46 episodes

The path for the professional cleaning & restoration business owner isn’t easy or defined. Frustration is common and the next steps aren’t always clear. Host Dane Gregory has over 35 years of experience in every level of the residential and commercial cleaning industries. A past IICRC President, world-class instructor, and business mentor, Dane shares insights on business management, mindset coaching, and technical advice for cleaning business owners, managers, and technicians. Whether the speciality is carpet, hard surface, or commercial, this podcast is for every member of the cleaning and restoration industry.

Keep It Clean! - A Pro Cleaning Industry Podcast Dane Gregory

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    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

The path for the professional cleaning & restoration business owner isn’t easy or defined. Frustration is common and the next steps aren’t always clear. Host Dane Gregory has over 35 years of experience in every level of the residential and commercial cleaning industries. A past IICRC President, world-class instructor, and business mentor, Dane shares insights on business management, mindset coaching, and technical advice for cleaning business owners, managers, and technicians. Whether the speciality is carpet, hard surface, or commercial, this podcast is for every member of the cleaning and restoration industry.

    "There's A Difference Between Making Money And Making A Profit"

    "There's A Difference Between Making Money And Making A Profit"

    If you are in the professional cleaning industry and you have not heard of Courtney Lee, you have been living under a rock. This guy is everywhere on FaceBook and many different cleaning related pages. Always a positive person and always willing to lend a hand to fellow cleaning professionals, Courtney had found himself struggling with some of the same issues we all face, busy vs profitable. 

    After coming to his own "moment of clarity", he completely changed his business model and is now enjoying a much more comfortable lifestyle and less stress compared to his early days in our industry.

    His startup story starts out very familiar to others we have heard from in past interviews but takes a dramatic turn at a fast food drive up window. Listen to a very inspiring story of Courtney Lee on Keep It Clean.

    • 54 min
    "You Are Always Learning Something New"

    "You Are Always Learning Something New"

    Jessika James has been around our professional cleaning and restoration world for 37 years, seeing many new changes and challenges for the industry. She is a pioneer of contents processing from the middle 80's and a pioneer of contents processing education by recently organizing an IICRC class dedicated to this venture.

    Jessika got her start in the family business, doesn't that sound familiar? By working with her families cleaning and restoration business first as a carpet cleaning technician and floor care specialist. No easy roads for most owner's children in our industry!!

    As an approved IICRC Instructor and a frequent guest speaker on many different topics related to restoration and cleaning, Jessika is one person from our industry that should get your attention. She tells her startup story from beginning to today and has some fresh advice for those just getting started. 

    Please give a listen to Jessika James on the Keep It Clean podcast!!

    • 53 min
    "He Raised Me To Be Service Oriented"

    "He Raised Me To Be Service Oriented"

    There are few people we meet in life that will stand out forever in our hearts and minds. Kenway Mead was one of those people in my life. Always positive, always kind and an absolute class act.   
     
    He was the face of IICUC and later IICRC as the Executive Administrator of the organization through his own company Kenway Consultants, Inc., or KCI. We called his office and spoke to his employees when we contacted headquarters office to deal with IICRC certification issues. Callers would never know that they had not called the IICRC directly. 
     
    He started like many of us, working with carpet. First as an installer and then as a cleaner and embraced and appreciated the service industry. He and his wife Pat, who ran the financial side of the office at Kenway's side, were a one-two punch of professionalism.
     
    His son, Brad Mead gives us the industry story of Kenway Mead as only a son could. Through the eyes of someone who admired what his father had created and learned some of his own skills by watching Kenway work through the myriad of personalities and people brought together in the volunteer world of IICRC. 
     
    Keep It Clean was thrilled to have one great person (Brad Mead) talk about another great person (Kenway Mead). 

