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08.26.2011
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Does Your Office Use Green Cleaning?

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Hello, my name is Dr. Don and I want to welcome you to this Delta Janitorial Systems article where I’m going to answer a question we often get from prospective clients and that is: Does Delta Janitorial Systems use “green office cleaning”?

The simple and quick answer to that question is – yes we do – Delta Janitorial Systems does use green office cleaning processes, products and equipment. But the more important question that some of you may be asking is – so what? Who cares and why does green office cleaning even matter? What’s the big deal about green cleaning?

Green office cleaning is the answer to a big problem that you should be very interested in and that problem is indoor air quality. You see most offices have contained air conditioning and heating systems that recycle the same air over and over.

That means that dirt and toxins are brought into the environment but it’s difficult to get them out. Our office interiors like new carpet, freshly painted walls, new furniture are made of synthetic materials that give off what are called VOC’s. That stands for volatile organic compounds. These aren’t good for our health and often are the cause of headaches and allergies.

That “new” smell isn’t the healthiest thing for you. But the off gassing of synthetic building materials declines with time.

However, synthetic building materials aren’t the only things that contribute to unhealthy indoor air quality. Believe it or not, your janitorial service may be one of the biggest contributors to the problem.

Many of the cleaning products used in standard janitorial service cleaning are very toxic to indoor air quality. These cleaning products may clean very well but they also give off VOC’s that are bad for our health and bad indoor air quality in general. It’s not just the cleaning products either; many janitorial services use commercial upright vacuum cleaners that spew small dust particles back into the air you breathe. Over time these small particles build up and create a very unhealthy environment.

You may not realize it but airborne dust particles are one of the main carriers of viruses and disease.

Green office cleaning uses cleaning products that don’t off-gas toxins and green cleaning  uses dust containment technology that removes dust particles down to a fraction of a micron so that indoor air quality actually improves with each cleaning.

This can make a huge difference in the health and attendance of your staff. A good example of this is a Syracuse school district that switched to green cleaning. The switch led to a massive improvement in attendance.

Now consider this; the students had no idea that janitorial cleaning practices had changed and they probably wouldn’t have cared any way. But attendance significantly improved.

So you can see that green office cleaning is important because it improves the health and productivity of the staff. That makes more money for the business.

And  … green office cleaning costs no more than standard janitorial service practices. So if it all cost the same, why not demand green cleaning for your offices.

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08.18.2011
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Systemized Cleaning

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All too often companies that use janitorial services have been disappointed in the consistency of the janitorial services they have received. Service is great at times and then substandard at other times. What are the causes for the variations?

In most cases the problem is undefined or poorly defined cleaning processes. In many cases, janitorial services will leave the cleaning methodology up to the individual workers to decide how they will do their cleaning job.

This causes a lot of variation in the cleaning results.

A systematized cleaning process eliminates inconsistency by eliminating all of the variables that cause inconsistency in service. When variations in cleaning processes are eliminated, variation in the service is eliminated as well.

Once a cleaning system becomes highly defined then it must be staffed with the right personnel. The key to finding the right workers, who are willing to follow the system, is to follow a selection process that filters out those individuals who are not willing to follow a system. This worker selection process is another system and a very important one.

Here’s what you can expect from a systemized cleaning program.

First you can expect consistency. When variations in the cleaning products, cleaning tools and cleaning processes are eliminated then the end result of the cleaning system becomes consistent.

Next you can expect economy. As systems evolve, they become more efficient. These efficiencies add up to better service for less money while remaining profitable for the cleaning company.

Next you can expect dependability. When all personnel are trained in the exact same system, changes in personnel that are inevitable from time to time, don’t affect the quality of the services being performed.

You can also expect better cleaning personnel. The personnel servicing your facility will have been selected through a tested and proven process. They will have been trained and tested before being assigned to your facility. Having the right cleaning personnel makes all the difference.

You can expect better quality control. One of the elements of a systemized cleaning program is management. That means periodic inspections, surveys and report cards so that the cleaning personnel receive feedback on their performance. This feedback is another essential element of the system.

How is your current janitorial service doing? If their service seems to go up and down like a roller coaster then they’re probably not systematized. If you have to give them excessive feedback, they’re probably not systematized. If you tend to have the same complaints, over and over, they probably aren’t systematized.

If you’re tired of micromanaging an inconsistent janitorial service provider, I recommend you look for a janitorial service that is systemized. It will make a world of difference. Here at Delta Janitorial Systems, we believe in systemized cleaning and over the past twenty nine years that we have been in business we have found it to be the most consistent way to exceed our customer’s quality expectations. This is how we can offer free trials of our janitorial service. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed.

My name is Dr. Don and I hope you found this article helpful.

