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Learn how to Restore, Repair, Polish Terrazzo, Marble & Granite floors Seminar

CENTAUR Floor Machines Ltd
103 Denison St Markham ON Canada L3R 1B5
tel:905-475-5640
www.centaurmachines.com
Email: info@centaurmachines.com

A Practical Training Seminar

How to Restore, Repair, Polish Terrazzo, Marble & Granite floors the green way with water & diamonds.
Hands-on training for:

Jan-San dealers to gain knowledge about marble & terrazzo floor maintenance (and concrete)
Carpet cleaners & Janitors who wish to get more work from their customers
School Custodians to learn how to eliminate altogether the use of wax-and-strip on terrazzo floors

Dates:
Friday May 4th 2012
Friday June 1st 2012

The course will be held in our factory at 103 Denison St. Markham, ON, Canada  (This is our 10th teaching year)
Training will start at 8:30 am sharp and finish around 5:00 pm
Free lunch will be provided

During this powerful training seminar we’ll teach you very practical skills:
This is the training seminar that you always dreamed about.

  • Learn how to identify the marble, granite, travertine, limestone and terrazzo (during the morning theory session)
  • Learn how to restore worn, scratched dull floors (during the afternoon hands-on training)
  • Learn how to maintain these floors with hard diamonds & with the new Astro Pads Technology
  • Learn how to enhance stone’s colour and seal the surface
  • Learn how to restore marble counter top and vanity top
  • Learn what type of diamonds to use and in what sequence to achieve your goal
  • Learn how to save money to maintain terrazzo floors using the new technology – the Astro pads
  • Learn how to clean square and how to clean and hone curved terrazzo floor baseboards with the Scrub Jay (This will be a great learning experience for school and hospital custodians)

This isn’t a course on which we show you a few tricks and give you some advice.
On this training course you’ll get an excellent introduction as to how to upgrade, rejuvenate marble, travertine or terrazzo floor.
Learning to refinish marble and terrazzo is a trade. This knowledge isn’t just something you can pick up from YouTube.  During this course we will give you so much good information that you have to digest it for months to come.
You’ll be thrilled to see how you’ll make the marble, which right now looks like as if used by a road grinder, become nice and shiny.
On this training, you’ll do the job and get dirty.
I dare you to find a course on which you’ll get a better training. The one thing we are NOT going to do is to herd you into a large class and leave you there to find your way around.
You will be in small group with a leader who will show you how go through the grinding and polishing steps.
We will take your hand and step you through all the difficult processes.
We accommodate the maximum of 10 people. They will be split in to 3 smaller groups. We do it not because we are superstitious, which by the way we are, but we want you to have the most attention from us.
We’ll also provide all the material including the machines, impregnator and the diamonds, some which are large enough to put it on your sweetheart’s finger.
We put a lot of money and effort in to this seminar to make sure that you take home an exquisitely useful knowledge and experience.

You’ll take home a comprehensive manual for future use and a Certificate as a “Marble, Terrazzo Restorer”

You’ll have the opportunity of working with the machines, the diamonds and ASTRO pads – a true hands-on experience that will give you a feel for operating them and observing their productivity.
Bring your camera with you.
We start with 3 hours academic study then continue with hands-on training. Be prepared to “get dirty”
Maximum number of participant is 10 people
The cost of the seminar is $500 per person. (plus taxes).
Note:
To secure your seat send us $100.00 deposit. You may cancel and have your money refund or deferred, if you do it no less than 10 business days before seminar date. We accept cheques or credit cards.

Near by hotels:
Comfort Inn (tel: 905-477-6077) Markham ON   6 minutes drive or 20 minutes walk
Holiday Inn (tel: 905 474 0444) Markham ON    3 minutes drive or 10 minutes walk
Tel: 905-475-5640 Fax: 905-474-9921
info@centaurmachines.com

Antony Lelkes
Centaur Floor Machines Ltd
103 Denison St Markham ON Canada L3R 1B5
tel: 905 475 5640
cell: 647-407-6959
fax: 905 474 9921
antony@centaurmachines.com
www.centaurmachines.com
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101 Ways to Advertise, Promote and Sell a Carpet Cleaning Service (Tips 51-60)

