We do everything you DON'T want to do.

PBJ Cleaning Depot is a business partner you will love. Why? We do everything you don’t want to do, o that you can do the things that you love to do. We help business’s stay in their lane of expertise by providing the “keep the lights on” services that most every business needs. Here are just 5 ways we can help provide you efficiencies. And remember, all services and products can be provided and delivered regularly, with no “delivery” fee’s!

1) Running a public bathroom

This isn’t a walk in the park! We can ensure to fit out your bathroom with the paper towel service it needs or air hand dryers, hand sanitizer, soap dispensers, toilet paper and toilet paper dispensers, as well as all the cleaning products needed to keep your bathroom in tiptop shape! We’ll even provide the garbage dispensers and garbage bags!

2) Printing & office supplies

You don’t want to have to think about if you have paper left, or envelopes, or making sure everything is branded consistently when it comes to return mail stickers, letterhead, business cards and cheques. Leave that to us, so that you can focus on being you. Oh and not to mention the need for pens, pencils, office chairs, office chair mats, staplers, sticky notes and the list never ends! Don’t worry about these details, keep your head above water and allow us to take care of the organization and replenishment of all your printing & office supply needs.

3) The candies, coffee, office refreshments

These are the little things that both clients and your employee’s notice when they walk into your place of business. Can they grab a water bottle? A candy? Is there coffee available? Do the coffee cups have proper paper insulation so they don’t burn their hand when they fill up? PBJ will take care of all of this for you!

4) Mats are a must!

Every business with public foot traffic should have mats for each season. Whether it’s a rubber matt for the rainy days as your customers come in with wet boots, that also prevent slipping, or if they’re fabric mats that dry footwear, remove first and debris—these will enhance the experience that customers and clients have at your place of business through the cleanliness they provide and the safety. Floor mat installation orders for the winter begin even now! Be sure to get on our floor matt list and we will provide the right type of mat for you, deliver it for free, and come clean then and return the as necessary.

5) Cleaning products + services

Where do you get those “wet floor” signs anyway. And how do I go about getting hand sanitizer stands? How about just cheap, quality cleaning products in general? These are all things that PBJ would love take care of for you. We can provide the products and tools on their own, or we can execute the services as well!

Get efficient today & email us at sales@cleaning-depot.ca !

Meet Paul, the man behind the business!

There’s always a visionary behind every great business. There’s also a work horse behind every successful business. Rarely it’s the same person, but for PBJ, it is. 

 

Paul Stewart. We pretty well forced him to start a blog to unleash all the learnings that he has had over the 16 years of running PBJ. But first, let’s get to know Paul. 

 

Q: How would your wife describe you in 3 words? (Always get the wife’s opinion first) 

-stubborn

-patient

-kind

 

Q: And how do you describe you in 3 words?

-stubborn

-patient

-honest

 

Q: Why did you start PBJ? 

With the help of my Uncle Don and the guidance of Listowel’s CEO at the time, Les Tervitt, we were told that our growing community could use a cleaning supply location for all the business’ in the area. Never in my wildest imagination would I have ever thought that we would be selling all the items that we are today.

 

Q: Why do you believe in the business so much?

I have seen this business grow from the very first mop head we sold to my friend Tom, and I still think he felt sorry for me, to a company that my family and employees can be proud to work for.

 

Q: What is the most rewarding part?

Hearing from our customers how much they appreciate our business and how happy they are with our service.

 

Q: The most challenging gong part?

Competing with the large box stores and an online retail presence. We have to remain customer focused at all times with our service and pricing.

 

Q: Greatest lesson? 

Always be yourself, be honest even if a mistake has been made.

 

Q: Where do you see PBJ in 5 years?

I would like to keep PBJ Cleaning Depot growing in communities around Listowel. I would like to have a second location in the next 5 years.

 

Q: If all your customers were reading right now what would you say to them? 

Thanks you for believing in PBJ Cleaning Depot, we would have never made it to 16 years without your support.

 

Q: How about potential customers? 

Please give PBJ Cleaning Depot a try. We offer your business or house a complete one stop shop, friendly customer service and pricing that will save you the drive to the city.

 

Q: Any closing comments?

None of this would never have happened without the support of my wife Bobbi Jo, our son Carter, our entire family and of course our Faith. Thanks to a wonderful supportive community, it has been a pleasure being in business in North Perth these last 16 years.

