Friday, April 29, 2016


A service company often has a tendency to believe that the customer is there just to buy something. That's not the role of a customer. A customer is there to be served.

Clients or customers have complete agendas of their own. Your service is a minute segment of their requirements for living. The secret of good service is to go where you are needed and to be as little an intrusion as possible for your customer.

Many times, service personnel mistake courtesy for friendship. A customer may be polite, but that does not mean he or she wants to be a friend. Return politeness and courtesy, but do not go beyond those points. The successful service company learns to differentiate between courtesy and friendship.

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Friday, April 22, 2016


Phase I™ and Phase II™ represent a generation of dual action odor control concentrates. Both have the unique ability to deodorize as well as remove the source of bad odors.

Offensive odors are not masked by Phase I and Phase II. Rather, by a complex chemical reaction, odors are treated chemically and neutralized. Then a germicide combines with the carpet to retard the source of the odor. This wintergreen-scented dual system is regarded as one of the best available in the carpet cleaning industry today.

Phase I is mixed directly with the cleaning solution, normally one ounce per gallon of water. Phase II is ready to use and is sprayed directly on the carpet, injected into the backing and pad, or atomized into the air or under the carpets for tough deodorizing jobs involving smoke, mildew, animal odors and rancid odors.

As with all Bane-Clene® products, Phase I and Phase II contain no Butyl Cellosolve, phenolics, Formaldehyde, harsh chemicals or toxic material.

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Friday, April 15, 2016



Wicking is blamed for a variety of problems. Knowing what wicking is, what causes it and ways to prevent it are extremely important for a professional carpet cleaner.

As carpets dry after cleaning, the fibers dry from the tips. As the moisture evaporates from the tips, any foreign material in the pad, backing and fibers rises vertically along with the water until it reaches the surface. If this material dries on the tips, the result is the appearance of stains or dark areas that were not there before cleaning. These stains are commonly referred to as browning.

If spills and or residue from previous cleanings has been detected during the cleaning process, then browning may be prevented by treating the affected area with Brown Out®. Always use proper application techniques. If a problem occurs after cleaning, then Brown Out can be used to neutralize the browning. After removing the browning, thoroughly rinse the affected area and reapply the Brown Out according to instructions.

To minimize wicking problems, avoid over wetting the carpet during cleaning. The use of Preface® as a pre-spray will help avoid over wetting. Most spots and stains are removed during the regular cleaning process when good techniques, equipment and chemicals are employed.

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Friday, April 08, 2016

Get 'Em Dry!

There are several reasons that Bane-Clene Systems get carpets so dry:

1. Cleaning Agents, Pre-Sprays and Spotters

  • Specifically designed for the system. They were developed and are used in our own service company. They are safe, effective and economical.
  • These are Bane-Clene's own proprietary brands and patented formulas. They are updated and monitored by our In-House chemist.

2. Temperature, Pressure and Recovery

  • Optimum water pressure is set to safely and efficiently loosen soil and ground in dirt. The cleaning solution is delivered at a temperature hot enough to remove stains but yet safe for all fibers.
  • Positive displacement Vacuum System recovers dirty water, leaving the carpets 95% + residue free and virtually dry.

3. Operator Techniques

  • Proper technique is taught so that carpets are not over wet and are left slightly damp to the touch with minimal drying time. This is achieved by a philosophy of 2 dry vacuum strokes for every "wet" stroke. This facilitates drying time and the importance of leaving carpets virtually residue free.

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Friday, April 01, 2016



Today is commonly known as April Fools Day. But, at Bane-Clene®, it has a much different and important meaning. We celebrate the birthday of Elizabeth Bane's father.

James (Jimmie) Crossey was born in Ireland on April 1st, 1898. He immigrated through Ellis Island in 1916. He eventually settled in Philadelphia, PA where he married and raised his family.

When Bane-Clene Corp® was searching for a logo in 1969, we chose a leprechaun because of our partial Irish heritage.

In 1972, Jimmie's beloved wife passed away and he came to live with the Bane's in Indianapolis.

In 1976, Jimmie made his debut as our real live leprechaun in his full authentic attire at our national convention. He was a fixture at subsequent meetings until he passed away in 1986.

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