family members who are here in the states and also my family who are still in the Philippines. Such simple things can be used for green cleaning. Just boiling orange peels can be used as a green air freshener. Green furniture polish can be made from olive oil, lemon, and vinegar. It is so easy to look up green companies by going to the IJCSA Green Cleaning Directory located here:

    Green cleaning has changed my life for the better and hopefully it will change you life for the better too! 

  • 09 May 2019 9:04 PM | Ariel Jala

    The IJCSA has a great customer service program. Many people may believe that janitors are the silent workers that are behind the scenes. Here at IJCSA we care about the customers and always show that we are always professional whether people are watching or not. Something so simple as a smile can make your business very successful. It doesn't matter if your cleaning service is exceptional, If you don't know how to properly engage the public your company is not going to succeed.

    IJCSA wants to let customers know that they are heard. We can teach you how to treat the customer with respect and make them know that they are cared for. You can learn how to properly listen to customers problems. IJCSA is the top in customer service and shows how it matters the most and is the top priority. For more information go to the IJCSA  Business Directory

  • 09 May 2019 10:29 AM | Anthony Perales

    There's a good reason why theres child proof locks on the doors below the kitchen sink where most of our cleaning agents are kept. It's locked because its POISON. If it’s poisonous to ingest it, why would you use it to clean surfaces that you or your child or your pets come into contact with? Small children put their fingers in their mouths after touching the surfaces you’ve cleaned with toxic chemicals. Animals clean themselves constantly and they are laying on the floors you just used more poison on. And, lastly, YOU are touching these same surfaces that you just used rubber gloves to clean because you didn’t want to get the poison on your hands

    The prolonged exposure to strong cleaning products was associated to the Increased decline in two major areas of lung function. Some ingredients, such as parabens, ammonia, chlorine bleach, QUATS, Triclosan, and triclocarban, are absorbed through the skin in varying degrees—and once inside your body, they may upset your delicate microbial balance. Toxic cleaning chemicals can also easily find their way into soil, air, and water, and animal studies highlight the damaging potential for our planet’s wildlife.

    Here's a short list of some of the more common toxic cleaning agents and their side effects from products you are more then likely to find in your home or work place:

    Butoxyethanol A common ingredient in kitchen, window, and multipurpose cleaners that can interfere with the health of your red blood cells.

    Ammonia Found in glass and bathroom cleaners, ammonia can be very irritating to the eyes, skin, throat, and lungs.

    Chlorine Bleach A potent antimicrobial and respiratory irritant, bleach is a major ingredient in mildew removers, toilet bowl cleaners, and scouring powders. Mixing chlorine bleach with ammonia can create highly toxic chlorine gas.

    Sodium Hydroxide: A known mucous membrane irritant, this is used in many oven cleaners and drain openers.

    Sodium Lauryl Sulfate SLS is a detergent that creates the rich type of lather we’ve become accustomed to in cleansers, and is present in most shampoos and hand soaps. This ingredient can be very irritating to eyes.

    Fragrance: Although the term “fragrance” sounds innocent enough, it can refer to any one of thousands of chemicals linked to skin, kidney, respiratory, and cellular issues.9

    Parabens: These antimicrobial, chemical preservatives are associated with negative effects in breasts, hormones, and reproductive areas.

    Phthalates: Commonly found in a host of cleansing products including dish soaps, detergents, and shampoo,

    Ammonium Compounds Found in antibacterial household cleaners, fabric softeners, and dryer sheets.

    Many of the cleaning products under your sink are chemical cocktails making outrageous claims of their cleaning, degreasing, and disinfecting ability. If ANY of them have chemical names in the ingredient list, dispose of them responsibly like you would any other poison.

    First step in going Green is to avoid cleaning products with ingredients such as bleach, toluene, parabens, formaldehyde and anything with benzene in the name. Also avoid anything that has chemical fragrance or has any of the above listed ingredients.

    The benefits of using green products aren’t always visible, but they’ve played an important role in protecting our environment since the 1960s. They continue to help us preserve cleaner air and combat water pollution.

    Green cleaning reduces the amount of chemicals introduced into the environment, and that minimizes impact on the earth’s ozone layer. Eco-friendly cleaning products used in your home help keep your family from exposure to harmful chemical agents and helps keep the planet cleaner too.

    There are various Certified Green Cleaning Companies found in the IJCSA Green Cleaning Service Directory.

    Start doing your part to keep yourself ,your family,pets ,employees, coworkers, customers and the environment we all live in free of these harmful chemicals.

    Use the IJCSA Green Cleaning Service Directory today and start going GREEN .

  • 08 May 2019 7:54 AM | Kelly Hornback

    Here at Intec Building Services, we plan on implementing a GREEN cleaning program both for the safety and overall health of our customers, employees and the environment. Being in the janitorial business for over 35 years, experience and research has proved that cleaning chemicals are loaded with toxins and can produce harmful effects to individual’s overall health and to our environment. 

    Many common cleaning chemicals such as general purpose cleaners, Windex, oven cleaners and even simple air fresheners can cause lung and eye irritation, headaches, dizziness, shortness of breath, burning of the skin, cancers and can poison humans, animals and plants.  Said chemicals will ultimately end up in our rivers and streams causing irreversible effects on our environment.  

    Here at Intec, we strive to be a socially and environmentally friendly and responsible company, which is why we are choosing to go GREEN!

    Find Green Cleaning Professional Companies Here!

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