The Future of Carpet Cleaning?

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  1. Tommy C

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    Between the Good Old Days and the recession we are now in... what do you think will be the future of carpet cleaning?
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    The companies that can survive the down turn will come out of this stronger from less competition.
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    I feel it will get better.. May take time ...
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    Well let's just hope we have a country left.
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    I've been busy last year was great but i'm a single operator. Lots of start ups still its hard on Nick the new guy in this economy. Just wish I coud pull the trigger on a second unit and work a littleless. 25th year anniversary and wife want to go to Hawaii, me too just gotta figure out how!
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    You could call in sick for a few days. or just schedule a few weeks open prior to your leaving. Setup a call center to take calls. with a predisposition that your on family leave. Bamm your in the sunny side of the globe. drinking Shirley Temples and eating lobster on the beach. hmm??? this sounds really good at the moment. its only 21 degrees right now.
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    I think we will be fine since people won't have the extra money to replace the carpets, they will call us instead.
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    More competition for sure and maybe a little more focus on price until unemployment comes down. Not the the end of the world though, just a little harder
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    Will the 'big ticket' days ever return or is this the new reality?


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    I've had a significant drop in my commercial business but I guess that isn't surprising since the local economy is rough with lay-offs, forclosures, and lots of houses for sale but no buyers. The residential customers calling aren't those out of work so I see a little more price shopping but nothing major. I agree that those who can outlast these tough times should come out strong at the other end. I expect it will take quite a while before the US economy fully recovers, assuming the government doesn't screw it up beyond fixing. Of course, I'd be happy to see my local economy improve without waiting for a full national recovery. Also, let's hope "full" recovery doesn't mean going back to the same financial policies and politics that got us into this mess.
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    What is this "going back to the policies that got us in this mess" nonsense. Nothing has changed, nothing to go back to
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    Big ticket days are still here just less of them and harder to find, more expensive, more work

    Like finding a needle in a stack of needles
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    Lighten-up Shane. I guess I should have said that I hope we do not continue the lending policies and lack of oversight in the financial sector the greatly contributed to our current economic woes.

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    I would have to agree with KLR but it seems that there are a lot of new start-ups in this industry because of the amount of lost jobs. Also agree with OB1, who knows where this country will be when its all said and done.
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    Change is coming and it seems to be coming at an ever faster pace. Opportunity comes to those who recognize it and can adapt quickly and appropriately. If you are the type that wants to get up today and do what you did yesterday then that might be a problem. As managers we have to constantly measure ourselves and refine our processes to improve As far as is carpet cleaning still going to be a necessary service, I think yes. But I expect the delivery of that service is likely to change.

    Remember the big don't eat the small, the fast eat the slow.
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    I'm skeptical with the business due to the amount of hard surface flooring being installed. First it was tile, then stone. Right now wood flooring seems to really be the hot item.

    I'm in Florida, so there is a lot of hard surface flooring. Up north I think you guys have an advantage because people there seem to gravitate towards carpet. I know in the town I grew up in located in Ohio, lots of people still have carpet.

    I am not going to speculate on the future however if you subtract commercial cleaning of carpets, the industry has to be down as a whole with many gravitating towards hard surface flooring.
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    I think you are probably right... diversify or die.

    At least until shag comes back around in a few decades or so. :)


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    the future will be alot like the past except different
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    If you want to survive you need to DIVERSIFY be open minded and look at every situation as a potential for revenue.
    Example: Scotch guarding cats. Tons of money to be made someone just needs to figure out how.
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    This trend in Florida scared me at first but I view it as a blessing now. just had to adapt, now instead of cleaning just a customers carpet, I clean the few rooms of carpet that they usually have in the bedrooms, clean the tile, upholstery and at the end of the day make more than if they just had carpet. I have rarely seen a home with 100% tile or hardwood, The bedrooms usually have carpet.

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