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  • 15 May 2018 8:14 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!

  • 14 May 2018 11:31 PM | Gloria Perez

    Providing good service is the most important thing can set your business apart from the others of its kind. Customers in the janitorial industry look for someone who really cares about their clients. They look to be treated with honesty, a good attitude, and an excellent customer services.

    As a member of the IJCSA family, we have the commitment of always putting our customers first.  RFC Janitorial is proud to be of the IJCSA Business Directory and promise excellent customer service to our clients and future clients.

    Find IJCSA Professional Cleaning Companies Here

  • 14 May 2018 8:39 AM | Brandon Lee

    Alkanol amines, ammonia, chlorine, chlorophoine, .. And the list goes on. These are just a few of the MANY harmful chemicals found in everyday household cleaners.

    Coming in contact with the toxins of these very harmful chemicals can cause severe problems. They can irritate lungs and eyes, disrupt hormones, be poisonous, cause cancer, and burn skin tissue on contact. Inhaling the fumes of these toxins can cause headaches and dizziness as well as shortness of breath.

    Green cleaning ingredients such as vinegar, borax, washing soda, are all better alternatives to these harmful chemicals in the paragraph above. These green cleaners are all natural and do not cause ANY of the problems that these other conventional cleaning products cause.

    Find Your Green Cleaning Service Here. 



  • 12 May 2018 8:03 AM | Matthew Bompane

    Any effective and professional commercial cleaning company will depend on a variety of different chemicals and procedures to get the job done. However, some of these chemicals, such as disinfectants, cleansers, and strippers used by these companies have been proven to be toxic and dangerous to both cleaning staff and building occupants. A good janitorial company recognizes the impact of using these chemicals and takes great precaution to avoid and mitigate the dangers associated with each.

    One such danger of the use of cleaning chemicals, strippers, and disinfectants is inhalation. Aerosol is the process when a liquid turns into a gas and goes airborne [1]. An common example of this occurrence in regard to chemical utilization is spray bottles. When a spray bottle is filled with a disinfectant or cleaning material, lets say bleach or ammonia to be sprayed on toilets, the chemical is disbursed into the air, making anyone in the vicinity exposed through breathing it. Inhalation of toxic chemicals can lead to respiratory issues, lower IQ’s, memory problems, thyroid issues, and birth defects [2].

    Another such danger of using toxic chemicals, and by toxic we mean anything containing, phthalates, perchloroethylene, or butoxyethanol [3] among others, is that these chemicals are susceptible to improper mixture. Since most companies must mix solutions manually, it takes a trained professional to properly measure, read the label, and adjust chemical concentration properly. Mixing the wrong type of chemicals together or too strong of a concentration of one chemical or the other, can lead to disastrous results, not only in terms of asset preservation but in terms of staff and occupant health. In most cases, dangerous and toxic chemicals will directly affect indoor air quality.

    On a brighter side, there are many advantages and benefits to utilizing a green cleaning program. Companies today both commercial and janitorial, as well as many mainstream consumers, are waking up to the fact that they want safe, toxic-free, and sustainable environments both for their homes and for their business. The emergence of green clean technology and products on the market in the past 15 years is direct proof of this [4]. With a green cleaning program, there are many benefits to using safer chemicals and cleaning procedures. The biggest is that it will improves health and well being.

    Reducing the exposure to toxic chemicals both for staff and occupants elevates health and well being. Symptoms and problems from the direct and indirect exposure of harmful chemicals is drastically reduced with safer, alternative, and green cleaning products. There are many facility managers today interested in the benefits of increase indoor air quality and the use of green chemicals and procedures helps them accomplish this goal. The use of safer chemicals also has many social impacts as well. Many customers demand a safer, cleaner, and healthier environment and companies want to avoid lawsuits created from mold or inhalation problems [5].

    The use of green cleaning chemicals and technology is a superior method to ensure the health, wellbeing, and safety of all building occupants including janitorial staff. We have come a long way and many of the old methods are unsafe and seriously outdated. Organizations demand green facilities that will help improve their image and sustainability, and occupants demand higher standards in clean such as mold and allergen free environments as well as good air quality. The industry has come a long way and still has much technology and innovation to utilize in the future.

    For a list of green clean service providers, go here: 

    http://www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Service


    References:

    [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerosol

    [2] https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/chemicals/toxic_substances.htm

    [3] http://safemarkets.org/toxic-chemicals-in-products/cleaning-products/toxic-cleaning-products

    [4] http://www.cleanconscience.com/blog/2015/02/rise-green-cleaning-industry/

    [5] http://corporate.findlaw.com/business-operations/addressing-toxic-mold-risks-in-retail-and-commercial-property.html


  • 10 May 2018 4:24 PM | 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


  • 09 May 2018 7:45 AM | John Reina

    No one likes a dirty carpet.

    Think it looks clean? Think again. Simply vacuuming your rug and/or carpets is not enough. Carpets trap bacteria, pollutants, and allergens that can only be removed with proper extraction cleaning.

    Plus, everyone loves the feel and smell of a fresh, clean carpet.

    Call an IJCSA certified carpet cleaning company today, and get that clean, CLEAN. Find a service provider near you on the IJCSA website today.

      


  • 08 May 2018 4:44 PM | Lee Manseau

    Mainstay Cleaning Services defines “Green Cleaning” as janitorial services that considers and protects the health of the company’s workers, without harming the environment. Green cleaning products and techniques avoid or entirely eliminate the use of chemically toxic products that can have adverse effects on workers, customers, and their surroundings.

    We are proud of our accomplishment in becoming IJCSA Green Cleaning Certified. We are committed to providing the best quality of service while maintaining a high level of safety for our clients. We strive to always learn and keep on top of the latest health and sciences news so we can deliver the best products and services available.

