A Vacuum, a Carpet, and a Successful Janitorial Franchise

snip_20160919123414There’s an old saying that says: when the going gets tough, the tough get going.
Wishing to take destiny into their own hands, many employees are leaving the uncertainty of the Corporate World to start their own janitorial franchise.
Like taxes and sunshine, companies will always need a janitorial service to help keep their offices pristine and beautiful. And nowhere is this more evident than in the office carpets.

There are three steps to maintaining clean, great looking carpets: vacuum frequently, clean up spills promptly, and once a year hire a professional carpet cleaning company that specializes in steam/hot water extraction to clean the carpets. Knowing this is the secret to having a successful janitorial franchise.

Vacuum Frequently

carpet-cleaning-jani-kingDirt dulls a carpet’s surface and causes matting. Dirt comes in a variety of causes: air pollution, toxic outdoor vapors such as new asphalt and car exhaust, and the most common – on the bottom of everyone’s shoes. Walking on dirty carpet works dirt and dust deep into carpet fibers. Once there, not only does dirt become more difficult to remove, it can actually damage the carpet.

The best weapon in the janitorial franchise war against dirt is a really good vacuum cleaner, one that adjusts to carpet or rug height and has gentle yet strong suction power. Less expensive vacuums pick up surface dirt but nothing deeper, and can actually contribute to dulling down and aging a carpet.

When vacuuming, use the suction setting best for the carpet or rug in question and adjust the vacuum brushes to the correct height. Start vacuuming from the center and work your way toward the edge. Vacuum with the pile grain to remove surface dirt and against the grain to remove deeper, embedded particles. To finish, if you’re vacuuming a rug, vacuum under the edges to pick up dirt that might have slipped underneath during the process.

Another way to tame dirt and dust in a janitorial franchise situation is to place door mats in high-traffic areas and entryways. Practical rubber mats and decorative indoor/outdoor mats reduce the amount of dirt and dust, and thus allergens that enter a building.

Clean-up Spills Quickly

In a janitorial franchise environment, spills are inevitable and must be cleaned-up quickly. The sooner a spill is removed, the less time it has to penetrate and leave a stain. To clean-up a spill, remove as much of it as possible by blotting. Use club soda to saturate the area, and then blot and dry as much as possible.

Always blot from the outer edge toward the center to prevent spreading. Never scrub or rub, as this actually works the spill deeper into the carpet fibers. For stains you can’t remove, call in a professional carpet cleaning company as part of your janitorial franchise service.

Hire a Professional Carpet Cleaning Service

In the life of every carpet or rug there comes a time for a good, professional carpet cleaning. For most carpets, this is once every 12 months, more often in high-traffic areas or for lighter colored carpets or in compliance with the manufacturer’s warranty. When considering a professional carpet cleaning service, look for a company that uses steam/hot water extraction only.

Beautiful carpets beautifully maintained are a joy to behold, and with proper care can remain a thing of beauty for us to enjoy for many years to come.

To learn more about our franchise opportunity, or to hire our services for your carpets and offices – contact your local Regional Office today:

Jani-King Helps in Recovery After Devastating Flooding in Louisiana

1-1 Not since Hurricane Katrina have residents in Louisiana been impacted so powerfully by rising waters as they were last month. Over six days, flooding in Louisiana took its toll on the state, its businesses, and its people. Tens of thousands of homes were under water and the clean-up efforts
quickly began underway once the water started to recede.

In Hammond, LA, the Jani-King Gulf Coast support staff and two of their franchisees, along with their team of workers, started relief efforts by extracting water from Hammond High Magnet School.

4-169x300Jani-King franchise owners, Tony Monk and Carey Ourso, had crews of 30-50 people working around the clock to extract all the water that the school took on. Classroom by classroom, building by building, Jani-King crews extracted water, disinfected all affected areas, and took pictures and inventory of all school property touched by water.

Now, Jani-King Gulf Coast is turning their attention to other businesses in the community.  Crews and equipment are in place for those businesses that need help in this recovery.  For immediate recovery clean-up, call 225-273-5464.

