Pro Carpet Cleaning Prevents Kicking Up (Allergy) Dust
Difficulty breathing, sneezing, coughing, sniffling, and skin conditions all play a part in the lives of the approximately 300 million people with asthma in the world and the more than 25 million Americans struggling with indoor allergies. As a janitorial company, when you are scheduled to come to clean these individuals’ homes or businesses, you appear as a hero riding a carpet cleaning steed!
Know Your Enemy
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, there are over 20 million Americans who are allergic to dust mites. And while the most common cause of year-round allergies sounds gross enough, it gets worse… technically, the actual allergen is the dust mite’s waste, which they produce up to 200 times their body weight in each day! Especially in warm, humid environments, dust mites bury deep in carpeting, making them hard-to-eliminate via regular vacuuming. Additionally, carpets contain shocking amounts of dirt (up to 40 pounds in a year!), pollen, dust mites, pet dander, mold spores, and more. Although the fibers are known to capture and filter some of these airborne irritants, the result is that carpets may contain 100 times more allergens than hard floor surfaces! Many of these allergens are so small that they are untouchable by a regular vacuum’s filter. Your customers who report suffering from indoor allergies, may not realize that their vacuums are only sucking up the allergens trapped in the carpet and spewing them into the air to be breathed in!
Fight Back with the Right Carpet Cleaning Weapons
As a carpet cleaning company, it’s important to let your clients know that you use vacuums with tight connections to prevent allergens from escaping and a built-in HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter every time you clean their carpeted spaces. Using a high-efficiency particulate air filter that is designed to eliminate 99.97% of airborne particles is another step that you may want to consider to increase the appeal of your carpet cleaning services. When making presentations to potential new customers, explain the reasoning why you recommend scheduling a thorough regular vacuuming one to two times every week. A quality carpet cleaning is not for your benefit, it is for theirs. That’s why, even beyond regular vacuuming, you should encourage regular steam cleanings of your customers’ carpets. Some customers may attempt to do their own steam carpet cleaning, but if done improperly, this could result in mold growth, especially when water is allowed to seep all the way down to the pad. Remind them that for their safety and comfort, your carpet cleaning services can ensure that the floor is dry within 24 hours… or sooner. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recommends that carpets be cleaned no fewer than three to four times a year by a certified professional cleaning service. With this in mind, be sure that you are utilizing a commercial cleaning software that allows your customers to easily submit work order requests.
Green Carpet Cleaning
No, not cleaning chartreuse-colored carpets. We mean choosing to clean with products designed to protect people, animals, and the environment from additional irritants. Unfortunately, many carpet cleaning products can be an irritant and may even mimic the symptoms of allergies. When you’re tracking your inventory of cleaning products, keep in mind the potential allergy risks that they may pose to your customers. Many commercial carpet cleaning products contain chemicals like perchloroethylene and naphthalene. These ingredients can cause skin conditions, like rashes or hives, respiratory system reactions, or even gastrointestinal distress. These risks can become severely heightened when using multiple cleaners that can cause dangerous chemical reactions. If your customers report allergy issues, increase your value to them by offering to use fragrance-free, non-toxic green cleaning products as a potential solution for your clients.
Be A Carpet Cleaning Crusader
You want to provide your customers with the safest, cleanest environment possible. Being able to keep track of the needs of each of your clients is one crucial way to ensure that you provide them with exactly what they need in order to be satisfied. Whether you are customizing cleaning products, scheduling carpet cleaning more regularly, or taking work orders for deep cleaning services, you need an easy, automated way to stay on top of the work! Discover how Janitorial Manager’s commercial cleaning software can be the solution you need to become the hero that your customers need. Schedule a FREE LIVE DEMO today!