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The Round-Up: Carbon Monoxide Danger, Avoiding Upholstery Damage, and More

February 7, 2014 Leave a comment

upholsteryGreetings! The Round-Up is where we feature recent news from around the web related to the cleaning industry.

Bad Habits That Cause Upholstery Damage,” Jim Pemberton, Mikey’s Board.

Are you treating your furniture right? Bad habits can lead to unnecessary wear and tear. Click here to read about how to avoid damaging your upholstery!

The Perils of Social Media Reviews,” Jeff Cross, Cleanfax.com.

Ever get a negative review on Facebook? Dealing with trolls and anonymous negative comments can be extremely frustrating. As social media becomes more ingrained in everyday life, business owners need to be cautious.  Click here to read the full article.

Carpet Cleaner Dies Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning,” NewsChannel5.com.

Safety is always crucial when on the job, and opening windows when running a generator in a closed space is ESSENTIAL! Recently, a carpet cleaner tragically passed away on the job after forgetting to ventilate the house after he parked his van in the garage & closed the door. Click here to read more.

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Before and After Cleaning Pics of the Week

February 5, 2014 1 comment

Greetings, and welcome to another installment of our Before & After Photos series!

This week’s feature comes from Kellogg’s Chem-Dry in Cooper, Texas, and was shared on their Facebook page. Recently, Kellogg’s was called to clean a floor with a diverse array of stains.

Here’s the “Before” photo:

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Yuck! We might be better off not knowing what made most of these stains.

Here’s how the carpet looked after Kellogg’s Chem-Dry was done:

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The stains are gone and the apartment is inhabitable once again!

Great job, Kellogg’s, and thanks for sharing!

If you have before and after photos of your own, send them to us at newsletter@principalfocus.com for a chance to be featured in our newsletter and blog!

The Round-Up: Janitorial Emergency Plans, How to Deal with Difficult Customers, and More!

February 3, 2014 1 comment

serialWelcome to this week’s cleaning industry news round-up! The Round-Up is where we feature recent news and developments from around the web that relate to the service industry.

The Importance of a Janitorial Emergency Plan,” Mickey Crowe, CleanLink.com

How should janitors prepare for an emergency such as a natural disaster or terrorist attack? Click here to read more!

Confessions of a Serial Entrepreneur,” Ivan Turner, Mikey’s Board.

Being an entrepreneur once takes strong will and dedication; being a serial entrepreneur is for serious over-achievers.  Click here to read the full article.

How to Deal With Difficult Customers” Paul Schoemaker, Inc.com.

Every once in awhile you get a client who is so difficult to deal with, you feel like you’re on the losing end of the deal. Click here for some tips on how to avoid this situation!

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Before and After Pics of the Week

January 31, 2014 1 comment

Welcome to this week’s round of Before and After photos!

This week’s submission comes from The Carpet Doctor in Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, and features a carpet so badly soiled that the one “clean” spot looks like a white area rug!

It’s hard to imagine how long this carpet had been accumulating grime before The Carpet Doctor arrived, but it certainly looks like it could have been several years:

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Yikes! Light carpeting really brightens up a room, until it gets totally soiled, that is. Let’s see how it looks after a little sprucing up:

 

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Much better! Hopefully the homeowner decides to get their carpet cleaned more often now that they can see how great it looks in its original condition.

Thanks for sharing, Carpet Doctor, and great job!

If you have before and after photos of your own, send them to us at newsletter@principalfocus.com for a chance to be featured in our blog and newsletter!

The Round-Up: Hard Surface Demos, Common Janitorial Injuries, and More!

January 23, 2014 Leave a comment

injuriesWelcome to the Round-Up, where we feature news and developments from around the web that pertain to the service industry!

The Art of Performing a Hard Surface Demo,” Bryan Thompson, Mikey’s Board.

Conducting a demo has long been considered one of the strongest selling tactics for cleaning services. How you demonstrate your work will make a big difference to the customer: click here to read more!

How Often Do You Adjust the Heat on Your Truckmount?” Cleanfax.com Online Poll.

Ever wonder if you’re using your equipment in the same fashion as your professional peers? Find out how your personal truckmount preferences stack up against the rest of the industry. Click here to take the poll!

The 6 Most Common Janitorial Injuries” Mickey Crowe, Cleanlink.com.

Sore back? Stiff neck? Working in the cleaning industry can certainly take a toll on your body. Click here to learn about the most common janitorial injuries and how to prevent them.

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Before & After Cleaning Series

January 22, 2014 2 comments

Happy Wednesday, and welcome to another installment of our Before & After series!

This week, we’re mixing things up a bit by featuring a video instead of our traditional before and after photos. This video comes from Speedy Steamer in Sacramento, California, and features quite a few different carpets getting their stains removed.

Here’s the video:

Great job, guys, and kudos for taking to multiple social media platforms to show off your work!

If you have before and after photos, videos, or paintings, send them to us at newsletter@principalfocus.com for a chance to be featured in our blog and newsletter!

The Round-Up: Yelp Critics Must Be Identified, Carpet Cleaning Air Quality Study, and More!

January 16, 2014 1 comment

How To Sell

Welcome to the Round-Up, where we post recent news and developments related to the cleaning industry from around the web!

Yelp Critics Must Be Identified,” The Washington Times.

Ever had a negative review on Yelp that you suspected was written by a competitor or troll? Soon, you may be able to find out who that person really is. A court recently ruled that Yelp, the popular review platform, must reveal the identities of 7 people who left reviews of a carpet cleaning company: click here to read more!

Carpet Helps Indoor Air Quality,” FloorDaily.com.

Sure, it makes sense that cleanliness would improve air quality in a home. However, carpet itself could also work to keep the air clear (better than hard surface flooring). A recent study has found that well-maintained carpeting can reduce allergens and keep the air in a home cleaner. Click here for the full article.

The Importance of Learning to Sell” Geoffrey James, Inc.com.

Whatever type of business you run, knowing how to communicate the value of your services to your potential customers is the key to growth. No matter what your career path is, Geoffrey James from Inc.com believes that learning the art of sales will help you: click here to read why!

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