    • 57 min
    "I Wanted To Build A Bridge Between The Cleaning Community And The Scientific Community"

    "I Wanted To Build A Bridge Between The Cleaning Community And The Scientific Community"

    Dr. Dan Bernazzani discusses his start in the carpet cleaning/building services industry beginning in the late 1970's. Starting small during his college years, his operation grew to two locations and worked for some of the most well established family names in the New England area, mostly in Vermont.

    Dan spent years honing his craft by saying yes to many different types of clients and projects, all the while learning something new every day. His lifelong quest for knowledge also afforded him the opportunity to earn his Ph.D in his early 60's and work with some of the most knowledgable people on the planet in Environmental Science.

    He has a philosophy of collaboration with all stakeholders in a project and used his collaborative skillset to lead the IICRC through one of most exciting times in that organization's  history. 

    He is a world renowned consultant for large commercial losses and an author of numerous papers and articles on water and fire damage restoration. Sit back and listen to how it all started.

    • 50 min
    "It Was A Paradigm Shift"

    "It Was A Paradigm Shift"

    Reg Rogers shares with Keep It Clean! his transition from rock and roll drummer to carpet cleaner. No, we are not kidding. It really happened just the way Reg tells it! The music industry is just that, an industry.  Just like any other industry, some talented folks struggle to monetize their dreams and search for new opportunities.

    Reg tells a motivating story of his startup in the professional cleaning industry, cutting his teeth on empty, nasty apartments like most of us in the industry. Being someone what is quick on the uptake, Reg transitioned into management in a short time and learned how to handle a multi truck operation. Sensing his talents could find more out of life, he found a niche in the high end residential market and used his skills to leap to a franchise company directing the operations of the franchisees. Flooring sales followed to help round out the skills package and learn how to direct sales of products instead of services.

    Economic downturn hit everyone in the late 2000's and Reg found himself searching for a new gig, but carpet cleaning called him back with the founding of Carpet Cleaner America. An Austrian carpet cleaning machine manufacturer needed talented people to help establish a beach head in the US and Reg found himself back in carpet care using dry compound and encapsulation for a new look at an old problem, dirty carpets. Hear the story as it unfolds in episode 20 of Keep It Clean!

    • 54 min
    "No Two Jobs Are Ever Alike"

    "No Two Jobs Are Ever Alike"

    Listen to this latest interview with special guest Barry Costa. Barry talks about his start in the cleaning and restoration world while working with his Dad in the 1960’s and 70’s as a helper and starting his own company while working as a school teacher in New Hampshire. 
     
    He is an award winning school teacher and if you have had the great fortune of taking any of his restoration or installation classes, you know that this is a true statement. He is an outstanding educator and is able to combine his passions of education and restoration work.
     
    Barry talks about his entry into the industry and his time as an industry volunteer with IICRC. Barry has a passion for helping the education portion of our industry. He spent many years as the Education Committee chairman of the IICRC to help us understand the education challenges of adult learning and how to add a practical element to our training courses. 
     
    Give this episode a listen and hear from one of the most popular instructors in our world and his personal story of his startup. Barry Costa is one of the good guys that has spent a lot of energy to make our businesses better. 

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

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Aaronjumps ,

Awesome show

I found this podcast about a week after I somewhat hesitantly bought a carpet cleaning business. I was still waffling on if I made the right decision or not. I binged most episodes of Keep It Clean during a cross country drive. Listening to the stories of the OGs got me genuinely excited to get into the industry. I have listened to several multiple times and cant thank Dane and his guests enough for sharing their stories.

Zone456 ,

Dane Gregory keeps it clean!

Dane is a great story teller and very good at getting interesting guests. Even if you're not in the cleaning industry you will be entertained by his various interviews from industry icons.

The Nailscape ,

Invaluable info & compelling stories

The Keep It Clean podcast is full of gems from industry leaders, and is a must-listen for those in the professional cleaning industry. Dane is a great host and brings out the best in his guests. I appreciate being able to learn from the top performers and apply the life lessons in the industry to my own work and look forward to every episode.

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