Featured Cleaning: Fresh ‘n Dri

Fresh ‘n Dri is a company in Saint George, Utah that specializes in low moisture carpet cleaning. They recently submitted a cleaning job to us that they completed, and we thought it would be a great contender for the ServiceMonster blog!

Here’s the image they sent over, mid-cleaning:

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Here’s what they had to say about the job:

“We love our commercial carpet cleaning customers! This was at a local restaurant, so you can imagine how dirty those high-traffic carpets get. We use a rotary machine that scrubs carpet clean. We applied our mineral-based, environmentally safe product and went to town! We spray minimal amounts of liquid down so it will not get the pad underneath the carpet wet. It’s safe to use around children and pets, it’s allergy-friendly, and it doesn’t leave a sticky residue behind. As you can see from the picture, our results are fantastic! And, the best part is, carpets we clean will be dry in less than one hour.”

Check out this video to see the cleaning live:

Thanks for sharing your work, Fresh ‘n Dri!

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Fresh ‘n Dri is a company in Saint George, Utah that specializes in low moisture carpet cleaning. They recently submitted a cleaning job to us that they completed, and we thought it would be a great contender for the ServiceMonster blog! Here’s the image they sent over, mid-cleaning: Here’s what they had to say about […]

Featured Cleaning: A3 Hi-Pressure Cleaning Svcs.

It’s easy to overlook scheduling roof cleanings. Unlike sidewalks, siding, and windows, roofs are often out of sight, meaning they’re often out of mind. However, just because we’re not reminded of their filth on a regular basis doesn’t mean they don’t need routine cleanings!

Left untouched, roof staining can lead to serious damage, including rot, mold that can cause health problems, and it can even impact the insurance of the owners. (Insurance companies aren’t a fan of dirty roofs — they can even cancel insurance on the basis of dirty roofs because it can lead to mold growth inside homes.)


A3 Hi-Pressure Cleaning Svcs. is a company from Carson, California that provides surface cleaning, roof soft washing, pressure washing, and more.

Check out this latest job that they sent over pictures of:

This roof had mold and mildew, which had to be pre-treated with algaecide to ensure a bright cleaning!

After cleaning, they applied their proprietary biocide, which keeps the mold, mildew, and algae at bay for three to five years.

The roof not only looks a million times better now, but its life has been extended, as well. Remember: If you take care of your roof, it will take care of you!

Excellent job, A3 Hi-Pressure Cleaning Svcs. Thanks for sharing your photos!

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It’s easy to overlook scheduling roof cleanings. Unlike sidewalks, siding, and windows, roofs are often out of sight, meaning they’re often out of mind. However, just because we’re not reminded of their filth on a regular basis doesn’t mean they don’t need routine cleanings! Left untouched, roof staining can lead to serious damage, including rot, […]

6 Tips for Taking Amazing Before and After Cleaning Photos on Your Phone

Why is it important to put effort into your before and after photos? Because these photos directly correlate to jobs scheduled. Before and after photos act as proof to customers and prospects that you’ll be able to accomplish what you say you will, because they can see that you’ve done it numerous times before! The more professional your photos look, the more professional it makes your company look.

Pictures can come in handy if there are any discrepancies between you and your customer. Additionally, getting in the habit of taking pictures before and after each job builds an archive showing your cleaning abilities, which you can draw from at any time. Use the photos to flesh out your website, marketing materials, and social media profiles.

Here are some quick and easy ways you can up your smartphone photography game:

1. Keep it Clean

Since you likely access your phone multiple times throughout the day, you probably don’t pay too much attention to where you set it down. Not a big deal, until you consider the fact that your phone’s lens is being exposed to dirt, dust, and other things that could make the pictures you take appear cloudy or hazy.

Purchase a lens cloth (you can get one for less than $10 on Amazon), and make a habit of carrying it with you. Give your phone’s lens a quick swipe or two before you start photographing, and you’ll be guaranteed a crystal clear image every time!

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A clean lens versus a smudged lens.

