WoolSafe Approved: What It Means and Why It Matters

In 1791, William Sprague started the first woven carpet mill in the United States. His chosen carpet material? Wool. Although synthetic materials replaced wool’s popularity in the 1950s, wool carpet remains on the market, especially for buyers who are shopping for sustainable carpet materials.  Many imported rugs and carpets are woven from wool for durability. Because wool needs to be carefully maintained, the WoolSafe Organisation was born. About the WoolSafe Organisation The WoolSafe Certification has been widely recognized throughout the world as the standard for carpet care for decades. The WoolSafe Organisation promotes best cleaning and maintenance practices for all... read more

Environmental Benefits of the milliCare System

Each Earth Day, events around the globe support environmental protection. This year, the Earth Day focus is on environmental and climate literacy, a topic that aligns well with milliCare’s mission. milliCare’s system of dry-centered carpet care is intentional about preserving valuable resources, resulting in several environmental benefits. Water savings There are several reasons to use milliCare’s dry-centered cleaning method for carpet, including the reduction in harmful residues and moisture left behind, but environmental savings ranks at the top. Our dry care technology uses 99.5 percent less water than competitive systems. On average, that savings equals 50 gallons of water for... read more

5 Floor Care Considerations for Airports

2.2 million passengers fly every day out of just over 19,000 U.S. airports, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This extraordinary amount of foot traffic makes airport floors the primary center of impact. Caring for airport floors is no easy job. Here are five considerations to keep in mind when developing a floor care strategy. 1. Cleanliness A pristine space can elevate an airport to a destination itself. Beyond daily essential cleanings, there are two concerns that dictate regular deep cleans: pathogens and spills. Passengers come and go from various places, tracking in any number of pathogens that are... read more

Network Spotlight: milliCare by EBC Carpet Services

Franchise: milliCare by EBC Carpet Services Owner: Chip Rankin Background How long have you been part of the milliCare network? I joined EBC in October of 1991. In 1997, my wife, Chris, and I purchased the company from our founder, Alan Mowe, from London, England. What geographic areas do you service? We have four offices and cover the entire Mid-Atlantic area of the U.S., including Philadelphia, PA; Southern New Jersey; Wilmington, DE; Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD; and Southern Virginia. How many cleaning technicians do you have on staff? Companywide, our team of supervisors and technicians is 70 strong. We have... read more

milliCare Benefits for Legal Offices

You want your clients to be at ease the moment they step into your office. You need to instill them with confidence in your capability to handle their business. They expect your facility to be top-notch, especially clean. In addition, your associates need a space where they can be productive. Your office reflects your firm’s image, and a well-maintained space is one of your most valuable assets. That’s why there are two key assets milliCare brings to legal offices: our experience and our quality of service. Our experience Cleaning legal offices is nothing new to the milliCare network. In fact,... read more

Why Does a Clean Carpet Matter to Air Quality?

For every company, one of its most important investments is in its employees and providing them with a healthy work environment. One essential way to keep your employees healthy is by maintaining healthy air quality. Poor air quality can cause a myriad of health problems such as: Eye, nose, throat or skin irritation Allergic reactions such as sinus and respiratory congestion Difficulty breathing Hives or rashes Respiratory infections Believe it or not, carpet can actually improve your facility’s air quality. Airborne allergens and dust mites found in the air typically fall to the ground. If it falls on hard surfaces... read more

Understanding milliCare’s Zone Entry System

No matter how often you maintain your workplace floors, sometimes it can feel like the amount of dirt being tracked in on a regular basis is overwhelming, as if you’ll never out-clean the dirt. Fortunately, milliCare Floor & Textile Care has the solution for keeping dirt out: a zone entry system. The first step to understanding the need for our zone entry system is realizing just how much dirt comes into your building on a regular basis. Research has found that if you have 1,000 people walk into your office over 20 days, they’ll track in 24 pounds of soil.... read more

Why We Invest in Training

In early November, the milliCare Network hosts milliCare University. This is an annual event during which the network gathers for peer sharing, educational seminars and hands-on workshops. This is my first year with the network, so as I have been making preparations for the week, I have been thinking about why we host the event each year. What’s the purpose of having professionals from around the world gather in Spartanburg, South Carolina? It all comes down to how the investment in training drives excellence. While I am certain that the week will offer time for networking, building relationships and having... read more

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

The Story of milliCare

Each year, the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) hosts World Workplace, the largest networking and learning event which serves the facility management (FM) community. This year, World Workplace is taking place in San Diego, California, from October 5-7 and is celebrating the theme “The FM Story is Ours to Share.” As we make our way out to the show, thinking about this theme causes me to reflect on our own story, as milliCare has been working with Facility Managers for over 30 years. Our story starts with Milliken & Company, an award-winning innovation company that has been in business since... read more