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ACE Global Earns Green Certification

ACE Global Custodial, Corpus Christi TXThe Green Clean Institute welcomes ACE Global as a certified Green cleaning organization.  Located in Corpus Christi, Texas, ACE Global offers a variety of services that include custodial services.  Many area companies already know that ACE Global custodial services are top notch.  The reputation of ACE Global is further enhanced by the efforts to train and certified the workers and company with the Green Clean Institute certification.

Green and Healthy Building Assessment Software

Green and Healthy BuildingsThe Green and Healthy Building Partnership is proof of the integrity of the Green cleaning service, and the easy-to-use software allows the cleaning service to document the implementation of the "Best Practices" of Green cleaning with an app that runs in smartphones, ipads, or computers.  Just press the button for any listed Green practice item, and watch the points add up.

We even audit the integrity of the program by a Skype viist where our staff verifies the listed improvments to make sure the award is properly deserved.  

Basic Cleaning Course from the Green Clean Institute for New Hires

Basic Cleaning Course for New WorkersWith the introduction of a brand new video series for the GCI Green Cleaning Technician course, we know that there needs to be a primer for those who are just starting in the cleaning services.  We call this course, appropriately, the GCI Basic Cleaning Course.  There are important reasons to set the tone and critical concepts for all new hires by a cleaning service worker.  And, one of the biggest reason is the relatively high turnover rate for cleaning service workers.  Routine turnover of staff can have a deteriorating affect on your service as new hires become "Hole Fillers" rather than a positive addition to your team.

The GCI Basic Cleaning course is not difficult, but an important orientation for all new workers.  In a video format, the course makes sure every new worker gets an introduction that includes the expectations for the job.  This course can be bypassed by your established workers, or used for a helpful reminder of their role and value in the company.  

Three Big Deliverables for a Green Janitorial

Green Cleaning serviceOne of the common questions we get is how can our company distinguish itself from all the other "Pretend Green" cleaning services.  The reality is shown in what we call THREE DELIVERABLES, and this is where we separate the herd for the shallow or empty claims of 99% of Green cleaning services.  So, let's dig into the difference between a real Green cleaning service and a pretend cleaning service.  And, feel free to pass this along to the decision-makers for your cleaning service.

Green Product Certification from GCI

Green Product CertificationHow does anyone know if your Green product is Green or pretending to be Green?  Website claims can be very misleading.  And, advertising has nearly no limits.  That is why the Green Clean Institute has set the standard for truth in Green advertising.  The Green Clean Institute seal stands for more than a honestly Green product.  We verify that the claims are fair, do not leave out negative facts, and can be trusted as an environmentally-safe product.

The Green Clean Institute is not a testing lab.  Lab work is offered by applicants to support claims.  In the end, the public wants to purchase products that live up to the advertised promises.  Therefore, our goal is to research the product ingredients, check for overt health issues, and to review the SDS and lab results.  

Bid Process for Hiring a Janitorial Service

Low Bid Janitorial ServiceThe way businesses hire a janitorial service is what some have called "A Race to the Bottom".  Commonly, a company will put out a bidding offer of the specifications for the job.  In fact, the bid specifications are used to calculate the cost to provide the service, and square footage is usually the bottom line.

Like any cleaning task, there is the best way to do the job, the "Getting By" way to do the job, and the "Cut Rate" way to do the job.  When price is used as the primary determination of which cleaning service will get the job, it is unlikely that the building will fair well when the ill-trained workers with cheap product, old equipment, and a mad rush to move on to the next job is how the low bid is supported.

Yale Study Reports LEED Fails to Protect Health

Yale Environmental StudiesWith a new wave of concern by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Office of Disability Affairs now including chemical sensitivities as a disability they will defend, building owners and managers must consider that we are looking at an growing number of complaints that will radically change the cleaning industry.

Reports, like the one from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies is yet another indication that the standard of "Cleaning for Appearance" is no longer acceptible.  Cleaning for health is more than a token phrase.  It is a proactive, credible, and full-commitment to a health and toxin-free school, workplace, or public building.  Of course, there is never a 100% solution, but there is a lot of room for improvement.

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