How I got my start in the cleaning industry

This is a subject well over due for an article on this post. It all started many many years ago as. As a little boy I can remember being excited and fascinated in three things: rocks, vacuuming, and computers. So it would be no big surprise that I went to school for geology. After a while I found myself changing my major to computer cyber security. As time passed I realized that, while I did have a passion for rocks and computers, I was bored easily with both. At the same time I was also attempting to run a computer company and giving a hand to my father-in-laws friend, who happened to be a carpet cleaner. I realized my full passion for cleaning working for that friend of the family. It was a comfortable environment for me that allowed my mind to be fully engaged in the task at hand with the ability to freely thing about any subject I desired.

Though the part-time job with the friend didn’t last very long, I couldn’t stop thinking about how fulfilled I was with that line of work. As friends and family would ask me what I was doing for work, I started to tell them that I cleaned carpet. Eventually, I started to get inquiries to come and clean homes of those friends. I used the money I made from my first few jobs to buy the cheapest portable extractor I could afford and I set off on a path to clean. It was almost 2 months before I received my second inquiry to clean, my dream of being a cleaner almost lost, and a new job on the horizon I gave it one more shot. That same week I received a third job, making my total earnings for the three jobs more than I was making at my $12 an hour desk job— I was hooked.

With all the money I had earned, I called a local advertising agency and placed the larges add my money could buy. I remember my father chastising me immediately after giving my card information over the phone. “You’ll never make back that money” was the chastisement. I didn’t think I would either, but I had to try. I had just had a baby and my wife was working full time raising our daughter, finishing her CNA certification, and assisting my grandfather who had recently become unable to care for himself. I was soon blessed with more business than I or my father expected. I then made the sacrifice to sell my grandfathers old Mercedes he had left me and my other grandfathers truck that I had bought from him long before his passing.With the money I bought an ugly, rickety old van and a truck mounted carpet cleaning machine. I was ready! Going to work was a joy and I loved seeing the look on my clients faces every time I cleaned their carpet. Soon my aunt asked me if I wanted to take over some janitorial contracts from some of the sites where their janitor was retiring. I was now in business with a monthly income from the janitorial cleaning and daily jobs cleaning carpet and all the equipment I needed to do the job.

Mistakes were made, there were bumps along the path, and almost a decade has passed now. I have a thriving carpet cleaning and janitorial business that I am proud of with employees who I enjoy working with. I thank the Lord every day for the blessings he has given me and the opportunities to serve my customers and make smiles happen.

A Neat trick to keeping your light fixtures dust free

As a cleaning professional and owner of Axiom Floor Care, I have come across various tips and tricks of the industry that I am happy to share to all who are willing to listen. I hope these tips and tricks are of use to you and that they help you as they have helped me over the past few years. 

While there are many products, you will find in many stores claiming to help clean and work miracles on your lighting fixtures one helpful product that I have used though it might not be considered conventional is car wax. I have found that car wax can come in handy in many situations in house cleaning and one thing in particular that it helps in fixtures is that it helps them to repel dust. dust on lighting fixtures is one of the most common problems that i find in homes. the fixtures are not always the first thing on your mind and are the easiest to forget about for long periods of time. after coating light fixtures the fixtures will stay dust free for a much longer time. 

so how does this process work? what you want to do is go to your local auto parts store and get your self a good car wax Meguiars is one of my favorite brands and it can be found all around the country. start off by taking the glass off the fixture very delicately in some cases the glass will not come off so the waxing will need to be done carefully while on the fixture. the wax can be applied to metal and glass and even painted fixtures and will work equally well in all. after applying wax careful to make sure that no wax is applied into the sockets. Wait 15-30 minutes choose a microfiber cloth and polish the fixture and remove the wax. in the little crevices its helpful to use a que-tip to get all the wax off of those hard to reach places. 

5 basic cleaning life hacks

Sponges

The sponge is an essential and powerful dirt busting tool you can find in kitchens all over the world. It can be your greatest ally, but if you’ve ever thought about what it’s holding onto that you can’t see ,you may start to think of it as your worst nightmare! For years we’ve been throwing these little devils away after the first couple of uses. The thought of spreading and keeping germs was just too much until I learned this little trick. Just two minutes in the microwave on high and all those little nasties are blasted to smithereens and a quick rinse brings it back to new again.

