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Creating Cheerleaders with “Magic Squares”

Lights!  Camera! Action!  Let’s face it- in residential cleaning (or restoration) it is all about “Putting on a show”!  And just why does this “dog and pony show” matter?

Because a client blown away by your quality/service often becomes an ecstatic Cheerleader that refers your company to everyone they know.  (Or even better enthusiastically raves about you on Yelp, Angies List, etc!)  This is why in the SFS seminar you’ll learn how to “wow” the home owner!

This “WOW Factor” is built on two things:  1) The professional relationship the technician builds with the client and 2) CONTRAST as in, “Oh my gosh!  Look at the DIFFERENCE!”  That’s right- quality in cleaning and restoration is judged on the contrast our eyes see between “clean” and “dirty”.  Sooo…

Quickly create a “Magic Square” of brilliantly cleaned and groomed carpet right in the dirtiest part of the home.  Then just call out, “Mrs. Jones, I did a test area here.  Come see how your carpets are cleaning up”.  You are going to be a star!

Of course, any movie star needs to get their “scenery and props” in order.  (And you want to super impress the home owner!)  So some “Magic Square” reminders:

1) Pick a Magic Square open area that is easily visible, has good lighting and is very soiled and crushed down.  (Right off the kitchen into the dining room is a good candidate.)

2) Pre-spray, agitate and make sure your cleaning solution is super hot.  (Either clean a few closets/under furniture or trigger your wand outside.)

3) Clean a precise square (I suggest 18″ by 18″) and leave a great contrasting edge.  Carefully fluff and groom the Magic Square and call your client to check it out.  BINGO! Instant Cheerleader!

So can you do “Magic Squares” in restoration?  Absolutely!  During your walk-through with the traumatized client notice what item they are most worried about.  Then just say, “Let’s test this piece for residue removal”  and ease their mind with a wonderful contrast!

NOTE:  That’s what I did with this roll-top desk!  After 10 minutes with some wood cream, steel wool and a cotton towel the customer was “putty in my hands”!

So what props do you use in “putting on the show” in the customer’s home?

Steve Toburen

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2 Responses to Creating Cheerleaders with “Magic Squares”

  1. Michael Ellis September 25, 2012 at 1:19 PM #

    Steve,
    Racine Industries is famous for this with taping of a square in trying to land a commercial account. The instant contrast and dryness are impressive but the reality is that it is difficult for standard HWE extraction to erase the square without the agitation from the pile lifter.
    I typically use a Vortex however (all tools in my toolbox) and invite the customer to note the contrast during cleaning the most most conspicuous area. I also pre-qualify the inspection because when the job is complete everything is relative – that is where there was a severe traffic lane a contrast can still be possibly discerned so now that she knows the true before and after, she has a frame of reference.
    Michael Ellis

  2. Carpet Cleaning Olympia April 24, 2014 at 12:54 PM #

    This is a great idea. I love your website. I use the rotovac for a lot of jobs. Cleaning a small dirty area with that would be sure to impress the customer. Thanks for the idea.

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