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07.01.2011
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Allergies, Asthma and Cancer Linked To Standard Janitorial Service Practices

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Today most janitorial service companies use mass-produced and low cost cleaners that contain synthetic and potentially poisonous chemicals. These chemicals are very dangerous to your health. As a matter of fact, health experts believe and have documented a clear correlation between the prevalence of these synthetic chemicals to the rise in cases of allergies, asthma and cancer.
The air you breathe everyday in the office may be polluted by odorless, colorless fumes oozed from these toxic, poisonous and hazardous cleaners. This is called “out-gassing” and once airborne, chemicals can easily mix with those from other cleaners and become much more dangerous.
Recently, a new medical field has grown to find then purge patients’ bodies of toxins. As a mater of fact, 15% to 30% of the Americans, just like you have a new disease called “multiple chemical sensitivity.”

Below, we detail the symptoms and potential chemical causes of allergies, asthma and cancer.

Allergies are…

…the reaction from your body’s immune system to fight off substances. Some of these substances can be quite harmless such as pollen and sawdust. However some may be quite deadly. In either case, allergic reactions themselves can be miserable, severe, can lead to serious infections and even death.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction include:

  • Itchy, watery and swollen eyes
  • Difficulty breathing, sneezing and coughing
  • Itchy and clogged nose, also post-nasal drip
  • Overall congestion
  • Headaches

The following cleaners often contain chemicals that trigger allergy attacks.

  • All purpose cleaners – ammonia or 2-butoxy ethanol can irritate the lungs and respiratory tract.
  • Tub and tile cleaners – also contains 2-butoxy ethanol.
  • Liquid bleach – chlorine that is corrosive to the respiratory tract and can worsen asthma.
  • Window cleaners – can also contain 2-butoxy ethanol.
  • Dishwashing liquid – glycol ethers, fumes may cause labored breathing.

Important statistics you should know about allergies.

  • The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology shows that over half of all illnesses are caused or aggravated by pollutants found in indoor air.
  • Billions of dollars are spent every year by average Americas just like you, to battle allergies.

Asthma is…

… a condition that effects the air passages of the lungs. First, the patient’s air passages are inflamed. This means that the air passages become red and swollen. Then these inflamed air passages become very vulnerable to a variety of triggers that can bring on asthma attacks.

Symptoms of an asthma attack include:

  • Obstructed air flow to and from the lungs
  • Difficult breathing, shortness of breath and wheezing
  • Choking sensations and tightness of the chest
  • Coughing and spitting of mucus from the mouth

The following cleaners often contain asthma causing chemicals or asthma triggers.

  • Aerosol sprays such as air fresheners – propane, may be a cause for asthma-like symptoms as well as both eye and lung irritation.
  • Liquid bleach – chlorine is corrosive to the respiratory tract and can worsen asthma.
  • Scouring powders – sodium hypochlorite can cause asthma symptoms.
  • Floor cleaners – petroleum distillates, fumes may produce asthma symptoms.
  • Drain openers/clog removers –liquid sodium or powdered lye, fumes may trigger asthma attacks.

Important statistics you should know about asthma.

  • Asthma is the leading cause of children’s hospital admissions.
  • Women are getting more cases of asthma as they are typically in more frequent contact with cleaning chemicals.
  • 118% increase in asthma related deaths in our children and young adults.
  • Approximately 4 million children aged 0-14 years reported asthma in the preceding 12 months from 1993 to 1994.
  • 160% increase in asthma rates in children ages 0-4 years from 1980 to 1994.
  • 74% increase in asthma rates among children ages 5-14 years.
  • 100% increase in death rates amount children ages 5-14 years from 1980 to 1993.
  • $6.2 billion is the estimated cost of treating illnesses related to asthma in 1990. Of that amount, almost $1.6 billion was for inpatient hospital services.

Cancer is…

… Uncontrolled development, growth of abnormal and mutated cells called tumors. Tumors are not normal growth and can kill a patient if the cells spread through the body, preventing the function of vital organs and body systems. There are many forms of cancer such as skin, brain, lung, colon, breast and prostate. Treatments of cancer are varied depending on the type and progression or “stage” of that cancerous growth. There are also many complications such as spreading of cancer to different parts of the body, in addition to treatment complications that can cause both pain and death.

Symptoms of cancer vary with the specific type of tumor. Sometimes, there can be no symptoms at all. Cancer can be a silent but deadly and painful killer.

  • tumors
  • coughing, chest pain and difficulty breathing
  • diarrhea, constipation and blood in the stool
  • fatigue, loss of energy and strength
  • chills, fever & night sweats
  • weight loss and loss of appetite

The following cleaners often contain suspected carcinogens or cancer causing chemicals.

  • Disinfectants and air fresheners – formaldehyde is a suspected carcinogen or cause of cancer.
  • Furniture polish – nitrobenzene and naptha, repeated exposure has been linked to cancer.
  • Metal polish – petroleum distillates are suspected carcinogens or cancer causing chemicals.
  • Toilet bowl deodorizers – paradichloro-benzene is a suspected carcinogen or cause of cancer.
  • Carpet shampoos and spot removers – some also contain formaldehyde.
  • Carpet deodorizing powders – contain sodium aluminosilicate a suspected carcinogen or cause of cancer.

