Cleaning Management Institute’s® (CMI) Hands-On Stone Floor Restoration course is designed to teach participants how to implement all processes available in treating stone floors — starting with learning how to correctly identify more than 6,000 different types of stone in seconds, and then correctly identifying and diagnosing maintenance and restoration conditions in the field.
Because the course is taught by a contractor for contractors, students learn the ropes from someone who is actually in the field everyday, employing the methods being taught.
There is a CM/EduConSM at a location near you (see “CM/EduConSM 2005 spring schedule”).
JanSan professionals who attend the Hands-On Stone Floor Restoration course will come away having acquired the following 15 assets to take to their businesses:
- Hands-on restoration procedures from start to finish, to include:
Lippage removal, grinding, honing and polishing.
- How to use existing floor maintenance equipment or how to convert and accessorize existing equipment without investing in expensive, specialized stone restoration equipment.
- A new “old school” technique to hone and polish stone floors without the use of diamonds or honing powders.
- To hone and polish stone floors in two to three steps instead of six to seven.
- Why waxing stone is often more expensive than restoration and maintenance.
- The pros and cons of crystallizing.
- A review of different brands and types of equipment and accessories — which ones actually work and which ones do not; as well as an overview of years of field testing by contractors and analysis of all types of stone chemicals, diamonds and equipment.
- Which sealers are good, better, and best through review of different types, i.e. water-base, solvent-base, silicone, fluoropolymer, how to apply properly, and why expensive is not always best.
- How to break into marketing, to start making $3 to $6 per square foot instead of .20 cents — for example, how I made $7,000 to $10,000 per month in a market of less than 250,000 people. Concentration on niche markets, pricing, and opportunity.
- How to start making .50 cents to $1 per square foot without even touching a stone floor.
- Transitioning from a one-man operation into a full-service restoration company.
- Where to purchase stone maintenance and restoration chemicals and equipment at up to 50 percent off retail price.
- Complete terminology review.
- Complete Geological overview.
- Stain removal and troubleshooting.
Edward Hisey is president and owner, Master Stone Care, Phoenix.