    Mainstay Cleaning Services Green cleaning commitment provides businesses on a daily basis with: Certified non-toxic cleaning products, HEPA Vacuums, EPA recognized disinfectants, Non-ammonia glass and multi-purpose cleaners, Non-alkaline detergents, Steam Cleaning, Advanced energy saving cleaning equipment, Environmentally conscious and knowledgeable staff. 

    We want you to focus on the core competencies of your business, which are generating revenue and building growth, while our focus will be on maintaining a clean and sanitized property using natural green products. By outsourcing your cleaning to Mainstay Cleaning Services you can focus on what’s most important: your employees and your clients.

    Find IJCSA Certified Green Cleaning Services Here 


  • 08 May 2018 4:35 PM | Lee Manseau

    There are vast differences between using everyday common cleaners versus using natural green cleaning products, I will begin my discussion on very effective but harmful solvents that are used in many cleaners called Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's). According to (Tox Town n.d.), “Many volatile organic compounds are commonly used in paint thinners, lacquer thinners, moth repellents, air fresheners, hobby supplies, wood preservatives, aerosol sprays, degreasers, automotive products, and dry cleaning fluids”. These VOC's can virtually change from a liquid state into a harmful vapor, along with carbon, they contain elements such as hydrogen, oxygen, fluorine, chlorine, bromine, sulfur or nitrogen, and can react with nitrogen-oxides to form ground level smog.

    Short-term exposure to volatile organic compounds can cause eye and respiratory tract irritation, headaches, dizziness, visual disorders, fatigue, loss of coordination, allergic skin reactions, nausea, and memory impairment. Long-term exposure to volatile organic compounds can cause damage to the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system.

    According to (How Toxic Are Your Household Cleaning Supplies? n.d.) The most acutely dangerous cleaning products are corrosive drain cleaners, oven cleaners, and acidic toilet bowl cleaners. Corrosive chemicals can cause severe burns on eyes, skin and, if ingested, on the throat and esophagus. Ingredients with high acute toxicity include chlorine bleach and ammonia, which produce fumes that are highly irritating to eyes, nose, throat and lungs, and should not be used by people with asthma or lung or heart problems. These two chemicals pose an added threat in that they can react with each other or other chemicals to form lung-damaging gases.

    According to (EPA, 2018, February 13) choosing less hazardous products that have positive environmental attributes (e.g., biodegradability, low toxicity, low volatile organic compound (VOC) content, reduced packaging, low life cycle energy use) and taking steps to reduce exposure can minimize harmful impacts to custodial workers and building occupants, improve indoor air quality, and reduce water and ambient air pollution while also ensuring the effectiveness of cleaning in removing biological and other contaminants from the building's interior.

    By comparing and contrasting everyday common cleaners and natural green cleaning products, one can easily see that the risk versus the rewards of using cleaning agents containing VOC's and other dangerous compounds are quite obvious. Custodial workers and building occupants, should never be exposed to bad indoor air or risk a severe skin irritation. There are many positive environmental, safety, and health benefits associated with using natural green products, they should always be used for these reasons, especially when these green products are as effective as their harmful counterparts.

    Locate us and order your Certified Green Cleaning Service today through the IJCSA Green Cleaning Directory located at: http://www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services

    Tox Town - Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) - Toxic chemicals and environmental health risks where you live and work - Text Version. (n.d.). Retrieved from: https://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/text_version/chemicals.php?id=31

    How Toxic Are Your Household Cleaning Supplies? (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/how-toxic-are-your-household-cleaning-supplies

    Greening Your Purchase of Cleaning Products: A Guide For Federal Purchasers. (2018, February 13). Retrieved from: https://www.epa.gov/greenerproducts/greening-your-purchase-cleaning-products-guide-federal-purchasers



  • 08 May 2018 4:30 PM | Lee Manseau

    Being green cleaning certified matters to Mainstay Cleaning Services, it shows a higher-level of understanding and caring. Being certified goes beyond earning a certification, it shows our commitment to learning long lasting values that help us meet or beat customer expectations, and shows our commitment to the safety of our workers and building occupants.

    Being green cleaning certified holds Mainstay Cleaning Services to a higher standard than non-certified cleaning companies by ensuring we only use cleaning agents that meet the standards of containing:Low allergens, being non-caustic, non-toxic, and having 100% biodegradable agents. In addition to cleaning agents, we will also rely on high performance, energy efficient cleaning equipment, micro-fiber cloths, and the use of recycled paper products.

    The largest benefit of having a Green cleaning program is to reduce everyone's exposure to toxic chemicals (EPA, 2018, February 13). By using safe and approved cleaning agents we can safely work towards controlling the spread of germs and disease by focusing on problem areas and properly applying disinfectants, we can also help improve the overall indoor air quality by reducing air-borne dust and chemical gases, and we can help to reduce asthma attacks by keeping the dust, pollen's, and chemical allergens at bay.

    Equally as important, being green certified, Mainstay Cleaning Services will be partnering with our clients in maintaining a cleaner and healthier community. Often-times our clients not only work in a certain area, but also live there as well. By using cleaning agents that are non-toxic, and 100% biodegradable we are being good stewards to the environment, thus ensuring that we leave this planet to our children in better shape than when we received it. By implementing high efficiency / green cleaning programs, overall cleaning costs can be reduced therefore increasing everyone's bottom line.

    Locate us and order your Certified Green Cleaning Service today through the IJCSA Green Cleaning

    Directory located at: http://www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services

    Greening Your Purchase of Cleaning Products: A Guide For Federal Purchasers. (2018, February 13). Retrieved from: https://www.epa.gov/greenerproducts/greening-your-purchase-cleaning-products-guide-federal-purchasers


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