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  • 18 Jun 2024 1:08 PM | Lauren Wanco

    The importance of green cleaning extends far beyond simply keeping our homes and workplaces tidy – it is a matter of protecting the delicate balance of life on our planet. Conventional cleaning products, laden with harsh chemicals and toxins, pose a grave threat to the well-being of all living creatures, from the smallest microorganisms to the majestic wildlife that inhabit our forests and oceans.


    The impact of chemical-based cleaners is far-reaching and insidious. When these products are rinsed down our drains, they can contaminate water sources, disrupting the fragile aquatic ecosystems that sustain countless species of fish, plants, and other marine life. The toxic compounds found in many cleaners can bioaccumulate in the food chain, causing long-term harm to the creatures that unwittingly consume them. On land, the residues from these products can leach into the soil, poisoning the intricate web of microorganisms, insects, and plants that form the foundation of terrestrial ecosystems.


    Green cleaning, on the other hand, represents a harmonious approach to maintaining cleanliness while respecting the delicate balance of nature. By using products derived from natural, biodegradable ingredients, we can minimize the introduction of harmful substances into the environment. This not only protects the countless species that inhabit our planet but also safeguards the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the soil that nourishes the crops we consume. By embracing green cleaning practices, we acknowledge our shared responsibility as stewards of the Earth, ensuring a habitable and sustainable future for all living creatures.


    As consumers become increasingly aware of the profound impact their choices have on the environment, the demand for green cleaning solutions continues to grow. Organizations like the International Janitorial Cleaning Services Association (IJCSA) and third-party certifiers like Green Seal and EcoLogo provide guidance and standards for identifying truly eco-friendly cleaning products. By making conscious choices and supporting businesses that prioritize sustainability, we can create a ripple effect that reverberates across industries and communities, inspiring a collective effort to preserve the delicate balance of life on our planet.

    Follow this link to find a cleaning company near you: https://www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services


  • 18 Jun 2024 11:46 AM | Vivian Martin

    Properly cleaning healthcare facilities is so important to keep everyone safe and healthy. This includes: patients, visitors of patients, healthcare workers, as well as the cleaning personnel for these facilities. When a loved one has to go to the doctor or be admitted into hospital, you want the peace of mind of knowing you and your loved one will be safe from germs and bacteria as much as possible. 

    Along with following healthcare protocol for patient health and safety in general, it is also important for the cleaning personnel to follow strict and proper regimens to help in the process of a clean and safe environment for everyone that comes in contact or indirect contact with a potential infection. As a professional healthcare cleaner, it is my responsibility to make sure I am doing my part to keep others as well as myself safe by doing the following with all healthcare facilities. I will wear the proper PPE, use the correct disinfecting products that are registered with the EPA, clean all high touch surfaces, wash hands regularly, and always put on a new pair of latex gloves before entering a new patients room. 

    By following the procedures mentioned above I am confident that proper cleaning and disinfecting will help with the spread of germs and bacteria in a healthcare facility. I am thankful  for https://www.ijcsa.org/Janitorial-Service-Directory-Find-A-Janitorial-Service-JanitorialServices with the opportunity to learn and also for allowing my business to be a part of this great organization.  

  • 18 Jun 2024 10:07 AM | William Boston

    When you decide to hire a cleaning company you must keep in mind that there will be individuals entering your home and performing cleaning processes on your biggest investment. Hiring a company that has not been properly trained can have detrimental effects on items in your home. For example, if a cleaning company has not been properly trained and they clean your oven with a cleaner when it is a self-cleaning unit, your oven could quit working properly and cost hundreds to replace. Also what would happen if a cleaner came into your home and removed valuable items without your knowledge? These are all concerns that the general public should have when deciding to hire a cleaning company. 

    There are many websites that can be utilized to help locate companies in your area. Simply enter your city and you can end up with a laundry list of service providers near you. But how do you know that these providers have had training? How can you be sure that they are a trusted source?

