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Allergy and asthma friendly relief certification by Stanley Steemer?

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Allergy and asthma friendly relief certification by Stanley Steemer?

Post by eldiabloz on Wed Nov 30, 2016 6:04 am

Customer called me and asked if we have this certification and how we differ from Stanley Steemer? Her mom was interested. I did some research. Seems that their method (HWE) was tested before and after and allergens were reduced. I told her we are using the same method, only we are more meticulous about our work. Anybody else run into this?
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Re: Allergy and asthma friendly relief certification by Stanley Steemer?

Post by milspec6 on Wed Nov 30, 2016 8:17 am

Not yet, but I do have a line of anti-allergen products on the truck for such people. They are designed to block the human response to several known allergies. I have a few customers that request it all the time and claim that it helps.

HWE should reduce allergies and is one of the reasons that we clean. Dust mites alone is a major asthma trigger.
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Re: Allergy and asthma friendly relief certification by Stanley Steemer?

Post by Mike Myers on Wed Nov 30, 2016 4:53 pm

When I go to a customers house and they ask me if I clean grean and are my products safe and will they bother allergies and asthmatic people.  I just tell them " F NO.  NOW WHERES YOUR ASH TRAY I GOT TO PUT MY CIGAR DOWN."  (Btw...Wana smell what I had for lunch?).

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Re: Allergy and asthma friendly relief certification by Stanley Steemer?

Post by Mo on Thu Dec 01, 2016 5:20 pm

LOL thats funny Mike.

I just tell them that carpet cleaning in general improves the indoor air quality in the home. I just don have the 10 thousand dollar fee for the ccertification
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Post by milspec6 on Thu Dec 01, 2016 5:30 pm

No certification is necessary to support common sense. The good part is that they are starting to see the light and support what I have claimed that the industry really needs......emphasize the health benefit and not focus only on the appearance.

People will clean far more often for the health benefit than they will for the appearance aspect of it. Carpet is designed to hide soil loads, so why settle for a yearly cleaning when you can sell them on bi-annual cleanings to improve the indoor health of the home?

That is my goal and the direction that I am taking my business and I think it is the direction that the whole industry will reach at some point.
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Post by Freemind1 on Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:31 pm

Yup, I agree with Rob.

Some people are clean freaks, but most are not. It's FAR easier to sell on the health and allergy aspect then the appearance aspect.

Rainbow vacuums used to do a demo that they would wrap a bright white cloth over the end of the hose, to demo how much dirt it could pull off the furniture, even though you called it "clean". They also pimped about all the dust it was pulling.

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Post by milspec6 on Thu Dec 01, 2016 10:08 pm

You will start to see this sort of thing everywhere. Dyson vacuums has an advertising right now talking about how much healthier the home is after a good vacuuming. It is just a start and it will continue to grow.
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Re: Allergy and asthma friendly relief certification by Stanley Steemer?

Post by Mo on Fri Dec 02, 2016 8:42 am

Yeah the kirby salesman will do that too Freemind

The problem with the cleaning for health is that customer that cleans for health also has the most disposable income and their just getting rid of carpet all together and installing the more expensive stone, wood, and other hard surfaces.

The folks that won't do that are the senior citizens because the like the comfort and non slip factor of carpet. But then again I probably dont know what the hell Im talking about Very Happy
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Post by milspec6 on Fri Dec 02, 2016 9:05 am

That is a valid point Mo and one that was shared in Europe until recently. When I lived up in Scandinavia, carpet was actually banned by code for awhile believing that it harbored to many germs. Hard floors were installed instead.

A few years later they discovered that illness rates increased. The conclusion was that the carpet actually acts like another primary filter as the air circulates over it en route to the return ducts. It also traps a great deal of contamination off shoes as one enters the building.

So, instead of that little 20x36 filter in your hvac system, you actually have a raw filter the size of your floors when carpet is installed. And just like the filter on the hvac system, one has to replace them periodically as the contamination builds up......so carpet cleaning should be considered in the same vein as filter replacement.

Of course, cost is a big factor here and having the spendable income to do it can be an issue.
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Re: Allergy and asthma friendly relief certification by Stanley Steemer?

Post by Freemind1 on Fri Dec 02, 2016 10:16 am

@milspec6 wrote:That is a valid point Mo and one that was shared in Europe until recently.  When I lived up in Scandinavia, carpet was actually banned by code for awhile believing that it harbored to many germs.  Hard floors were installed instead.

A few years later they discovered that illness rates increased.  The conclusion was that the carpet actually acts like another primary filter as the air circulates over it en route to the return ducts.  It also traps a great deal of contamination off shoes as one enters the building.

So, instead of that little 20x36 filter in your hvac system, you actually have a raw filter the size of your floors when carpet is installed.  And just like the filter on the hvac system, one has to replace them periodically as the contamination builds up......so carpet cleaning should be considered in the same vein as filter replacement.

Of course, cost is a big factor here and having the spendable income to do it can be an issue.

One of the big guys in the carpet cleaning industry (I think it was a TM maker) made a video about this. The gist was that hard surfaces (wood, tile, stone) allowed more dust/allergens to rise higher into the air. Also it pointed to carpet being a filter, like you said.

I don't remember who did the video, but IMO, every carpet cleaner should have it on their site and use it to promote people KEEPING carpet, rather than going over to hard surfaces.

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Re: Allergy and asthma friendly relief certification by Stanley Steemer?

Post by milspec6 on Fri Dec 02, 2016 7:12 pm

I will have to look for that video, I do think it should be part of customer education plan.
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Re: Allergy and asthma friendly relief certification by Stanley Steemer?

Post by Mo on Mon Dec 05, 2016 7:27 pm

Wasn't a European country that conducted that study
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Re: Allergy and asthma friendly relief certification by Stanley Steemer?

Post by ACpower1 on Mon Dec 05, 2016 8:17 pm

ya Ive seen the study before. allergens in homes went way up when they started producing less carpet and more hard surfaces.

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