Jani-King has long been established in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and throughout the Gulf Coast area from Lake Charles to Tallahassee.  When Hurricane Katrina and Rita devastated the area in 2005 and forced nearly every business and resident from New Orleans, Jani-King remained to help the city recover.  From its world headquarters in Dallas, Jani-King flew in supplies, generators, and more that was desperately needed for the clean-up along the Gulf Coast.  In New Orleans, Jani-King helped shovel mud out of buildings, they also did massive amounts of water extraction, mold remediation and general clean-up.  Jani-King was one of the leading contractors that helped New Orleans and other communities along the Gulf Coast 2-300x225recover from Hurricane Katrina and we are prepared to help with the latest flooding.

Call Jani-King’s local emergency response clean-up team at 225-273-5464.

How much does commercial cleaning cost?

how-much-does-commercial-cleaning-cost-768x605Tired of a dirty office but not sure you’ve got the budget for professional cleaning services? First, you need to know just how much commercial cleaning costs. While many factors determine the final price, here are a few tips to help you choose the right commercial cleaning company:

  1. What are the most important areas of your building? Restrooms? Kitchen area? Floors?
    While these are typically the most common areas to clean, let the cleaning company know of any specific areas or floor types that you are currently having trouble keeping clean.  A good cleaning company should have an answer for you on the first visit and be able to give you a bid for those areas.
  2. Going with the cheapest cost for cleaning isn’t necessarily a good idea. The mom and pop cleaning company down the street may not use new equipment or quality chemicals, which means you’re not going to get what you pay for – no matter what.
    Dirty, old mops and equipment can spread dirt around. Find a company that uses microfiber cloths and mops and you’ll be able to see the results.
  3. Competitive bidding for your business is a good thing, but dive into the details. Labor rates and square footage may be one thing, but being insured, bonded, and supported by a local office is highly important. Make sure the company you choose can cover the costs of broken or damaged windows, equipment, or flooring. It’s not likely to happen, but cleaning is a manual task and, for example, pressing too hard on a window while cleaning it can create an issue. A good company will have the insurance and processes in place to take care of these things.
  4. Determine if you need daily or weekly cleaning. Restrooms, high-touch areas, and trash are typically daily cleaning tasks, but cleaning tile or marble floors may be best suited to tackle weekly or even monthly depending on the area.  When getting a bid from a cleaning company like Jani-King, walk with them through your facility and determine just how often certain areas need to be cleaned.

    While there’s not one answer for how much commercial cleaning costs, there are ways to determine if you’re getting the best service for a competitive price.  And remember, it’s proven every day, you get what you pay for.

To get a quote, contact your local office today!

Trading Corporate Careers for Entrepreneurial Success

Jani-King-Franchise-Feature-_-Greg-and-Lisa-McNeilThe thought of changing careers can be daunting – especially when the decision means leaving the security of a position in the corporate world and starting your own business. That’s exactly what Greg and Lisa McNeil did in 2002 when they started their Jani-King franchise.

We sat down with Greg and Lisa to learn how they’re balancing family and a successful business.

Where does your story begin?

We are a traditional family with 8 children. Our oldest is 21 and our youngest is 7. We live on a hobby farm in rural Nova Scotia and enjoy sailing as a family activity. We have been homeschooling for 16 years – our children enter public school in Grade 10. Before we started our Jani-King franchise, Greg was the Food and Beverage Manager for Casino Nova Scotia and Lisa was the Public Information Officer at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography.

What motivated you to invest in a franchise?

We wanted to break free from the corporate world and start something on our own. We had always dabbled in other small business ventures, but nothing that would replace our entire income. A franchise felt like a safe option, as we were afraid of making the big leap, and being guaranteed initial sales as part of our Jani-King package was a strong incentive.

Why did you choose Jani-King?

We learned about Jani-King through a friend from our local church who was involved with the franchise system. He convinced us to learn more about Jani-King.

How has your business changed over the years?

When we started it was just the two of us and over time we grew to a staff of 30 employees. We made a decision years ago to find a balance between the business and our family’s needs, so for now it is back to just the two of us. The flexibility is one of the reasons we were attracted to Jani-King, and who knows, as our needs change so will our business goals.

