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Aquarium Disaster

23 June 2017

“At first, I thought someone had broken in, that it was vandals,” the client says.

Subsequent investigations determined an inexplicable break in the tank’s structure, spewing forth 1500 litres of water. That’s the equivalent of about 6240 highball tumblers of water!

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Elite franchisees cleaning up Debbie’s mess

13 April 2017

Just weeks on from the savaging of Tropical Cyclone Debbie, a weather event described by the Insurance Council of Australia as ‘a catastrophe’, Elite Carpet Dry Cleaning franchisees are still doing what they can to make homes liveable and get businesses—including holiday rentals—back operating. #TCDebbie swept through the Whitsundays, making landfall as a category 4 […]

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How much does carpet cleaning cost?

30 March 2017

You’ve dialled a carpet cleaner and you ask the voice at the other end of the telephone, ‘how much will a carpet clean cost?’ Beware if you get a flat price, over the phone, sight unseen, and no further information given because you’re bound to be in for a nasty surprise. It’s like asking ‘how […]

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Boat Uphostery Cleaning

22 February 2017

Despite its name, Elite Carpet Dry Cleaning does much more than professional carpet cleaning. Our franchisees are experts in upholstery too – lounges, sofas; even boat upholstery. Elite Airlie Beach services all types of boats from family runabouts to chartered sailboats and luxury yachts cruising Queensland’s Whitsunday region. Marine craft can carry a surprising amount […]

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Flood Advice for Carpets

8 February 2017

There’s not a cloud in the sky yet you’ve come home to a flood disaster! What do you do when faced with water cascading down stairs, reminiscent of Niagara Falls, or carpets submerged in an inside sea? Burst pipe malfunctions from washing machines, hot water systems and dishwashers are the commonest cause for emergency flood […]

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Have you thought of this hack to update your lounge?

13 January 2017

It’s hard not to notice advertising hype at this time of year. Say ‘goodbye’ to looking so yesterday and ‘hello’ to a fresh new look in 2017. It goes for clothes, hair styles, cars, furnishings… But stop for a minute. Is your sofa truly dated and in need of replacing? Or could it be that […]

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Moving On: What You Need to Get Your Rental Bond Back

20 December 2016

Talking to a friend over the weekend, the subject of rental bonds came back. She’s taking off overseas and is really counting on that money to help fund some of her adventures. In this case, the rental bond – some call it a ‘rental deposit’ – is four weeks’ rent held in trust. It’ll be […]

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Party Season Surprise First-Aid Hacks for Homemakers

28 November 2016

 If you’re hosting a get-together for family and friends this holiday party season, you’ll know it’s not just Santa who is busy making a list and checking it twice. You’ll have a list of people who are definitely coming – and probably another for those who just haven’t RSVPed but are likely to show up! […]

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When sand between the toes becomes a lethal combination

25 November 2016

Ah, summer: nothing beats a walk along the beach, getting sand between the toes. Walking barefoot on sand is so good for you, massaging the soles of your feet and providing a fantastic natural – and free – exfoliant; and let’s not forget the physical workout. Walking that sand into your house or holiday apartment […]

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Dogs, cats, carpets and upholstery: How to live together

17 November 2016

Australians love pets – about 63% of us have fur babies according to the Australian Veterinary Association. And in much the same way as we can love our kids without loving their behaviour sometimes, dogs and cats can do things in the house we wish they hadn’t… Like leave so much fur behind on the […]

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Why Your Mattress Could Be Making You Sick

10 October 2016

When was the last time you cleaned your mattress? No, not the sheets: we mean the mattress … although changing sheets is another story altogether (TIME reported one UK study indicating young single men changed their sheets once every three months!) At Elite Carpet Dry Cleaning, we’re not prying into who you sleep with; whether […]

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Gearing up for a Mouldy Season in Australia’s Sub-Tropics

28 September 2016

While Elite Carpet Dry Cleaning’s professionals will be first in line for sautéed mushroom with garlic, when it comes to dealing with fungi, we’re right with you in saying ‘EWW’ to mould and mildew. Our business name suggests that we focus on carpet cleaning, but Elite’s teams are experts at upholstery cleaning too – and […]

