The Blog

18 May

Managing a Changing Workforce

The face of the typical housekeeper is changing. In fact, there’s no longer a “typical” cleaner because the janitorial industry now includes such a wide range of ages and cultures. BSCs and housekeeping managers responsible for managing employees should keep an eye on trends affecting the industry’s workforce. Understanding the changes will better prepare you

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10 May

How Battery Technology is Changing Cleaning Productivity

Chances are good your janitorial closet includes battery-powered equipment. In fact, smaller, cordless equipment is becoming becoming more and more common in the cleaning industry. In the past, batteries typically were used only in larger pieces of equipment, like automatic scrubbers, because the technology at the time for smaller batteries was expensive and they typically

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19 Apr

Helpful or Hype: How to Evaluate High-Tech Equipment

Every year, automakers introduce new lines. Sometimes the differences in models are minor, but every few years the cars are totally reimagined with all the latest bells and whistles. Janitorial equipment manufacturers also release souped-up versions of their machines on a regular basis. With new products frequently flooding the crowded marketplace, buyers can feel overwhelmed.

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12 Apr

Recoup Medicare Reimbursements by Cleaning for Health

Last week, we discussed how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) made sweeping changes to Medicare payments by tying them to outcomes. The new reimbursement policies are comprehensive and touch all aspects of patient care, including housekeeping. The Takeaway Learn more about the affordable care act and how it affects the janitorial industry. Now that you

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05 Apr

Linking Medicare Payments to Outcomes, and Why You Should Care

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard plenty about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how the sweeping reform affects U.S. health insurance. What you may not know, however, is that the law also has major ramifications on the cleaning industry. In an effort to improve patient care, the ACA rewards hospitals that

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01 Apr

Throw Out Your Mop and Save Money With A Floor Scrubber!

When you made up this year’s budget, how much did you calculate saving on labor? For cleaning businesses, labor costs account for approximately 80% of expenses. Here’s one idea to save, while maintaining productivity. Upgrade your machines to a faster, more efficient arsenal of commercial cleaning equipment. Did you know that it takes a worker 14

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23 Mar

Making Social Media Work For You

Your Company is on Social Media, Now What? Social media can help keep your company top-of-mind for current customers and attract new business. Without a full marketing department or unlimited resources for a contractor, however, all of those social sites just feel overwhelming. Picking Your Battles “It’s impossible to write every story, for every audience,

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15 Mar

A Beginner’s Guide to Online Marketing for Small Businesses

Sales and marketing are essential to the growth of any business. Many small businesses do a good job with the sales side of that equation. They make the phone calls, send the emails, and get outside the office to make those all-important in-person contacts. That’s great, because those traditional sales methods work well. Marketing, on

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