September 13, 2005
ISSN 1556-7648

In This Issue

Tip of the Week
What's New
Membership Advantages
Subscriber Information
About Us


What's New

The owners of Brainerd Lakes Cleaning and Supply are creating a new website exclusively for owners of small janitorial cleaning companies who want to build a more profitable and successful business.

We'd like your input on a short survey about what you'd like to see at our new website,

If you haven't taken the survey yet, please go here.


Membership Has Its

The Janitorial Store is coming soon! Here are just a few of the advantages for becoming a member of The Janitorial Store...
  • Members Only Bidding Calculators
  • F.r.e.e Downloadable Forms
  • F.r.e.e Live Tele-Seminars with Industry Experts
  • F.r.e.e Telephone Discussion Forums
  • Online Discussion Forum
  • And much more...!


Subscriber Information

The Janitorial Store respects your privacy and does not give out or sell subscriber names and/or e-mail addresses.

You are welcome to pass this newsletter to your friends and colleagues as long as the entire newsletter is kept intact. If this newsletter has been forwarded to you, you are welcome to sign up to receive your own copy.

If you wish to be taken off this list simply scroll to the end of this newsletter for your subscription update options.


Trash Talk: Tip of the Week

Welcome to Trash Talk! You're receiving this newsletter because you requested it through our sign up box at or at

Tip of the Week:
Avoid Slips, Trips, and Falls While Cleaning a Commercial Office Building

In the cleaning business there are many conditions that exist where slips, trips or falls could occur. Keep yourself and others safe by being aware of them:

  1. Mopping or Waxing Floors - When mopping or waxing a lobby, kitchen, copy room or restroom, you are creating a potentially hazardous condition for yourself and others. You are required to put Wet Floor caution signs out in plain sight to warn people who might walk on the floor. It is also a good idea to verbally warn any person who walks on the floor with a courteous “please be careful, the floor is wet”. You should also practice what you preach. Never hurry across a wet floor, even one that you just mopped yourself.

  2. Cleaning Carpets - When the floor care crew is cleaning carpets they are also creating a possible slip/fall situation -- walking from wet carpet to a dry floor. The moisture on your shoes will cause your feet to slide out from under you when they contact a dry surface if you are not aware of the condition. Always step from wet carpet to a hard floor with caution.

  3. Vacuum and Other Equipment Cords - Always keep your vacuum cord under control. If you are always aware of how it is laid out on the floor you can avoid tripping over it and injuring yourself. You should also keep your cord as out of the way as possible so that people walking through the area will not trip over it.

  4. Vacuuming Backwards - Do you vacuum backwards out of offices so you leave a nice pattern on the carpet? It looks great, but you must also take care that you don't accidentally back into something or trip over an object on the floor, including your own vacuum cord. Before backing up, look behind you to be aware of potential hazards and obstructions. Do this before you take a step backwards and you will be much safer.

  5. Walking Outdoors - When you are walking outdoors between buildings, or taking out the trash, especially during the winter months, there may be wet or slippery conditions caused by rain or snow that could cause you to fall. Always wear shoes with good traction and be aware of sidewalk conditions. Avoid patches of ice and puddles of water whenever possible.

Copyright (c) The Janitorial Store (TM)


About Us

Steve and Jean Hanson are owners of Brainerd Lakes Cleaning and Supply, and The Janitorial Store
(TM). Brainerd Lakes Cleaning and Supply is a commercial cleaning company and janitorial supplies company located in Brainerd, Minnesota. If you live in the Brainerd Lakes area, visit

The Hansons have owned two successful commercial cleaning companies since the 1980's, and decided to create a community to help other small cleaning companies grow their businesses and become more successful. The Janitorial Store (TM) is an online community designed exclusively for the owners of small cleaning companies and is coming soon to

Copyright (c) Brainerd Lakes Cleaning and Supply,
and The Janitorial Store
(TM) 2005.
All Rights Reserved.

212 N. 5th St.,
Brainerd, MN  56401
218-825-0409  |