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New Owner/Operator looking for tips

Hey all, I'm a new owner operator of a cleaning service for carpet, tile and grout, upholstry, and area rugs. Just getting on here to see what you guys recommend to get up and going and not spending a fortune on marketing. Thanks!
You need a lengthy phone consultation. Whats your cell and I'll call and walk you though everything.

Starting a carpet cleaning business in Ontario Canada

Hello everyone,

I am looking to get into carpet cleaning. I run a small lawn care business during the summer time, but I am in need of a business that I can work all year around. I have some knowledge of advertising, especially using platforms like Facebook, Craigslist, and Kijiji, and I am also learning how to use google ads. I have about $8000 to get me started. I've been doing alot of research on what to start out with, but it appears that there is alot of debate on VLM vs HWE. My area is a about an hour from Toronto, we have large suburbs with homes valued over 1 million dollars, so I am wanting to provided premium services. I have an extensive amount of former lawn clients who own ,multiple rental properties, so I will definitely be advertising there as well. I'd say my main concern overall is purchasing expensive equipment and having the phone not ring. I am not sure what equipment to go with and whether or not I should buy second hand. Any advice you may have for me would be much appreciated. I am 22 and living at home, so I have low expenses which is why now is the time for me to build a career for myself.
I respect your age and hustle. You need a lengthy phone consultation to walk you through all aspects of this industry. I'll be glad to help you. Whats a good number to reach you at?

Lines In Synthetic Fiber Couch After Cleaning/Dry

Hey Rob thanks for the reply, I'll be going back to the job next week and using all fiber rinse, def trying that first. Curious to see if there was also any browning going on, hopefully it's a simple fix. I did post groom it while wet but I didn't use an acid rinse, thanks again and happy Thanksgiving
If youre concerned about browning then you could mix some Unchained in a 32oz sprayer, mist, agitate then reclean. Or better yet use some Supercap with Unchained and bonnet it. Let me know how it turns out.
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Garage floor ideas

Hello,

We’ve just moved house and are looking for options on self-levelling products to use for a garage floor.

It’s a new build and has a basic tamped concrete floor. It has a few minor surface drying cracks in. It gets quite dusty and we’re looking for some kind of self-levelling/latex floor that could be suitable as a top surface and also that might be covered with pvc tiles in the future sometime.

The garage will be used for storage, especially children’s play things. We want to make sure that whatever’s used is safe for children to play on too.

We’ve asked around and so far ideas are Ardex K 301 or Weber 4610 Industry Top.

We don’t know much about the differences between these two products, and just wondering if anyone could help?

We’re open to ideas and would appreciate any tips if there’s anything better. There seems to be so many products available and we want something that would be able to last many years and not crack.

We’re also looking for a company who would be able to do this for us but we don’t really know what kind of trade this would be garage flooring las vegas? We’ve seen specialist industrial floor companies who also do residential, but don’t know if this would be ott?
Thanks in advance

Garage floor ideas

Hello,

We’ve just moved house and are looking for options on self-levelling products to use for a garage floor.

It’s a new build and has a basic tamped concrete floor. It has a few minor surface drying cracks in. It gets quite dusty and we’re looking for some kind of self-levelling/latex floor that could be suitable as a top surface and also that might be covered with pvc tiles in the future sometime.

The garage will be used for storage, especially children’s play things. We want to make sure that whatever’s used is safe for children to play on too.

We’ve asked around and so far ideas are Ardex K 301 or Weber 4610 Industry Top.

We don’t know much about the differences between these two products, and just wondering if anyone could help?

We’re open to ideas and would appreciate any tips if there’s anything better. There seems to be so many products available and we want something that would be able to last many years and not crack.

We’re also looking for a company who would be able to do this for us but we don’t really know what kind of trade this would be? We’ve seen specialist industrial floor companies who also do residential, but don’t know if this would be ott?

Starting a carpet cleaning business in Ontario Canada

Hello everyone,

I am looking to get into carpet cleaning. I run a small lawn care business during the summer time, but I am in need of a business that I can work all year around. I have some knowledge of advertising, especially using platforms like Facebook, Craigslist, and Kijiji, and I am also learning how to use google ads. I have about $8000 to get me started. I've been doing alot of research on what to start out with, but it appears that there is alot of debate on VLM vs HWE. My area is a about an hour from Toronto, we have large suburbs with homes valued over 1 million dollars, so I am wanting to provided premium services. I have an extensive amount of former lawn clients who own ,multiple rental properties, so I will definitely be advertising there as well. I'd say my main concern overall is purchasing expensive equipment and having the phone not ring. I am not sure what equipment to go with and whether or not I should buy second hand. Any advice you may have for me would be much appreciated. I am 22 and living at home, so I have low expenses which is why now is the time for me to build a career for myself.

Polished concrete shine

So I got a call today from a customer who has concrete floors in her house. She is unhappy with the shine and wants to know how to improve it.
I'm going to look at it on Thursday.
She said the contractor used some kind of heat sealing treatment I have researched this and can't find any information on this process.
The house is fully furnished and the concrete floors all throughout the whole house.
I believe mechanical polishing is the best solution but this is not something I have ever done. I know topical sealers should be avoided any suggestions?