Did Your Hear That? New National Account Being Rolled-Out

Jani-King’s National Accounts division has just signed a 300 location customer to its roster. The new agreement with Connect Hearing will include the roll-out in multiple phases due to the expansiveness of the contract.

connect_hearing-300x200“Phase one roll-out for the Texas market, which includes 51 locations, begins on July 11,” said Al Patino, Director of National Accounts at Jani-King corporate. “The remaining locations will be started in phases yet to be determined by the customer. In total, Connect Hearing has over 300 locations nationwide.”

Headquartered in the Chicago area, Connect Hearing is a fast growing division of Sonova, the world’s leading provider of innovative hearing healthcare solutions. In 2014, close to 50 national hearing companies, including Newport Audiology and Jones Audiology & Hearing Aid Centers, were incorporated under the Connect Hearing name.

Jani-King’s agreement with Connect Hearing includes general cleaning at each location as it is rolled-out. Each clinic averages around 3,000 to 3,500 square feet. Jani-King’s National Accounts division will contact regional offices when a clinic in their territory is approved for transition by Connect Hearing. In the meantime, we are excited for this opportunity to serve this company, its employees, and customers – and look forward to the future together!

Your Janitor Does What?

what-does-janitor-doWe’re guessing that you didn’t know your janitor may in fact own the business.
That’s right. Many business opportunities exist today in the commercial cleaning industry for those willing to roll up their sleeves and build a business of their own.
So why exactly is the business owner the one cleaning your office?
Because like most businesses, dedicating yourself to every aspect gives you the best shot at success while also giving the customer the best service.
Now that you know you’ve got the right person cleaning your building, what exactly will they clean, or more importantly, what do you need them to clean?
Carpets, floors, trash cans, windows, vents & bathrooms are the usual suspects.
But, in facilities like hospitals, infection control takes it to a whole other level.
In hotels, a great housekeeping program is key to bringing back guests.
And for schools, keeping the students healthy sets them up for success in the classroom.
The amount of work a commercial cleaner will do really depends on the facility and the contract.
When a commercial cleaning company visits your location for the first time to provide a cleaning quote, be prepared to answer the following questions:
+ Have you ever used our company before?
+ Are you currently using a cleaning service company or individual?
+ What problems are you most concerned about with your current service?
+ Do you currently have a signed agreement with that company or individual?
+ How many cleaning companies have you used in the past three years?
+ What is your janitorial budget?
+ Are there Time/Day restrictions?
+ What time can the cleaning start?
+ How many days per week do you require cleaning?
+ When are you looking to change to a new service?
You may likely already know the answers to these questions, but they’re important for gathering the right information and getting the best service for your company.
At Jani-King, we provide complimentary commercial cleaning estimates.
Let us know how we can best serve you, because Service is our Mission and Clean is our Statement.

Jani-King is #1 Global Cleaning Franchise

|| Did You Know? ||

Jani-King is ranked number 1 global cleaning franchise.

13226757_1366867886664009_2596011128707829872_nJani-King has ranked at number 1 for cleaning franchises and number 14 overall in the Franchise Direct Ranking of the 100 Global Franchises.

There are hundreds of franchising business out there, so this position is an important reflection on how Jani-King operates both in terms of its contract clients and its franchisees.

This list is the foremost, research-only based ranking of global franchise businesses and uses a methodology that goes beyond system size and financial performance.
The ranking is compiled by taking a host of criteria, giving each criterion a weighted value to make the final ranking as data driven and objective as possible.
The franchises that comprise the top 100 were ranked using objective and measurable criteria, which include:

-System size based on numbers of units
-Revenue for the system
-Stability and growth
-Number of years in operation
-Market expansion
-Best practices in the areas of franchisee support and training
-Environmental policy
-Social responsibility

Franchise Direct has also compiled a list of key features that describe a Top 100 business and these include: a well-defined business identity, a clear business plan, a commitment to training and support, sensitivity to environmental issues, and the ability to innovate to keep pace with ever-changing social and economic conditions.
All of these things are applied in more than one country by acquiring the necessary cultural sensitivities.

