Keep you and your staff healthy, productive, and on the job. We’ll advocate for your health by keeping your office sanitary and your air allergen free, using:
• HEPA filtered vacuums
• Hard surface HEPA floor vacuums
• Microfiber dust-wipes (not feather dusters)
• Microfiber damp mops (not string mops)
• Touchpoint sanitizer throughout your office
• Restroom hospital-grade disinfectant
• No unfriendly chemicals
Greenguard Environmental Institute certified
We are certified in the Diversey “Healthy High Performance Cleaning” program, the only cleaning system currently certified under Greenguard Environmental Institute’s Product Emissions Standard for Children & Schools. Our “Cleaning for Health” program combines certified cleaning chemicals, microfiber technology and advanced procedures to promote more healthful Indoor Air Quality.
Our Indoor Air Quality Program
We use HEPA filtered vacuums for both tile and carpet, efficient microfiber dust cloths instead of feather dusters and damp mops rather than overwet messy string mops. For your health, we practice careful chemical selection (low VOCs, no aerosols, bleach, ammonia or scouring powder). We use filtered floor burnishers. We measure indoor air quality initially and ongoing. For you health, all combine to reduce particulates, reducing allergens and asthma irritants.
Backpack vacuums reach under furniture and into corners better. HEPA vacuums capture and retain 99.97% of the particles in the critical size range (down to 0.3 micron) which has been found to most cause allergic reactions and trigger asthma. 0.3 micron HEPA vacuums capture spores, pollen, airborne bacteria and dust mite feces.
Traditional paper bags only filter particles down to about ten microns; many janitorial firms still use old-technology reusable cloth vacuum bags, which pump a visible cloud of even larger particles into the air. Particles of this size remain airborne up to eight hours after passing through the vacuum – waiting for you to remove them from the air by inhaling them yourself (ten microns is about the smallest particle visible to the eye; one micron is approximately the size of large cigarette smoke particles).
Many allergens are between 1 and 10 microns in diameter. Particles in the one to ten micron range include airborne bacteria, some spores and pollen, and dust mite droppings – in essence, lots of allergens. This size proves to be particularly dangerous to our lungs, based on studies of cancer, birth defects, and other health concerns.
Tile floors vacuumed – not swept
We vacuum hard floors for superior dust pick-up. Besides leaving debris in corners, against edges and under furniture – and in the irregular surfaces and grouting of ceramic and stone floors. Brooms create air turbulence, and dust mops must be frequently shaken, lifting fine particles (near invisible to the naked eye) into the air to remain suspended for hours.
We use CRI Green Label Certified backpack-style vacuums to “suck up and retain” dust rather than dash it about – also to more thoroughly clean corners, edges, and under furniture .
Microfiber dust wipes – not feather dusters
Besides allowing our poor ostrich to keep his tail feathers intact, our dust wipes trap dust – without dampening your furniture or leaving an oily chemical residue – and remove it from your building; much better than feather dusting the particles into the air for us all to breathe. Microfiber damp wipes – not cotton towels>
Microfiber damp mops – not string mops
Microfiber damp mops clean better with less chemical. Numerous studies show that, compared to the traditional string wet mop, microfiber flat mops pick up more soil, use less solution (and less chemical in that solution), and avoid dirty water slopped onto furniture legs and baseboards.
A study conducted by the University of California at Davis Medical Center (as reviewed by the US EPA) also demonstrates superior pathogen removal – bacterial culture shows a 30% removal using string mops, versus a 99% removal using microfiber.
Filtered floor burnishers
We use filtered floor burnishers to reduce airborne particulates. Have you ever noticed a coating of gritty gray dust on your furniture the morning after your janitor “polishes” your tile floors? Burnishing (ultra high-speed buffing – required for today’s harder floor finishes) creates dust – a combination of ground-in dirt, powdered floor finish, and material wearing off the machine’s pad. Our filtered Laser X™ burnishers minimize this problem, and keep your air cleaner.
Carpet protectant – an integral part of our carpet maintenance package
Included with our full-service janitorial program is application of a state-of-the-art carpet protectant to repel oil and grease and to keep dust and dirt from adhering to the carpet’s surface. Once sprayed, periodic spot cleaning becomes more effective. The next full cleaning becomes more thorough. Every night, as we vacuum, we remove more dry pollutants from your carpeting. This extends the life of your carpeting, better maintains the appearance of your office, and keeps the air you breathe cleaner.