Pet Hair

Whether you have a cat, dog ,or even a guinnea pig, like my little mochi bear, there is one thing that can drive a pet parent mad. How do you get rid of all those little fine hairs off of your crisp white sofa without getting out the magnifying glass and tweezers? We dealt with this in our house hold for years until we learned this life saving life hack for all surfaces. A rubber squeegee blade or a rubber kitchen glove can scoop up that hair with very little effort. Finally there is a solution to the pet family’s sanity!

Metal Fixtures

Metal fixtures can add a great accent to your home but don’t let your guests get too close, no matter how often you clean them they seem to be the most attractive furniture in the room; and I’m not talking about just the way that they look. I’m talking about the dust. You practically have to have a live-in- maid to keep up with all that gray matter floating around the ether every day. Adding car wax to the metal fixtures in your home and then wiping them down will keep your fixtures repelling the dust for an extended period of time giving you extra time to sip a cocktail… I mean— clean the toilets… I mean— race back to the school to pick up those half humans… yay!

Freshening Up

You went to the Bath and Body Works candle day… You have a defuser in every room yet still, still—the house could use just a little extra, something. Fresh rooms can set the mood and give you the lift you need, like a pep talk or a pat on the back that tells you ‘yes i’m getting things done’. Taping a dryer sheet to an air vent will add a fresh sent to all of the rooms and energy to your soul!

Shower Heads

Have you ever woken up and jumped in the shower, turned it on, only to have it spray in your face or even the ceiling? Or do you stare at the shower head with all that white calcium and think how can something so dirty get me clean? The shower head is one of those pieces ,of equipment that does so much for us yet never gets a second thought years go by and it still works but it gradually gets gunked and clogged. you can clean a shower head with heavy duty nasty chemicals or throw it in a bucket with some vinegar but why even do that when you can just take a plastic sheet or bag fill it with vinegar and use a rubber band and slip it over the shower head while still installed vualaa problem solve

The best way to clean hard floors

I am often asked after polishing clients Stone floors, buffing wood floors and steam cleaning tile and grout, "how do I keep my floors looking good?" and "do you have any products that you can recommend?". As a floor care expert, along with the many years in the janitorial industry, I absolutely do have a list of products and processes that I have tried and used and have come up with the best way to clean hard surface flooring. Let's start with the product and why it works.

Product: Neutral floor cleaner is a category of floor cleaning solutions in and of it self it is not one product but more of a description of a category of products that are natural in ph and safe for use on all hard surface floorings. Why do I recommend neutral floor cleaner? Other cleaners have ether a highly acidic base or a high alkaline base that will leave your floors either acidic or alkaline, neither being ideal for the floor. If it is higher then a 7 neutral pH when complete then it will feel sticky, what's happening scientifically is that the positively charged solution is trying to pull the dirt off your shoes or feet, with great success i might add, this is why your floors look so good for a short time and why you need to clean them so often. The second scenario is an acidic solution like chlorine, ammonia, and vinegar based products. These might be ok for certain types of floors like ceramic tile, but detrimental to grout lines, natural stone, wood floors, and many more. The reason it is not good on every floor type is that anything below 7pH is what is called acidic and will etch most floorings. Bleach will even turn grout yellow and if your wood floors were treated with any type of sealing that will also yellow and dull and it could just burn right through the coating all together. On most natural stone it will eat away at the stone and create small cavities and worse. The damage is occurs over time with the bulk of it being while wet. Deep cleaning by a professional is recommended on a scheduled time line ether bi-yearly, yearly, or other depending on the amount of use and products that are being used on the flooring. So why is a neutral solution so much better? it has all the sanatizational properties of harsh acids and alkalines without the damage and attraction to dirt. When using neutral floor cleaner you will notice that you do not have to clean as often and that the floor has no sticky feeling. The goal of cleaning is to sanitize and remove dirt and that is exactly what you get with neutral floor cleaners. 