13151915_1366878929996238_8521543628843175529_nJani-King is particularly proud to feature highly in this list, because we value the recognition it offers for the commitment and investment that has gone into developing Jani-King as the world’s leading commercial cleaning franchise.

The Easiest Business You’ll Ever Start


For anyone who’s been brave enough to start their own business from scratch, we applaud you.
Much like fighting off a bear with a stick, starting a business may be one of the scariest and hair-raising things you’ll ever do.
But thanks to bear-fighting entrepreneurs like you, businesses around the world are thriving and helping others succeed.

One industry that makes starting a business as easy as possible is franchising. Backed by decades of proven success stories and pro-franchise organizations like the International Franchise Association (IFA), franchising has become the go-to opportunity for new business ownership.

Why is investing in a franchise easier than fighting off a bear by yourself?
The franchisor has fought off hundreds of bears already, they know how to help you overcome obstacles and how to keep you going down the right path to avoid more bear attacks.

|| Enough with the bears. Let’s talk business. ||

Owning a franchise with a proven brand means that you’ll get all of the answers you need before you even get started.
It means that you’ll receive training, support, and access to a system of fellow franchisees that are making it work just like you can.
Franchise companies have experts in their field that provide their experience, knowledge, and leadership in helping you to become the best business owner you can be.

When you take the time to really look at what it takes to start your own business, know that there are franchise companies who have helped hundreds or even thousands of entrepreneurs to get started. And it doesn’t stop there. A reputable franchisor will support and guide you through years of business growth by continuing to grow their programs and build better sticks.


Have additional questions, or are you ready to join the Jani-King family?
We’d love to talk with you directly, please call our local office or fill out this form – and someone will contact you shortly!

“It’s All About the Kids!”

Are you familiar with Jess Parrish Medical Foundation?

It’s an incredible foundation whose mission is to inspire philanthropy & volunteerism in support of Parrish Medical Center‘s mission of healing experiences for everyone all the time.

Jani-King of Orlando had the privilege to volunteer at their recent Golf Classic where we got to meet and mingle with some of the staff and volunteers who help make it all possible!

This is just a || sneak peek || of some of the fun and memories that were shared during the 2016 Fran Gerrett Memorial Golf Classic while helping raise money to benefit The Children’s Center, a service of Parrish Medical Center, which provides parents of special needs and/or typically developing children with numerous health, therapy, education and child development programs in a single location.

Because, at the end of the day – “It’s all about the kids!”

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Jani-King Partners with Daytona

Daytona_International_Speedway_logo.svg_ DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona Int’l Speedway has announced a multi-year partnership with Jani-King, the world’s largest commercial cleaning franchise company.

As part of the partnership, Jani-King will serve as the Official Cleaning Company of Daytona Int’l Speedway and the Daytona 500.

The partnership enables Jani-King to be associated with the historic 2016 Daytona 500, the first to be held at the Speedway’s new motorsports stadium (as part of the DAYTONA Rising project). Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Jani-King and Daytona International Speedway announce a multi-year partnership

Through the partnership, Jani-King will receive brand exposure via sponsor signage at the “World Center of Racing” and the ability to use the DIS and event marks for promotional purposes. In addition, Jani-King will receive corporate hospitality opportunities for entertaining guests during Speedweeks.

“We are excited about developing this new partnership with Jani-King,” said Daytona Int’l Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. “The Daytona 500 in 2016 will be a historic event and Jani-King’s services will be critical as we welcome guests to experience the new motorsports stadium for the first time.”

“Daytona Int’l Speedway is an icon of the sports world and with the $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project, Jani-King is excited to have been selected as the Official Cleaning Company,” said Jerry Crawford, CEO & President of Jani-King Int’l. “We are proud of our reputation for providing the best cleaning program at many of the world’s finest stadiums, and we are ready for the opportunity to partner with Daytona Int’l Speedway to unveil their new facility and continue to keep it pristine throughout the year.”