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  • 19 Aug 2018 5:56 PM | Gurinder Gill

    There are multiple facets to implementing a green cleaning program in a janitorial business. The three main factors consist of training employees in green cleaning principles, the primary use of green natural products, and regular utilization of green procedures. 

    Creating a green cleaning protocol is the initial step to implementing a program. This protocol should include standard training procedures including; safety protocols, inventory of green natural products and their corresponding uses and minimizing environmental impact through the minimized waste creation and appropriate disposal, reduced energy use, and appropriate use of specific green products. Through this training process, there is a consistent cleaning protocol followed by all employees. This consistency ensures the overall entity is implementing the reduce, reuse, and recycle procedures required for green cleaning. This also ensures the employee's safety because regardless of products being green inappropriate use or mixing of products can result in off-gassing or reactions that can be harmful to the employee and building occupants. Our overall goal is to improve environmental and human health by reducing unnecessary exposure to harmful products. 

    Green natural cleaning products are the only commercial products that can be guaranteed to meet the requirements of green cleaning needs. These products should replace the inventory of non-green products currently being utilized in janitorial operations. An alternative to store shelf green products is to use self-manufacturing products out of simple ingredients that are known to break down and reduce environmental and human exposure to waste by-products that may further react after use. 

    Lastly, the actual implementation of green procedures should include the use of all natural green cleaning products. However, this use should not be in excess, products should be used in only the minimal required quantities to reduce waste. Overall activities should reduce energy use such as turning off lights after completion of a job, utilizing manual methods as opposed to electronic equipment where necessary, and the appropriate disposal of waste and recycling. 

    Find IJCSA Green Cleaning Certified Firms Here

  • 19 Aug 2018 10:31 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.

      


  • 19 Aug 2018 10:03 AM | Kumasi Rayford

    Thanks to technology, cleaning agents have doubled and increased in the market. However, what most people do not understand is the effect they have on individuals and to the environment as a whole. Most of these products are harmful even though they are supposed to make our houses and offices clean.

    Being exposed to unnatural cleaning products has increased the chances of damage to one's breathing system. Several reports show that many individuals suffered from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease after using bleaching cleaning agents. The disease has a negative impact on an individual as it leaves them with a permanent damage inside the lungs. One of the reports indicates a 32% increase in individuals who suffer from the disease.

    Some of the unnatural products have been known to alter genes thus causing mutation among men. These, in turn, have a negative impact on the development of the general population. For instance, one might end up giving birth to someone disabled thanks to the usage of unnatural products. For example, some of the cleaning agents contain oestradiol which hinders proper development in the male offspring and accelerates puberty among the young females. (Guardian Service indusries inc., 2015)

    Most of the unnatural cleaning products have an impact on the environment. Chemicals released into the atmosphere introduce mild to severe consequences to terrestrial and aquatic animal life. When consumed by the animals, they might die from poisoning or become transmitted to human beings thus increasing the chain of illness. For example, if one consumes plants or animals exposed to dangerous toxins such as sodium hydroxide and chlorine, one might get stomach infections or ulcers as an end result.

    Another major concern about the use of unnatural products is that they end up depleting nonrenewable resources such as oil. Most of the chemicals used are petroleum based thus they will suck out the remaining resources a country has. This in turns creates room for more spending and less saving thus becoming an expensive affair.

    Plastic bottles used in packaging cleaning products are viewed as waste as most of them are disposed of aimlessly after used. Since the waste is not renewable and in most cases not recycled, they contribute to the mounds of solid wastes that are ugly to view or come across. They, therefore, end up causing air pollution. Some of the bottles contain carcinogens which are the leading cause of lung cancers. (Regeneration International, 2018)

    The most common effect of the cleaning products that are not green friendly is corrosion. Most individuals who use unnatural products suffer from skin burns, eye irritation and if ingested, can cause major damage to the throat and esophagus. The toxicity may range from mild to severe depending on the product used by an individual.

    Finally, the usage of toxic substances as cleaning agents is less sustainable in the long run. For example, when one inhales the chemicals or gets burnt by the chemicals during work, he or she may not continue with his or her duties at hand. This, therefore, creates room for an increase of absenteeism cases in the long run thus causing low productivity among individuals and the company at large. Companies like Blueface Cleaning Systems which can be found in the IJCSA Green Cleaning Directory  are championing the use of green environmentally safe products and cleaning methods to prevent the harmful effects of everyday products.

    Guardian Service industries inc. (2015, June). Retrieved from What is green cleaning and what are the environmental impacts.

    Regeneration International. (2018). Retrieved from organic consumers- How toxic are your household supplies?


  • 18 Aug 2018 5:14 PM | 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!

  • 18 Aug 2018 10:08 AM | Kelly Hornback

    Are you interested in a professional and environmentally friendly company to handle your janitorial, construction and specialty cleaning needs?  Intec Building Services is committed to providing an excellent cleaning service and promoting eco-friendly cleaning products.  At Intec, we are your janitorial management solution company where customer satisfaction is not only our goal, but our passion.  Look for us at http://www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services.


  • 17 Aug 2018 6:10 PM | Lakita Lee

    Cleaning house is good for the spirit but it’s not always good for the environment. That’s because many of today’s cleaning products contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which, when inhaled or touched, can harm you and your employees..

    Urine Off Bio-pro bathroom cleaner spray:

    Urine off is formulated with specialized enzymes and bacteria that break down urine (and other bodily discharges) that cause odors and stains in bathrooms. Ideal for tubs, tile, grout, toilet, sink, floor and walls. No harsh chemicals. Especially useful in homes where incontinence, pets or “poor aim” are a problem. If they can hit it, Urine off can get rid of it.

