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Back from the Dead – Carpet Spots That Won’t Go Away

Reappearing carpet spots are a common problem carpet cleaning technicians encounter. It can be a frustrating experience, having upset customers calling you days after a job to have a spot retreated.

The key to avoiding reoccurring spots, and the cost they entail, is to understand what’s going on in the carpet. Spots that aren’t completely removed, especially if the spill has gotten down into the backing, can wick back up to the surface after a cleaning. Water and solution loosen the particles in the underlying stain, freeing them to spread back up into the wet carpet through capillary action, in some cases creating a spot that is even bigger than it was before. Continue reading Back from the Dead – Carpet Spots That Won’t Go Away

Essential Carpet Cleaning Equipment Questions: Truckmount or Portable?

There are a number of factors to consider when it comes to deciding which type of cleaning equipment you need for your business. In this case, your target market is of primary importance, since the type of equipment you choose will have a major impact on which kinds of customers you can serve. Continue reading Essential Carpet Cleaning Equipment Questions: Truckmount or Portable?

Can Expensive, Higher Quality Chemicals Save Money in Cleaning Cost?

The carpet cleaning business can be very competitive, putting pressure on cleaners to reduce costs and improve efficiency in order to maintain profitability. Designing and adhering to fast and effective cleaning processes can help, but often the biggest efficiency gains are found through equipment upgrades.

Technology like Continuous Flow Recycling, for example, reduces chemical use and speeds up cleaning time, resulting in very direct cost savings. How is that achieved? Primarily through significantly reducing labor, chemical costs, and facility down time.

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6 Key Tips to Succeed at Residential Carpet Cleaning

Running a business can be stressful and difficult, but if you are successful it offers greater upside than working for someone else. For many people, having their own business is a lifestyle choice. They want to be able to run their own show without having anyone second-guess their decisions. Continue reading 6 Key Tips to Succeed at Residential Carpet Cleaning

Industry Insider: How to Buy Carpet for Less, and Make it Last Longer

When it comes to choosing flooring options, it is often assumed that carpet is more expensive than simple hard-surface flooring. The reality, however, is that the cost of carpet actually compares favorably with hard-surface flooring when lifetime cost of ownership and maintenance are accounted for. But, to get the most bang for your carpet buck, you need to know how (and when) to buy carpet, and how best to maintain it to make it last. Continue reading Industry Insider: How to Buy Carpet for Less, and Make it Last Longer

The Carpet Owner’s Guide to Combating Mold

Not many people realize just how large, and potentially dangerous, the problem of mold in carpeting can be.

Airborne mold spores can take hold and start to grow and expand in almost any damp area with even a minimal food supply from dust or soil buildup. Rugs and carpets make ideal targets. Continue reading The Carpet Owner’s Guide to Combating Mold

Three Scheduling Mistakes We All Make

When was the last time you evaluated your cleaning schedule? You may have settled into habits that are actually starting to cost you money, valuable production time and the longevity of your carpet.

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Modern Carpet – Soft, Comfortable, and Sustainable from Factory to Floor

Consumers have come to expect that the products they buy and use are being produced, and can be maintained, in an environmentally sustainable manner. From major institutions on down to single families, the demand for greener products is loud and clear – and that includes carpet and other flooring.

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Do More Faster – Increasing Efficiency (and Profits) with CFR Extractors

As business owners and entrepreneurs, we often find ourselves wishing there were more hours in the day. There is so much work to be done, so much potential business to be had. If only there was a way to expand or extend our capabilities – to complete nine or ten projects in a day instead of just one or two.

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Keeping Green Buildings Green (and Clean)

Green building has its roots in the energy and other environmental crises in the 1960’s and 1970’s, and it has been steadily growing ever since. That growth has been fueled not only by expanding environmental awareness, but also by surging demand for efficient buildings that are cheaper to maintain.

The general objectives of building “green” is to reduce the impact a building has on the natural environment and human health. Green building projects focus on three main goals:

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