Particle Counter to measure Indoor Air Quality improvement
Our hand-held airborne particle counter lets us measure Indoor Air Quality. The device draws in a volume of air, filters particles by size, and provides an accurate measure of air cleanliness. We measure our clients’ indoor air quality periodically, usually in conjunction with a daytime customer service visit; written reports, from initial readings onward, are available. Over a period of time, we generally observe significant
Indoor Air Quality – the Results
Research demonstrates the cleaning and dust-control methods CBN uses can significantly improve Indoor Air Quality. A study conducted by Dr. Michael Berry and The Research Triangle Institute™ (one of the world’s leading research institutes) uses:
• DuPont Hysurf 1.0 micron vacuum bags (we use the more recently available 0.3 micron HEPA vacuums for even finer filtration)
• Dust wiping rather than feather dusting
• Entryway walk-off mats
• Appropriate chemical selection
The study demonstrated:
• A volatile organic chemical (VOC) reduction of 49%
• An airborne particulate reduction of 52%
• An average bio-contaminate reduction of 75%
A study by Daniels Associates™ also uses DuPont Hysurf bags and DuPont “Dust Wizard” dust wipes (an early microfiber wipe), walk-off mats and chemical selection. Daniels’ study measured an airborne particulate reduction of 66%.
“Measures to improve IAQ don’t cost – they pay!”
The cost of proper cleaning is more than offset by the costs attributable to “sick time”. CBN Building Maintenance uses the latest technological innovations to keep our clients breathing easy. Let us introduce you to a healthier, safer, and more productive workplace.
Disinfection and Sanitation
Microorganisms can survive for many hours on non-sanitized surfaces. Serious food-borne illness is a very real health consequence of preparing and eating food in a less than sanitary environment.
Disinfection with Diversey’s Virex™ II In restrooms and break rooms
We use hospital-grade Virex II to disinfect all restroom and break room hard surfaces. Advanced sanitation service is one of the primary reasons for using a professional cleaning service. Our staff is fully trained in both cleaning and sanitizing your restrooms and lunch rooms.
We use Diversey’s hospital-grade disinfectant, Virex II for the final step on all hard surfaces. Virex provides broad spectrum disinfection (pseudomonacidal, staphylocidal, salmonellacidal, fungicidal, veridical). Virex also assists in the elimination of biological-based odors.
Touchpoints – Avoid cross-contamination
We clean and sanitize touchpoints with microfiber cloth and Alpha HP – those common areas we all handle, such as flush handles, faucets, towel dispensers, light switches, doorknobs and jambs. These are the touchpoints that you – and everyone else in your office – touch every day.
Alpha HP, Diversey’s new hydrogen peroxide based sanitizer, with a 60-second kill time, is highly effective against such pathogens as MRSA (staph), E. coli, TB, HIV, herpes, listeria, salmonella, cold and flu — and leaves no residue. Applied with a moistened microfiber cloth, Alpha HP acts as an effective sanitizer of touchpoints throughout your building.
AlphaHP, used with microfiber wipes is a great combination for both cleaning and sanitizing. Microfiber holds over seven times its weight in cleaning/sanitizing solution, allowing thorough cleaning and sanitizing of common touchpoints around the office. This helps to avoid cross-contamination, for instance from restrooms to lunch rooms.
Split microfibers retain the tiniest of particles, allowing us to remove them from your facility. Old-fashioned cotton cloths (with much wider fibers, and spaces between them) miss many particles.
Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.
— Carl Jung
The average, healthy, well-adjusted adult gets up at seven-thirty in the morning feeling just plain terrible.
— Jean Kerr
To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.
‘Tis healthy to be sick sometimes.
— Henry David Thoreau
Water, air, and cleanness are the chief articles in my pharmacy.
— Napoleon Bonaparte
Neurotics build castles in the air, psychotics live in them. My mother cleans them.
— Rita Rudner
I’d find it demeaning to be cleaning toilets.
— Jack Kevorkian
CBN is proud to feature safe, environmentally preferred Green Seal certified cleaning chemicals.
No bleach, ammonia, aerosols, or scouring powder; low VOC chemicals
When spraying an aerosol, both propellant and chemical become airborne, which fouls the air and wastes the chemical. We use squirt bottles and pump sprayers; no propellant is involved, and more of the cleaning chemical hits the work surface. Better than in your air, don’t you think?
No bleach or ammonia
We use no bleach or ammonia to protect your facility as well as your health. Chlorinated bleach and ammonia are both noxious compounds in and of themselves. Besides their individual characteristics of user unfriendliness and potential for damage to some surfaces (try dribbling bleach on your carpet), when accidentally combined, they produce chlorine gas – not something you (or we) want to breathe.
No scouring powder (AJAX, Comet, etc.)
Have you ever noticed the cloud of dust when you shake the stuff out of the can? Scouring powders are a combination of high pH detergents and finely ground abrasive pumice. Many also contain bleach. Inhaling this airborne corrosive mixture is not at all gentle to the health of your lungs.
