Author Archives for Stephen Lewis

What Green Cleaning Means to Me

I joined the milliCare Network more than 15 years ago, which means that I’ve seen it grow as new franchisees come aboard, and seen it change as new services are introduced. One constant through the years has been the Network’s focus on green cleaning: this is something that is personally important to me. I value the fact that part of milliCare’s mission is to be environmentally responsible and efficient with resources so that we can all work and live in a healthier world. Moreover, being “green” is important to the people we serve. In today’s world, Facility and Property Managers... read more

How to Choose a Carpet Care Vendor

As a facility manager, your days fly by while you struggle to find balance between budgeting, sustainability objectives and dealing with the latest crisis. The constant demands on your time leave little room for vetting vendors. From floor care to textile care, this means that you must trust your service providers to save you time and money, without sacrificing quality. Service provider best practices can help to build up trust. Certainly, knowing that the people who are coming into your facility after hours are background-checked and in uniform offers reassurance. But, how can you be sure that they are working... read more

Does IICRC Certification Matter?

From software programmers to facility managers to nurses, certified industry professionals rise head and shoulders above others in the field because they have put in the effort to demonstrate their knowledge and expertise. In the cleaning and restoration industry, certification has its place, too. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) has spent 40 years as a standards development organization. The nonprofit organization strives to advance ethics, communication and technical skill throughout the inspection, cleaning and restoration fields. Those who achieve certification through the IICRC have demonstrated: Top-Notch Techniques. On the surface, having certification signifies to the consumer... read more

Don’t Replace Carpet, Renew It.

Remember the hours upon hours that went into planning your building’s interior? The carpet selections. The installation costs. Deciding which furnishings to purchase and figuring out how to blend utility with beauty. When it was complete, there was an immense feeling of pride and satisfaction as you surveyed the new space. That was years ago. Over time, the carpet and textiles have started to look worn. Despite routine vacuuming and janitorial services, dirt and grime have worked their way into the fibers. Coffee was spilled. Grease dripped and created a stain. Mud was tracked in on shoes. Sophisticated floor and... read more