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How to Market Your Green Cleaning Business

Judging by the Newsweek list of green companies and the Dow Jones Green Index, it pays to be green. Not only can companies save money by using resources more efficiently, they can market their green products and services to the fast growing segment of consumers who value environmental responsibility and intentionally patronize greener businesses. Continue reading How to Market Your Green Cleaning Business

The Glossary of Professional Carpet Cleaning Terms

If you are just starting out in the commercial carpet cleaning business, you’ve probably heard some new terminology that you might not be familiar with. To help address that, we put together a handy list of carpet cleaning terms that should help make some sense of all the industry jargon out there.
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Making Safer Floors – How to Reduce Flooring Related Health Concerns

No matter what kind of flooring you choose, there will be some kind of health concerns associated with its installation and upkeep. Key to addressing those concerns is awareness of risk factors and how best to mitigate them. Fortunately, innovation in the flooring and floor care industries has produced safer and more environmentally sensitive product options across the board. Continue reading Making Safer Floors – How to Reduce Flooring Related Health Concerns

So, You Want to Switch from Residential to Commercial Cleaning

From the perspective of a residential cleaner, commercial cleaning can look pretty attractive: Relatively few clients paying you significantly more money for less complicated work. While that may be true, and commercial cleaning can certainly be lucrative, it’s not quite as simple as it might seem, and making the transition from residential to commercial cleaning can be difficult. Here are a few key considerations if you are thinking about making the transition.

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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