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  • 04 Oct 2013 7:23 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    If you want to work at Homejoy, a rapidly growing tech startup that connects independent home cleaners to customers, you're going to have to roll up your sleeves and get dirty. The company has every employee -- from customer service reps to engineers -- in its San Francisco headquarters clean a house at least once as part of their training. This includes the CEO and co-founder Adora Cheung, who cleaned houses alongside cleaners for the first few months after she and her brother Aaron started Homejoy in 2012.

    Before that, she spent a month cleaning for a national cleaning chain so she could better understand the needs of cleaners as well as customers.

    "We didn't know how cleaners work so we figured out that the best way to learn was to become cleaners ourselves," Cheung said.

    Homejoy CEO Adora Cheung.

    (Credit: Homejoy)

    The Cheung siblings, graduates of startup accelerator Y Combinator, raised $1.7 million from Andreessen Horowitz, First Round Capital, Resolute.VC, and Max Levchin to start Homejoy in the San Francisco area. The service has grown quickly, launching in 30 more cities within the last eight months. Its simultaneous launches in Saint Louis and Orlando, Fla., on Friday mark its latest milestone.

    All this because Cheung's brother wanted to hire someone to clean his apartment but couldn't find a convenient and safe way to connect with an affordable cleaner online. Homejoy's cleaners work for a set price of $20 an hour. One of Homejoy's selling points is that it says independent cleaners -- who are operating outside of a chain -- can earn more than they typically would, and customers pay less than they would for a chain but get a cleaner who's been prescreened and tested by Homejoy.

    Customers use Homejoy's desktop and mobile site to order a cleaner, choosing which rooms they want cleaned, and can pay extra for certain tasks like laundry, windows, or an oven cleaning. Then they choose a time and pay by credit card, and the cleaners come with profiles and ratings. Cleaners then receive their assignments via an application from Homejoy.

    The company isn't disclosing any metrics such as the number of users or revenue, but when it celebrated its one-year birthday in July, it said it had more than 500 cleaners in its system. That number is now in the "thousands," according to Marlo Struve, the company's director of communications.

  • 01 Oct 2013 5:03 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Exec says that it’s dropping prices for its home cleaning service in all nine markets by 25 percent.

    Founder and CEO Justin Kan told me that customers will still get a fixed quote for the entire cleaning, but the change effectively lowers Exec’s prices to $22 per hour per cleaner. (Among other things, that makes Exec more competitive with the Homejoy, which charges $20 an hour.) He also said that gross bookings for the service have been growing by an average of 28 percent per month for the past four months.

    “After surveying users and getting feedback for the past couple months, one of the biggest pieces of feedback we’ve gotten was that we could be providing more value, and our customers would use us more if we were priced lower,” Kan told me via email.

    Kan added that Exec can lower its prices significantly because it’s eliminating “our deeper cleaning options” (such as cleaning walls) from the basic service, and then charging for them on an a la carte basis.


    More at source: Tech Crunch

  • 26 Sep 2013 6:23 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Staging a home involves preparing a home for sale by making it more attractive to buyers by eliminating clutter and arranging furniture and accessories. But nothing is more important than the cleanliness of the home. By partnering with local real estate agents, American House Cleaning plays an important role in ensuring that homes are market ready.

    If a home is dirty, prospective buyers may wonder if there are more serious maintenance issues that they don’t know about. Also, if the home is empty, it is even more crucial that it is clean. Dusty floors, dirty windows, and grime on kitchen and sink countertops are more visible when there is nothing else to distract the eye.

    More at source: PRWEB


  • 19 Sep 2013 8:33 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)
    Woburn, MA September 19, 2013

    Daimer Industries, Inc.®, the globally-leading USA based supplier of sophisticated cleaning machines, is now shipping the XTreme Power® XPH-9600, one of the most power-rich models in the company's entire portable series. The system is developed to target both low- and high-pile carpets. The powerful carpet steam cleaner is expected to be a favorite among cleaning professionals; it offers enhanced cleaning power due to its impressive temperature and pressure levels as well as other user-friendly technologies.

    “The maintenance of large carpeted areas in offices, such as insurance companies, pose a huge challenge to cleaning staff because they have to work within tight deadlines, and carpets need to be dry within a reasonable period of time,” says spokesperson for Daimer Industries, Inc.®, Matthew Baratta. “Daimer® is pleased to launch one of the best cleaning systems for carpet cleaning that helps professionals do their job better and faster. The XTreme Power® XPH-9600 is ideal for janitorial work and can take the stress out of deadline-driven carpet cleaning and maintenance applications.”

    The high-powered carpet shampooer can generate outstanding pressure levels, ranging from 0-500 PSI, and temperatures reaching as high as 210°F. The XTreme Power® XPH-9600 allows operators to clean large stretches of carpeting efficiently and quickly, important benefits welcomed by those in charge of maintaining the cleaning within offices.

