With nightclub management getting in the way of being with family, Wakefield-based Pete Scattergood turned to a fresh career in professional cleaning in 2016 with start-up enterprise, Bubble & Squeak Cleaning Services and Supplies.
Operations manager, Pete Davison joined last year, bringing a welter of cleaning sales experience, and business has been lifting, not least thanks to local Bunzl dealer along with supplier, Prochem Europe.
Bubble & Squeak’s team of four in two vans cover the Yorkshire county region.
“We had already picked up a strong domestic customer list thanks to hard graft and lots of social media posting, so the time was fast-approaching when we took on more work with a bigger share of commercial contracts,” explains Pete Davison.
Investment was the answer, plus better solutions and machines.
“We bought two Prochem Steempro Powermax extractors, one for each van,” he tells us. “They were great but I felt we could do more with them plus we were having a poor experience with locally-sourced cleaning solutions.”
The Petes went to Elaine Mellor of Bunzl Castleford for advice; she recommended dedicated Prochem training on the extractors and a revision of chemicals.
“Thanks to Elaine, Stuart Macmillan from Prochem came to our office and showed us how to get the best out of the machines and what chemicals to use with them,” says Pete.
“The biggest issue we had was with a chemical film residing on carpets after cleaning. It was time to change detergents and also get into better rinse agents like B109 Fibre & Fabric Rinse, which immediately gave better shine and odour.
Stuart’s training day proved invaluable to the team at Bubble & Squeak: they learned more about their Powermax units and what and when to use to get the best out of them as well as gaining a full understanding of pH values and balances.
Check out some eye-opening video footage of the team’s Steempros at work at www.facebook.com/BubbleandSqueakCleaningServices