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Elite Carpet Cleaning Rescues Rug Disaster

19 September 2016

Adelaide’s Cheryl de Lorenzo was at her wit’s end when she called Elite Carpet Dry Cleaning for help recently. She’d had a large rug cleaned (by another company) in readiness for a family reunion, with the visitors ‘camping out’ in the lounge room to talk into the night. What wasn’t expected was sodden smelly wet […]

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How carpet supports ageing Australians

5 September 2016

Accidental trips and falls can have serious outcomes for older Australians and they happen with frightening regularity: in any given year, about 1 in 3 people over 65 have a substantial fall. Elite Carpet Cleaning was shocked to learn that falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospital admissions for people over 65 in Australia. […]

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What’s the significance of classroom carpet?

19 August 2016

We all want what’s best for our children and at Elite Carpet Cleaning we know ‘best’ can mean many things to different people: it’s a big topic of debate. There’s much to be said about the dedication of teachers, the quality of management of schools and the culture of learning. And then there’s the learning […]

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Choosing carpet for your workplace? Make sure it checks these boxes!

5 August 2016

The importance of carpet in a workplace is often overlooked, yet it plays a critical role in commercial settings. Aside from helping set the atmosphere in your workplace (first impressions do count), carpet also provides sound insulation, underfoot comfort and a non-slip floor. Tom Peck, Elite Carpet Dry Cleaning Adelaide franchisee who has spent years […]

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How hygienic is your restaurant’s carpet?

26 July 2016

You’re out dining with a fractious toddler who wants space to move. Where is safer: the carpeted floor near your table or the restaurant’s bathroom? Truth is, because we’re more aware of bathroom germs and bacteria, they are more often (and more thoroughly) cleaned and sanitised than carpets in many restaurants. Restaurant carpet has to […]

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How to stop your carpet smelling like a brewery

12 July 2016

 When the beer’s flowing in celebration (or commiseration) of sport results – like this year’s State of  Origin – it’s not uncommon for it to flow a bit much and end up as spillage on your carpet. What happens next – what you do with that spillage – could also be a season win or […]

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Static Electricity And Your Carpet – Tips For Less Pain

6 July 2016

Do winter months leave you feeling zapped with the sting of electric shocks? While you may be channeling your inner-superhero Static, it’s more likely a reflection of the season’s dryness that’s turning you into your own natural electricity show. Static electricity often occurs when two dissimilar material rub together. Friction occurs and builds up a […]

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Tips for buying and caring for your Persian carpet

21 June 2016

You don’t need to have been raised on the stories of Aladdin, Princess Jasmine and the Genie to see magic in Persian carpets. Persian carpets are beautiful and timeless: they’re sought-after décor features for many Australian homes. They can also be quite expensive. So how do you tell the real McCoy and make a wise […]

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Carpets and allergies: can they live together?

2 June 2016

About 1 in 5 Australians suffer from allergies. The teensy dust mite is a big culprit, triggering itchiness, a runny nose, tight chest and breathing difficulties – and then there are those who suffer from dust itself. It’s enough to bring tears to your eyes in frustration. What can be done? The good news is […]

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Dealing with heavy traffic on carpet

17 May 2016

The well-worn path across a room’s carpet is a dead giveaway of the comings and goings of a household but short of recarpeting — or learning to fly! — what can be done to minimise this eyesore? When we turned to carpet cleaning professional Stefano Boni for some practical tips, we were surprised. Forget rugs […]

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How to choose the perfect carpet for your home

5 May 2016

There’s a lot to think about when choosing the right carpet for your home. Surprisingly Elite Carpet Cleaning franchisee Rod Richardson, who works the NSW Mid North Coast region, says colour and style shouldn’t be the most important considerations. He says to get the most from your carpet choice, you first need to buy the […]

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Horror DIY carpet cleaning stories and what’s best left to professionals

