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  • 08 Sep 2018 9:49 AM | LIBERTY MOON

    Green cleaning programs promote health, safety and social consciousness. Processes focus on improving indoor air quality, recycling and minimizing air pollution, water pollution, ozone depletion and global climate change. Green cleaning also reduces health problems associated with allergens, chemical sensitivities and contaminants, such as mold and bacteria. 

    Green cleaning will also Increase worker satisfaction, improve employee morale, reduce absenteeism and promote productivity, efficiency and retention.  Benefits of green cleaning programs are well documented. 

    Helps reduce the cost to building management and tenants, including costs associated with sick leave and productivity loss. 

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  • 07 Sep 2018 9:10 AM | 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 


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  • 06 Sep 2018 8:02 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    What Is A Cuban Mop?

    You've seen the string mop, the sponge mop, the mechanical mop, mops that even come with packs of disposable towels and more. But what exactly does a Cuban mop do? If you live in South Florida, particularly Miami, or live in a Cuban household, then you may have heard of this handy household cleaning item. 

    Also referred to as a T-stick or stick mop, a Cuban mop is basically a wooden mop that is shaped like a T, to balance a rag or towel on the end for mopping. It's highly effective and a lot less costly than most mops on the market.

    More at source: OOLA 

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  • 05 Sep 2018 8:46 AM | Lisa Perry

    Do you have HIDDEN MOLD?  Have you experienced any of the following:  Leaking roof, pipes, high humidity, musty smell or allergy symptoms?  Has your structure or furnishings remained wet for more than 24-48hrs?  If so, then you may have hidden mold.  Contact our Flood Damage and Restoration Specialist.  They will access your situation and implement a Mold Remediation Plan that meets your needs all while protecting you, your furnishings and your structure. 

  • 05 Sep 2018 8:43 AM | Lisa Perry
     My co-workers and I would benefit greatly from having a mold cleaning program at our workplace. 

    There has been more than one occasion where the a/c system has stopped working in a bldg. w/o us knowing and has remained off for quite a few days.  During that time, the humidity has gotten so high that mold has been able to flourish.

    A mold cleaning program would help us determine and implement the correct remediation procedure.  That way we can remediate the area as effortlessly and quickly as possible so as not to too severely disrupt our already tight schedule.

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  • 04 Sep 2018 5:45 PM | Amy Zalkin

    As an asthma sufferer and now new home owner, I can say first hand how important it is to have a clean space but one also free of inducing cancer or breathing difficulties. Even more recently in the news, chemical manufacturing companies have come under fire for their continued use of ground and water contaminating substances. Every day improper and over- use of chemicals/cleaners expose our skin (especially the forearms and hands) to a multitude of toxins and that's just in our homes! Another example are the huge populations of pyrethrin-resistent bugs and antibiotic resistant bacteria. 

    If we are going to change this then we must implement an action plan. Green cleaning is not a fad. This is a viable way to get and keep living spaces clean and sanitized without the need for toxic chemical exposure. By Cleaning with eco-friendly products and practices such as high grade essential oils, green products, hepa vac's, and steam cleaning, we can eliminate cross contamination and provide safe-touch surfaces for people and pets. This offers peace of mind that not only are areas clean but we've reduced our carbon-footprint producing less waste and chemical run off.

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  • 04 Sep 2018 10:05 AM | kieron scott

    For my business, Simply Superb, I plan to use my Green Cleaning Certification in many ways. One way would be showing my future costumers not only am I aiming to be Eco-Friendly, but I took the necessary steps in becoming certified as a professional Eco-Friendly Cleaning Service

    Also, I feel as though it will increase my potential  customer gain due to the knowledge and awareness of hazardous chemicals used in the Cleaning Industry today. I will use my knowledge to promote a well-known clean and hygienic  cleaning service. 

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  • 02 Sep 2018 6:35 PM | carl collins
    I have spent 20 years in the janitorial industry.  And, On numerous occasions I have ran across mold in one form or another.  Knowing that I did not possess the technical knowledge to properly clean the mold, I often contracted it out or brought in specialties company to do the work for the client .  Which ,  I realized that the cleaning company who specialized in cleaning mold was making 5 or 10 times the income that I was making for half of the work.

    One day I met an insurance adjuster who offered me the opportunity to do mold cleaning.  After coming to the knowledge that I was not certified or licensed by the state , he regretfully informed me that I was not qualified to receive a contract for cleaning mold.  He then explained to me how I just lost my company a substantial sum of money in that contract and I was  Devastated! So therefore I am now getting certified in Mold Cleaning at IJCSA! 

  • 01 Sep 2018 1:24 PM | Jeremy Wright

    BWH Security LLC has made the move to being a Green Cleaning service.  We are proud to be Green Certified through IJCSA and hope to leave our mark on our buildings and all facilities we maintain.  We are proud to use only Green based cleaning products, and implement a training program that is environmentally friendly to all of our staff members.  To find other Green cleaning companies near you, follow the link!

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