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2015

 The "Sniff Test" When It Comes to Independent Contractors
Cleaning Business Today - November 30, 2015
West Chicago, IL - In the past year, who is and who is not considered an independent contractor has become more complicated. In an attempt to clarify things, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) made some big changes to independent contractor classifications...
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 What Constitutes An Independent Contractor
Cleanlink online - 10/26/2015
In the past year, who is and who is not considered an independent contractor has become more complicated. In an attempt to clarify things, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) made some big changes to independent contractor classifications.
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 IS THERE AN RFP IN YOUR FUTURE?
Cleanfax Online - September 10, 2015
While the request for proposal (RFP) process is common in the professional commercial cleaning industry, it is not as common for carpet cleaning technicians — even those primarily focused on commercial carpet cleaning — to encounter RFPs...
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 Capitalize On The Benefits Of Using An Automatic Scrubber
Cleanlink News - August 12, 2015
Critical to enhancing the life span and minimizing down time when using an automatic scrubber is simply having a basic knowledge of the machine's operating system, according to Sean Martschinke, a CIMS ISSA Certification Expert (I.C.E.) and marketing manager for Tornado Industries, a manufacturer of professional floor care equipment...
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 What's in the Bag?
BSCAI Services - July 13, 2015
Most Building Service Contractors (BSCs)are aware that as a result of new technologies and more effective filtration systems, today’s commercial vacuum cleaners are much healthier for both the operator and building users than ever before...
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 Developing a Carpet Vacuuming Strategy
CMMOnline - July 01, 2015
The importance of a carpet vacuuming strategy is often overlooked by cleaning professionals. This can be especially true in a larger facility of 10,000 square feet or more, where a vacuum cleaning strategy becomes crucial...
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 School District Floor Care Survival
CMMonline - June 25, 2015
CHICAGO, IL—Many school districts around the country are now planning next year's budgets, and unfortunately, dealing with the same challenge: operating their facilities with fewer dollars. As they seek to cut costs, invariably cleaning is on the chopping block...once again....
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 Multipurpose Floor Scrubber combines flexibility, productivity.
Thomasnet - June 1, 2015
Able to clean 3,775 square-foot/hour, 55lb BR 13/1 MW employs 1hp brush motor: two 12 in. wide, counter-rotating, cylindrical brushes; and 1 gal polyethylene solution/recovery tank....
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 Tornado Launches New Website
CMM Online - May 19, 2015
Tornado, a leading manufacturer of professional cleaning tools and equipment, has launched a new website - www.tornadovac.com - dedicated to the professional cleaning industry with a focus on helping end-customers...
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 The Cleaning and Care of Polished Concrete Floors
forconstructionpros.com - March 5, 2015
Many installers of concrete floors, in both private homes and commercial facilities, are the first ones asked when customers want to knoe how to clean and care for their new concrete floors...
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 Cleaning Contractors: What to Expect in 2015
Pizzazz Impact - January 28, 2015
The last few years were difficult for many cleaning contractors, but things are definitely looking up, according to predictions just released by Tornado industries, a leading manufacturer of professional cleaning tools and equipment...
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 Sean Martschinke New Marketing Manager for Tornado Industries
Pizzazz Impact - January 25, 2015
Sean Martschinke, formerly the product manager for Tornado Industries, a manufacturer of professional floor care equipment as well as other cleaning tools and products, has been promoted...
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 Picture Perfect Floors ... Is an LVT Floor in Your Future?
Facility Care - January 18, 2015
A nursing home and rehab center in San Jose, California, area hired a local interior designer to remodel its facility...
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 Top Five Challenges Contract Cleaning Companies Face in 2015
Pizzazz Impact - January 12, 2015
Most contract cleaning companies are hopeful 2015 is a profitable year in all ways possible...
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2014

 The Hard Floor Bidding Challenge
Cleanfax Online - November 11, 2014
Refinishing hard surface floors can be one of the most challenging, costly and labor-intensive cleaning tasks in the industry. Because of this, correctly bidding on floor care work is vital...
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 Top Five Reasons A Cleaning Company May Fail
Cleanlink News - October 16, 2014
The contract cleaning industry is lucky...only about half the companies fail in five years. This is a whole lot better than restaurants...
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 11 Ways to Reduce Cleaning Operations Costs
ISSA - August 21, 2014
Invariably, every business wants to find ways to cut operating costs.
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 10 Tips on Starting a Contract Cleaning Company
InClean Magazine - Australia - August 2014
Starting a new cleaning company is easy...getting customers is not so easy...
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 The Dangers of Complacency
ISSA Today - August 2014
Is Your Company Learning As Fast As the World Is Changing?
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 Food Service Floor Care
ISSA Today - June 2014
Food Service Floor Care Reducing the Risk of Slips and Falls with Floor Care Technology . . .
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 CASE STUDY: Award-winning School District Cleans For Health
Cleanlink News - April 14, 2014
Rolla Public School District, located in Rolla, Missouri, serves more than 4,000 students. The district has more than 700,000 square feet of school and office space that is maintained by 34 janitors.
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 Getting the Most out of Wet/Dry Vacuums
BSCAI services - February 6, 2014
Using a wet/dry vacuum is typically the most effective and quickest way to remove moisture and soils from the floor...
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2013

