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  • 12 Jul 2018 3:42 PM | Carlos Rodriguez

    At Site Keepers we are aware that many cleaning products can be harmful to health, therefore we use only natural green cleaning products. As a green cleaning company we reduce the risk of life-threatening damage to humans and the environment. We are in the IJCSA Green Cleaning Company Directory and we are proud to mention that we are a green certified cleaning company that cares for the environment and our clients.  

    Our company does not use harmful chemicals while cleaning their homes & buildings.

    IJCSA Green Cleaning Directory Here


  • 12 Jul 2018 1:17 PM | Carlos Rodriguez

    When you are a green cleaning service, it is an extra point for your company in view of the consumers, since you are supporting the perseverance of nature and health care.

    In the same way it is important for the employees of your company since you show that you are constantly looking for the health & welfare of them so that they work in the best conditions.

    The use of green products helps us in many ways that is why our company recommends 100% use of these products as much as possible.

    IJCSA Green Certified Cleaning Companies Here


  • 12 Jul 2018 12:21 PM | Carlos Rodriguez

    We are a green company already, with a green cleaning program.

    We are committed to protecting the environment by using earth friendly products that preserve health and environmental quality. 

    Our technicians understand that eco-friendly cleaning is more than just a trend, is a crucial part of our commitment to the environment and our customers.

    Using only green products we have obtained many benefits with our customers and employees since the products are less aggressive than others in the market for the closed spaces where we are mainly working.

    Find Other IJCSA Certified Green Cleaning Companies & Us Here


  • 12 Jul 2018 9:18 AM | Amy Zalkin

    Green cleaning will give my cleaning business the marketing edge it needs. Although the community here is small, there are not a lot of competing cleaning companies that exclusively green clean. This certification will show my customers I understand the value of "green cleaning." I've honed my craft to expertly include, professional green cleaning, incentives and bonuses, customized options, etc. But more importantly, customers health and wellness. I take it as seriously as my own health.

    This manner of approaching cleaning isn't limited to just housecleaning. Eco-friendly practices comes from an awareness already founded in preserving not just our immediate surroundings but the planet and future generations to come. It's a huge responsibility, but to affect change we must embrace a synergistic approach to non-toxic cleaning. This incorporates best practices combined with the most cutting edge GREEN products, that, and the burning desire to help others get and keep their living spaces healthy. 

    However, past efforts to leverage the virtually unregulated chemical industry have had less than favorable results.  "Passed during the mid 1970's, the Toxic Controlled Substances Act (TCSA) set to protect consumers failed to keep up with scientific advances or safely review thousands of products before entering the consumer market place. And once in the market place it was virtually impossible to "recall" those products. In fact, it wasn't until 2016, when then President Obama and Congress unanimously vote Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act into law." Environmental Def. Fund [online] 2018. Available at https://www.edf.org/health/toxic-chemicals-law-should-now-better-protect-us. Accessed 2018, July 10.

    To free ourselves from dependence on our chemical bondage's we must unite and make permanent-- eco-friendly alternatives. This will cause a more harmonious balance and continued awareness to keep us accountable to our surroundings.

    For all these reasons, best practices in the cleaning industry is vital. This industry AND its accrediting body must be upheld to a high standard from manufacture to marketing.  One such organisation, the International Janitorial Cleaning Services Assciation (IJCSA), is a network of like minded cleaning professionals who seek to uphold best cleaning practices so that its consumers have peace of mind knowing their cleaning services found through its directory http://www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services contain-- laser focused companies set on giving the best, cutting-edge, cleaning services because they are equipped with the knowledge and tools to do so. 

     

  • 11 Jul 2018 6:10 PM | Rosana Constantino

    In today's world, we are constantly surrounded by toxic contaminants. The most dangerous are known as Volatile Organic Compounds and Persistent Organic Pollutants. The EPA reports that VOCs are emitted by a wide range of consumer and industrial products, among them, everyday cleaning products.

    These everyday cleaners are meant to facilitate our lives, but are, in fact, harming us. Unfortunately, we the consumers are the reason they are being manufactured. Organic chemicals are inexpensive to produce and are very effective, something very appealing to the mass production process.

    Please note that VOCs are not ingredients themselves, rather, they are gases that are constantly being released from organic chemicals used in the manufacturing process. EPA studies indicate that people who clean using products containing organic chemicals can expose themselves and others to high pollutant levels. Even after you're done cleaning, elevated concentrations can persist in the air for hours.

    The novelty of POPs is that they are highly stable organic compounds often used as disinfectants. POPs are a real problem because they persist in the environment, accumulate in human and animal fatty tissues, and are toxic to most forms of life.

    Most everyday cleaning products contain POPs as their main ingredient and are found in household insecticides and moth repellants. According to the EPA, nearly every person on earth can be shown to have detectable levels of POPs.