Important statistics you should know about cancer.

  • 25% increase in evidence of cancer from 1973 to 1998.
  • Cancer is the #1 killer disease of our children.
  • There are over 200 different types of cancer.
  • Breast cancer effects one out of eight women. Compare this figure to all cancer rates prior to the 20th century, one out of 8,000.

There is an easy solution reducing these cancer causing indoor pollutants, simply change the cleaners used in your home and offices. We offer clean and healthy alternatives that will resolve issues caused by existing and wide spread janitorial practices. Our alternatives are just as effective and in some cases more effective than their dangerous, poisonous counterparts. Call (214) 453-3939 today to enjoy a healthier and more toxic-free indoor environment.

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07.01.2011
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House Cleaning Can Be Dangerous to Your Pets Too!

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Veterinarians are diagnosing and treating increasing cases of cancer, poisonings and behavioral problems in pets. The major contributors are chemicals found in common household cleaning products. These chemicals are dangerous to humans as well. They often contain cancer causing carcinogens and other chemicals that damage lungs, hearts, kidneys and livers. They have also been linked to many brain and central nervous system disorders.

Our pets tend to be smaller and therefore more vulnerable. They tend to stay in our homes and other indoor environments longer and more often than we do. Also, pets are in closer contact with cleaning chemicals used on flooring and furniture. As a result, these poisons can act faster and be more harmful to our pets.

One area of major concern is our pet cats. Most cats do not go outdoors at all, so they stay indoors 100% of the time. They are very exposed and their systems do not easily eliminate these harmful chemicals from their systems. There is evidence that shows feline leukemia is on the rise and reaching epidemic proportions.

Our pets rely on us to feed and care for them. Call (214)453-3939 today to improve your indoor working environment.

Here are a few symptoms that your pet may have been over-exposed to poisonous cleaners.

Birds

1. Anxiety
2. Coughing
3. Damage to eyes
4. Difficulty breathing
5. Hormonal changes
6. Seizures

Cats

1. Anxiety
2. Burns on esophagus
3. Burns on the mouth
4. Colic
5. Coma
6. Coughing
7. Damage to eyes
8. Depression
9. Difficult and shallow breathing
10. Excessive salivation
11. Foaming at the mouth
12. Hair loss
13. Heart arrhythmia
14. Hormonal changes
15. Hyperactivity
16. Hyperthermia
17. Panting
18. Restlessness
19. Seizures
20. Shock
21. Skin ulcers
22. Vomiting
23. Weakness

Dogs

1. Anxiety
2. Burns on esophagus
3. Burns on the mouth
4. Colic
5. Coma
6. Coughing
7. Damage to eyes
8. Depression
9. Difficult and shallow breathing
10. Excessive salivation
11. Foaming at the mouth
12. Hair loss
13. Hormonal changes
14. Hyperthermia
15. Restlessness
16. Seizures
17. Skin ulcers
18. Vomiting
19. Weakness

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06.20.2011
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Breast Cancer Linked to Common Cleaning Products

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Women are more now than ever, at risk for breast cancer as well as other conditions and diseases. A recent study noted that pollutants trapped indoors contain increasing levels of cancer-causing chemicals. These chemicals are called carcinogens and can be found in most seemingly innocuous, common cleaning products.
Women’s bodies also tend to hold approximately 10% more body fat then men. As a result, women can store more toxins and synthetic chemicals in their bodies.
Also, most people spend less than 5% of their time outdoors. So, a vast majority of time is spent indoors inhaling and otherwise in direct contact with harmful cleaning chemicals. In our workplaces, most janitorial companies use them in mass quantities to clean our buildings and offices. When stored, these chemicals ooze colorless, odorless fumes that pollute the air you breathe. If mixed with chemicals from other cleaners, they can combine to cause even more damage to our health.

In a recent study, dust and air samples were taken from over 100 homes. Chemicals released from spot removers, window cleaners and other household cleaners were found to have been present in potentially harmful levels. Most of these homes tested positive for chemicals that have already been identified as causing breast cancer. As new and “more” effective cleaning chemicals are introduced, new poisons are being found in homes everyday.

New studies are being performed to determine the link between cleaning chemicals and breast cancer. Studies in progress will compile lists of chemicals already identified as causing mammary tumors and test for those chemicals in indoor environments.
Researchers believe that breast cancer may be correlated to or caused by these cleaners. In recent years, as the proliferation of these common cleaning chemicals have been on the rise, so too have the reported cases of breast cancer. Today, breast cancer effects one out of eight women. Compare this figure to all cancer reported prior to the 20th century, one out of 8,000.

As of now, the Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) has determined that chemicals found in everyday common cleaners are three times more likely to cause cancer than other pollutants in the air. In addition to breast cancer, these cleaning products have been associated with many other diseases and conditions.
Here are a few cancer causing chemicals, or carcinogens, found in common cleaners.

Call (214)453-3939 today to improve your indoor working environment.

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