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Drying Out The South
How to deal with cleaning up after a major hurricane

In any facility maintained by cleaning contractors, invariably, something will be spilled on the floor. It may happen more frequently in schools, and, of course, food service areas, but it can also happen often in office buildings, hotels, convention centers and airports. When a spill occurs, hopefully it ends up on a hard surface floor. Spills on carpet can be much more difficult to clean up. And even more important, hopefully no one slips and falls because of the spill or gets sick as a result of the substance that spilled on the floor.

Odor problems at manufacturing facilities can be unexpected, and can work against the production the facility is meant to accomplish. It starts out as a nuisance or a non-compliance issue, but can become a much bigger problem. Solving the problem requires analyzing how a facility’s processes generate and disperse odorous air, and then identifying an appropriate odor control solution.

We have all been there at one point of our career: the opportunity comes to advance in our company or we take on a position with another BSC to grow in the industry. However it happens, building relationships with other employees becomes paramount to our success. I remember early in my career how hard it was to get employees to work on quality or even respond when I’d leave messages for them. It was frustrating and made me push that much harder on them. The more I pushed, the less they responded. This took place for a while until they spoke up. Unfortunately, they spoke up to Mark Skoda, the owner, and not me.

Late summer and early fall in the South is a great time to start thinking about adding on new construction cleanup services to your existing business model. This vital service would help service a region that experiences a barrage of hurricanes and storms, leaving many of your clients in need of cleanup jobs done. Adding on construction cleanup services comes with its own list of pros and cons, according to an article in the Balance. The costs to enter into these services is low, there is good earning potential and new construction cleanup pairs nicely with other diversifications to your business such as outdoor touch-up work, lawn care and window cleaning.

This year, the ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America Tradeshow and the ISSA Convention succeeded at being the place where key cleaning industry leaders and members gathered for new information, new opportunities and new connections. According to an ISSA press release, 757 exhibitors were present. Out of those, 142 were new and 18 percent were from outside the U.S., bringing in people from 24 countries.

We all know the janitorial industry is getting much more high-tech. At recent cleaning tradeshows, we have seen examples of floor scrubbers that remembered where and how to scrub floors in certain areas of a facility – no driver needed. For distributors, there were examples of dashboard systems that allowed them and their clients (including cleaning contractors) to make more effective product-buying decisions by allowing for a close comparison of products.

Everyone’s first priority when natural disasters and severe weather strikes is safety. Safety is the number one concern before, during and after catastrophic events. In the past several months, the U.S. and its territories have been hit by three major hurricanes, causing significant damage in the South. In this issue of SERVICES Magazine, we are going to look at the impact hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria had on the southern U.S. and aggregate some of the best tips to help you deal with work in the aftermath.

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