    By utilizing the IJCSA's Maid Service Directory you can be put in contact with businesses that have been highly trained and vetted. Not only does the IJCSA offer training in everything from customer service to green cleaning procedures, they also provide basic training on how to properly clean residential homes and businesses. They equip their students with the knowledge on how to properly perform a cleaning from start to finish and how to test products and materials before damage can be caused to your investments. Trust in the IJCSA's industry backed training programs to link you with providers who will deliver outstanding service. 

  • 18 Jun 2024 8:23 AM | Jacqueline Moerkens

    Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms that are transmitted by blood. For example, HIV and hepatitis B (and many others) are bloodborne pathogens. These diseases are transmitted through infected body fluids that enter the bloodstream of an uninfected person. Bloodborne pathogens can be transmitted through infected body fluids that enter the bloodstream. HIV and HBV can pose serious, long-term health risks or even death if someone comes into contact with them.

    These pathogens can be transmitted in several ways. The most common ways of transmission are needlesticks, cuts, bites from humans, and mucous membranes. For example, if you are taking out the trash and come in contact with a dirty or used needle, you may come in contact with a bloodborne pathogen. Or you may need to mop up bodily fluids, and splashes can come in contact with your mucous membranes or contaminate a small tear in your skin. Any cleaning job where you come in contact with blood or other body fluids puts you at risk for spreading bloodborne pathogens. All in all, you should always assume that all body fluids you come into contact with are contaminated. This is called universal precautions. Therefore training on bloodborne pathogens is required for proper cleaning.

    OSHA has developed training on bloodborne pathogens that explains how to clean body fluids, what personal protective equipment to wear when cleaning body fluids, how to properly clean and dispose of body fluids, and what else to look for in this area. For example, gloves, goggles and possibly a face mask are essential for your own protection from contamination. Thorough hand washing after an exposure is also among the important protective measures. In addition, any contamination waste generated must be specially labeled and disposed of separately, for example in different colored waste bags (red or orange).

    Cleaning services and training on bloodborne pathogens are essential to keeping our environment safe for everyone. Every cleaner should complete training on bloodborne pathogens, as it is necessary for the proper performance of the job. Employers should provide access to this training free of charge during working hours. This training is one of the most important experiences a janitor or cleaner needs to have, especially, but not only, if they work in a hospital. The CDC reported that approximately 5.6 million healthcare and janitorial service workers are at risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens. If you can clean and dispose of body fluids before a bloodborne pathogen can spread, you can save lives!

  • 18 Jun 2024 7:41 AM | SANDRA CAMILO

    n an era where environmental sustainability is more crucial than ever, the shift toward green cleaning practices isn't just a trend it's a necessary evolution. Green cleaning involves using products and methods that are environmentally friendly and sustainable. It means avoiding chemicals that are toxic to the earth and us, conserving resources like water and energy, and implementing practices that reduce waste and pollution. By adopting green cleaning, we contribute to a healthier planet, safeguard our health, and even potentially reduce cleaning costs over time. Let's take a look at some common substitutions for a greener cleaning approach and highlight specific strategies employed by a certified, professional team to maintain green cleaning.

    Find certified cleaning companies here -> https://www.ijcsa.org/Janitorial-Service-Directory-Find-A-Janitorial-Service-JanitorialServices

  • 18 Jun 2024 6:38 AM | Angela Mitchell

    There is alot of fatal diseases, and viruses in the world including covid, hepatitis, aids, ect. In order to keep them under control of spreading, cleaning and killing the germs and bacteria is very important. 

    Properly cleaning  and using the correct ppe is very important. Washing hands is also very important to stop the spread of germs and disease.

    You should always follow the guidelines for healthcare proper cleaning always, this is in all commercial cleaning situations, & can also be performed in residential home cleaning. 

