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  • 19 Sep 2018 10:21 AM | Jillian DeAnnuntis

    Using Eco-friendly or “Green” Cleaning Products and techniques to Clean is not only beneficial for my clients and their families and pets, but it also benefits myself, my employees and the environment. Green cleaning companies are committed to using only the safest products and most efficient cleaning methods. More and more people are becoming aware of the harmful chemicals found in most common household cleaners and are turning to Green Cleaning products and methods.

    There are many benefits to being a Green Cleaning Certified company. Using a Green Cleaning program reduces exposure to toxic chemicals. This is proven to reduce the risk of asthma and allergies. It improves the overall indoor air quality by reducing airborne dust and chemicals. This will reduce sick time for me and my staff as well as my clients and increase work performance.

    By implementing high efficiency Green Cleaning methods, overall cleaning costs can be reduced increasing my bottom line. It includes improved training programs that stress safety which reduces work place accidents and injuries. Regular and improved maintenance of powered cleaning equipment which ensures equipment is always working efficiently. 

    Being IJCSA Green Cleaning Certified lets my customers know that I am committed to reducing their exposure, and the environment, from toxic chemicals and reduce waste. For these reasons I received my Green Cleaning Certification thru The International Cleaning Service Association (IJCSA). The IJCSA provides a list of Certified Green Cleaning Companies in different areas. The link is

  • 18 Sep 2018 9:48 AM | Roger Morgans

    The environmental footprint of the janitorial industry has been long overlooked. Just as we have obligations to our clients and employees, we also have even deeper obligations to our communities and environment.

    "Green" chemicals and procedures have advanced to a point where they perform as well or better than their harsher and less safe counterparts and are becoming more competitively priced. This means as we embrace the changes we can depend on safer, cleaner facilities and work spaces.

    Find Your IJCSA Certified Green Cleaning Company Here

  • 17 Sep 2018 10:07 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 

  • 15 Sep 2018 4:39 PM | Jillian DeAnnuntis

    GME Cleaning Solutions care about the health of our staff, our clients and their families as well as the environment. We are proud to be a Certified Green Cleaning Service Company and members of the International Janitorial Cleaning Service Association. 

    We implement a three-step Green Cleaning Program to ensure we are doing our part to keep us all safe. These three steps include first using only eco-friendly cleaning products to reduce being exposed to toxic chemicals harmful to us and the environment. Second step in our program is to provide extensive training to our staff emphasizing safety Reducing workplace injuries. The final step includes using the most efficient cleaning practices and equipment to reduce waste and chemical use.

    GME Cleaning Solutions is ready to provide your home or office with Green Cleaning Services! You can find out about all other services we provide and schedule a Cleaning online at For more information about the International Janitorial Cleaning Service Association go to We look forward to hearing from you soon! 

  • 15 Sep 2018 11:59 AM | Lucia Miringu
    Cleaning your carpet is an essential way of maintaining clean air in your home. Carpets are part of our homes and are often not properly cleaned. They contain harmful allergens that can become problematic and life threatening when breathed by children and pets. Having your carpets cleaned regularly can become an economical way to preserve and maintain your flooring investment.

    One way to effectively clean your carpets is using a carpet extractor. Now I know that having a carpet extractor is not exactly high on your things to purchase and with that being said there’s a large list of certified well trained carpet cleaning companies in most areas. Here at the IJCSA you can find a qualified company to help clean and protect your home and carpet. Cleaning your carpet regularly helps with air quality, releases trapped airborne pollutants that are infiltrated into your home carpet. Having your carpet professionally clean helps prevent and eliminate spots and stains. find a professional carpet cleaning company here:

  • 14 Sep 2018 2:26 PM | Yanira Morales

    Yanan Eco-Friendly provides clients with safe environmentally conscious green cleaning solutions. Our green services use environmentally friendly products while working to reduce contaminants that may threaten our health and pollute the Earth.

    Our team specializes in green best practices:

    -Environmentally responsible cleaning products

    -Color coded Microfiber systems

    -Hepa/Ulpa Vacuums

    - Preferred vendors that offer eco-friendly and green cleaning service products

    -Developments and research on partnering green cleaning products with green cleaning service prosses 

    -Educating clients about the importance of green services

    Find Certified Green Cleaning Companies Here

  • 13 Sep 2018 6:06 PM | Yanira Morales

    The standard cleaning chemical is harsh to the individual. Phosphoric acid can be found in toilet bowl cleaners. Ammonia, alkyl benzene sulfonates, chlorine, and crystalline silica can be found in general cleaners. As labeled on the products containing such chemicals, all can cause irritation in the eyes, lungs, and skin upon contact. According to the American Cancer Society, benzene, which is commonly found in detergents and industrial solvents, is a carcinogen ("Benzene and Cancer Risk" 2016). Though these risks can be mitigated by proper handling, accidents can and do occur, and that is an inescapable fact of cleaning with standard cleaning products. 