2. Get the Light Right

Lighting is another important aspect to consider. For the most accurate photos, try to ensure that the lighting is the same (or as similar as possible) in both the before and the after image. This will make your work shine through: otherwise, the bright more sun could make dirty carpet look cleaner than it is, or a late afternoon shadow could dampen the results of your after photo.

If your job goes on for many hours, or if the clouds happen to roll in while you’re working, there are many apps and native tools on your phone that can help increase or decrease a photograph’s brightness (or adjust it in other ways). We recommend utilizing these tools as needed to ensure the lighting in both photographs is as similar as possible.

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A well-lit image versus a too-dark image.

3. Give Yourself a Lot to Work With

Always err on the side of caution and take multiple pictures of the situation, both before and after you start working. Doing so ensures that you have a variety of options to choose from in case one of the photos is washed out, dark, or blurry (which is common with phone photography).

Try taking photos from a variety of angles, too — this will affect the lighting (which could be a good or bad thing, depending), and try getting a few shots both close up and further away from the floor (or whatever you happen to be cleaning).

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A steady photo versus a blurry photo.

4. Stay Away from Flash

Avoid using flash as much as possible. It can alter the colors and overall appearance of items in your photograph, which doesn’t make for the most ‘true-to-life’ photographs, and, most importantly, it doesn’t do much to highlight your cleaning efforts.

Natural light is always your best bet (and, as we mentioned in the above section about lighting, the more consistency there is between the before and after photos, the better).

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No flash on the left versus flash on the right.

5. Don’t Zoom

If you feel like you need to get closer to the stain, get closer physically! Zoom often makes images appear grainy and low quality, which detracts from the photo.

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The quality of a zoomed photo is never very good.

6. Utilize Your Phones’ Auto-Adjust Feature

An easy and fast way of getting the best picture possible that’s often overlooked is to simply touch your phone’s screen where the main object is. This will auto-adjust the photo to ensure that your subject is in focus, and isn’t too light or too dark. If the auto-adjustment isn’t enough for your liking, fine-tune it up or down accordingly until you’re satisfied.

Don’t let the excuse of not having a ‘professional’ camera hold you back from doing one of the most effective things you can towards increasing sales. Make sure your before and after photos show your customers and prospects that you do good work. The goal of taking before and after photos is to showcase your cleaning efforts and skills. Be sure your pictures are accurately documenting the situation and how you cleaned it — not how novice your photography skills are!

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Why is it important to put effort into your before and after photos? Because these photos directly correlate to jobs scheduled. Before and after photos act as proof to customers and prospects that you’ll be able to accomplish what you say you will, because they can see that you’ve done it numerous times before! The […]

Before and After Spotlight: Wash Pro

This week, we’re featuring the work of pressure washing company Wash Pro, out of Greenville, South Carolina. They specialize in cleaning homes, businesses, and fleet vehicles, and have been in the business since 1998. Their trucks and trailers are fully contained and equipped, meaning they’re capable of bringing their own water, power, chemicals, and equipment to each job site.

They recently did an awesome job of cleaning some bricks on the home of one of their customers. They shared some images on Facebook, so we thought we’d share them with you!

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The chimney is covered in moss and dirt, making it look pretty bad. Let’s see how it looks after Wash Pro gets a hold of it.

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Completely spotless! Incredible work, Wash Pro… thanks for sharing!

If YOU have before and after photos of your own cleaning jobs, send them to us at newsletter@servicemonster.net along with an explanation of how you cleaned up the mess for a chance to be featured in our blog and newsletter!

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This week, we’re featuring the work of pressure washing company Wash Pro, out of Greenville, South Carolina. They specialize in cleaning homes, businesses, and fleet vehicles, and have been in the business since 1998. Their trucks and trailers are fully contained and equipped, meaning they’re capable of bringing their own water, power, chemicals, and equipment […]

Before and After Spotlight: Michigan’s Finest Floor Care

In this week’s before and after, we’re going to watch a video! While taking pictures of your work both before and after leads to impressive results, there’s also something to be said for taking video – especially in our current video-driven social media landscape. Videos are excellent content for sharing on your Facebook, Instagram (especially with the new Instagram Stories feature), Snapchat, and YouTube.

