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Tackling High-touch Surfaces

Every customer wants a clean facility. But with the number of viruses, bacteria, as well as superbugs in our environment, including some that are now resistant to the antibiotic Colistin, the goal for facility services providers is cleaning for health and proper disinfection. In talking about this, cleaning professionals do not want to make their…

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Upselling Hard Floor Care

One of the biggest mistakes a building service contractor (BSC) can make is closing a standard services contract without considering other opportunities. In many cases, while servicing that client, you may want to try expanding your contract based on needs you observe. If you’re already in business, you may know that one of the most…

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Five Questions on Restroom Training

Even if a restroom’s toilets, countertops, sinks, and door handles have been disinfected, a building tenant is bound to contaminate the surfaces not too long after the custodian has left. All one has to do is touch the toilet handle, the stall doorknob, and the faucet all before washing his/her hands. It’s no wonder the…

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Navigating Construction Cleanup

For building service contractors (BSCs) looking to grow their businesses, construction cleanup can be the single fastest means to growth—or the end of it. To successfully navigate these opportunities, BSCs need to consider the following: Insurance coverage: Many businesses will require a BSC to hold US$10 million in liability coverage before considering the contractor as…

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The Business Benefits of a Traditional Office

Many successful businesses start with a home office. The startup costs, including overhead, can be lower if you’re working out of your home, but there are factors to consider before jumping into a home office. How productive will working from home actually allow you to be? Will you be distracted by domestic chores that may…

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Investing In Your Company

For those business owners trying to expand their company footprint, it’s important for them to know how, and when, to invest in their companies. Gone are the days of saying, “Hey, I collected US$1,000 this month, so I get $1,000!” Respect yourself and your business. In order to grow, a portion of the proceeds must…

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Quick Tip: Removing Ice Melt and Salt

In order to remove ice melt and rock salt residues, it’s important to suspend the use of salts and the other compounds to ensure the proper removal. Ice melt removers are the most successful products used for this purpose. Chelating agents in these products suspend the salts, allowing floor cleaners (mechanical extractors or mops) to…

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Dealing With Salt During Harsh Winters

Dealing With Salt During Harsh Winters Janitorial companies everywhere have to deal with the elements of harsh weather when attending to their customers.   In the northern United States, rock salt and ice-melt are part of the working environment for at least four to five months of the year. Both are used for ice and…

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Protect With Entryway Mats

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Protect With Entryway Mats Considering customers, employees, and shipments create foot traffic for almost every business, it’s no surprise that floor maintenance consumes 80 percent of a crew’s time and budget. But let’s compare that to a more surprising stat: It costs the average business US$1,000 to $1,200 to remove one pound of dirt.  …

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One of the best inventions in the janitorial industry has been that of the microfibers, for so many reasons. It makes training easier. People are so visual that if you assign a color per task, it will be completed readily. For example, “blue” to clean all glass or mirrors with glass cleaner, “red” to clean all toilets…

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