Carpet – The Installation

Installing carpet will not be easy. But, with great plan and hard effort, you will be able to install it by yourself. What about the tools? You can rent them without buying them. After you get the carpet that you want from the market, you do not have to ask the professional to do the installation.

To help you doing the carpet installation by yourself, the following are some steps that you have to do. By following the steps you will be able to install your carpet successfully. Thus, you do not have to hire the professional.

In installing the carpet, you have to make sure that the floor on which you will add this furniture is clean. After that, prepare all the tools that you need. Some of tools that you will need are tackless strips, carpet knife, measuring tape, seam cutter etc.

After everything is prepared, measure the size of the room. After that you have to measure the carpet by adding some inches from the size of the room that you have measured. After that you can put on the floor of the room that you have cleaned.

If you have large room, you might need more than one cut of the carpet. To deal with it, you have to apply the first cut, and then measure the rest of the floor that is not covered by the carpet. After you get the measurement, you can cut the carpet. Put the carpet on the part of floor that is not covered yet. To camouflage the cut, you can make a cut on the same place of the carpet pattern so that the cut will not visible.

Those are some easy steps that you can do to install the carpet. The steps are quite easy to do so that you do not need to hire the professional to install the carpet that you have purchased. Instead of saving money, you will be able to improve your skill in installing household.

Why Use Commercial Carpet Tiles for Your Office Flooring?

The flooring of an office space and setting plays a significant role in the overall look and feel of the place. That is why interior designers pay such a lot of attention to the flooring of the office while planning the overall decor. While most office spaces use wall to wall carpeting, carpet rolls or carpet squares for their flooring, these seems to fade and wear out over time, owing to the heavy traffic that office spaces generally experience. In such scenarios, commercial carpet tiles prove to be a much more practical and cost-effective solution when it comes to the flooring of an office space.

As mentioned earlier, office spaces are prone to a lot of movement. The floors are vulnerable to constant footfalls and shifting of furniture. In case of wall to wall carpeting, it is difficult to cover as well as clean intricate corners. This leads to accumulation of dust and grime which makes the flooring look untidy. Eventually, the carpet needs to be changed and this means incurring heavy expenditure. Commercial carpet tiles prove to be practical and cost-effective solution to an office flooring requirements. They are not only easy to install and maintain but also lend an office space a distinct look and style.

Let us take a look at some other benefits of using these modular tiles:
Variety of designs and style: commercial carpet tiles are available in unimaginable varieties, colors and patterns. You can always find a style that goes with the nature of your business and the overall look and feel of your office space. Some of the most popular varieties of these modular tiles include self-adhesive, dry-backed and interlocking and you can choose any one to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your office space.

Comfort: these tiles create a comfortable work space for the employees to move around and work. This in turn enhances their productivity and performance.
Easy maintenance: with these modular tiles around, you need not bother about coffee stains, ink blots and other stains that typically ruin a wall to wall carpet or other clay or ceramic tiles. These tiles are easy to clean. You can simply remove the stained tile, wash it and place it back – spotless and clean.

Minimize noise levels: these tiles are excellent sound insulators. Therefore, you can place them in areas where the noise levels are generally high or in high traffic zones in the office. By minimizing noise levels, these modular tiles help to create a quiet and comfortable atmosphere for your employees to work in.

Prevent injuries: in areas that are slippery, such as staircases, these carpet tiles provide a good resistance against slips, trips and falls and thus prevent employees from getting injured.
Go ahead and choose good quality commercial carpet tiles to improve your office’s interior decor. It will surely impress your employees as well as clients!

The Dos and Don’ts When Starting A Carpet Cleaning Business

This article is a resource article in hopes of educating a person about the dos and don’ts of starting a carpet cleaning business. Being in the carpet cleaning business for twenty plus years, I hope to help you save thousands of dollars and prevent you from making the mistakes I have on my journey. First off, when you go to purchase equipment for your business you will find very good used equipment. The reason for this is because many people fail in this business, they run out and buy new equipment and don’t last a year. Why? Because these people fail to understand carpet cleaning is hard work! So if you feel you cannot work hard all day everyday, you should move on to something else. The most important thing you will need is dependable equipment. This is your livelihood. I would recommend you buy a truck mount carpet cleaning machine. Buy a quality machine from manufacturers that have been building them for years. Hydramaster, Butler and Prochem are a few companies.