Michigan’s Finest Floor Care recently posted a video on their Facebook Page, which does an excellent job of showcasing their proficiency at cleaning tile and grout.

Based in Macomb, MI, Michigan’s Finest Floor Care is family-owned and specializes in everything from carpet and upholstery cleaning to 24-hour emergency flood service.

Let’s check out their video:

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Wow, you can see the dirt being removed from the grout before your very eyes! Before the cleaning, you wouldn’t have even known that the grout was white, not to mention the colors that were brought out in the stone by a good cleaning. Amazing work! Thanks for sharing your video, Michigan’s Finest Floor Care.

If YOU have before and after photos of your own cleaning jobs, send them to us at newsletter@servicemonster.net along with an explanation of how you cleaned up the mess for a chance to be featured in our blog and newsletter!

In this week’s before and after, we’re going to watch a video! While taking pictures of your work both before and after leads to impressive results, there’s also something to be said for taking video – especially in our current video-driven social media landscape. Videos are excellent content for sharing on your Facebook, Instagram (especially […]

Before and After Spotlight: Contemporary Carpet Cleaning

It’s a scenario that most carpet cleaners have likely experienced: You arrive at a home to clean, and are told that the homeowners are prepared to replace the carpet, unless you can make magic happen. The stakes are high! However, if you’re indeed able to transform the carpet, these types of jobs are often the most satisfying. This week’s before and after is one of these jobs!

Contemporary Carpet Cleaning, a family owned business that began in 1974 in Fairport, New York, was hired by a homeowner who was ready to replace the carpet in their family room if Contemporary wasn’t able to clean it successfully.

Let’s take a look at a few pictures they shared on their Facebook Page to see how they did:

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This carpet definitely has some more life left, thanks to Contemporary Carpet Cleaning! The homeowner will no doubt be hiring them again in the future for their cleaning needs. Thanks for sharing your work Contemporary Carpet Cleaning, and keep up the excellent work!

If YOU have before and after photos of your own cleaning jobs, send them to us at newsletter@principalfocus.com along with an explanation of how you cleaned up the mess for a chance to be featured in our blog and newsletter!

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It’s a scenario that most carpet cleaners have likely experienced: You arrive at a home to clean, and are told that the homeowners are prepared to replace the carpet, unless you can make magic happen. The stakes are high! However, if you’re indeed able to transform the carpet, these types of jobs are often the […]

Before and After Spotlight: Putting On Pressure, Inc.

Welcome to our latest before and after! This week we’re featuring a job completed by Putting On Pressure, out of Saint Augustine Beach, Florida. In business for 10+ years, Putting On Pressure specializes in pressure washing and soft wash roof cleaning.

In one of their recent jobs, they were called to a house that hadn’t been cleaned in many years. The windows, exterior walls, and grounds surrounding the backyard pool were covered in mildew, which is fairly common in Florida.

Let’s take a look at a collage of a few before and after photos that they shared on their Facebook Page:

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What a difference! The customer’s home and backyard look a million times better. Saint Augustine Beach is lucky to have the services of Putting On Pressure. Thanks for sharing your great work!

If YOU have before and after photos of your own cleaning jobs, send them to us at newsletter@principalfocus.com along with an explanation of how you cleaned up the mess for a chance to be featured in our blog and newsletter!

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Welcome to our latest before and after! This week we’re featuring a job completed by Putting On Pressure, out of Saint Augustine Beach, Florida. In business for 10+ years, Putting On Pressure specializes in pressure washing and soft wash roof cleaning. In one of their recent jobs, they were called to a house that hadn’t […]

Before and After Spotlight: Baileys Specialist Cleaning and Restoration Services Ltd.

Stone floors are beautiful, but over time they are sponges for dirt and grime. This week we’re spotlighting a beautiful stone floor cleaned by a company in the United Kingdom. They shared their photos on their Facebook Page.