    There are also variants such as Persistent, Bio-accumulative, and Toxic pollutants that pose a risk to humans and wildlife ecosystems that make them horribly destructive to our planet and our health.

    Overexposure to VOCs can cause adverse health conditions such as coughing, fever, muscle aches, and allergies. High levels of VOCs and POPs have been shown to cause cancer, birth defects, and even death. The use of products that emit VOCs and POPs is also at least in part responsible for many conditions such as Sick Building Syndrome, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, and Asthma.

    Why then are they still being manufactured and sold to the public? The truth is that there are few regulations of these chemicals. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only tests prescription drugs and consumable products. The EPA only investigates after there have been many complaints reported. Basically, if a product ever gets to a point where it warrants an investigation, it's likely too late. Interestingly enough, the EPA already lists most VOCs and POPs as Extremely Hazardous Substances (EHS), but unfortunately, chemical production continues largely unregulated.

    To protect ourselves, we need to reduce or eliminate our exposure to these substances. Some of the most toxic are found in everyday products like all-purpose cleaners, oven cleaners, and fabric softeners.

    These environmental poisons need to be replaced with non-toxic and environmentally safe counterparts, if not by the government, then by each and every one of us. For daily cleaning, baking soda and vinegar are wonderful natural alternatives that do a great job keeping things clean.

    For an ongoing green solution, you can seek out a green cleaning service provider at www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services 


    Sources:

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

    POP Information: http://www.epa.gov/international/toxics/pop.htm

    PBT Information: http://www.epa.gov/pbt

    Extremely Hazardous Substances: http://www.scdhec.gov/environment/baq/docs/ehsalpha.pdf

    Effects of POPs: http://www.childenvironment.org/position.htm


  • 10 Jul 2018 4:34 PM | Lakita Lee

    How to find a carpet cleaning service in your area?

    http://www.ijcsa.org/Carpet-Cleaning-Directory is a great resource to locate a consumer friendly carpet or rug cleaning business in your city. Using google or other search engines is great but how do you know the results will yeild a company that can do everything that you need them to do?

    All American Affordable Commercial Cleaning services can be a 1 stop shop for all of your commercial cleaning. www.aaacomclean.biz


  • 10 Jul 2018 4:19 PM | Amy Zalkin

    Having asthma and other past health-related issues has forced me to become an avid label reader. And in doing so, I began to notice over time we are exposed to serious substances abnormal to nature and it's causing negative side effects. And not only did those icky substances irritate my breathing, but I began to recognize when I was in the presence of them my reactions were the same: wheezing, coughing, etc. I didn't know what those chemicals were yet, but I was determined to find out and make sure not to purchase them ever, if possible.

    BUTWho exactly are the most common offenders and where will you find these chemicals lurking? This article will outline these as well as some unresolved concerns.

    Alarmingly, most of these cleaners/chemicals are the most TOXIC around. And the bulk of these are cleaners hiding in our homes in cabinets and on shelves! With corrosive drain cleaners, oven cleaners, and acidic toilet bowel cleaners, coming in at the top of the list. Followed very closely by bleach, ammonia, and lye. According to one internet article posted at www.organicconsumers.org, in 2000, US Poison Control Centers "reported fielding 206,636 calls due to toxic cleaning product exposure. And of that, 120,434 were children under 6, who can ingest or spill these products." 

    Additionally, the author of this article detailed both personal/environmental long and short term effects from exposure to varying degrees of toxicity. As well as, examining the plastics many of these chemical cleaning products are contained in. Other irritants in the form of APE's, fragrances (which incidentally are not disclosed on labels due to trade-secret contracts), phosphates, surfactants, detergents, disinfectants, and other petroleum-based chemicals that linger in the soil and ground-water long afterward. In fact, "in May of 2002, the US Geological Survey tested the contaminants in stream water across the country and found that 69% contained persistent detergent metabolites and 66% contained disinfectants. www.organicconsumers.org"

    Look for key words like : CAUTION, WARNING, DANGER...

    Where is the advocacy? Overwhelmingly better regulation is needed to keep the public and the environment safer from these toxic, potentially deadly substances. I, we, and our environment deserve better options. Although I believe those outdated chemicals have NO place in today's cleaning regimen, most only "kill" a small percentage of pathogens, any cleaning benefit isn't worth the exposure. Natural or "green" products as they're called are the best alternative to those harmful, counter-productive chemicals. As a side note, ALL products, including green ones should be used, stored, and disposed of in the safest manner.

    Coincidentally, most of these eco-friendly cleaning products can also be found in household cabinets. Items like vinegar, baking soda, lemons/juice, to name a few, which can become strong cleaners. Not just for brushing your teeth with or brightening up laundry, although those are great, I mean mold cleaning, sanitizing power! That's just the tip of the ice burg, add in a few other green products and practices and believe it or not, you've got a powerful arsenal of chemical-free-cleaning awesomeness! Always check the surface to be sure any product, green or otherwise, is safe and won't damage it. ALWAYS use best practices when using, storing, and disposing of any product.

