Use the Internet to Your Cleaning Business’ Advantage

December 6, 2000
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It’s 2 a.m. on Monday morning, and you’re jolted out of a sound sleep by a nail-biting thought—you forgot to place an order for another case of cleaning chemicals for that new rental account you just landed, which starts tomorrow. Now is not the time to experiment with a brand you’re not familiar with, and you can’t postpone the job because what would the manager think!

With panic rushing through your bloodstream and sweat pouring off your temples, you leap out of bed and head to your computer remembering your supplier’s website features online ordering. You can place your order anytime of the day and it will ship soon thereafter. Sound familiar?

If you’re not sure your trusted sources have a website, or what features the site offers, then you’re shortchanging yourself. Your business is your livelihood, and it is your responsibility to keep abreast of new developments, such as online training programs, new product information and advancements, updated or soon to be initiated regulatory compliances, MSDS information, and so on. Your cleaning business revolves on immediate and accurate information.

As a result of this need, ICS Cleaning Specialist has searched the Internet for websites that lend to your knowledge, education and bottom line. Each of the sites included in this article covers various products, tools, accessories and services—tools of the trade.

If you’re still speculative about the Internet’s power, then just log onto www.icsmag.com and check out our bulletin board where several times a week, a cleaner in your neck of the woods has received the help and information necessary to quell a dire situation. And you can take that to the bank! Note: For your convenience, a hyperlink to each of the listed companies can be found at the end of this feature.

Advanced Cleaning Systems

Site: www.advancedcleaning.com

Features: Buyer’s Club, chemicals, truck mount systems, newsletter, technical support.

Advanced Vapor Technologies

Site: www.advap.com

Features: Residential/Commercial product lines and product usage, FAQs, and customer support.

Advantage Marketing

Site: www.advantagerestoration.com

Features: Equipment, schools, rentals, manufacturers and publications.

Air-Care

Site: www.air-care.com

Features: Products, online catalog, dealer information and locations.

American CaddyVac Inc.

Site: www.caddyvac.com

Features: CaddyVac air duct and furnace cleaning products and uses, accessories, unit specifications and construction.

American Cleaning Systems

Site: www.swiftsite.com/truckmount/

Features: Truckmounts, accessories, chemicals.

Antonius Bros.

Site: www.cleanrx.com

Features: Carpet cleaning tips and featured cleaners, articles and directory/listing service.

Atlantic Engineering

Site: www.aeductools.com

Features: Products and services, education, accessories, Ultralite, trailer/truck mounts, fraud alert, and links.

Bane-Clene

Site: www.baneclene.com

Features: Event calendar, Cleaning Digest, chemical guide, message board, catalog, monthly specials, troubleshooting, consumer area, and affiliate program information.

Basic Maintenance

Site: www.carpet-cleaning-machines.com

Features: Carpet/floor cleaning equipment and chemical product lines, dehumidifiers, online order and catalog request forms.

Bolden’s Mfg.

Site: www.boldens.com

Features: Cleaning and restoration products, rental equipment, Hydro-X.

Bridgepoint Systems

Site: www.bridgepoint.com

Features: Products, education, distributors, catalog and video, Carpet Cleaner Referral and Bridgepoint Cleaning Network.

Butler Corp., The

Site: www.butlersystem.com

Features: Online product and chemical purchasing, and The Butler System.

Century 400

Site: www.century400.com

Features: News, products, distributors and support.

Chem Max

Site: www.chemmax.com

Features: Products, services, information/ordering, and home user orders.

Chemical Technologies Int’l.

Site: www.proschoice.com

Features: MSDS information, FAQs, distributor listing, education, stain/odor/soil guides, product catalog.

Chemspec

Site: www.chemspec.com

Features: Product information, architect and specifier information, FAQs, engineering, links and distributor locations.

Clean Care Seminars

Site: www.cleancareseminars.com

Features: Marketing, seminars, books, videos and training.

