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VOC Gasses can cause cancer and other illnesses

VOC Gasses Cause Illnesses. Is Your Commercial Cleaning Company Poisoning The Air In Your Office Building?

Are VOC gasses a problem in your office?

So you hire a commercial cleaning company to keep your office building clean. The floors are shiny, the door handles have been sanitized, toilets are cleaned, dust on desks and equipment has been removed, cubicle walls are cleaned and the garbage is thrown out regularly.

That’s a pretty solid cleaning routine in an office environment. It would be fair for you to believe you have provided a clean and healthy environment for staff and clients… right?

Not quite…

In a first-of-its-kind study, Environmental Defence tested the impact of cleaning products on indoor air quality. In all 14 studied households, levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) went up during cleaning.

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are gases that are emitted into the air from products or processes. Some are harmful by themselves, including some that cause cancer. In addition, they can react with other gases and form other air pollutants after they are in the air.

Watch Out For Products Containing Prohibited Ingredients

Prohibited ingredients in cleaning products include:

  • Toxic Air Contaminants
  • Great Waters Pollutants of Concern
  • Hazardous Air Pollutants
  • Global Warming Compounds
  • Ozone Depleting Compounds
  • Alkylphenol ethoxylates
  • Dibutyl phthalates
  • Heavy Metals (including arsenic, lead, cadmium, cobalt, copper, chromium, mercury, nickel and zinc)
  • Carcinogens as listed by: International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), National Toxicology Program, USA EPA, Occupational Health and Safety Administration
  • Carcinogens and Reproductive Toxins as listed in Proposition 65

Health Effects Of VOC’s In Products Commonly Used By Commercial Cleaning Companies

As with other pollutants, the extent and nature of the health effect will depend on many factors including level of exposure and length of time exposed. Scientifically proven health effects of exposure to VOC’s include:

  • Eye, nose and throat irritation
  • Headaches, loss of coordination and nausea
  • Damage to liver, kidney and central nervous system
  • Some organics can cause cancer in animals, some are suspected or known to cause cancer in humans.

Key Signs Or Symptoms Associated With Exposure To VOCs:

  • conjunctival irritation
  • nose and throat discomfort
  • headache
  • allergic skin reaction
  • dyspnea
  • declines in serum cholinesterase levels
  • nausea
  • emesis
  • epistaxis
  • fatigue
  • dizziness

Common Sources of VOCs In An Office / Home Environment:

  • paints, paint strippers and other solvents
  • wood preservatives
  • aerosol sprays
  • cleansers and disinfectants
  • moth repellents and air fresheners
  • stored fuels and automotive products
  • hobby supplies
  • dry-cleaned clothing
  • pesticides
  • building materials and furnishings
  • office equipment such as copiers and printers, correction fluids and carbonless copy paper
  • graphics and craft materials including glues and adhesives, permanent markers and photographic solutions.

Indoor air quality has always been a key component of effective green cleaning. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC gasses) are a major control point from cleaning and sanitation products.

Studies are now showing that VOCs from cleaning products are also a large contributor to outdoor air pollution.

Make sure your commercial cleaning uses Green Cleaning products and processes.

Evergreen Building Maintenance is committed to Green Cleaning.

Call Evergreen Building Maintenance for a free quote for daily or weekly office cleaning services: 1-888-559-6870 or 250-999-2796

Kelowna Commercial Cleaning Services – Evergreen Building Maintenance uses “Green” cleaning solutions and equipment so you can breathe easy!

World Class Airport Janitorial Services

It’s what makes an airport an enjoyable experience!

Airport Janitorial Services

The clean and polished look of an airport raises traveler confidence and presents an unforgettable impression to visitors from home and abroad.

People are traveling in ever increasing numbers. The customer satisfaction experience for today’s travelers begins in your parking lot, moves to the shuttle transportation and spotless bathrooms, and makes a real impression in the terminal with its well-kept waiting areas.

Evergreen’s Airport Maintenance Program takes care of all these things so your customers feel comfortable and at ease in your airport.

Rapid Response And Flexible Staffing

Airport cleaning is a very specialized line of business. The ever-changing timetables in the airline industry provide a unique challenge for airport janitorial services companies.

Evergreen Building Maintenance has the commercial cleaning crews and management staff to respond to airport cleaning needs 24/7…Nights, weekends and holidays, whenever you need janitorial services we’ll be there for you!

