Wednesday, May 27, 2020

New YouTube Video on How to Remove Ketchup from Carpet from a Bane-Clene® Training Seminar


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Friday, May 22, 2020

MEMORIAL DAY MAY 25, 2020

Before we reflect on the history and meaning of Memorial Day, let us take time to remember all those who have died due to the pandemic that has swept our country. Without the leadership, courage, dedication and sacrifices of many the number of deaths would have been far greater.

The custom of honoring those who have fallen in battle by cleaning and decorating graves is an ancient and worldwide tradition. It was originally called “Decoration Day”.

In early rural America, this duty was usually done in late summer and became an occasion for family reunions. After the “Civil War”, the practice became more prominent as America’s need for a patriotic ceremony to honor its military dead. After “WW I”, the day was expanded to honor those who had died in all American Wars. The tradition of wearing red Poppies as a symbol of this day was actually the idea of an American, Miss Moina Michael, who became known as the “Poppy Lady”.

The holiday, which is now observed on the last Monday of May, was originally observed on May 30th. It is considered the unofficial start of Summer. One of the longest standing traditions is the running of “The Indianapolis 500”, which has been held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911. Due to the pandemic, it is now scheduled to be run August 23, 2020.

The preferred name for the holiday gradually changed from “Decoration Day” to “Memorial Day”, first used in 1882. However, it only became the most common name after “WW II” and was not declared a Federal Holiday until 1967. While the passing of an act in 1968 created 3 day weekends for Memorial Day and other holidays, it has also no doubt contributed to a general nonchalant observance by some people for this important day.

We at Bane-Clene® do not take that nonchalant attitude. We realize that our great country is just that because of the dedication and countless sacrifices of the men and women who have fought and died to keep us,

The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.

Memorial Day

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

New YouTube Video on How to Remove a Coke, Pepsi or Soft Drink from Carpet from a Bane-Clene® Training Seminar


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Friday, May 15, 2020

PERFECT PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

As our country works to regain a semblance of economic normalcy, what can we do in the meantime?

Social distancing has changed the way business is done and may continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Face to face meetings with prospects or clients will continue to be limited, if even allowed at all. There are tools available such as Zoom or Face-Time, where you meet with someone without obviously physically visiting them. Presentations like this can actually be more difficult and challenging than a face to face meeting. Normally you may use “show and tell”, charts, graphs and or literature to support your presentation. These and other “support” materials are rendered less useful especially if your presentation is being done and received over a hand held device or Lap Top.

So what do you do? There is an old adage that “Practice Makes Perfect”. But what happens if your “Practice is not Perfect”? Then your practice is all for naught. Your presentation should be honed by “perfect practicing”. Work on it with family members or associates. Record your presentation and watch it, all the while tweaking it where necessary.

As our country moves forward and recovers there is going to be a tremendous pent up demand for many types of services and products. Be ready to meet that demand.

Perfect Practice Makes Perfect.

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Friday, May 08, 2020

ADVICE

There are two types of advice solicited and unsolicited. People solicit advice for a variety of reasons. Some ask to find someone who will just agree with them, right or wrong. Some ask because they are unsure of what they want to do or accomplish and are therefore truly looking for advice.

In either situation, all you can do is offer your honest opinion. When you can, always advise people to do what you see they really want to do. Unless, what they want to do is against the law, socially stupid or will be impossible to achieve.

Doing what they want to do will give them the most chance for success. Doing what they don’t want to do is a recipe for failure.

The other type of advice is unsolicited. This usually comes from a person who generally thinks they are smarter than everyone else and therefore will offer their advice and opinions to anyone who will listen. They are the type of person, who if you are having a conversation with a friend, colleague, etc will interrupt. Usually, their first sentence is something like this “let me tell you what I would do”.

If you will allow us, let us to offer you some advice. If you truly want it, ask for it. If someone starts offering it and you don’t want it, quickly remove yourself from the conversation.

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Wednesday, May 06, 2020

May / June Clene-Times® Now Available


The May/June Clene-Times is now available on our web site at www.baneclene.com/content/uploads/pubs/2020-MayJun.pdf.

The first article on page 1 is titled “Be Safe and Stay Healthy” primarily emphasizing that we are open for business and that we are continuing to follow proper procedures for cleaning and disinfecting work areas as we continue to deliver the products and services you require.

The second article on page 1 is titled “Will Cleaning Carpet Remove Coronavirus (COVID-19)?”. Proper truck-mount extraction cleaning carpet will help remove bacteria and viruses. The article includes excerpts from articles by Harvard University and from the World Health Organization regarding persistence of the COVID-19 virus on surfaces and their removal. The article also gives information on MediClean® Germicidal Cleaner Concentrate QGC and Sporicidin® Disinfectant Solution, EPA registration both of which are on the EPA “List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2”. List N includes products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19. Bane-Clene also distributes two other disinfectants that are not on the List N: Steri-Fab® Disinfectant, Insecticide, Deodorizer, Mildewcide and MediClean® Disinfectant Spray.