CleanCraft Products

Site: www.cleancraft.com

Features: Cleaning products and equipment, forum, newsletter, monthly specials, air duct cleaning, and acoustic ceiling cleaning.

Cobb Carpet Supply

Site: http://users.ticnet.com/cobb

Features: Accessories, equipment, chemicals, tools and breaking news.

Cyclone Solutions

Site: www.cyclonesolutions.com

Features: Products, solutions, news and information.

Delmhorst Instrument Co.

Site: www.delmhorst.com

Features: Complete moisture meter product line and service information.

Dri-Eaz Products

Site: www.dri-eaz.com

Features: Products, catalog, distributor listing, schools, new releases, publications, service and forum.

drislink, LLC

Site: www.drislink.com

Features: Wood floor care products, shipment tracking, order status, and wood floor care/maintenance facts and tips.

DSC Products

Site: www.dscprod.com

Features: Carpet and upholstery care chemical line, search engine, industry links and “Cleaner News” section.

EASDG

Site: www.easdg.com

Features: What’s New, products, and downloads.

Ebac

Site: www.ebacusa.com

Features: Dehumidifiers, air movers and carpet drying fans.

Extraction Systems Int’l.

Site: www.extractionsystems.com

Features: Extractors, vacuum cleaners, burnishers, accessories, duct cleaning tools, brand name products and links.

Fabpro

Site: www.fabpro.com

Features: Products, online ordering, and search engine.

Halcyon

Site: www.halcyonsales.com

Features: Systems, accessories, news, and contact/order.

Hard Ball Chemical Co.

Site: www.hardballchemical.com

Features: Technical support, MSDS information, carpet/fabric cleaning chemicals and products.

Howe-Bake Engineers

Site: www.sonozaire.com

Features: Product lines, ozone units, technical arena and product usage.

HydraMaster Corp.

Site: www.hydramaster.com

Features: Equipment, accessories, carpet care chemicals, Distributor Network, “Just For Owners” section and discussion board.

Hydro-Force Mfg.

Site: www.hydroforce.com

Features: Product info, local dealer search, catalog, online ordering, shipment status and purchase history.

Jon-Don Products

Site: www.jondon.com

Features: Online store, products, service center, training and education carpet cleaning equipment repair FAQs.

JWC Inc.

Site: www.jwcinc.com, www.discountccw.com (Discount Carpet Cleaner’s Warehouse)

Features: New and used carpet cleaning equipment, accessories, parts, classifieds, and equipment request form.

Kleenrite Chemical

Site: www.kleen.com

Features: Industry news, products, contact, and industry links.

MasterBlend

Site: www.master-blend.com

Features: What’s New/events, online shopping, product specials, distributor search, mixing calculator, articles, catalogs/brochures, schools and links.

Modernistic

Site: www.modernistic.com

Features: Residential and commercial carpet cleaning, general store, franchise information and current specials.

Morantz, S.

Site: www.morantz.com

Features: Ultrasonic systems, drapery equipment and trade show information.

Motsenbocker’s Lift Off

Site: www.liftoffinc.com

Features: Products, promotions and dealer locations.

Organic Compounds

Site: www.organiccompounds.com

Features: Machines, chemicals, accessories, links and order forms.

Pemberton & Associates

Site: www.pembertons.com; www.customerkeeper.com

Features: Training and classes, discussion groups, products and services, Rent-it-Center and business information technology support center.

Petersen Inc.

Site: www.vortexsystem.com

Features: Company and product information, pricing, packages, accessories and chemicals.

Piranha Marketing

Site: www.joepolish.com

Features: Products, Piranha Marketing Club, speaking schedule, articles, Super Star of the Month interviews, Trade Show packages, and bait-and-switch information.

Prochem

Site: www.prochem.com

Features: Products, training, testimonials, chemical and service questions arena, dealers, equipment, spotting guide and business software.