21 April 2016

Elite Carpet Cleaning’s Lindsay Skinner has quite a few horror stories to tell of carpets ruined by homemakers’ attempts to attack a stain themselves. Most of them were the result of internet searches seeking ‘DIY carpet stain removals’. Lindsay, who has the Elite Carpet Cleaning franchise for Brisbane Central and Eastern suburbs, says some stains […]

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Top tips for getting the most out of your vacuum

6 April 2016

People who vacuum their floors properly only need professional carpet cleaning once a year. But what does ‘properly’ mean and how can we get more out of our home vacuum cleaner? Tim Honan, national operations manager for professional carpet and upholstery cleaning franchise Elite Carpet Cleaning, provides these tips to achieve domestic goddess (or god-like) […]

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Easter chocolate first-aid: dealing with chocolate in carpets and furniture fabric

22 March 2016

Australians will spend nearly $200m on chocolate this Easter. And not all of that will end up in tummies. There’ll be plenty of chocolatey hands and faces – and a fair chance of chocolate being smeared on your lounge upholstery or carpet. Professional stain remover Darren Greer — the Elite Carpet Dry Cleaning Townsville franchisee […]

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Your best chance at getting your rental bond back at the end of your lease

9 March 2016

Your lease is up. You’re moving on, leaving what has been ‘home’ – perhaps for a few months, maybe for years. Moving out of a rental residential property requires more than packing your bags, a quick ‘lick and spit’ clean and handing the keys back, particularly if you want your whole bond returned. The rental […]

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Top tips for choosing upholstery for the family room – stain expert tells

23 February 2016

Lounge suites, sofas, couches: call them what you like, they’re an indispensable part of home interiors and play a big part in our daily lives. They can also be a costly investment. We turned to 30-year stain removal professional Gary Pracy, the Elite Carpet franchisee for Camden, for his top tips on choosing the right […]

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Head lice and carpets

9 February 2016

Can carpets be the source of your child’s head lice? School is back. At some time during your child’s years at child care, kindergarten, preschool and primary school, they’re likely to bring a really creepy friend home. Its formal name is Pediculus humanus capitis. You’ll probably know it better as ‘head lice’. But despite folklore, […]

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Why carpet and water don’t mix

28 January 2016

When was the last time you moved your bed? There could be more lurking under there than fluff balls. Elite Carpet Cleaning franchisee Shaun Tucker recently revealed a nasty surprise when he moved a mattress in a Mackay client’s spare bedroom. A waterproofed cot mattress on the carpet was hiding a serious water leak, so […]

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6 steps for effective rug storage

19 January 2016

Rugs can really pull a room’s décor together but as summer days draw out, it’s tempting to want to go naked – bare floors at least! Easy: Roll up the carpet and throw it under the house, right? Well, not if you expect to pull the rug out when the days get chillier and definitely […]

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The worst party spillages and how to deal with them

4 November 2015

2015’s party season in Australia officially started with the Melbourne Cup on November 3. That means some heavy duty work-outs for carpets. If you think a quick wipe up and vac along with a cunning repositioning of furniture or a pot plant will hide evidence of party spillage until after New Year, Elite Carpet Cleaning’s […]

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Rescued dog and blood stained car

21 October 2015

Stopping to give aid to an injured dog, left for dead on a roadside recently, left good Samaritan Krystal’s new car in a bloody mess. Her immediate concern was for the dog, driving about 60 minutes to an all-hours emergency vet in the early hours of a morning. Driving home, the tired night worker had […]

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New Parents’ Essential Guide to Cleaning Up ‘Accidents’

16 October 2015

If you’ve a baby or toddler at home, you’ll know that it doesn’t take long for carpet, lounge and upholstery to be on the nose after Baby’s misdirected pees, poos or possets. How can a little person who looks so sweet make such a smelly mess?! Little babies often burp up some of their milk […]

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The pink elephant in the room aka that dark stain

17 September 2015

Stains always tend to happen at the worst time or on the surfaces you want to keep the cleanest. Other than living in a bubble, there’s no way to stop them but with help and advice from Steve at Elite Carpet Cleaning Southside Brisbane, you’ll be able to keep your carpets, lounge and upholstery as […]

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How healthy is your mattress?