MediClean QGC, a quaternary ammonium disinfectant, can be used at 2-4 ounces per gallon as a prespray on carpet, allowed to remain on the carpet for 10 minutes followed by extraction. QGC can also be used to control COVID-19 on hard surfaces. Of course, using QGC will void nylon stain-resist warranty, but getting rid of the virus is more important!

Sporicidin Disinfectant Solution, a phenolic disinfectant, can be applied to carpets undiluted using a pressure sprayer before extraction. Prespray the carpet with Sporicidin Disinfectant Solution undiluted and brush into the carpet. Allow the carpet to remain damp for 5 minutes to be effective against Human Coronavirus before extracting. Sporicidin is not cationic or a quat and will not void nylon carpet stain-resist warranties. Sporicidin can also be used to control COVID-19 on hard surfaces.

Steri-Fab is the ONLY EPA registered disinfectant and insecticide in one product. Steri-Fab is THE disinfectant/insecticide that kills lice, dust mites, bed bugs, roaches, fleas and a host of other insects. Steri-Fab offers 11-way protection against insects, germs, and odors: Virucide, bactericide, sanitizer, fungicide, insecticide, deodorant, germicide, disinfectant, mildewcide.

MediClean Disinfectant Spray (formerly Microban®) is a Disinfectant, Mildewcide, Bacteriostat, Fungistat, Deodorizer, Anti-Microbial, Deodorizer and Mold Control product. Mediclean Disinfectant Spray offers protection against mold, mildew, bacteria, fungi and viruses that cause illness and threaten our health and well-being as well as destroy materials and cause unpleasant odors.

On page 2, we introduce the new product Clean Hands Hygienic Spray Sanitizer. This spray contains 70% alcohol which exceeds the CDC’s recommendation for a hand sanitizer. This is not a replacement for hand washing but is used to improve hygiene in between washings. The CDC specifically recommends putting Hand Sanitizer on your hands, thoroughly covering them and then rubbing them together until they are dry, which will likely take 20 seconds.

The Clene-Times issue also contains announcements, special offers on accessories and chemical supplies and information on new and used carpet cleaning equipment.




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Friday, May 01, 2020

BE SAFE and STAY HEALTHY


Be Healthy During This Pandemic
We all are navigating this time of uncertainty and unparalleled living experiences. Many have experienced the wrath of this virus first hand. Others have only read about it.
We salute the police officers, first responders, hospital staffs, medical personnel and other professionals who are on the front lines of this battle.
Where would we be without the clerks, staff, stockers, warehouse workers and all others who are keeping foods, medicines and the basics of our every day lives flowing and on the shelves? Although, we admit it is hard to find toilet tissue at times.
We at Bane-Clene® are working to provide the necessary chemicals and disinfectants to help kill this virus on the many surfaces all of us come in contact with everyday.
As with many of the basics of lives, these products are in short supply and even the raw materials to produce them are affected. We will continue to do our best to provide them in a timely fashion.
Please stay positive and adhere to any social distancing guidelines in your area.
BE SAFE and STAY HEALTHY !!

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

What Is the Difference Between a Spot and a Stain on Carpet?




What Is the Difference Between a Spot and a Stain on Carpet?


Images of stains or spots on carpet




Is there a difference between a spot and a stain on a carpet? How can you tell the difference? Do you clean differently if it’s a stain or a spot? Does it really matter?


To answer the question, first we need definitions for “Spot” and “Stain” as related to carpet. So, I checked some dictionaries as below.

Dictionary Definitions of “Spot” and “Stain”:

  • Collins Unabridged English Dictionary:
    Stain:“A stain is a mark on something that is difficult to remove.”
    Spot: “Spots are small, round, colored areas on a surface.”
  • Merrian-Webster Dictionary:
    Stain: “a soiled or discolored spot.”
    Spot: “a small area visibly different (as in color, finish, or material) from the surrounding area.”
  • dictionary.com:
    Stain: “a discoloration produced by foreign matter having penetrated into or chemically reacted with a material; a spot not easily removed.”
    Spot: “a rounded mark or stain made by foreign matter, as mud, blood, paint, ink, etc.; a blot or speck.”

The dictionary definitions are certainly not very helpful. But, together they seem to suggest that a stain is a spot that:

  1. has chemically reacted with the surface,
  2. is a difficult spot that that is difficult to remove by ordinary cleaning and
  3. is different in color from the surrounding area.

So, according to these dictionaries, a stain is a spot with distinct characteristics, but a spot is not a stain! Confused?