 "Ask the Expert"
FacilityManagement.com - 2013
Most people think vacuuming is vacuuming—you push the machine forward, backward, sideways, and you’re done. I wish it was that simple. The truth is vacuuming, just like any cleaning task, is a skill that must be learned, especially in commercial cleaning.
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 The Day Cleaning Question
BSCAI Services - 2013
Day cleaning, which usually refers to cleaning that is performed while building occupants are still using or working in a facility, is certainly not new.
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 Sensitive Flooring
ISSA - 2013
Discussing what types of flooring should be installed in sensitive environments, such as schools for young children, health care facilities, and nursing homes, can be touchy. There is uneasiness because many involved in the manufacturing and selling of carpets are still smarting from the unfair treatment they received some 30 years ago when entire countries, such as Sweden, started banning carpeting from schools.
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 Rooting Out Restroom Vandalism
Facility Focus - November 2013
Graffiti and vandalism tend to be recurrent problems in educational settings.
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 Dealing with Online Reviews of Your Company
Servicesmag.org - October 30,2013
While a large number of industries have embraced social media and use it daily, many professional cleaning companies are still struggling to implement the new technology or even understand how it impacts their businesses.
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 The Machine You Need Even Though You Did Not Know You Needed It
Corrections.com - October 21, 2013
There’s a must-have cleaning tool that many correctional facilities not only don’t have but may not even know they should have. The system I am referring to is a “jumbo vac,” also known as a wet/dry vacuum system.
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 The Missing Green Ingredient in Carpet Cleaning
Green Lodging News - August 26, 2013
When it comes to greening carpet cleaning, many hotel and hospitality facilities that have taken significant steps to implement green cleaning strategies tend to overlook a key environmental concern.
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 The Causes Of Flooring Failures
CMMOnline - July 2, 2013
Flooring, whether it is hard surface or carpeting, is typically one of the most costly capital investments a building owner makes in a facility, and when something goes wrong, it can be another costly investment to repair it.
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 Learning The Best Way To Clean Floors
CMMOnline - June 20, 2013
Clean and clear are attributes that people are attracted to in all facets of everyday life, and especially so when it comes to commercial floors. While a clean floor’s sparkle and shine create a good first impression every time, scuffed, dirty and cloudy floors often give customers and clients an immediate impression of unclean and unsafe.
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 Learning About AGM Batteries
CMMOnline - June 6, 2013
Ever since Cadillac introduced the electric starter motor in 1912, lead acid batteries have been the natural choice to crank-start automobile engines. These batteries have their limitations, however, especially when used to power professional cleaning equipment.
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 The Evolution of Green Floor Care
BSCAI Services - May 20, 2013
That’s when I remembered something that may somehow have started me on my career in the professional cleaning industry. I recalled the day the school’s custodian showed me how using a magic marker, he placed colored dots between each coat of floor finish as it was applied in certain hallways.
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 Making Floor Care More Sustainable
Environmental & Energy Management News - March 25, 2013
Floors - VCT, stone, ceramic tile, wood, and even bamboo - instead of carpeting. There are many reasons why this switch makes sense.
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 Flooring for Sensitive Environments
Destination Green - March 13, 2013
Discussing what types of flooring should be installed in sensitive environments such as schools for young children, healthcare facilities, and nursing homes can be touchy. There is uneasiness because many involved in the manufacturing and selling of carpets are still smarting from the unfair treatment they received some 30 years ago when entire countries, such as Sweden, started banning carpeting from schools.
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 Eliminate explosions with safe cleaning
ISHN - March 6, 2013
Combustible dust is a serious issue in many industries. Since 1980, more than 150 American workers have been killed due to combustible dust explosions and more than 850 workers have been injured.
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 The middle ground choice in floor coverings
McKnight's - February 11, 2013
Managers of long-term living facilities, nursing homes, and other types of healthcare buildings are typically in a quandary when it comes to selecting a floor covering. They like the cleaning and maintenance convenience of hard surface floors, such as vinyl composition tile (VCT).
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 Steps to Making Carpet Cleaning Healthier and More Sustainable
Environmental & Energy Management News - January 24, 2013
While “green” cleaning in schools and offices is common, less is known about green carpet care.
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 Judgement Day for Church Floors
WorshipFacilities.com - January 16, 2013
Floors in all types of locations, including many church facilities, receive unrelenting foot traffic throughout the year. Because of this, a high-gloss shine can very quickly lose its luster.
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 Floor Maintenance More Important Than Retailers Think
Convenience Store News - January 10, 2013
Most convenience store operators are well aware of how important it is to keep their floors looking their very best. However, some may not realize just how important this is.
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 Success With Sweepers
CMMOnline - January 10, 2013
Given the variety of flooring options in use today, floor care for a large facility can be complex. Twenty-four-hour businesses add another layer of complexity, as cleaning crews must work around clientele and other building occupants with minimal disturbance.
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 What Cleaning Pros Should Know About Combustible Dust Explosions
Industrial Hygiene News - January 1, 2013
Combustible dust explosions are more common and deadly than many people realize. Since 1980, more than 150 American workers have lost their lives to combustible dust explosions, with more than 850 workers injured. But there is a lot the professional cleaning industry can do to help prevent combustible dust explosions.
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 HEPA Filters: When to Change Them
Buiding Services Management - January 1, 2013
Most cleaning professionals know vacuum cleaners with high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters can help protect indoor air quality, but when to change and clean them is not always as clear.
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