Baileys Specialist Cleaning and Restoration Services Ltd. are based in Wallington, Surrey, UK, and specialize in commercial cleaning, hard floors, carpet, and leather. They have been in business for decades, and work 24 hours a day so they are prepared for any emergencies that come up.

Here is a compilation photo comparison of the original, dirty floor versus after they cleaned it.

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Wow! The grout simply disappears now that it’s spotlessly clean. Luckily for the customer, Baileys doesn’t charge extra for cleaning and sealing grout.

Thanks for sharing your photos, Baileys Specialist Cleaning and Restoration Services Ltd., and keep up the great work!

If YOU have before and after photos of your own cleaning jobs, send them to us at newsletter@principalfocus.com along with an explanation of how you cleaned up the mess for a chance to be featured in our blog and newsletter!

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Stone floors are beautiful, but over time they are sponges for dirt and grime. This week we’re spotlighting a beautiful stone floor cleaned by a company in the United Kingdom. They shared their photos on their Facebook Page. Baileys Specialist Cleaning and Restoration Services Ltd. are based in Wallington, Surrey, UK, and specialize in commercial […]

Before and After Spotlight: Mae’s Carpet Cleaning

Sometimes when we hire a professional to do a job for us, we’re not always satisfied with the work they do. Sometimes when we hire said professional, we’re so dissatisfied with the job they’ve done that we wonder whether or not we could have done a better job ourselves. For Mae and Juan Dominguez, it was this exact kind of thinking that propelled them to create a business that would specialize in providing the best service possible for their customers. They started Mae’s Carpet Cleaning in 1998 on those principals, and they live by them to this day.

Mae’s Carpet Cleaning offers a number of restoration services, from carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, air duct and dryer vent cleaning, and tile and grout cleaning, to pet stain and odor removal. Today in particular we’re looking at their hardwood floor cleaning service.

Now, wood floors are nice. Unlike carpets, dirt and dust don’t get easily trapped. But like all things, eventually some maintenance is required, and sometimes a simple mopping isn’t going to cut it.

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Mae’s has much stronger hardware for the job! They use a rotating brush and cleaning solution to blast the dirt on the wood. Then they vacuum up the excess dirt and cleaning solution in order to place a maintenance coat on the floor to cover the wood. Then, for extra protection for your floor, they place a poly coat to add extra relief and give it a beautiful gloss.

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What a drastic difference their cleaning technique made on this floor! I’m not sure if I should be eating off of it or maybe using it as a giant mirror…

Really impressive work. Thanks for sharing, and keep it up Mae’s Carpet Cleaning!

If YOU have before and after photos of your own cleaning jobs, send them to us at newsletter@principalfocus.com along with an explanation of how you cleaned up the mess for a chance to be featured in our blog and newsletter!

Sometimes when we hire a professional to do a job for us, we’re not always satisfied with the work they do. Sometimes when we hire said professional, we’re so dissatisfied with the job they’ve done that we wonder whether or not we could have done a better job ourselves. For Mae and Juan Dominguez, it […]

Before and After Spotlight: Driveways Plus Pressure Washing

Wood fences are common. However, they start deteriorating the moment they’re installed! If they’re not properly maintained, over time they can turn gray.

A company in Palm Harbor, Florida recently did such a good job on a customer’s fence it looks like it was rebuilt from scratch! Driveways Plus Pressure Washing specializes in driveway cleaning, but excels at other items, too (hence the “Plus”)! Let’s take a look at the fence they cleaned:

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The difference is dramatic! The fence looks a thousand times better — no doubt the owner is thrilled with the results. Thanks for sharing your impressive work, Driveways Plus Pressure Washing!

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Wood fences are common. However, they start deteriorating the moment they’re installed! If they’re not properly maintained, over time they can turn gray. A company in Palm Harbor, Florida recently did such a good job on a customer’s fence it looks like it was rebuilt from scratch! Driveways Plus Pressure Washing specializes in driveway cleaning, […]