Hard Floor Maintenance

Diversify or Die! If it’s on the Floor, Can You Service it?

Have you noticed there isn’t as much carpet in homes today as there used to be? The home I owned in the mid 1980’s had 100% of the floor covered in carpet – yes, even the kitchen and bathrooms! 


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Efflorescence 101: Identifying, Cleaning and Preventing the Substance

This piece will take a closer look at efflorescence, including what causes it, how to prevent it and how to clean it.

Tile often requires regular sweeping, vacuuming and damp mopping to maintain a like-new appearance.


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Knowledge is Power: Hard Floor Maintenance Career Development

The Importance of Learning for the Hard Floor Maintenance Professional

Although I had worked with the floor crew of a local school for summer work my sophomore year of high school, my first real encounter with floor training came in boot camp.


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The Nitty Gritty of Tile and Grout Cleaning

If you are not already offering this service I might suggest you are walking over substantial income every day

With the right equipment and chemical, tile and grout cleaning can be very effective and profitable.


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Understanding Flexible Floor Care Equipment

Today, due to the equality of carpet and hard surface flooring materials being sold, companies find themselves in the position of requiring equipment that is capable of fulfilling both operations

Whether you’re a startup company looking to get into the floor maintenance business or a well-established company looking to expand your offerings, the cost of floor maintenance equipment can be overwhelming.


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Just Ask Jess: How Can I Tell the Difference Between a Man-Made Ceramic Floor and Natural Stone Floor?

There are several quick tests you can perform to determine the type of hard flooring material you have.

There are several quick tests you can perform to determine the type of hard flooring material you have.


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Diversification: Are You in the “Yes” Business?

Marketing yourself has as much to do with what you can do for your customers while you’re at their location - or through special requests - as it does with advertising your services

Every time you can say “yes” to a customer’s requests for additional services, you increase your profit potential and reinforce a relationship that virtually guarantees repeat business, because you become more valuable to them. 


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How Do You Diversify? A Look at Some Highly-Effective Add-Ons

Deck cleaning, leather cleaning/repair and wood floor cleaning...

Haugland Bros. Carpet and Wood Care (Naperville, IL) can do two things for your deck: protect your investment in wood and transform an ugly, dirty deck into a neighborhood masterpiece.


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High-Pressure Extraction Tools – Are They in Your Cleaning Arsenal?

The hard surface flooring industry and the carpet cleaning industry have been polar opposites for decades

Floor maintenance technician? Carpet cleaner? Pressurized hard surface extraction tools cover both vocations.


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Polishing Concrete: Finding the Right Equipment for Your Job

The process of polishing concrete consists of three consecutive categories: grinding, honing and polishing

Polishing concrete is an increasingly requested procedure, and as with any other new add-on, there are many elements that must be considered before simply jumping into the business.


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The 2014 Experience Conference and Exhibition

A look in photos at the 2014 Experience Conference and Exhibition, which was held from April 24-26 at the Embassy Suites Convention Center and Spa in Frisco, Texas.

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Grow Your Business and Improve Operations with New Payment Technology

Attend this free webinar to learn how new developments in payment technology can help you close more jobs, increase upselling opportunities and improve operations.

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The winter slow season is a great time to pursue commercial cleaning accounts and stay busy. John "the Hitman" Braun solicited questions from thousands of cleaners across the country regarding their questions on commercial cleaning accounts and answers them in this episode of the show.
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2014 Nov/Dec

The Nov/Dec ICS features content on how to get better meter readings, a roundtable on truckmount development, neighborhood marketing and more. Also included is the annual Buyer’s Guide and Directory.

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