    Lemi Shine Multi-Purpose Appliance Cleaner:

    An Eco-friendly way to clean the interiors of appliance like washers, dishwashers and garbage disposals. Made with powerful citric extracts, it is non-toxic, biodegradable and phosphate-free.

    Eco-Egg Laundry Egg:

    Wash clothes without detergent or soap! The Laundry Egg contains two types of pellets: tourmaline ceramic pellets that weaken the bond between dirt and fabric and mineral pellets that lift dirt away. One egg lasts 720 washes and requires adding some new mineral pellets every 72 washes. Dermatologically tested, it contains no harsh chemicals and is perfect for babies or people with sensitive skin. The fragrance-free Laundry Egg is supported by the National Eczema society.

    Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Lemon Verbena Multi-Surface Cleaner:

    This cleaner combines plant-derived ingredients and essential oils for a natural way to get rid of kitchen messes and bathroom odors. It’s great on all non-porous surfaces such as finished wood and tile floors, countertops, walls, porcelain, bathroom fixtures, sealed natural and synthetic stone. Plus, it’s made in the USA.

    Mrs. Meyers Surface Scrub, Lemon Verbena:

    Tackle grimy surfaces throughout your home or business with this non-scratching powder. Contains no chlorine or phosphates. Made with a naturally safe ash and oxygen bleach, it’s great on tile, stainless steel, professional cookware, porcelain fixtures and more.

    Simply Floored Hardwood Floor Cleaner:

    Simply Floored safely cleans and restores shine to hardwood, ceramic tile, stone, bamboo, vinyl, laminate and other sealed floors. No rinsing, no residues.

    Better Life Toilet Bowl Cleaner:

    Naturally powered by plant extracts, this toilet bowl cleaner removes stubborn stains and deodorize as it cleans. It’s thick, so it clings to the surface for effective cleaning. Safe for septic tanks and waterways.

    Pumie Toilet Bowl Ring Remover:

    Tackle tough toilet bowl rings with a pumice stone. Safe for porcelain, it removes rings with just a bit of elbow grease. “Toilet bowl rings are tough. This product wipes them out.

    Bamboo Perforated Towels:

    These towels can be hand-rinsed up to 100 times, drastically reducing paper towel consumption and waste. So tough they function like cloth, bamboo towels can handle scrubbing and cleaning tasks all over the house, from greasy cooktops to grungy tubs. Made from sustainable and renewable sources, they leave minimal or no imprint on the earth at the end of the product life cycle.

    E-Cloth Window Cleaning pack:

    Microfiber on steroids — that’s how we describe ecloth. Its super absorbent fibers tackle dirty windows with just water, no chemicals! Get lint-free, streak-free, sparkling windows and save trees at the same time. Each cloth is good for up to 300 washings — that means a lot of clean windows!

    Scrub Daddy:

    Scrubs clean without scratching wood, plastic, stainless steel, cast iron, non-stick coatings or glass. It rinses clean and debris-free, too, so it doesn’t develop odors. It has a hard texture in cold water for tough scrubbing and a soft texture in warm water for gentle cleaning.

    Skoy Eco-Friendly:

    Another way to eliminate paper waste in the home or business, a single Skoy cloth replaces up to 15 rolls of paper towels and is 100 percent biodegradable. Skoy Cloth can be used like cloth for cleaning, yet it is more absorbent (it absorbs 15 times its weight). Plus, it dries quickly to prevent the growth of bacteria. Reusable, it is safe for the dishwasher, washer and dryer.

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


  • 17 Aug 2018 1:43 PM | 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


  • 16 Aug 2018 11:30 AM | Roger Morgans

    Finding a reputable company to furnish mold remediation services can be a daunting task for any facility. The IJCSA directory located at http://www.ijcsa.org/Flood-Damage-Restoration-Services is the best place to start. You'll find companies like Morgans Cleaning & Property Management of Wilkes-Barre, PA, professionals fully equipped and trained to meet any need.

    IJCSA compiles professionals serious about their work and committed to quality. Flood damage, mold growth, and general cleanliness can pose serious risks for facilities and employees, and you'll want a certified flood damage & restoration company to help.

  • 15 Aug 2018 5:05 PM | Johnathan Pearson

    The importance of bloodborne pathogen knowledge lies between severe sickness and or death. To stress this topic will ensure safety of all  cleaning employees and staff. Having every member of your team armed with knowledge is the best defense. Knowing that all staff are adhering to all protective practices is the best offense.

    Universal precaution will not protect an employee with a lack knowledge of how to protect and prevent themselves from pathogenic microorganisms. All elements of protective practices, such as equipment safety, using disposable safety wear, not consuming food or beverage, not allowing bodily fluids to come in contact with carriers, and lastly never compress bags for "sharps", will prevent accidents and maintain a safe working environment. 

    As an employer it is the companies responsibility to uphold and execute all OSHA requirements. Expectations of proper procedure being followed should an employee be exposed consist of, filling out all required documents as well as keeping the information files for three years after the exposure. It is the companies goal to provide a safe and healthy work environment.

    More On IJCSA Bloodborne Certification Here



  • 15 Aug 2018 3:32 PM | Roger Morgans

    Partnering with Morgans Cleaning & Property Management opens the door to the new world of Green alternatives in the janitorial industry.

    We are experts in the field, and now Green Certified by the International Janitorial Cleaning Services Association, which means you can be confident that in addition to finding the best program for your facility we can do it with the best chemical alternatives available.

    Find Us In The IJCSA Certified Green Cleaning Directory

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