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Blind cleaners whose professional standards and interests are in harmony with our network are invited to join us. Have a transformational impact in our industry and with consumers rather than just operating alone or paying some for a lead program. In the network you'll have access to activities that connect you with a wealth of resources and other blind cleaners. We offer training, support and a way to have an expanded footprint before the public with your services as fabricators, decorators and consumers recognize our brand or know about us.
Our Customer Referral Program helps you in front of the prospective customer, our online resources and connections to other cleaners gives you a sounding board for advice or research and ongoing professional development is possible in person or remotely through private webinars, chats and private online groups or in person through events and training sessions. Our website contains the largest collection of blind cleaning materials on the internet including the Blind Cleaner's Resource Guide. Vendor discounts and money saving information is accessible to those affiliated with our group. The public pages of the website are provided as a courtesy and quick reference to common items of interest for blind cleaners in general or those looking to learn more about our organization. The Free Newsletter is available monthly, however archives of over 15 years of back issues are online for Members. While our site isn't as fancy as some sites or slick in the "sales presentation" you'll find we deliver real value from blind cleaners to blind cleaners.
3 Levels: Basic Membership Certified Ultrasonic Blind Cleaner Certified OnSite Fabricare Specialist
Basic Membership: $28 Monthly Open to anyone who agrees to the terms of Membership and who is not yet a Certified Blind Cleaner (Ultrasonic or Injection-Extraction). A great place to start for prospective entrepreneurs doing their due dilligence regarding a business opportunity or for small scale blind cleaners looking for general support and resources.
Certified Ultrasonic Blind Cleaner: $38 Monthly Open to blind cleaners who have completed an approved training program and who commit to continued professional development through onging participation in network activities. Members at this level are given access to all website resources for Ultrasonic Blind Cleaning as well as general resources as well as directory listings for their company in our websites so consumers can link to you directly. Certified Members are given preference in all consumer referals.
Certified OnSite Fabricare Specialist: $48 Monthly or $500 Annually Open to blind cleaners who have completed the OnSite Fabricare Specialist training and maintained their certification through ongong participation in network activities. To maintain their certification status these members commit to participation in continuing education through attending training or recertification events at least every two years. Members receive complete access to all website materials including proprietary materials relative to OnSite cleaning techniques and product specific knowledge. Directory listings on both the OnSite Fabricare and Blindcleaners.biz website listings which are consulted by consumers and representatives from multiple fabricators (Hunter Douglas, Springs Window Fashions etc.). Participation in general network webinars and events as well as ones designated specifically for OnSite Fabricare Specialists. If you are a start-up or small business (Under 15K in cleaning sales annually or under 2 years in operation) the cost for Membership is $38 per month.
Member's dues support the organization - so they receive discounts for programs of the network and from some industry vendors. While blind cleaners who are not members are welcome to use the public portion of our site they are NOT permitted to use any of our materials, logos or resources for their own company marketing, websites etc.
The following is the legal version that you agree to abide by in protecting us from those who would abuse Membership privileges.
Our network of professions exists to promote our services to consumers and to set themselves apart from those that call themselves "blind cleaners" but whose lack of expertise, product knowledge or substandard practices might cast a poor reflection upon our industry.
Unlike a host of businesses and marketing programs on the internet we are not simply a "pay to be listed" service. Our network redirects thousands of leads per month to blind cleaners through a number of basic methods, some of which are not available from other sites or programs.
Fabricators: Do you want your company to be a part of the network Hunter Douglas (and other affiliates), Springs Window Fashions (Bali, Graber and other affiliates) and more list in their consumer materials under "Care and Cleaning" information? Our directory of Members is referenced by their customer service teams and others as well when helping consumers inquiring about local blind cleaners. These fabricators don't want to work with professionals that have shown a commitment to learning the proper cleaning procedures and care of their products (or have online access to that information).
Websites: Consumers find a directory of our Members on our main sites (Blindcleaners.biz or CFScleaning.com or other sites we use to provide information to consumers about how to safely clean their blinds. Some of these sites get thousands of hits per month and many of them inform and encourage prospective customers to your business on what to expect in terms of best practices for their treatments. We don't just pass "cold leads", but use information to filter and pre-screen contacts as well as manage expectations. As blind cleaner's ourselves, they hear some of the cautions and qualifications (age, glue lines, etc.) from us first so you aren't the first on raising a red flag or presenting the information.
Phone Calls & E-mails: Crazy as it may sound in our day, we actually speak to people who call or e-mail us with cleaning questions or seeking to find a connection to a local blind cleaner. Our websites and phone numbers have been around a long time and we get referrals from decorators, fabricators, other blind cleaners who forward out or area contacts to us. We consult our database and match these prospective customers to blind cleaners by either asking the local blind cleaner to call them or by communicating with the prospect ourselves.
Membership Directory & Fabricator Listings: Savy Members of our Network know the value of having their company known as the preferred service provider of the major fabricators in their service area. They contact local retailers and designers to promote their Certification(s) and Membership in the network. Those local contacts in turn often provide a steady stream of clients to them as one is more likely to receive the best service from a professionally affiliated professional than a maverick operator with unknown expertise. As we all know, just because someone has been providing a service for a long time doesn't necessarily mean they are the best or even good, however a company that has invested in professional training and associations for professional development usually reflects upon a mentality committed to providing services at or above industry norms. Direct Connection to Members - Listed Members in the Directories have weblinks and their phone numbers provided for consumers to get in touch with them directly, so most referrals pass seamlessly to our Members without their even realizing the lead originated from one of our sites. New members sometimes think that the 4-5 phone calls or e-mails a month that they may get (in major markets) are the only leads received from the network's activities when the reality is there are many more.