Owning a Business

Owning a Business

Owning a business is a big step, there are many risks and challenges and everyday can be a lesson if you want it to be – all of these risks I knew about when I signed the offical paper work declaring Z & Z Cleaning as mine.

What I didn’t anticipate was going far and beyond my duties to make my customers happy, to take time out of my day to help when it was needed;

to work back until midnight when there was a break-in to clean up and to secure broken windows when a window company did a bad job securing the premises;

to be at a job site first thing in the morning to clean up flooded areas after the previous nights storms;

to grow that important trust with my clients to a point that the price is not asked when requesting a task to be completed – they know the value they are getting from me.

This post is more of a story to myself then anything.

A story of guy who now understands what it is to have a business that you are responsible for, that sometimes you can’t be selfish and think about yourself – the importance to grow and build yourself as a person before you can grow and build your business.

Once you figure this out then that attitude can reflect onto your clients.

I once wrote a blog about taking pride in your work and that statement couldn’t be any more true now then it was back then.

There are many things still that I can learn and teach, so the future will be an adventurous one as I go forward, there will be highs, and there will be lows, but I know that my standards will not diminish, i know the lessons I have learnt will not be forgotten, and when at times it feel it is getting too hard I can look back at what has been accomplished, and use that energy to take the next step forward.

Owning a business is more then just about making money, its about creating connections, making an impact on the world and the people around you, and thats what you should be striving for… the money and the grey hairs will follow in their own time.

The journey is only beginning and I hope you are on your journey as well.

 


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Reviewing the White Magic Grout Cleaning Brush

Reviewing the White Magic Grout Cleaning Brush

Cleaning grout lines can be annoying task to do around the home and the go-to tool is usually the humble used toothbrush – although this works fine, it can be time consuming process.

White Magic has come to rescue us with their double sided Grout Cleaning Brush.

It is a simple design, a wooden handle connected to a triangle shaped brush with one side wider then the other.

WMBrush

The brushes are firm but not too sharp and feel like they will last a long time. The White Magic Grout Cleaning Brush is also dishwasher safe, which makes it easy to clean, but I have found just washing them under flowing water is enough to keep it clean.

The question is, does it work?

I am happy to report that it does. I was quite surprised that the grime in the grout came out quite easily with just plain water with little to no effort – just a few scrubs is all it took.

For those harder and more stubborn stains you can use your favourite grout cleaning product to help clean the grout lines.

The White Magic Grout Cleaning Brush comes with a rope loop attached the handle, this lets you hang it away under the sink or in your chemicals cupboard.

Handy Tip: I suggest hanging the brush in the shower – this makes it easy to once a week reach for it when showering so you can easily scrub a few tiles to keep the shower clean.

The White Magic Grout Cleaning Brush can be found on their website or at TheGoodGuys.

 


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How to Clean your Nozzles

How to Clean your Nozzles

| QUICK TIP TUESDAY |

 

A simple and Quick Tip for the next time you are having trouble cleaning the nozzle of a water boiler tap.

These Systems have a tendency to build up a crusty and sometimes hard to remove grime around the spout of the system.

If you are unsuccessful with steel wool or are afraid of damaging it with harsh abrasive materials then try this tip.

  1. nozzle1Get a plastic cup and cut off the bottom making it into a receptacle.
  2. Tape the receptacle to the spout so it covers the problem area.
  3. Use your favourite grime remover (CLR or equilivent) to fill up the receptacle.
  4. Let it sit in the solution for the length of time stated in the products instructions before removing the receptacle and disposing of the liquid.
  5. Finally grab some cleaning solution and give the spout a good clean to make sure the it is free of any chemicals. ( Filling up a cup of water and dunking the spout a few times will help clean the inside of the spout )

And you’re done. A clean spout ready to fill up Coffee and Tea cups until the next time you need to clean it!

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This technique can also be used on other taps, shower heads or anything else that has a buildup of grime – for large items like shower heads, an empty ice cream container will be a better option.

 


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What is in My Detailing Tool Bag

What is in My Detailing Tool Bag

In a previous QuickTipTuesday post I talked about how the humble toolbag can be use for a variety of industries that you might not think about so in this post I will bring you into my world and show you what is in my detailing tool bag.

