Jumbo-sized van ticks all the boxes
His new van is turning heads in Hamilton with its distinctive livery acting like a giant mobile billboard.
Praneel Prasad’s Toyota Hiace Jumbo is the perfect fit for his business. The roomy vehicle means he can offer a quick response to his customers’ needs by having all the necessary cleaning equipment at hand.
As well as a hard floor expert, the Hamilton CrestClean business owner is also a carpet care specialist.
“I can carry all the equipment I need in one go so I’m prepared for any situation,” says Praneel.
CrestClean’s Waikato Regional Manager Nivitesh Kumar says there’s a growing demand for carpet cleaning in the Hamilton area. Having someone who can be available at short notice is important when urgent calls come in about carpets, he says.
“Praneel is my critical response man, meaning he can be at a customer’s site within the hour. It might be that there’s been a spillage on a carpet or there’s been a water leak or flooding involving carpets.”
CrestClean was called in when a massive water leak was discovered at Hamilton’s Waikato Innovation Park. “More than 1000 litres of water flowed onto the floors,” says Nivitesh. “I called Praneel and he was there pretty quickly and did a great job sorting out the problem.
“The customer told me the carpets were soaked and the vinyl floors were under about two inches of water. Praneel mopped up the water with his machine and dried out the area.”
Since joining CrestClean nine years ago Praneel had doubled the size of his investment. Before going fulltime with CrestClean he worked for a company building camper vans. When the company shifted to Auckland he opted for redundancy, seizing the opportunity to turn his part time cleaning franchise into a full time business.
Since then Praneel has gone on several upskilling courses and is now a CrestClean hard floor trainer. It’s a role he enjoys. “I like passing on my experience to the new guys. There are many different floor surfaces and you need to know what you are doing otherwise you could damage a surface,” he says.