11 September 2015

Despite being one of the most used items of furniture in your home, when it comes to cleaning, your mattress goes from most popular to most neglected pretty quickly. Considering we sleep for roughly a third of our lifetime, why is it that so many of us neglect to clean our mattress regularly? George from […]

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Elite helps save our native wildlife

4 September 2015

Saving our native wildlife is near and dear to many Australians, but Elite Central West franchisees, Steve and Pamela Dury, have joined WIRES to help rescue and re-release our native treasures. WIRES, or Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service, is a not for profit organisation dedicated to the rescue and relocation of native Australian animals […]

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Elite takes charge after devastating storms

31 August 2015

For Elite Maintenance Services Central Coast, cleaning carpets is just the beginning, as their ability to assess and repair flood devastated flooring in homes is helping thousands of Central Coast residents after devastating storms. April 2015 saw some of the worst storms on the Central Coast in over a decade, leaving more than 5,000 residents […]

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Bleach and carpet don’t mix

21 August 2015

Elite Franchisee of the Year, Stephen Dury, is no stranger to every homeowner’s carpet nightmare – bleach spots. After receiving specialist training from Elite HQ to understand and approach the issue, he’s saving homeowners hundreds – even thousands – of dollars by repairing the carpet rather than having them replace it, and in only 30 […]

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Franchisee Byron Smith is riding in the Tour de Cure!

27 July 2015

Elite Franchisee Byron Smith is participating in the WA Country Tour de Cure! Tour de Cure is a fundraising event supporting cancer research, support and prevention projects and between October 13 and October 17, Byron and other passionate riders will be attempting to cycle a distance of around 675km. They hope to raise over $360 […]

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Bathurst Elite office takes out Franchisee of the Year Award – for the second time

15 June 2015

Stephen and Pamela Dury – owners of the Elite franchise in Bathurst – were recently recognised by Elite as 2015 Franchisee of the Year – the second time they have received the top award since becoming franchisees in 2004. The first time they won was back in 2007, just three years after taking over the […]

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A candidate for most popular carpet cleaner in Australia?

8 May 2015

Chris Barton-Harvey has been a part of the Elite organisation one way or another for twenty-seven years, giving up a ten year career in a senior retail sector management position to join Elite and the carpet cleaning industry. The decision was driven by his need for a sea change… “As store manager at a busy […]

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Elite cleaning systems used by SA government for lead removal work

23 April 2015

Back in 1984 the South Australian government realised that there was a problem with airborne lead dust affecting the health of people living near the lead mine in Port Pirie and needed to find a way of removing as much of the lead dust from houses and residential areas as possible. At the time, Elite […]

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Gold Coast/Tweed Coast franchisee a recognised and awarded expert in pest control

31 March 2015

George Pullen, who is Elite franchisee for the Gold Coast and Tweed Coast with his wife Rebecca, is surely one of the very few carpet cleaning and pest control business owners anywhere to be the recipient of a Premier’s Award. Prior to starting his career with Elite at the turn of the century (2000), George […]

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Sea change move to Brisbane… and carpet and upholstery cleaning

27 March 2015

Peter Bonnily clearly loves carpet and upholstery cleaning – he is the franchisee for no less than four Elite franchise areas, all the way from Pullenvale in the west to Burpengary to the north of Brisbane. Based on the beautiful Redcliffe peninsula to the north west (or north north west if you want to be […]

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A day in the life of a carpet cleaner

4 March 2015

To put this short article together, we spoke to a few of the Elite franchisees to ask them what their ‘regular’ day was like. And the interesting thing was – not only were they all pretty different from each other, days were pretty different too. So what follows is a combination of the things you […]

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Carpet style trends

27 February 2015

The word ‘carpet’, we’re happy to admit here at Elite, doesn’t really conjure up the concept of fashion or trend, but having said that we have noticed, and the carpet business of course has noticed, certain trends over the past few years. One of the significant trends, which may be reversing a little at the […]

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The red carpet treatment

20 February 2015

Following on from our previous article – A brief history of carpets – we decided to do a bit of research on that cultural icon of the carpet world, the red carpet. It turns out that the red coloured carpets have had a significance in culture around the globe way beyond other colours for a […]

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Tamworth – home of country music and clean carpets

16 February 2015

Mention Tamworth and the first thing that springs to mind is ‘country music’, and so it should be, as the annual Tamworth Country Music Festival, held in late January, is in fact the second largest country music festival in the world. There is more to Tamworth of course than country music, and following a close […]

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Ever thought of running your own business?