This is my “go to” setup for all my Bond and Builders clean contracts. It holds a variety of tools, some that I use regularly to get the property for future tenants.

what is in my tool bag

1. VACUUM ATTACHMENTS

First and foremost are the vacuum attachments;

Nozzle bits of all different shape and sizes to help with the initial vacuum that is an essential step of any Bond or Builders Clean to get into all the nook and crannies that dirt and grime are attracted to.

2. SCOURERS

Abrasive scourers are useful in many applications. They can be used on most surfaces and cut into dirt and grime that can’t be removed by less harsh cleaning cloths.

3. SCRAPER

This tool is handy for the stubborn stains on hard surfaces. Using the pointy sharp edge is useful to get into smaller areas and can be used to gouge into and the flat edge helps get under silicone, putty or any other builders materials.

4. RAZER BLADE

The razer blade, just like the scraper is useful to remove those stubborn dirt and grime, specifically on smooth and glass surfaces. It is especially useful to cleanup grout and cement on tiles and glass that is leftover from the building process.

5. DETAILING BRUSHES

These little brushes are incredibly handy for those smaller spaces like window and sliding door frames, countless nook and crannies and any space that is impossible to reach otherwise.

6. BUTTER KNIFE

This one might be a bit left field but the trusty butter-knife has become a value tool in my arsenal.

It is strong and thin, so it fits into little gaps and the serrated blade comes in real handy when it comes to scraping away dirt and grime from hard to reach areas where other tools and scrapers won’t fit.

7. PLASTIC BAGS

Every work site will always have trash and rubbish that needs cleaning up, these plastic bags are there to collect all the trash to help clean up on the site.

8. PAPER TOWELS

Paper towels are useful in many ways, whether it is to clean up spills, drying wet surfaces and to clean glass and mirrored surfaces.

 


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Having Confidence in the Products we use

There are many products out on the market that compete with each other to basically do the same thing. All will provide some kind of solution to clean, degrease and provide surface protection of any job that you need done, and prices can vary extremely compared to the value they offer.

It is very simple for a company to just pick up the cheapest products on the market and increase their profit margins and the clients would be unaware as the breakdown of the costs in the service are not always clear, and on the surface may not seem to be an issue.

I use quality products as I can see the the value they provide us as a company, the money it saves our clients in the long run, and the overall quality and pride we take in our work.

We take the initial hit on the cost of a quality product, but the final results speak for themselves.

THE MAGICIANS ASSISTANT

As a business owner, I am the face of the company and the results I provide, all the hard work in any of the projects I may undertake can at times dilute the importance and the assistance the tools and products I use to achieve my results.

Just like a magicians assistant, the role of a good products can be easily mistaken as the hard work and elbow-grease it takes to do the job, but it is also important to understand how the products I use compliment my work and assist me to get that perfect job completed efficiently and at a high standard.

A good product provides me value in terms of effort and time it saves me. Over the years i have collected an arsenal of products that i repeatedly use because they do they work they are designed for.

They make my work easier by eating into the dirt and grime, saving me time and energy which not only lets me pass on the savings on to my customers via the overall price for the service, but also gives me time in my job to focus on the attention to detail and go that extra mile to give the final result that ”loved” feel that set us apart from other companies.

A quality product can also provide a protective layer on your surfaces, helping repel dirt and grime away for longer and depending on the surface, such a vinyl flooring, it can help protect against damage and prolong the life of the hardcoat and sealers that you invest a lot of money to keep looking good and giving that important first impression to future customers.

THE PROFESSIONALS EYE

Taking pride in your own work may have the draw back of wanting to give that little bit extra, that a customer may not noticed, but having the professional eye means that I can notice the difference between a sealed floor with a quality product compared to a cheap one.

Using a quality sealer for instance means that the floor could be at the best shine available as well as the added benefit of a higher resistance of being worn down with heavy foot traffic which will make the life of your sealed floor last longer and save you money.

We will not jeopardise our customers floors just to make an extra sale in a floor service, just like we will not jeopardise our quality of work to earn that extra bit of profit. We believe in making long-lasting relationships of trust with our customers that will give them piece of mind when they hand over keys to their property for us to service.

This may sound counter-intuitive for a business model, but we are here to offer our customers the best results and provide them value that keeps them happy and referring back to us for future work and passing on recommendations to friends and business associates as they hold us as a valued service provider.

The search will continue to combine the tricks of the trade and experience I have acquired over the years with the best products to always ensure the best quality job for my customers.

 


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