Low VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds)
Organic chemicals are widely used as ingredients in many cleaning and disinfecting products. These products can release organic compounds while you are using them and, to some degree, when they are stored. Eye, nose, and throat irritation, headaches, loss of coordination, nausea, and damage to liver, kidney, and central nervous system are among the noted health effects of VOC exposure.
Many organic compounds are known to cause cancer in animals. Some are suspected of causing, or are known to cause, cancer in humans. The ability of organic chemicals to cause adverse health effects varies greatly — from those that are highly toxic to those with no known health effect. As with other pollutants, the extent and nature of the health effects will depend on many factors, including the level of exposure and length of time exposed.
The floor-care and office-cleaning products offered by Diversey are specifically formulated to be environmentally friendly and consumer health-positive. They contain few or no harmful VOCs. This is one of the primary reasons we have chosen their product line.
Health-Related Links – A Resource
At CBN, we take pride in our position as an expert resource in the fields of health and indoor air quality. We keep abreast of ongoing research in these fields, and pass along exciting developments to our clients. More importantly, we use this information when updating our procedures and ongoing personnel training programs. Listed below are links to sources of information on indoor air quality and state-of-the-art cleaning practices as they relate to your health, at home as well as at the office.
CBN is proud to feature safe, environmentally preferred Green Seal certified cleaning chemicals.
Green Seal develops life cycle-based sustainability standards for products, services and companies and offer third-party certification for those that meet the criteria in the standard. Green Seal has been actively identifying and promoting sustainability in the marketplace, and helping organizations be greener in a real and effective way since 1989.
An industry-independent, third-party testing program for low emitting products and materials.
Click to see the GreenGuard ad in FitPregnancy Magazine.
US Green Building Council
A non-profit composed of leaders from every sector of the building industry working to promote buildings and communities that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. CBN is proud to be a member of the USGBC.
The Ashkin Group
The Ashkin Group is an internationally recognized consulting firm working to green the cleaning industry.
The Ashkin Group is dedicated to creating healthier, more productive indoor environments with lower burdens on natural systems, while creating sustainable value for its clients. The company’s commitment to Green Cleaning is more than business, it is a passion.
American Lung Association
The American Lung Association provides information on subjects as diverse as indoor air pollutants, sick building syndrome, duct cleaning, carpet and IAQ, allergens and occupational air quality hazards .
American Indoor Air Quality Council
We participate in the American Indoor Air Quality Council, headquartered in Glendale, Arizona. They have a strong local chapter and an informative newsletter. The chapter meetings are a good place to network on HVAC, mold remediation and air quality issues.
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI)
Sure, we’re all aware of allergies evidenced by congestion, breathing difficulties, and so forth. But – if your eyes itch, are red, tearing or burning, pay attention to what they may be telling you. You may have eye allergies, or allergic conjunctivitis. Check out the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology’s site.
Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI)
The Carpet and Rug Institute (a national trade association of carpet manufacturers) has developed a “Green Label” testing program, focusing on indoor air quality, to aid both consumers and office designers in the selection of carpet, padding, and carpet adhesive. Of particular interest to us, their study also addresses the efficiency of various makes and designs of vacuum cleaners. Here they look at soil removal capability, carpet appearance retention and, most significantly, dust containment – not blowing the dust back into the room.
EPA and OSHA on Indoor Air Quality
Both EPA’s and OSHA’s indoor air quality sites discuss a wide range of IAQ concerns, including indoor air quality, airborne chemical pollutants, airborne diseases, sick building syndrome, asbestos, radon, and air quality dangers commonly emanating from HVAC ductwork and carpeting. These sites are geared to health professionals.
National MSDS Repository
Want to find out about that bottle of stuff under your kitchen sink – or maybe in the janitor’s closet? As long as you’ve got the trade name, or the manufacturer’s name and product code, you can click on the National MSDS Repository
Some common houseplants remove specific airborne pollutants common to our indoor environment. Research sponsored by NASA shows that philodendron, spider plants and dieffenbachia remove formaldehyde (found in new carpeting, insulation, particle board and furniture), English Ivy and chrysanthemums remove benzene (from oils, plastics, synthetic fibers) and so forth. Experiments also show that plants help remove airborne particulate matter (dust). Neat stuff (the information – not the dust).
Counterpoint to NASA article – The idea of common plants solving IAQ problems is attractive. Most people like having plants in their homes and offices and in the hotels, stores, and public buildings they visit. However, important questions exist as to whether plants can actually affect indoor air sufficiently to warrant their use as air cleaners. (We’ll post any updates we find!)
EPA’s IAQ publication
The EPA publishes “An Office Building Occupant’s Guide to Indoor Air Quality” – interesting reading.
California Air Resources Board (CARB)
California Air Resources Board’s site has, among other data, a list of sources and potential health dffects of specific indoor air pollutants.