    The heated carpet steam cleaner features two powerful inline heating elements that allow the machine to generate high temperature levels within just five minutes. The faster heating technology helps maximize productivity when tackling tough commercial cleaning applications versus using ordinary carpet cleaners.
    The heat-optimized carpet shampooer also offers automatic fill and automatic dumping features. The high-powered carpet cleaning equipment can be set to automatic refill mode and the waste water can be dumped conveniently into a drain or toilet. Operators just need to connect the system to a water line and focus on the cleaning part of the job without bothering about refilling and draining manually.
    The multi-purpose carpet cleaning machines feature Daimer®'s XTreme-XTraction® patented, self-adjusting 12" head floor wand that is engineered to deliver 60% more suction power than any other wand in the world. The distinctly-designed wand offers suction that can match the power of an additional vacuum motor.
    The dynamic commercial carpet cleaners, which use 110 volt power, features three powerful 2-stage motors and 250 inch water column lift for maximum suction and minimal drying time. The system comes bundled with 100 feet of hoses, provided in convenient 25 feet sections for the ultimate in convenience and versatility. Operators can maximize productivity, as they can clean up to an impressive 31,000 area without having to move the machine at all.
    Daimer®'s exclusive low-flow technology allows these commercial carpet cleaners to release a minimal quantity of water to flow into the carpet while powerful extractors vacuum simultaneously, ensuring faster drying times. The XTreme Power® XPH-9600 is a green cleaning machine, as it minimizes water usage significantly.

    For Additional Information:
    Learn more about the XTreme Power® XPH-9600 by visiting the company's website or calling Matthew Baratta directly at (888) 507-2220. The machine is exported to many countries worldwide.
    About Daimer Industries, Inc.®:

    Daimer® is the leading supplier of more than 700 models of highly-advanced machines like commercial carpet cleaning systems, high-quality portable steam cleaner machines, vapor steam cleaner equipment, floor cleaning systems, pressure washers, and others with exclusive patented technologies.

    Blog: http://carpetcleanersdaimer.blogspot.com/
    Watch Videos: http://www.youtube.com/Daimerindustries
  • 19 Sep 2013 8:29 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    CenturyVallen to host Safety Week for supporters of safe workplaces

    MISSISSAUGA, ONSept. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - Many of us have never used a fire extinguisher and likely wouldn't know how to if we tried. As part of its nationwide Safety Week events, CenturyVallen is bringing accident prevention and awareness to Mississauga to demonstrate just how to do it. The event will be held on Wednesday September 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at CenturyVallen's Mississauga branch located at 6710 Maritz Drive.

    Attendees can enjoy a traditional-style barbecue followed by safety demonstrations and displays. Learn about respirator fit testing, witness a firefighting simulator, guided fire extinguisher use, fall arrest training and demonstration and learn about breathing apparatus usage and testing. The Mississauga Fire Department will also be there presenting information on fire protection.

    "The idea for CenturyVallen's Safety Week came about because of ongoing workplace accidents and fatalities that seriously affect so many workers and their families," said Tom Taylor, regional director, Eastern Canada, CenturyVallen. "We hope that by showing people how to be safer at their workplaces, they can actually save lives. Nothing is more important to us than that."

    As an added bonus, CenturyVallen will also be offering special pricing on domestic fire extinguishers and first aid kits on the day of the event.

    CenturyVallen is a national distributor of safety, industrial and janitorial supplies and technical services.  We provide custom solutions that enhance your companies productivity through safety and compliance.

    To learn more about Safety Week or about how you can stay safe in the workplace, visit www.centuryvallen.com.

    SOURCE CenturyVallen

     For further information:

    Contact:
    Tom Taylor
    Regional Director Eastern Canada
    CenturyVallen
    780-905-565-1686 ext: 100
    tom.taylor@sonepar.ca

  • 17 Sep 2013 11:14 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Reliable Office Cleaning is now offering a 15 percent discount to new customers on their first office cleanings. As difficult as it can be to find good help in keeping the environments that you work and live in clean, it is well worth it to give Reliable Office Cleaning a try, especially when others have not lived up to expectations.

    Reliable Office Cleaning provides services for all New York office cleaning needs. Almost no job is too large for Reliable Office Cleaning to handle, including dusting, sweeping, washing and stripping floors, garbage removal, cleaning bathrooms and keeping individual workstations tidy, among other duties essential to maintaining a clean and healthful workspace.

    Many offices have a great many work stations, computer tables and desks that ought to be maintained to make the office look its very best and to provide a neat environment in which employees can produce his or her best work. Not only does Reliable Office Cleaning clean and maintain standard business offices, they also perform spotless janitorial duties in doctors’ and dentists’ offices, architectural firms and other professional workspaces.


    More at source: PRWeb

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  • 17 Sep 2013 11:10 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    September 17, 2013 - Premium Franchise Brands, the holding company of Maid Right Franchising and Jan-Pro International, announced today that Maid Right Residential Cleaning Franchises have begun offering EnviroShield Disinfectant Cleaning in homes.

    EnviroShield is an exclusive Maid RightBranded Disinfecting System, in which the disinfectant surrounds and clings to surfaces to kill harmful bacteria, including MRSA. The disinfecting agent used in the system meets the required Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards and contains no harmful effects. Being environmentally safe, the disinfectant requires no special handling or ventilation. The EnviroShield System achieves 100% disinfection coverage due to the electrically charged spray droplets, which have a force attraction of 75 times that of gravity and cover even hidden areas.

