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Archive for May, 2011

Is Your Family Prepared For Flooding?

Floods are the most frequent natural hazard in Canada. They can occur at any time of the year and are most often caused by heavy rainfall, rapid melting of a thick snow pack, ice jams, or more rarely, the failure of a natural or man-made dam. Health Canada has numerous recommendations from preparing for a flood to what to do after the flood.

Flood & Fire Damage Restoration Equipment

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In Business…Image is Everything

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Truck Mount Wastewater Dumping

Carpet Cleaning Wastewater Dumping:
Hazardous To Your Business Health

Carpet cleaners cannot afford to ignore the law! The dumping of cleaning wastewater onto the street, into the storm drain or onto open ground is environmentally unacceptable and a lot of people care where this dirty water is dumped.

We live in a time of increased awareness of how our actions affect the environment. More than ever, we are conscious of “chemicals” in our everyday lives and even the average citizen has become a self-appointed ecology cop. A whole raft of “departments” from Fish & Game to Environment Protection are showing more and more concern over our activities.

Dirty water from our cleaning operation contains detergents, soils, fibers, and all types of foreign material. Many people incorrectly believe that if they use a detergent that is “biodegradable” it is safe to put back into the environment. This is not the case.

Biodegradability simply means that the organic material will, in the presence of the right organisms, be reduced to a simpler organic substance. During the decomposition, the organisms consume oxygen from the water. As a result, the presence of too much biodegradable material in a stream can rob oxygen necessary for fish and plant life.

For purposes of this discussion, we have only scratched the surface of possible difficulties carpet cleaners may eventually suffer. Wastewater as we’ve defined is NOT considered hazardous waste. Many of the chemicals we use, however would be considered hazardous by law, if they were not diluted with many gallons of water and neutralized by contact with soils.

As acceptable method of wastewater disposal is to discharge the water into a municipal sewage treatment system after first filtering out solid material such as carpet fiber. Access to the sanitary system can be obtained through a toilet, laundry drain, car wash, R.V. dump etc.

One way to comply with the law would be to accumulate the waste water in large tanks and haul the water to an appropriate dump site. This method can be cumbersome, requiring extremely large recovery tank, and vehicles capable of carrying over 2,000 pounds of extra weight (200 gallons of water plus tank).

The preferred solution to the disposal problem is to equip yourself with what is typically referred to as an Automatic Pump-Out System. These systems are designed to remove wastewater from the extractor’s recover system and actively pump the water through hoses to a suitable disposal drain. Properly designed, the system will continuously monitor the level of wastewater and pump it out simultaneously to the cleaning operation. The hidden benefit of this process is that the operator doesn’t have to stop his cleaning to empty the recovery tank.

The penalties for non-compliance with wastewater regulations can be serious. There have been reports of substantial fines, some as high as $10,000. Always check applicable local laws and regulations and comply.

In light of what we may be required to do, we should count ourselves lucky and rush to comply with these simple, elementary wastewater disposal laws. Do it today, if for no other reason than to get caught dumping improperly, you may be put out of business tomorrow. Be a good citizen!

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The High Cost Of Paying Too Little

John Ruskin had a thought on costs and quality which is as appropriate to our industry now as it was in the 1800’s.
He wrote:

It’s unwise to pay too much,
But it’s worse to pay too little
When you pay too much,
You lose a little money – that is all.
When you pay too little,
You sometimes lose everything……
Because the thing you bought
was incapable of doing the thing
it was bought to do.
The common law of business balance
prohibits paying a little and getting a lot
It can’t be done.
If you deal with the lowest bidder,
It is well to add something for the risk you run,
And if you do that
You will have enough to pay for something better.

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Has Kleen Kuip put an emphasis on “Green”?

Kleen Kuip has been in the “green” business for 30 years. We have always tried to make and sell products that are “friendlier” than the traditional, caustic type products. We are not new to the “green” movement. If anything were “Green, when Green wasn’t cool!”
Why would anyone want a green product when a traditional one works just fine?

Here are a few reasons:

  • Improves indoor air quality
  • Greatly minimizes exposure to harmful, caustic chemicals
  • Reduces Water & Air Pollution
  • Reduces sick days lost to illness which in turn reduces health care expenses
  • Increases worker productivity since worker no longer has to wear protective gear
  • Ensures healthier working environment for both tenant and janitorial staff
  • Concentrated products ensure less landfill waste by reducing bottles, caps, boxes, labels, etc,…
  • Concentrated products ensures less waste in respect to recycling which means less burden on our natural resources

Green products were once more expensive to purchase, today they are less expensive to purchase.
   


Green is here to stay! Be sure to get on the bandwagon or you may be left behind!

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Van Ramps

Here is a carpet cleaner who purchased 2 x 2×12 planks and angled them together with a metal fixture.

Works great! Clap


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New Cleaning Technology

Pad cleaning, Encap, Cimex cleaning is all impressive. But, what happens when your customer is bold enough to ask “Where does the dirt go?”

If you can explain the Encap low moisture side of cleaning and give him or her a logical explanation and they swallow it you are a better sales person than I. Most of my potential customers look at me as though I just gave them a line of bullsh*t.

The new technology from Nobles is called ReadySpace. This is an alternative cleaning unit to Pad-Bonnet, Cimex, showerfeed brush that offers you all of the above plus extraction. Results being more soil removal and a bucket of dirty water to show your customer. Now you have speed, quality, a one man operation and the answer to the question as to “Where does the dirt actually go?”

This unit is a true clean forward or backwards extraction system with a new twist.

A – One man cleans 3000 sq. ft. per hour.
B – Uses approximately 6 gallons of water to do it.
C – Carpet virtually dry in 20 minutes.

This is truly a one-man unit. The money you save from paying the hired help will buy two per year for you or leave more profit in your pocket.

Now, keep in mind that this unit is being sold as a maintenance machine and it is not for extremely soiled houses yet you can connect a wand and hose to it for more severe soil cleaning.

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