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  • 28 Feb 2019 3:35 PM | John Monk

    IJCSA Professional Carpet Cleaning Services know the importance of regularly maintaining your carpet and rugs. Whether it's your appliances, furniture or floors, our team strives to provide our customers with service that is above and beyond expectations. As we continue to educate ourselves, we are better able to inform our customers on what would be best for them. IJCSA  members that are trained and certified will give you peace of mind. From contacting to carrying out the tasks necessary to complete your project, our team is equipped.

    Your floors and their best quality are important to us. That is why we take pride in being highly educated in their construction. Knowing the best chemistry and equipment to use will help us tackle your cleaning projects. Our aim is your satisfaction. From removing stubborn stains in your carpets to restoring them to their best, allow an IJCSA certified carpet cleaning member to assist you with you carpet cleaning needs


  • 28 Feb 2019 9:59 AM | Corey Nolen

    When finding a green cleaning service it’s always good to do the research. The cleaning industry is starting to boom with green cleaning services, now more than ever. More and more companies their own cleaning solution that may not be up to par with your health and green cleaning standard. With IJCSA our cleaning service go through a highly informative and innovative green cleaning certification program, that insures the top quality in services.

    Remember, green cleaning refers to using cleaning methods and products with environmentally friendly ingredients and procedures 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, dermatological and other conditions. IJCSA promotes cleaner business by recognizing and  meeting the growing industry demand for eco-friendly  and sustainable products.

    One of the major benefits to this kind of business is that conventional cleaning solutions can produce noxious fumes, especially when combined with fumes from other chemical-based cleansers.  This leads to chronic health conditions for workers in conventional cleaning services and potentially for the occupants of the home.  Thus, it is healthier for you and your workers, and a major satisfactory point for your business. Find A IJCSA Certified Green Cleaning Service Here:  http://www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services


  • 27 Feb 2019 3:17 PM | clayton harrelson

    Do you have mold that's lingering and beginning to affect your health? Well I can help! While there are many ways to remove mold, many chemicals that are used can be toxic to your heath. With some of these chemicals being a carcinogen, respiratory inhibitor, or mutagen ,etc  its only makes sense to use a "green" chemical. With that being said, these chemicals are environmentally friendly and have no harsh odors from the solvents used. Another advantage is that they are biodegradable, have no toxic pesticides, and are ph neutral. For more information on where to find a professional mold cleaning service refer to the link below

    https://www.ijcsa.org/Flood-Damage-Restoration-Services

  • 27 Feb 2019 2:53 PM | Ariel Jala

    It is very important for cleaning professionals to know about bloodborne pathogens because it can cause human disease. Infections can be spread through the blood and also body fluids. You can be exposed to bloodborne pathogens if they come in contact with your nose or mouth. Also if you have an open wound in the skin and if you come in contact with dirty needles. In order to help prevent exposure to bloodborne pathogens it is safe to not eat,drink,smoke, or apply lip balm in the affected area.

    If you are a cleaning professional there are tools you can use to further prevent exposure to bloodborne pathogens and to stop them from spreading. First it is very important to always wear gloves and eye protection. When removing trash it is important to not compress the trash bag in case there are dirty needles inside. If needles are found make sure they are thrown in the proper container. These tools are important for employees but can be taught to friends and family members to increase their safety. 

    Cleaning the infected area is very important to decrease the spreading of bloodborne pathogens. Never use the same sponge or towel after cleaning the infected area. Remove wet cloths carefully without splashing. If there is body fluid present then there are spill kits to soak up the fluid. Make sure to disinfect the area with the appropriate supplies. This is important because if you do not disinfect the area then whoever uses the facility after you is exposed to bloodborne pathogens and can further spread. After cleaning dispose of gloves then wash your hands to help reduce the spread of disease. If you believe you came in contact with bloodborne pathogens tell your supervisor immediately and make sure to document it. By following all these safety precautions you can save yourself from getting infectious diseases and other protect the people around you.

    Learn More About Bloodborne Pathogens Here


  • 27 Feb 2019 1:25 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: http://www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services

  • 27 Feb 2019 8:38 AM | Julie Lesage

    Seeking a Green Cleaning Service? You are not alone. Carcinogens, neurotoxins, mutagens, teratogens, endocrine disrupters, toxic, flammable etc.. this is what you most likely buy when you hire a conventional cleaning service.