    Find certified cleaning companies here -> https://www.ijcsa.org/Janitorial-Service-Directory-Find-A-Janitorial-Service-JanitorialServices



  • 18 Jun 2024 1:07 AM | Christian Mulkey

    Our company is now proud to say that we are Green Certified through the International Janitorial and Cleaning Services Association. We are happy to offer our clients the piece of mind in knowing that we use the safest products and practices when it comes to cleaning their space. Green cleaning provides alternitave cleaning products that are safe and often work much better than hazardeous, harsh products on the market today. To find a green certified company in your area go to http://www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services.

  • 17 Jun 2024 8:32 PM | Harley Anderson

    Being educated on what bloodborne pathogens you may come across in your every day life is truly vital for all humans. Although you may only clean residential environments that don't require this type of training, accidents can happen and you may be asked to clean up a mess that you truly need training on.If you know what bloodborne pathogens exist you may decline cleaning this mess in the correct situation.

    Having a certification on bloodborne pathogens plays an integral role in medical offices, oral surgery offices, schools and beyond. Without the proper cleaning protocol, residual pathogens may remain, contaminating the environment and creating harmful dangers to new inhabitants.

    Since we as cleaners have taken on the responsibility of keeping all types of environments clean and healthy for any activities that may go on there, it is important that we are able to protect ourselves and our employees so that we can further be of service to the public.

    Bloodborne pathogens can cause harmful disease that can affect your own life and those around you. Taking the training course with IJCSA can prepare you to take a step back when you encounter any of these situations in your every day or work life and handle them with the proper care and procedures 



  • 17 Jun 2024 7:49 PM | Dan Harduar

    Being IJCSA Green Cleaning certified can benefit your company in several ways. First and foremost, it showcases your commitment to environmental sustainability and social responsibility. Customers and clients will appreciate your efforts to reduce your carbon footprint and protect the environment.

    Moreover, being certified IJCSA green clean can help you stand out in a crowded market and attract eco-conscious customers who prioritize green cleaning practices. This can ultimately lead to increased business and revenue.

    In addition, being certified can also improve the health and safety of your employees by minimizing exposure to harmful chemicals and promoting the use of eco-friendly cleaning products.

    Overall, becoming IJCSA Green Cleaning Certified is a smart investment for any company looking to reduce its environmental impact, attract new customers, and promote the health and well-being of its employees.

    Find Professional Certified Green Cleaning Services Here 

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  • 17 Jun 2024 5:31 PM | Vadym Levchenko

    Implementing medical cleaning practices into other residential and commercial cleaning situations is essential for protecting the population and the world from harmful bacteria, germs, and viruses. By adopting rigorous cleaning protocols inspired by healthcare standards, cleaners can ensure that homes, offices, and commercial spaces are safe and hygienic environments for occupants and visitors. The International Janitorial Cleaning Services Association (IJCSA) Janitorial Services Directory offers a valuable resource for finding professional cleaning services that adhere to industry best practices.

    One key aspect of medical cleaning practices is the thorough disinfection of high-touch surfaces using EPA-approved disinfectants. This includes surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, and countertops, which can harbor a multitude of pathogens. By regularly disinfecting these surfaces, cleaners can help prevent the spread of infectious diseases and create a healthier environment for residents, employees, and customers.

    Using proper personal protective equipment (PPE) is another crucial component of medical cleaning practices. Gloves, masks, and eye protection help protect cleaners from exposure to harmful pathogens and chemicals, ensuring their safety while on the job. Additionally, implementing strict protocols for cleaning equipment and tools, such as sanitizing mop heads and vacuum cleaner filters, helps prevent cross-contamination and ensures thorough cleaning and disinfection.

    Regular training and education for cleaning staff are paramount to maintaining high standards of cleanliness and safety. By providing ongoing education on topics such as proper hand hygiene, effective disinfection methods, and the importance of following established cleaning protocols, cleaners are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to carry out their duties effectively. Through the adoption of medical cleaning practices and a commitment to excellence, residential and commercial cleaning services can contribute to protecting public health and promoting a cleaner, safer world.

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