    Finally, some key things to look for when shopping for "green cleaning" products. Remember "Key words on labels like: Danger, Caution, Poison will help alert you to toxicity--if label ingredients aren't all disclosed, avoid these where possible. Also, look for biodegradable time frames, if listed, for example, breaks down in "...3-5 days." Choose plant-based rather than petroleum based. And where possible seek out the largest size/bulk and go for those with packing made of recycled materials. This helps end-user companies who specialize in those types of recycled materials. Lastly look for concentrated cleaners or those bottled with 20% or less water in them. Ideally, less added water at the factory means less container materials and lower shipping fuel costs." And REFUSE to use any/all of the above listed chemicals, since for every toxic chemical there is an alternative that works as good if not better. Now you have an idea where to find these toxic chemicals and what to look for to avoid them. But, if you'd rather trust green cleaning to the professionals, a good place to start is the business directory at the International Janitorial Cleaning Services Association located at: http://www.ijcsa.org/Find-A-Cleaning-Service-Janitorial-Service


    References

    Taken from internet article located at: https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/how-toxic-are-your-household-cleaning-supplies. Accessed 2018 July 11.




  • 10 Jul 2018 1:22 PM | Lakita Lee

    What is a good commercial cleaning business without carpet cleaning as a provided service?

    Providing exceptional service is a must when you want repeat business and want customers to recommend your cleaning company to their friends and family. We at All American Affordable Commercial Cleaners is certified in carpets, chemicals and green cleaning to provide a well rounded carpet cleaning schedule to prolong the life and condition of your commercial carpeting. We remove all dust particles, dirt, allergens, bacteria, grease and impacted stains etc. www.aaacomclean.biz

    We help improve the longevity of the carpet and contribute to healthier enviornments because some of the dust and allergens that get trapped in the carpet fibers may find their way into the breathing air- where they can cause respiratory problems, allergic reactions and other health problems. Bacteria in the carper can also create odors, making it more difficult to breathe for those battling asthma or allergies. Steam cleaning with high temperatures of water kills off allergens so that they are no longer a health threat and leaves the surface of the carpet fully sanitized.


  • 10 Jul 2018 9:40 AM | Amy Zalkin

    This is an incredible age we are in! Rapid technological replication and medical advances at the microscopic level to name a few, have given way to many new and exciting devices and products. This also includes the need for cutting-edge cleaning products and practices within our living and work spaces. Unified: cleaning organizations and their accrediting bodies must uphold a high industry standard. 

    To meet this ongoing need: organizations like the International Janitorial Cleaning Services Association ( ijcsa.org ) offer green cleaning certification for the budding cleaning professional as well as a growing community of companies the public can network from.  Proven Green Cleaning practices are the most effective and best cleaning approach for all consumers.

    Here's why: Harsh toxic chemicals only "kill" a small amount of pathogens, in fact, they cause more harm to humans and the environment and thus outweigh any benefit. Better cleaning options are available for those seeking LESS chemical exposure while still getting excellent results. This is achieved ONLY through green cleaning best practices.

    Some things to look for when deciding on a Green Cleaning Company: cleaning companies and their support staff not just cleaning for appearance. Rather, by using pure, concentrated botanical products, microfiber cloths, sealed Hepa vacuums, and steamers, living and work spaces are cleaned chemical-free. Maintained surfaces are then deep cleaned and sanitized better.

    For all these reasons, green cleaning is a very effective and safe practice when used in the correct manner. For more information on locating a green cleaning service visit http://www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services.



  • 09 Jul 2018 8:21 AM | Chanae Baker

    Green cleaning helps people stay healthy. In this day and age many people are susceptible to the effects of cleaning chemicals and other toxins.  Additionally, many cleaning chemicals have toxic effects on the environment.  Our company implements a green cleaning program to benefit the environment, the health of our workers and our clients. Utilizing green cleaning chemicals help reduce the negative impact from frequent exposure to toxic cleaning chemicals and unsafe equipment. The benefits will be no harm coming from harsh chemicals on the skin and breathing in dangerous lingering chemicals in the air. The use of green cleaning chemicals also greatly reduces waste ensuring that we maintain environmental sustainability.

    The green cleaning represent compliance with a rigorous set of criteria , insuring that we are current on safe green practice, training and regulations. Green cleaning programs leverage a trend currently in favor of environmentally friendly practices that have proven to have economics benefits for business owners and their occupants due to overall improved health resulting in less sick days. Completing a green clean requires a strict criteria and must ensure that we abide by the rules and policies.

    Find A IJCSA Green Cleaning Company Here

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