Take a look at the image above. Which are “stains” and which are “spots”? In reality, several are BOTH! For example,

  • The one on the bottom right is from vomit. Once the vomit itself (the chunky stuff) was removed by extraction, a stain from dyes in the food the cat ate remained.
  • The third from the left at the top is from Kool-Aid®. What’s in Kool-Aid drink? - water, dye, flavoring and sugar. The dye makes a “stain”. But, the flavoring and sugar make a “spot”!
  • The second one from the left at the top is from Betadine®. But, Betadine is iodine which does stain the carpet plus a polymer (PVP) which would cause a spot!
  • The second from the left in the second row is from mustard, which is considered a dispersed dye and is one of the most difficult stains you will encounter.
  • Another example not shown above would be from blood.

The IICRC defines a spot as “the result of a material adding substance or texture to a fabric or surface,” while a stain is “the result of a material adding color (without texture) to a fabric or surface.” As we’ve seen, that is only partially true because a “spot” can also be a “stain” and vice-verse!


Here are just a few examples of “SPOTS” where there is no chemical reaction with the carpet and where the carpet is not dyed:


Here are just a few examples of “STAINS” on Carpet (most of which are also “spots” [foreign substances]):


Does it matter whether it is a “spot” or a “stain” when it comes to cleaning? Not really. You normally start by dry blotting to remove as much material as possible, followed by wet extraction. Then, if any color remains, a stain remover product is needed.

Not all stains are created equal. In fact, while some stains are relatively easy to remove yourself, others can be downright impossible.

The biggest problem with removing spots in stains is wicking resulting in the spots coming backing after you’ve supposedly removed them.


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Friday, April 24, 2020

OVERCOMING OBJECTIONS

Not every prospect you meet with is going to agree with everything you say. Some people are naturally argumentative or just skeptics.

The first step to overcoming objections is to listen to them. This may sound obvious, but many people do not do this simple action. They may formulate a response before hearing the prospect’s question in its entirety and therefore their answer may not be correct. If they interrupt the prospect with their response, then this is rude. A quick response is often self defeating.

When you listen carefully and completely, you will find out what the prospect is thinking. Also, it will show them that you are interested in what they have to say and value their input.

After you have listened to their question, pause for a moment before you answer. If you do not completely understand their objection, then rephrase it in your own words and ask if this is what they mean. This shows you intend to answer the objection and gives you more time to formulate a response.

Your tone of voice, attitude and facial expressions are very important when overcoming objections. Smile when you hear an objection and always maintain a positive attitude. This shows you are confident and will keep you in control of the situation.

Overcoming objections successfully will lead to more sales.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

New YouTube Video on How to Remove a Difficult Hair Dye Stain from a Bane-Clene® Training Seminar


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Friday, April 17, 2020

THE RIGHT ANSWER

Occasionally when talking to a prospect, a question may be posed that you don’t immediately know the answer. The first thing you should do is pause, gather your thoughts and tell the prospect “that you are not sure what the answer is but you will find out”.

Getting the answer to the question could be as simple as calling your office and have someone there answer it. Or you may have to tell your prospect that you will find out and call them back or make another appointment when you have the right answer.

While your prospect may not like waiting for an answer, they will appreciate the fact that you didn’t just try to to bluff them with an answer that turned out to be wrong. Giving wrong information immediately is far worse than taking your time and giving the right answer.

This is a possible scenario when a sales person is too proud to admit they don’t know an answer. Whatever you do, don’t guess. Even if you end up being right, you can’t afford to be wrong. It may be embarrassing to admit you don’t know something, but it will be far more embarrassing to give an incorrect answer.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

New YouTube Video on How to Remove a Cough Syrup Medicine Stain from a Bane-Clene® Training Seminar


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Friday, April 10, 2020

A FATHER'S ADVICE

A young adult was ready to go out into the world after graduating from school. As they prepared to leave, they were given some advice from their Father.

He said, “There are 5 things you need to know”. He then continued, “If you always remember them, you will become the best person you can be”.

  1. “You will be able to do many great things but only if you learn and listen”.
  2. “You will occasionally experience problems, but these will make you a better person”.
  3. “Keep in mind that you will be able to correct any mistakes you make”.
  4. “The most important part of you is what’s inside of you”.
  5. “Whatever you participate in, always leave your mark”.

“The Father’s final piece of advice “always live your life with heart and purpose.”

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Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Be Safe and Stay Healthy


We wanted to share an update about Bane-Clene® Systems.

The health and well-being of our associates, clients and suppliers are of utmost importance to us. At this point, we are considered an Essential Business. We are open and here to help. We are following the stringent environmental cleaning and hygiene requirements as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Our team of associates is continuing to follow proper procedures for cleaning and disinfecting work areas as they continue to deliver the products and services you require.

We can assure you, we are 100% dedicated to supporting you as we all navigate these challenging times.

The Bane-Clene® Team.

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