  1. Sales to apartment owners/managers: Again a constant source of jobs. All of the methods listed above can be used to sell your services to these accounts as well as advertisements in the local apartment owner’s organization magazine. Most apartment owners subscribe to these magazines and you can obtain information on who to contact to advertise in the magazine by simply asking one of the local apartment owners/managers how to contact them. You may even pick up a new account.
  2. Sales to commercial business facilities : Commercial cleaning work can be a continuous source of business since these facilities usually have their furnishings cleaned on a regular basis due to heavy traffic use. Some ways to sell your services to commercial/business facilities:
    a. “Sales letters;”
    b. “Direct mailings (brochures);”
    c.“Personal visits to ask for opportunity to provide an inspection;”
    d.“Demonstrations of equipment and cleaning capabilities;”
    e.“Inspections;”
    f.“Provide three different cleaning options for best results.
  3. Sales from employees of your commercial accounts: Acquiring a commercial cleaning account presents the opportunity for sales of residential cleaning to the owner of the business as well as all employees working there. Present each employee with a discount cleaning coupon or provide each employee with a business card”.
  4. Government contracts: If you are willing to reduce your normal cleaning prices for the (usually) large volume of business that government contracts sometimes provide, you may want to look into contracting these government accounts.
  5. Person-to-person sales: There is no more effective way to sell your services than face to face with a potential client. Set aside a specific time each week to sell person to person, especially commercial work, and you reap the long and short term benefits.
  6. Referral from carpet retailers.
  7. Reference from beauty salons: Every one of your potential customers visit them on a very regular basis. What better place to get your name out.
    a. Provide salon owners with a large stack of brochures each month and ask that one be given to each customer;
    b. Offer to provide free carpet cleaning in her salon for this privilege;
    c. Inform the salon owner to write her name on each brochure and that you will pay her a commission of $5.00 (example) for every brochure that she hands out to her customers that results in a job booking for you.
    d. Be completely hones in paying commissions or suffer the consequences!
  8. Club/organization bulletin advertising: Advertising in social and civic club newsletters and online bulletin boards and discussion forums are a very good way to reach your “target” market. For best results the more affluent the members of the club/organization, the more eager you should be to advertise with them. These people are willing to pay top dollar for a quality cleaning service and are very likely to do business with people who “do business with them”.
  9. Magazines: Advertising in a local home improvement or home decorating magazine or website will bring in the more affluent customers who are willing to pay a fair price for a quality cleaning service.
  10. Sports teams: Sponsoring a local little league baseball team or a softball team, etc. is a great way to get your name in front of a large number of people for only the cost of a small sponsorship fee.

Tips 1-10Tips 11-20Tips 21-30Tips 31-40 – Tips 41-50Tips 51-60Tips 61-70Tips 71-80Tips 81-90Tips 91-101

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Professional Tips & Tricks of the Carpet Cleaning Industry – Rotovac 360i

Most modern day carpet cleaning machines are offering much better suction, water pressure and heat than machines from the past. Years ago, we relied very heavily on scrubbing-type mechanical action. Don’t discount the fact that the ‘rub a dub’ does not work in the cleaning formula.

Rotovac (Rotovac 360i) and Hydramaster (Hydramaster RX-20) seem to be the few manufacturers left that offer machines with mechanical action. The big bonus with devices that offer mechanical action is how much easier it is on your body and joints compared to a manual cleaning wand.

Most carpet cleaners today still use the old manual scrub wand method simply because it has been around for over 40 years. Using a manual wand requires a great deal of physical labor and only cleans from two directions, often producing only mediocre results. The manual wand is old technology and offers nothing new or different to market to your customers.

The Rotovac 360i is a Patent Pending Rotary Extraction Power Head that utilizes rotary vacuum heads to thoroughly deep clean carpet with hundreds of multi-directional cleaning passes.  The 360i weighs only 39 lbs and is extremely easy to use as it operates in a self propelled side to side motion. Simply stated, “The 360i cleans better with less effort.”

Work Smarter, Not Harder

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Professional Tips & Tricks of the Carpet Cleaning Industry – Dry Chemical Sponge

From time to time you may find yourself attempting to remove an oily substance from a very delicate upholstered fabric. Aggressive chemicals can leave you feeling apprehensive about rubbing the stain too hard or disrupting the fabrics appearance using an inadequate brush. A safe and effective procedure is to rub the area with a dry chemical sponge or (soot sponge). You may find complete success. For instance, this works especially well on soil removal from an upholstered headboard on a bed.

This sponge is a "special" dry chemically impregnated sponge which scoops up and absorbs dirt and soot into it's pores.

A chemically treated dry sponge is a synthetic sponge sold into the fire/restoration industry. This type of chemically treated sponge is effective at removing soot off of walls, ceilings and other objects prior to the cleaning process.

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Professional Tips & Tricks of the Carpet Cleaning Industry – MotorBrush

We have always received a lot of calls from cleaners who are looking for a universal cleaning tool that can reach small difficult areas or areas that are too small for larger cleaning equipment. The MotorBrush is a lightweight yet rugged enough cleaning tool that can take the punishment that our industry tends to put on our equipment.

I could also see this product freshening-up carpets or even buffing an ugly high-traffic carpeted area that still looks bad even after a proper steam cleaning.

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Professional Tips & Tricks of the Carpet Cleaning Industry – Olefin Fiber

Olefin fiber is becoming very prevalent in today’s carpets and furniture.

If you don’t know or understand how to clean Olefin properly and professionally you are in for big headaches.

A SureFire Test for Olefin:

Snip a small fiber and place it into a glass of water. If it floats it is Olefin. If it sinks it is other than Olefin fiber. If it goes up and down like a yo-yo it is a blend of Olefin and other fibers.

Cleaning Olefin Carpet

HELP! Cleaning Olefin Carpet

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Professional Tips & Tricks of the Carpet Cleaning Industry – Capture Dry Cleaning Powder

Are you aware that Capture Carpet Dry Cleaning Powder works very well on reappearing spots and stains?

Simply sprinkle it on, brush it in and then have your customer dry vacuum the next day. If necessary, leave some of the product with the customer just in case it needs a second or third treatment. (Don’t forget to put the powder into a bottle that has your company logo and phone number on it so they know who to call the next time they require a cleaning).

Capture is also a great safe furniture cleaner when you are apprehensive about cleaning difficult (and expensive) fabrics.

Kleen Kuip Supply Mart Inc.
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