These machines cost thousands of dollars but like I previously stated you can find these machines used. Craig list, Ebay, and the distributors of these companies are a good place to look. I do not recommend you buy portable equipment(the supermarket rentals) unless you have no other option. Potential customers frown on these thinking they could have done the same thing. The difference in quality of a truckmount and portable is night and day!

The next thing I will touch on is debt. Do not go into debt unless you absolutely have to. Any kind of debt will slow your company down. If you can pay cash for everything including your van do so. Remember everything doesn’t have to look brand new. The bottom line is going to be how the customers carpets and upholstery look. If you did a good job, they will call you back over and over again. This also is how word of mouth begins. A carpet cleaning company can be run very efficiently. In five years you could be making $500-$600 a day and only paying for gas (this is your biggest expense) and chemical usage which is minimal. On the other hand you could be making that amount of money per day and paying van loans, machine loans and credit card bills. When you find yourself in this predicament you never know what your bottom line is! It’s absolutely amazing when your only bill to a bank is your mortgage payment! Also pay cash to your suppliers whenever possible so you always know your bottom line.

Marketing is obviously crucial! Remember advertise, advertise, advertise! Business in my opinion can be summed up with two points. Advertise and put money back in your business. You need customers for your business so you have to go get them. You should never stop advertising as long as you are in business. If you stop advertising your business will die. Customers move away, they die, they get wood floors etc. When I started, a website wasn’t necessary, but it is today. Again you don’t have to go out and spend a fortune on a web designer. I use intuit and built my own website and pay $19.99 a month. Don’t think you need pages and pages of info on your site. Nobody’s going to read it anyways, people are too busy. Keep it simple and informative. Set up a Google page account.

Your marketing can include flyers in newspapers (this was how I built 3/4 of my database), postcard marketing, direct mail etc. Remember this very important statement, save every customer’s information that you service! You would be amazed how many customers I service and they tell me the last carpet cleaner did a good job but I lost his phone number. These customers will be your business. Only 20% of people get their carpets professionally cleaned, your database will be 100% of people who get their carpets professionally cleaned. You should keep sending these customers at least 3-4 mailings per year. When I get a new customer, I put their information in a database on a label format for future reference. As stated above, put money back in your business. Every million dollar business person I ever met always invested back in their business. In the carpet business this could be as simple as, you make $400 for the day, go buy a couple hundred stamps for $90 and send out the some marketing pieces.

Sometimes it’s painful to spend money rather then just leave it in the bank, but remember all advertising dollars come back ten fold. The internet is a great big resource in which you can find a massive amount of information and knowledge. Use it!
Another very important thing to remember when building a carpet cleaning business is do a quality job. Keep in mind it is very expensive to get customers. I think the last dollar figure I read for getting one carpet cleaning customer was between $50-$100. That is the cost to market and gain one customer. We are on the low end. It costs about $500 to get one customer if you’re a home builder! My point is “keep the customers you service” because they cost a lot of money to get. Every single customer including the very first one you service, clean their carpets as if they were your own! That is the number one secret in this industry. There are so many lousy companies out there who think they are smarter than their customers! Remember when “you” think you’re smarter than your customers it is almost over! Use quality products and work your butt off for every customer. Send out thank you cards to every customer. Ever been at a check out in a store after paying for merchandise and the cashier doesn’t say thank you. Bad customer service, absolutely unacceptable and a negative reflection on that business! They wouldn’t be in business if you were not purchasing something, and if an owner or manager cannot train an employee to say thank you I want no part of that business.

Building a carpet cleaning business with limited resources can take a while. Some may get loans or use a credit card to market very heavily and get there sooner, you may get there sooner but it’s riskier when you go into debt. The average time it takes to have a good paying base is probably about four to five years. You could see revenue between $50,000-$70,000. At this point you’re in control to grow if you want, just advertise more. Remember also, it’s not what you bring in, it’s what you have left. Don’t think just because another company has five trucks they’re doing better than you. You have no idea how financially stable that company is. Keep your debt low and you’ll be fine. Remember worry about what you are doing not your competition! In my opinion there is no competition in this industry because there is so much work to go around, you just have to go out and find it! I wish you luck