— Paul Stewart

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International Women's Day

Happy International Women's Day

Today is International Women’s Day around the world and we would be amiss to not recognize the amazing women who have been a part of building PBJ Cleaning Depot, with their time, energy, talent, ideas and leadership. I’d like to take a moment to recognize the following women.
 
First and foremost, my wife Bobbi Jo, with whom I can do nothing without. The biggest support and strength in my life.
 
Also, our fantastic, hard working staff:

Tiff Henry-- Operations Manager 
Torie Machan-- Office / Logistics Manager
Danielle Howard-- Business Solutions Manager
Katie Weed-- Project Manager 
Danielle Niesen-- Warehouse Manager
Kaitlyn Kilgour-- Inside Sales Contact
Taylor Danbrook-- Sales Representative 

And now, for the surprise of the century, you get to hear from Bobbi Jo herself on all things being a woman, building a business and doing it all with balance. Over to you Bobbi Jo!


Bobbi Jo:

So I was given some questions to answer, and I’m going to try and be as honest as possible. So first question was, (typical)
 
Describe yourself in a nutshell… 
 
Well, Paul says kind and compassionate LOL… So sweet. I’d say, I’m a person who’s willing to help, organize, and dig in when asked. I’m not your leader, but I’m a great follower—good worker, and I’ll give you all that I can. You may think it’s strange that I’d highlight being a follower on International Women’s Day, but I think that’s actually quite important. I see International Women’s Day as a day where we can celebrate being the best version of ourselves as Women, and being proud of that. We all have different strengths to bring to life and the lives of those around us—own that!
 
Next questions were some funny ones…
 
Favorite food? I love the taste of smoked meat on a Traeger. LOL. Or a treat from the Keg J (Paul are you reading this?)
 
Favorite hobby?
Gardening (I get all my tools from PBJ…wink wink)
 
Biggest pet peeve?
People who are late.....Id rather be 15 min early than 5 min late....it’s just how I was made!!
AND CAT HAIR!!!! (from our own cat)
 
Okay on to some more serious stuff—

It being international women’s day, can you tell us a bit about your experience building a business alongside your husband from the perspective of a woman? 
 
Well for us, family always came first… in a world where everything wants priority in your life, our first commitment was to our family, whether our son, our parents or extended family. It’s important to set your priorities and values in life, and stay accountable to them. If you don’t know what’s priority and you haven’t set that out clearly, it’s easy to get distracted in today’s society. Now don’t get me wrong, the business was always a priority too, but somethings are just more important.
 
Building a business isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. The budget was tight and it wasn't always easy… Success in any area of life, takes hard work. Family and business alike. Paul did everything from 6am to 5pm so I made sure life at home was as balanced as possible. We always prioritized spending time together in the evening. We could always balance problems off each other and figure it out. It’s important to be flexible.
 
Do you have one funny memory or story from your years building PBJ?
 
The Part time youth at PBJ make the days fun for the staff...
Elf on a Shelf with 2 of our high school boys a few years ago was a riot.


Getting vans stuck in bits of snow… there’s been a lot of laughs.
 
But one of our first big happy times was when we put an ad out for our first driver…
Paul came home with a resume and we were both so happy to have this first driver join our team.
He came with business knowledge and a willingness to go where needed. He was a blessing. Hold on to these moments in whatever it is that you’re building.
 
How did being a woman add unique value to growing your business? 
 
My parents are from Howick Twp, growing up on a farm. Teaches you the importance of commitment and hard work. Work was very important, hard work, and chores had to be done. That's how the bills got paid. I value that as a woman and have brought those life lessons and values into my everyday life and business.
 
You’re also a mom and wife— how did you balance all things well? Any tips?


Being a Mom and a wife… it was good. Paul was always supportive and helpful. If I was running our son, he looked after things at home. If he was working late I did what needed to be done. Marriage is a beautiful thing—you’ve got a forever teammate.
 
And through it all, wearing so many hats— how do you stay true to you? Bobby Jo. 
 
That's what family does…. keeps you true to who you are. We have family as employees who are immensely important to us. This is our baby… our everything we have put into this....and you know your family is always behind you 100% 
 
Last words of advice to all the women out there? 
 
It will work out, if it’s meant to be.
 
Somethings come and go, and you gotta think it wasn't meant to be but the next door will open and the time will be right for us. Our family and faith, hard work and dedication is what has gotten us through, and it will help you get there too.
 

Bobbi Jo