Delight Passengers And Elevate The Traveler Experience

Evergreen’s airport cleaning service helps you:

  • Elevate your brand image & build passenger loyalty
  • Meet the dynamic needs of travelers & enhance the passenger experience
  • Reduce operating inefficiencies & costs
  • Drive new business & boost revenue
  • Leverage technology to attract & maintain passengers

Trained, Passionate, and Committed Workforce

Partnering with Evergreen Building Maintenance gives you access to as many skilled and trained employees as your situation demands. We employ only the best and brightest and train them to provide competent, courteous, friendly… consistent high quality cleaning services.

Our employees are thoroughly screened and vetted to ensure the safest and most reliable service.

While janitorial and maintenance work can often be routine and non-eventful, Evergreen’s staff is recognized for going the extra mile and providing an added level of customer service under many difficult and unusual circumstances. This is what often makes the difference for tired travellers waiting at an airport.

Advanced Safety Training And Strict CCOHS Compliance

We are proud of our safety record over the past 30+ years in the business of commercial cleaing. All our full time and part time staff are thoroughly trained in injury reduction and the implementation of our occupational health and safety program.

Full Spectrum Of Airport Janitorial Cleaning And Maintenance Services

We provide the full spectrum of cleaning and maintenance services needed to help keep an airport running smoothly and create a safe, healthy environment for travellers, staff and visitors.

Working with airport managers, Evergreen will create an integrated, year-round janitorial strategy that includes:

  • General cleaning – offices, lobbies, public areas, restrooms, walkways and passageways
  • Detailed elevator, escalator and moving walkway cleaning
  • Maintenance for resilient and non-resilient flooring including marble, tile, terrazzo, ceramic, granite and concrete.
  • Stripping, waxing and buffing floors
  • Hardwood floor maintenance
  • Shampooing carpets using various techniques
  • Interior and exterior window cleaning
  • Commercial cleaning and disinfecting of lavatories
  • Provisioning of all general lavatory supplies
  • Upholstery cleaning
  • Recycling services
  • Green cleaning according to LEED standards
  • Parking lot sweeping and power washing
  • Snow removal

Full Security Clearance

Evergreen’s staff has the necessary security clearance and regulatory standards training to work in any airport environment including:

  • Terminals
  • Arrival and departure areas
  • Private clubs
  • Public restrooms
  • Cargo areas
  • Gates
  • Food courts and retail areas
  • Hangars
  • Ramps
  • Operations and customs areas
  • Flight towers
  • And other areas specific to the size and function of the airport.

Custom Airport Cleaning Plans

An Evergreen Building Maintenance manager will walk through the entire facility with you. He or she will make notes of specific requirements and areas that may need particular attention.

Every member of our cleaning team will be made aware of your needs and the quality standards they must maintain.

Through the use of log books, site visits and monthly reviews with your administration, we will make sure you get consistent performance and continued satisfaction.

Consistently Exceeding Industry Standards

Evergreen Building Maintenance consistently exceeds industry standards. We’ll work with your administration team to offer your clients peace of mind and confidence that the airport environment is being cleaned and maintained at the highest and best level.

Pandemic Control

Evergreen’s “Green Cleaning” is the First Line of Defense Against the Spread of Disease

But hygienic cleaning is more than just being visually clean. Cleaning for health is an important step in maintaining a safe airport environment.

We can provide you with a complete strategy for prevention and pandemic control that, depending on the case, could include:

  • Early recognition and reporting of illnesses that may be epidemic or pandemic prone
  • Mitigating risks of massive spread
  • Environmental and sources controls assessment
  • Disinfection and sanitizing plan
  • Routine infection control plan
  • Additional specific airport janitorial services control precautions

Contact us to learn how our airport janitorial services can help reduce your costs, boost your revenues, and enhance your traveler’s experience.

Call now for a quote on daily or weekly airport janitorial services for your airport: 1-855-824-8450 or 250-869-5165.

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Advantages Of Working With A Commercial Janitorial Company With A Large Menu Of Services

A commercial janitorial company can only offer services based on the resources it has access to.  Resources can mean the number of employees available at any given time, their training level, specialized equipment, security clearance and more.

Most commercial cleaning companies only offer basic services for their clients.  If you have additional requirements you will have to send out an RFP, make phone calls, get quotes from several places, compare quotes and hopefully select the right company for the job.

As a facility manager you have a lot of responsibilities.  Any time you put into sourcing services means taking away time from something else.  Why not consider hiring one company that you know has a large variety of clients and all the in-house expertise you would ever need?

You already know that they provide a high standard of service and their prices are reasonable.  Anytime you need a non-basic service you can simply add that task to their weekly, monthly or daily duties.

Think of all the time and trouble you will save.  A large commercial janitorial services company with a variety of clients will have specialized, trained employees for anything you want to have done.  They will also have the right equipment to for the job.  If your task involves security clearance, they will have that also…already in place, without delay!