Randy Grosse Marketing

Site: www.nuwaysystems.com

Features: Marketing materials, training guides, online marketing and management newsletter.

Rotobrush International

Site: www.rotobrush.net

Features: News, events, products, marketing and services, technical/training and IAQ information.

Rotovac

Site: www.rotovaccorp.com

Features: Equipment, supplies chemicals and accessories, current news.

Savior Solutions

Site: www.emro15.com

Features: Manufacturer of broad spectrum deodorizers.

Schmitz Industries

Site: www.dirtinvader.com

Features: Equipment, accessories and product information.

Steam Genie

Site: www.steamgenie.com

Features: Chemicals, leasing information, wands/accessories, distributors, truckmounts, event/education calendar, links and online store.

Steam Services

Site: www.workmaster.com

Features: Products, online catalog, MSDS information and online ordering.

Therma-Stor Products

Site: www.thermastor.com

Features: Products, IAQ information, publications and forums.

Top Gun Supply

Site: www.powercleanind.com

Features: Online catalog, specials, purchasing history, equipment and chemicals.

U.S. Paraplate Corp.

Site: www.usparaplate.com

Features: New products, certification information, product capabilities, online literature and trade shows page.

Ultrasonics Int’l. Corp.

Site: www.ultrasonicsint.com

Features: Product catalog, dealers/distributors section, business opportunities, financing, pre-owned equipment and cleaning agents.

White Magic

Site: www.aeductools.com

Features: Products and services, education, accessories, Ultralite, trailer/truck mounts, fraud alert, and links.

ORGANIZATIONS/ASSOCIATIONS ASCR

Site: www.ascr.org

Features: Education, referrals, buyer’s guide, technical library and links to its five divisions.

BSCAI

Site: www.bscai.org

Features: Membership, convention & trade show information, education, publications & videos, government affairs and certification programs.

CCINW

Site: www.ccinw.org

Features: Library, calendar of events, convention information, chapter news and member vendor information.

CFI

Site: www.carpet9.org

Features: Consumer section, newsletter, education, events and member locator.

IICRC

Site: www.iicrc.org

Features: Referral system, courses, Internet CECs, schools, inspectors, master cleaners, master restorers, IICRC supporters and ownership information.

ISCT

Site: www.isct.com

Features: Membership benefits and plans, WebPage design services, classifieds, technical bulletins, ISCT list server, and stain removal guide.

ISSA

Site: www.issa.com

Features: Education, events, member benefits/directory/services, ISSA Today, legislative & regulatory, conventions and trade shows and international services.

NEIRC

Site: www.neirc.org

Features: Member directory & information, education, classifieds, library and articles of interest.

PCUCA

Site: www.pcuca.org

Features: member directory, sites, and sign-up information.

United Cleaning & Restoration Specialists

Site: www.angelfire.com/in2/carpetcare

Features: Cleaning and restoration specialists from around the world, links.

WFCA

Site: www.wfca.org

Features: Consumer section, WFCA newsletter, Surfaces 2001 information and member locator.

Discount Carpet Cleaner's Warehouse

Site: www.discountccw.com

Features: New equipment, tools, accessories, wands, hoses, chemicals and parts.

Dowding & Plummer (Victor International)

Site: www.vacs2go.com

Features: Product information, online ordering, and troubleshooting guide.

Drain Vac

Site: www.drainvac.com

Features: Residential, commercial and industrial products, carpet cleaning machines (specs & usage).

Hesco

Site: www.hescoinc.com

Features: Online ordering, product search, vacuums, order tracking, locations, chemicals, equipment and maintenance supplies.

International Hose

Site: www.iHOZs.com

Features: Hoses, vacuums, online purchasing, air duct cleaning and accessories.

Mid-South Professional Cleaners Assn.

Site: www.midsouthcleaners.org

Features: What's New, convention information, newsletter, membership, search engine and Bernson Award information.

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