Process: Now that we know what to use the next question is how to use it? I have found that string mops and some microfiber mops work best on most surfaces because they hold allot of dirt. I say "most" microfiber mops because there are some cheep low end "microfiber" mops that do not hold allot of dirt and do not do well at cleaning. Choose carefully when buying ether microfiber or string mops. Microfiber has the added benefit of being naturally antibacterial.

 

Steam Cleaning VS. Deep Scrubbing What you need to know

the process of proper carpet cleaning can be compared to the proper process of brushing your teeth. It is impossible to get a proper cleaning with mouth rinse alone or simply by swishing water in your mouth, your teeth need to be brushed, and so does your carpet. What the brush does that the steam cannot achieve is agitation. thats what helps to loosen the plaque on your teeth and thats what helps to loosen the dirt on your carpet. Just as there is flossing for the real stubborn stuck dirt on your teeth there are methods we in the carpet cleaning industry use to clean specific stains in your carpet.

There are many types of scrub brushes and machines out there, and there are many reasons why a carpet cleaning company would choose to use one or another. some of the most common are counter rotating single bonnets and or brushes, cybex triple brush machines and CRB counter rotating brush. a bonnet scrub system will do general scrubbing. the way it works is that there is a looped fabric with agitating strips. The looped fabric absorbs the dirt while the strips work the dirt out of the carpet. this is good for most general scrubbing however it does not get deep into most thick carpets. brushes will get deeper into carpet but will not remove the dirt from the carpet. i have found that brushes work magic on pet hair especially scrubbing the hair in to big clumps that can easily be vacuumed up after the scrubbing process. cybex machines and single brush scrubbers will scrub in a very similar manor. The CRB machines scrub the carpet upwards which pulls the dirt away from the carpet and dispense the dirt in trays off to the side of the machine. these machines unique method of scrubbing that has been approved by the largest manufactures of carpet. It is not always necessary that your carpet be scrubbed if your carpet is brand new or has been treated and maintained with utmost care a steam only cleaning may be exactly what you need. if your are however like the rest of us you need scrubbing with your steam cleaning.

 

The Steps to a Truly Deep Carpet Cleaning

One of our most popular services is carpet cleaning and we are well known for our deep cleaning option for heavily soiled carpets with high traffic areas that require deep scrubbing. When it comes to deep cleaning carpets, there is no better machine to do that then a good CRB duel brush machine. Now, the first step of any good deep cleaning process is inspection. Inspecting the carpet is essential and the first time that the cleaner will be able to assess the job requirements. After inspection, it is best to treat the stains and pre-spray the areas that are to be cleaned with a good pre-spray. We use an all natural and very powerful probiotic solution. In many cases, a good degreaser must be used in high traffic areas and areas were food has been spilled. We won't go into detail on all of the products and methods that we use for special situations though, it should be noted, that a good carpet cleaner has an extensive knowledge of the chemistry of stains and stain removal that can be acquired from the IICRC, CCA, and other organizations that teach and certify technicians. The next step in the process is using the deep scrubbing machine. It should be noted that the only machines that are currently approved by all major carpet manufacturers for the scrubbing of carpet are the CRB method machines. The CRB helps to release and bring to the surface all of the deep dirt and hair that has been locked into the fibers of the carpet. This dirt is trapped and cannot be removed by simply vacuuming. Using the CRB will restore the carpets fibers to the state that they were from the manufacturer bringing them back up right un-matting fibers. Next, it is time to steam the carpet. A good truck mounted unit or heated portable unit will produce approximately 240 degrees of heat. It is physically impossible to achieve a higher temperature without damaging the equipment and the carpet. So if a carpet cleaner tells you that he is using more heat, you may want to refer him to the neighbor you don't like. Next, is the dry pass. As with steam cleaning, a lot of water is produced to flush the carpet, remove soap and dirt. The dry pass will help the carpet to dry quicker, wick less, and if it drys quick there will be no possibility for mold or mildew so it will stay fresh. Last is post inspection. We like to walk every room to make sure nothing was missed and test the dryness of the carpet. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave us a comment in the comment section or call us any time. I hope you find this information helpful.