Having a working relationship with someone you trust goes a long way toward saving money, preventing accidents and most of all, your peace of mind.  You know the work will get done, on time, on budget and to a high standard.

Commercial Janitorial Company Services You Don’t Need Every Day Can Include:

  • Professional window cleaning
  • Floor stripping and waxing
  • Steam cleaning of carpets
  • Steam extraction upholstery cleaning
  • Stain removal
  • Snow removal
  • Ice removal
  • Parking lot litter removal and sweeping
  • Extra staff for emergency situations
  • Polishing stainless steel and metal surfaces
  • Cold and hot pressure washing
  • HVAC repair
  • Light construction jobs
  • Handyman services
  • Preventive maintenance

Evergreen Building Maintenance has over 30 years’ commercial janitorial services experience working with all kinds of businesses, both large and small.  Our clients include individual offices as well as entire office towers.  We serve individual retail shops as well as large shopping centres with hundreds of stores.  From the point of view of security clearance, our cleaning teams work in police stations, banks and government offices that require strict security certifications.

If you have an emergency situation, as our client, we will make sure you have enough cleaning staff available to handle any unforeseen circumstances.  On the other hand, if you have a special event coming up, we can easily provide extra staff for any time of day or night.

You can count on us to have the specific expertise you need, in-house.  You won’t have to spend your valuable time running around getting quotes.

Call now for a commercial cleaning quote from a company that offers a high standard of basic cleaning PLUS any other janitorial services you might need: 1-855-824-8450 or 250-869-5165.

Kelowna Janitorial Services – We Offer A Large Menu Of Services For Your Convenience!

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How to See Through The Hype And Hire A Reliable Commercial Office Cleaning Company

How Not To Hire The Wrong Commercial Office Cleaning Company

You want to hire the best commercial cleaning service, but how do you separate fact from fiction in the selection process?

We know it doesn’t cost much for a startup office cleaning company to get into the business and say they offer commercial office cleaning services.  Because of this, hundreds of new cleaning companies claim to offer “professional” commercial janitorial services.  That’s nice for them, but you need a reliable commercial office cleaning company that can deliver a high standard of cleaning consistently and reliably.

A fly-by-night operation can cause big problems for you in terms of safety, security and cost management.  They are often willing to provide a low bid and even work hard to fulfill your requirements.  But you don’t get experience and expertise overnight.  It takes time to learn how to do the job right.

The problem is, these same people are willing to stretch the truth and even fabricate “facts” in order to get the contract…potentially creating big problems for you and your company.

Cutting Through The Hype Of A Commercial Office Cleaning Company In The Bidding Process

So, what do you look for, so you can tell the difference between a legitimate, professional commercial office cleaning company and one that is going to cause problems for you?  Here are some simple questions to ask yourself:

  1. Does the prospective commercial office cleaning company have references from companies similar to yours from the past and currently active? If a company is used to smaller contracts, they will not know what to do in your company.  If they are used to larger contracts, they may not give enough importance to your company to provide a good service.
  2. Does their quote provide enough details to show they understand the expenses they are going to encounter in providing commercial cleaning services for your facility?
  3. Did they clearly show how they came up with the price? If they didn’t, are they going to surprise you with additional costs after they get started and realize they didn’t consider everything in their quote?
  4. Does the potential commercial cleaning services screen their employees on a regular basis for drugs and security issues? Are their security clearance papers up-to-date?
  5. Take time to meet the person who is actually going to oversee work in your facility and interview him / her.
  6. Does the commercial janitorial services company have at least five million dollar umbrella insurance to cover any excessive claims?
  7. Do they have documents they use for training that they can show you? If they are a small commercial office cleaning company, they won’t have the policies, procedures and training systems in place to be able to provide competent cleaning personnel on an ongoing basis.  Plus, the level of cleaning you get will not be consistent and is cause many headaches for you in terms of complaints from your staff or customers.
  8. Does a human being answer the phone when you call their office? Having a human being answer the phone can be an indicator that the company will take the time to address your needs quickly and efficiently instead of resorting to bureaucracy when you want to get something done.
  9. Are their safety training systems documented?

Asking these questions will help you get insight into whether or not you are dealing with an established, professional commercial office cleaning company.

Evergreen Building Maintenance has been in the commercial cleaning business for over 30 years.  They have seen many fly-by-night operators come and go…and in many cases, they have been brought in to clean up the mess created by unprofessional operators.

Call now for a quote for professional, commercial office cleaning company services: 1-855-824-8450 or 250-869-5165.