Demand for Eco-Friendly Businesses is an Opportunity for milliCare Franchises
Helping companies create healthier environment and become more environmentally responsible
milliCare’s floor and textile services can appeal to companies looking to save money, create a healthier environment and become more environmentally responsible.
As more people aim to be environmentally friendly and expect businesses to do the same—78 percent of Americans believe that corporations have a responsibility to adopt “green” behaviors, says a 2014 Tiller study—milliCare’s environmentally responsible cleaning products and methods provide an opportunity for our franchises to help companies that are looking to become more eco-friendly.
Saving Energy Saves Money
One of the primary ways milliCare helps corporations become greener is through our dry care technology, which uses 99.5 percent less water than competitive systems. Hot water extraction methods use 319 percent more energy to clean the same square footage as the dry care system, translating into 77 percent higher carbon emissions. Using milliCare for commercial carpet and facilities maintenance may reduce the amount of electricity used by 85 percent.
“milliCare’s proprietary dry polymer process removes dirt, grime and stains, and without dumping gallons of water into the carpet,” says Stephen Lewis, Technical Director for milliCare. “Water isn’t the best cleaner for carpets, and since milliCare uses so little … carpets are cleaner, dryer and ready to walk on faster than any other commercial carpet cleaning process.”
In addition to avoiding higher water and energy bills, the dry care system also limits the potential for mold and bacteria growth.
Our cleaning products and methods also help prevent dirt, dust and pollutants in textiles from becoming airborne, which protects indoor air quality. Carpets act as giant filters for workplace air, collecting and trapping pollutants and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs)—carbon-based chemicals that evaporate easily at room temperature. Some VOCs are harmless, but many are irritants that can cause headaches, eye or throat irritation, dizziness and aggravated allergies or asthma. Long-term exposure to VOCs can lead to more serious health issues.
milliCare’s proprietary carpet maintenance system has been proven to remove up to 99 percent of the pollutants in carpets, preventing them from becoming airborne. Our Air Care system also permanently neutralizes and eliminates odors on a molecular level in just 20 minutes. All of which leads to a healthier, cleaner and more comfortable environment.
In addition to reducing energy and creating a cleaner environment, milliCare also helps companies and facility managers extend the life of their carpets and textiles. Regular care makes investments last longer, and deep cleaning can often bring heavily used pieces back to life. A milliCare Care Plan can extend the life of flooring for up to 10 years while also saving significant resources. The result is additional saved money and landfill space.
Achieving LEED Certification
As members of the U.S. Green Building Council since 1998, we can help other businesses work toward the council’s certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (EB:OM) program.
LEED rewards companies for building and operating green, and companies can earn points in specific categories for sustainable initiatives, all with the goal of achieving certification. LEED for EB:OM is the only certification program with a focus on continuing operations. It’s about how a company maintains its operations, awarding points to structures that are retrofitted green, with sustainable procedures and maintenance plans in place.
While no individual product or service can earn LEED points for customers, our commercial entry systems, textile and floor care service can help our customers get there. Our proprietary system directly supports three of the six LEED EB:OM categories: reducing overall energy use, water use and preserving your building’s investments.
We can also help businesses earn specific points in a fourth category, Indoor Environmental Quality, and provide documentation for them to send in with their LEED report.
To sum it up, milliCare is a natural partner for companies looking to earn LEED certification, reduce waste and energy use, and create a healthier indoor environment.
Learn more about milliCare
As leaders in environmental cleaning, we’ve been anticipating and encouraging new ways to clean and care for the environment since the day we began. Ranked 206 in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 list, milliCare Floor & Textile Care franchise is a business-to-business floor and textile maintenance company, with 70 locations in 29 states and six countries. Our parent company, Milliken & Co., holds more than 7,000 patents in flooring, textiles and floor cleaning — experience and tools milliCare leverages as we carve out a niche in the floor cleaning industry.
We opened the doors at milliCare in 1984 and reorganized under a franchise business model in 1996. Our franchise network services accounts locally, nationally and worldwide. On a national scale, no other brand is competing exclusively for commercial carpet, floor and textile care. Startup costs start as low as $106,000 to $150,000, making the potential for high returns remarkable. In fact, the top quarter of milliCare Floor & Textile Care franchises average $1.7 million per territory in revenue in the fiscal year ended Nov. 27, 2016, according to our latest FDD, and many of our franchise owners operate two, three or more territories.