    “EnviroShield uses the most advanced technology available today, combining electrostatically charged particles with the safest and most effective disinfectant, to eliminate harmful microbes such as MRSA and e-Coli in your home,” said Dennis Thompson, Chief Operating Officer of Jan-Pro. “This enables Maid Right to spray kitchen countertops, bathrooms, computer keyboards, children’s toys, and all other areas of your home to provide a microbe-free environment. It even kills mold and eliminates odors at the source.”

    The EnviroShield Disinfecting System was first introduced by Maid Right’s sister company Jan-Pro Commercial Cleaning in 2010.


    More at source: Franchising.

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  • 12 Sep 2013 8:03 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)
    When most people think of the term “maid,” cutting edge Silicon Valley startups are probably not the first thing that comes to mind. Indeed, far from standard tech fare, the term most frequently evokes quaint associations: Victorian manors and wealthy turn of the century households.

    But a new Palo Alto-based startup is not only proving that there is plenty of demand for maid and cleaning services, but also that there’s as much demand for productivity tech in this age-old industry as in any other.

    In fact, says ZenMaidco-founder Amar Ghose, maid services are so popular in today’s economy that he decided to create a dedicated management platform specifically for the maid service industry.

    “The idea behind ZenMaid is cutting edge, comprehensive maid software,” says Ghose, a young entrepreneur who previously ran a maid service before transitioning to software. “There’s a lot of cleaning software and business management software out there, but not a whole lot intended specifically for residential maid services. The few that are look like they were developed last century, so my team and I decided to go after this untapped market. My previous experiences also helped a lot.”

    More at source: PR.com

  • 10 Sep 2013 8:44 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    In a bid to avoid pricey hotel rooms, cheating husbands in Manhattan are having affairs in their own apartments and hiring maids to clean up.

    Cleaning firms are reporting a surge in business over the US summer and "quick-hit cleaning" is being offered for as little as $50, the New York Post reports.

    Little Elves New York spokesman David Brugiatelli said as the economy struggled, more men were having illicit liasons in their own homes.

    "We don't ask - we know that we need to check everything: that there is no hair on the floor, in the shower, no hair in the bathtub, no lipstick, nothing there to show that something happened before," Mr Brugiatelli said.

    One philanderer texted the Handybook maid service: "I need to have a cleaning tomorrow, but the timing is critical. Girlfriend coming to stay for a week stay, needs to be cleaned well and any other female evidence needs to be removed (no hairs, make-up smudges, etc.). I can count on someone coming without question though right?"

    According to the New York Post, requests for last-minute jobs focused on the bedroom.

    More at source: AU News

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  • 10 Sep 2013 8:42 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)
    Maple Shade, NJ -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/10/2013 -- When commercial property owners need a reliable cleaning service company in Gloucester County, NJ, Camden, Burlington, Salem or any other county in Southern New Jersey, they turn to Mac’s Janitorial Services. The reason being is that the company is versatile and can handle the most complex cleaning duties, including commercial window cleaning services. The company offers the right tools, and the right professionals who are certified to perform window cleaning duties of any sized building. Whether the job is big or small, Mac’s Janitorial Services will take on any challenge and perform the services diligently and efficiently. 

    There are many key factors to consider when hiring the right window cleaning company. For one, safety must be a top priority, especially if the building is large. The window cleaning professionals of Mac’s Janitorial Services follows the best practices, including implementing a comprehensive safety training program for each employee. The window cleaning professionals will assess each situation and decide which tools to use to perform the job best. 

    Mac’s Janitorial Services employs professionals who can handle any work environment, whether it is an interior or exterior window cleaning job. When it comes to janitorial services in Camden, Burlington, Salem, or Gloucester County, NJ, Mac’s Janitorial Services is always focused on the safety of each window cleaning job. When the safest practices are used, any cleaning job will run smooth and the professionals can finish the job quicker. Mac’s Janitorial Services offers affordable rates and can schedule weekly and monthly appointments. Many clients located in Southern New Jersey have relied on Mac’s Janitorial Services for over 20 years, making them a trusted name in the industry. The cleaning service performs window cleaning and other janitorial duties to various facilities including: office buildings, showrooms, schools, malls, high-rise buildings, airport hangers and many more. For more information on the facilities the company clean, and the services they provide, please call 856-231-9009. 

    About Mac’s Janitorial Services
    As a leader in industrial cleaning services, Mac’s Janitorial Services has been providing Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia with premium commercial cleaning for over 55 years. Offering a wide range of janitorial and building maintenance services, the company will complete any task on time and under budget. Over the past forty years, the company has been able to expand its horizons and now offer generalized cleaning, complete floor maintenance, window washing, power washing, disaster cleanup and more. The company provides cleaning services for commercial properties located in Salem, Camden, Burlington and all of Gloucester County. 

    For more information, please visit http://www.macsjanitorial.com/.

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