My company, Management Services Northwest, has been a member of BSCAI for more than 10 years. Each January, the BSCAI holds their annual CEO Seminar in a warm and beautiful destination. As a longtime member, I’ve had the privilege of attending many of these conferences, and I find that January is a great time of year to take a respite from the winter in the U.S. Northwest.
In April 2013, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and the University of Kentucky compiled a comprehensive report on bed bugs titled 2013 Bugs Without Borders Survey. While the bed bug problem in North America is not necessarily a seasonal problem, the study did find that nearly half of all infestations occur during the spring and summer months.
Not everyone may be aware of a controversy that has been brewing in the professional carpet cleaning industry for nearly a decade. But as more and more BSCs begin offering carpet-cleaning services to their clients, this argument will likely involve them as well. The gist of the debate surrounds whether to use hot- or cold-water carpet extractors.
Employees are the backbone of any business, and hiring quality staff is one of the most important tasks for small business owners. This is especially true in the commercial cleaning industry, where your labor force plays such a crucial role in the success of your operation. While large companies often have the luxury of a well-trained human resources department, small business owners are often left to deal with finding, interviewing, and hiring applicants largely on their own.
There are several factors cleaning professionals and property managers must consider when assessing the safety of their floors and their ability to help prevent a slip-and-fall accident. The fact is different floors have different needs when it comes to slip resistance, and what might be satisfactory for one type of floor in one setting, may prove quite dangerous and unsafe in another.