13 February 2015

Hidden away on the Elite Carpet Cleaning website (under the ‘Franchise’ tab) is a small PDF booklet called the ‘Franchise Information Booklet’. If you have never run your own business, but have often thought about it, in the introduction this booklet gives you some interesting statistics, some of which may encourage you and some of […]

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Carpets, kangaroos and galaxies

21 January 2015

Head west out of Brisbane to Toowoomba and when you get there keep going another 246kms and you get to Goondiwindi. Goondiwindi is an Aboriginal word that means ‘the resting place of birds’ and currently boasts a population of just under 6,000 (humans). The town is right in the heart of farming country and, as […]

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Is it worth getting fire retardant carpet and fittings?

19 January 2015

Fire in the home or office is an ever present danger, so it is sensible to take precautions to both minimise the possibility of fire breaking out and to minimise injury and damage to property once a fire has broken out. Installing fire retardant carpet or treating existing carpet and other fittings with fire retardant […]

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Award winning auto industry exec takes on Elite Bayside franchise

12 January 2015

Byron Smith has spent most of his working life in cars. As a service manager in car dealerships around Queensland, Byron has worked at many of the majors including Pioneer Holden in Mackay where he worked for five years and the Mitsubishi dealership in Springwood. While he was working at the Mitsubishi dealership he was […]

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Pets, Parking, Parties… Body Corporate and Carpets

6 January 2015

The in joke in the world of bodies corporate (to be pedantic, the plural of body corporate is bodies corporate, not body corporates) is that 95% of all the business they deal with is in connection with the three ‘P”s – pets, parking and parties. In practice, and in law, their duties go a lot […]

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How to remove pet smells

19 November 2014

Pets are great, their smells… not so much. At Elite we spend quite a bit of time helping our customers keep their homes sweet smelling, whether they have pets or not. Here are a few things you can do to keep pet smells to a minimum and to keep them that way*, from basic steps […]

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Introducing Shaun Tucker, Elite Mackay

16 October 2014

Mackay carpet cleaning franchise changes hands after eighteen years David Lowry took on the Elite franchise in Mackay back in 1996 and has consistently been one of the top performing offices in Australia for the company. This year, after eighteen years in the business, he has decided to move on and this month the new […]

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Introducing Darren Greer, Elite Townsville

21 September 2014

From printing newspapers to cleaning carpets Darren Greer, Elite Townsville franchisee, is Townsville born and bred, and took over the business from his father twelve years ago (2002). The business in fact prides itself as a family business that has been operating in the area since 1988, and, as well as the city of Townsville […]

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The Future of Carpet – Part II

25 August 2014

Following on from our previous article on tech developments in the world of carpet, it turns out that carpet is not necessarily the low tech product everyone thought it was. A team of scientists and researchers at Durham University in the UK has been working on what they have dubbed a ‘magic carpet’ to help […]

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Carpet Cleaning In Paradise

25 August 2014

Airlie Beach, in the Whitsundays in North Queensland, is certainly one of the contenders for ‘paradise’ – aquamarine water, impossibly white sandy beaches and coral teeming with life. Nestled in the hills are beautiful houses, and the marina is home to a broad range of yachts and boats, from little tinnies to luxury yachts. Earlier […]

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Meet Your Franchisees – Steven and Kylie Diehm, Cairns

8 August 2014

Back in 2003 Tom Pickford was president of the Cobras Aussie Rules club in Cairns (now called the Cairns City Lions), as well as the Elite carpet cleaning franchisee for the area. He picked up the phone one day and it was Steven Diehm, a state and premier league player in Brisbane looking for a […]

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