    What's more, many standard cleaning products contain chemicals that have the potential to reach dangerously with other chemicals with which it comes into contact. Take chlorine-based bleach, for example. Mixing ammonia and bleach together causes a volatile reaction that releases chloramines ("Dangers of Mixing..."). Exposure to these can cause irritated eyes, nausea, coughing, chest pain, wheezing, pneumonia, and more.

    But the dangers of standard chemical cleaners goes beyond personal health and safety; they also negatively impact the environment. Many common cleaners contail chemicals that are considered by the Environmental Protection Agency to be Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs (Chatterjee 2018). These VOCs enter the atmosphere and increase ozone levels. Nitrogen, phosphorus, and ammonia are some common chemicals found in standard cleaners and have all been labeled as VOCs by the EPA. Some of these chemicals are also slow to biodegrade, and they can all very easily end up in the environment via drainage systems or otherwise improper disposal. 

    On top of pollution, some chemicals found in standard products have a more complicated effect on our ecosystems. Benzalkonium chloride, which is a synthetic disinfectant and bacteriacide, is a biologically active chemical, which means that it can negatively affect living organisms. The widespread indiscriminate use of bactericides is also now causing the emergence of new strains of bacteria that are resistant to them. The CDC also lists this chemical as being "very toxic to aquatic life" ("Benzalkonium Chloride" 2014). Phosphorus, and by extension phosphoric acid and the cleaners containing this chemical, can cause an overgrowth of algae in water sources. This has in fact proven to be a problem in cities such as Atlanta, Georgia ("Phosphorus and Water" 2018). 

    By contrast, natural cleaning products serve as a viable and appealing alternative to the standard chemical products. The use of natural cleaning products improves indoor air quality, reduces energy usage, and promotes recycling. These products are less likely to be irritants or to negatively impact long-term personal health. They will also reduce the ecological footprint left behind by cleaning businesses ("Potential Benefits..." 2017). Click here to find a green cleaning business near you.

    "Benzalkonium Chloride." Center for Disease Control. Jul. 1 2014.

    "Benzene and Cancer Risk." The American Cancer Society. 2016.

    Chatterjee, Rhitu. "Wall Paints, Perfumes, and Cleaning Agents Are Polluting Our Air." NPR, National Public Radio. Feb. 15 2018.

    "Dangers of Mixing Bleach With Cleaners." Washington State Department of Health, Department of Health.

    "Phosphorus and Water." USGS: Science For A Changing World, United States Geological Survey. Mar. 13 2018.

    "Potential Benefits of Green Cleaning Products and Programs." New York's Green Cleaning Program, New York State. 2017.

  • 12 Sep 2018 12:15 PM | Andrew Rembacki

    In my years of experience I have always tried to follow rules when in customer service situations, but one rule has always been in the top three: First impressions are everything. In a cleaning or janitorial environment my job skills can only take me so far. I believe to truly reach my goals of being the absolute best professional I can be, learning or improving my customer service skills will ensure a quality and long lasting relationship with my customers, which in turn benefits my life and the life of my business.

    The quality of training provided through IJCSA benefits anyone willing and ready to take on new challenges in life and grow their business and livelihood. From carpet care to customer service to insurance, they have it all. I am very fortunate to be a member of IJCSA and look forward to the successful adventures that lie ahead.

  • 11 Sep 2018 8:32 PM | Jillian DeAnnuntis

    Did you know that cleaning products are largely unregulated with around 70% of conventional cleaning products containing harsh chemicals unapproved by the EPA? It’s no wonder more and more people are turning to Eco-friendly cleaning products and cleaning services. 

    Studies have shown that using a household cleaning spray even just once a week in your home or office raises the risk of developing asthma. There are many cleaning service companies that are committed to keeping their staff, their clients and the environment healthier and safer by implementing Green Cleaning Practices.

    Your health and your family’s is the most important thing to all of us in the green cleaning industry. The International Janitorial Cleaning Service Association (IJCSA) has compiled a list of their members who are Green Cleaning Service providers in your area. Visit their website at  

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