    The law doesn’t require cleaning products manufacturers to publish their ingredients so how can you be certain your green cleaning service is using true eco-friendly non-toxic products? Hire a Certified Green Cleaning Service through the IJCSA (International Janitorial Cleaning Services Association)  

     IJCSA Green Cleaning Certification Program offers knowledge as well as useful resources to properly operate a Green Cleaning Service. A Certified Green Cleaning member understand the principles of eco-friendly cleaning techniques and the danger of compounds found in conventional products, even the ones that are being incorrectly labeled as being harmless.

    Browse through certified  IJCSA Green Cleaning Companies Here

     


  • 25 Feb 2019 1:11 PM | Elena Pena

    Using green, eco-friendly cleaning products can improve the air quality, reduce health and environmental concerns and sets the standard for environmentally responsible behavior. Contributing to a well thought out green cleaning practice will benefit not only client, but it will also ensure that you are reducing your impact on the environment. Your clients will appreciate this and maybe even start using green cleaning products themselves! green cleaning service directory

    To implement a good green cleaning service program you must first conduct an audit of the facility or area in which you have been hired to clean. This will help you assess which areas need the most improvement and build a comprehensive plan around this. Next is to train the cleaning staff with the use of chemical and equipment handling and cleaning procedures. Afterwards, review the progress to make sure the green cleaning program is successful and implement any changes. 

    Find IJCSA Certified Green Cleaning Services Here

  • 25 Feb 2019 8:34 AM | Denise Binger

    Some benefits of using green cleaning in my business will include providing a safe environment for customers. This means good health for the public, in your home and your work place. Did you know that there are over 62 dangerous chemicals found in the average home? This is not so good. Green Cleaning ensures a natural atmosphere in your home in turn you will have a safe environment also at home.

    Green Cleaning products also disinfect just as good or better than your old fashioned cleaning products; destroying harmful bacterias like, E. Coli, Salmonella and Shigella Bacteria. 

    Eco Friendly/Green clean products are safe for pregnant or nursing women, children and pets. 

    Opting to use green cleaning products will not only reduce the risk of harming anyone in the home, it will help in reducing the harmful effects of toxic chemicals that get washed into the environment. They can be used with the confidence that the ingredients are easy to find when making at home, and the ingredients will not have any harmful effects on anyone. 

    Poor health in the United States has sparked the interest of many to try more eco friendly green clean products. Having the green clean option as part of my business could potentially be my greatest asset.

    Find IJCSA Green Cleaning Services Here


  • 24 Feb 2019 2:54 PM | FARRALEE OUELLETTE

    Having a green cleaning program is beneficial to my business because of its positive effects on the environment and people’s health.  It will reduce exposure to hazardous chemicals.  It reduces issues with breathing. Indoor air quality will improve by reducing particles.  It is much safer for pregnant women and cancer patients. 

    Using a green cleaning program is much cheaper than using toxic chemicals.  It improves the cleaning process and system.  Improves maintenance and how equipment runs.  It meets legal requirements for use in schools and other settings.  It will lower the risk my business has within the community.

    Find Green Cleaning Services Here


  • 24 Feb 2019 8:55 AM | Deleted user
    There is a lot of cleaning chemicals with volatile organic compounds or (VOCs) such as ammonia and bleach, when mixed together gives you mustard gas.

    A dangerous concoction that can have catastrophic consequences and death.

     Chemical education is detrimental and you must know how to use your chemicals. Some chemicals can contribute to allergic reactions, headaches, breathing problems, past studies show link exposure to chemicals from cleaning supplies to occupational asthma.

    Chemicals like degreaser are harmful as well some absorb into the skin quickly and may cause liver damage if overexposure occurs. Read all MSDS sheets and get familiar with them be safe. 

    Cleaning chemicals like Perchloroethylene which some dry cleaners and spot removers for carpets is a neurotoxin and is a carcinogen. 

    A Healthier choice is green cleaning and green cleaning ingredients. Keep our environment clean and have a much safer outcome for years to come. https://www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services for all your green cleaning needs.


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