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End of Year Budgets: How to choose the right commercial floor vendor
The year 2016 is swiftly coming to an end which means it is time to start planning and budgeting for the next calendar year. This is the time to look at new vendors, and prioritize the needs of your building all while finding new ways to save time and money. For a facility manager, floor and textile care is important. Finding a reputable, quality vendor is even more important. Trusting a company to provide quality care for one of the buildings’ more expensive investments is as easy as following these three steps: make sure they are trained, create a plan, know the process. Talking with service providers about their training, planning and process is the first step toward evaluating their professionalism and the quality of work that they will deliver.
A lot of people ask, does certification and training really matter? Can it really be that important? Simply, the answer is yes! Having a certification signifies that a professional or company knows how to do their job well, but it also means so much more than just knowing how to accomplish a task. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is an independent body that provides the most complete technical training courses and seminars available to carpet cleaning and restoration professionals. Similarly, the IICRC’s Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician (UFT) program works with technicians to teach them how to evaluate fiber types, employ cleaning methods and assess potential problems. Working with a certified company takes away the guessing game of how well of a job will they do. Knowing a company is certified ensures that the professionals will offer a higher level of service with superior technique.
Create a Plan
Scheduling regular maintenance for your building’s flooring and textiles is the best way to keep them sanitary and looking like new. However, we all know that not every square foot of your building gets the same foot traffic in a given period of time. So instead of implementing a standard maintenance plan, seek out a company that will evaluate the unique needs and care for each space as well as the most beneficial frequency needed. By cleaning some surfaces on an as-needed basis you not only save time and money, but you can still ensure the overall quality of care by installing a plan.
Know the Process
Just as setting a clear plan with your vendor, being knowledgeable on the process they use is also a good way to establish consistent service and enables them to work independently and effectively while in your facility. An excellent example of this is milliCare’s dry carpet-cleaning system. Skilled technicians are trained in a four-step process that includes carpet preparation and cleaning. Each professional understands the importance of pre-misting, applying the dry polymer, working it into the carpet and vacuuming away dirt, dust mites and other pollutants. Talking with service providers about their training, planning and process is the first step toward evaluating their professionalism and the quality of work that they will deliver.
The flooring and textiles in your building are important. Your time and budget are important too. We here at The Floor Care Company value your needs as a facility manager and are here to help keep you on track and on budget. Call today and talk to our service providers about our training, planning, and process, and how we can help you get on the right track for 2017.