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The Round-Up: Removing Salt Residue from Carpets, Proper Vacuum Care, and More!

February 21, 2014 Leave a comment

snowHow to Get Salt Residue out of Carpets,” Cleaning and Rug Institute Blog.

When it snows heavily, sidewalks and streets are often cleared by pouring salt on them. What happens when all this salt gets tracked indoors on our shoes and boots? Click here to read more.

Taking Proper Care of Your Vacuums,” Corinne Zudonyi,

To guarantee a long lifespan for any piece of equipment, you need to take proper care of it. Vacuum cleaners are no different!  Click here to read the full article.

How to Change without Pain,” Cleanfax.

When you’re running a business, you’re guaranteed to encounter obstacles and adapting to sudden change can be painful. Click here to learn about managing transitions without all the fuss.

7 Business Lessons from the Sochi Olympics” Michael Fertik,

The winter Olympics in Sochi have been some of the most highly-scrutinized games ever. Click here to read about some lessons that can be learned from the mistakes made by the hosting city.

Mobile Marketing Advice for 2014

February 12, 2014 Leave a comment

So you have a website, but how does it look on mobile devices? Did you know that in 2014, mobile web usage is expected to overtake desktop web browsing?

Here is an infographic from with some tips for mobile marketing this year:


Open Call for Polar Vortex Stories!

February 7, 2014 Leave a comment

The weather outside is frightful. Very frightful.

With all the ice and snow we’ve been bombarded with over the past few months, the service industry has undoubtedly taken a hit. Dangerous roads and extreme cold have made some peoples’ jobs almost impossible. Others, however, have braved the conditions to keep working.

If you have any stories from working during the polar vortex, send them to us at for a chance to be featured in our blog and newsletter!

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,

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,”

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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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,

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,

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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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?” 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,

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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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,”

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,

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 believes that learning the art of sales will help you: click here to read why!

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