Sent from my 2PYB2 using polished concrete Utah
I love this industrial look. Some concrete floors I have seen were just as beautiful as wood floors. Since we now live in a house on a concrete slab, I'm wondering if we should try it. Is it an easy DIY type of finish? It's a traditional house, though, not a contemporary one.

Lines In Synthetic Fiber Couch After Cleaning/Dry

Have you tried spraying acid rinse and brushing it out?
Hey Rob thanks for the reply, I'll be going back to the job next week and using all fiber rinse, def trying that first. Curious to see if there was also any browning going on, hopefully it's a simple fix. I did post groom it while wet but I didn't use an acid rinse, thanks again and happy Thanksgiving
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Lines In Synthetic Fiber Couch After Cleaning/Dry

Hey guys, first post here on TMF as this is my first screw up on a couch thus far. This has been discussed before, but before I go back to correct this mistake
I wanted to ask opinions first. Onto the problem at hand, I recently cleaned a polyester material sectional client says they bought it as cosco, couldn't find a material tag
but did find the listing for an almost exactly the same couch on coscos website and it says 100% polyester (still not completely sure). I used TMF revive prespray at about 2oz for 60oz hand pump sprayer (couch was lightly soiled), evenly misted after checking for color fastness on back bottom of couch. Agitated with horse hair brush, let dwell and extracted with warm water (no rinse) at around 175 PSI, looked excellent afterwards however after it fully dried client sent me these pics. Please note I did post groom with HH brush when still wet after extraction. I have a standard 4" external jet upholstery tool (will be upgrading) , the 110 degree jet did fail about a week ago and I had a 95 degree or 9502 jet on hand so stupidly I used it for this job, is it possible the spray angle of this jet is too narrow and caused these lines almost as if I ran too high pressure on my machine? From what I have gathered, it wasn't heat (warm water only) or friction or chems that caused it so the only thing I can think of is PSI is too high, angle of nozzle, or nozzle was too close to fabric or both? Lastly, what is the easiest way to correct this issue to get it uniform again? I was thinking of using a rinse, and holding my tool about 5-6" away from the fabric, re misting brushing and dry extracting again then finish with a post groom? I would greatly appreciate any advice. Once pic is of the couch post cleaning before I left, the other is the pic client sent me. View attachment 102204 . View attachment 102203
Have you tried spraying acid rinse and brushing it out?
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Luxury vinyl tile cleaning

This market is exploding all around us...A product like squeaky clean for hardwood...sprayed down lightly...( after removing as much dry soil as possible )....A red pad for some mild agitation...and if you wanted to, follow up with a bonnet, since you have some form of 175 already...or just microfiber mop it...doodle bug the areas your 175 machine can not get.

This is or should be a higher SF charge opportunity...No truck mount involved.

I did this today, and the home owner was very pleased...In my demographics I charged 0.68 per SF because it was in good shape anyway, they just wanted to freshen it up.

Had this been in the same shape, but carpet, It would have come in at 0.43

By the way luxury vinyl plank flooring atlanta...I have not done a nasty one yet, but I feel with minor adustments and dwell time, I could achive very good results.
Good luck on this.
I am more of an engineered wood expert. I have a client that has a vinyl floor. Do you know if I can use a scrubbing machine and polyurethane on a vinyl floor?

Real Estate Agents - are they a PITA? or are they Lucrative?-- what say you...

This was an interesting question and even more interesting comments. I am a Real Estate Broker that just purchased a carpet cleaning company. Some, not all Realtors are a great source of income. Then there are those that will stiff you. Ultimately the cost of the service is the responsibility of the property owner, however, it's almost always the Realtor that has hired or recommended you. I have hired a variety of vendors to do work before the sale or closing with the understanding that payment will be made upon closing, usually within 15-30 days from the date of service. I've had deals that fell through but I've never left my vendors hanging on the payment. I've always ensured my guys are paid even if it's out of my pocket. I said all of that to say this; it's about establishing a relationship. I always want someone that I can call on, someone that will prioritize my jobs, knowing that they don't ever have to worry about not getting paid. I recommend you establish a relationship with Realtors, make it personal to an extent. It's harder to do people wrong (not pay) that you have a relationship with. One plan that I have for my new carpet cleaning company is to do a free quarterly carpet cleaning (their residence) for my Realtor friends that refer business to me on a consistent basis. I'm almost certain they will ensure that I'm paid one way or the other for all the jobs that they send to me NEW LAUNCHER. Thanks for allowing me to share my thoughts. I look forward to learning a lot about this business from you all.
Recently bid on a real estate sign project for a commercial listing. Customer wanted a two-panel corner sign on posts, 8x4 full color, installed at the corner of a busy intersection, and gave me less than a week turn time. I quoted it on 1/2" signboard and factored in a high estimate on labor of five hours, and quoted $1900 for everything. Agent flipped out and said they had budgeted more like $500 because the property is "under a million dollars". Now it's down to attaching a banner to a sheet of plywood, and her partner is going to handle the install. I had already visited the site with my installer to mark and call in a utility locate, so it rapidly became a waste of my time. I look forward to seeing how it goes for them - digging holes around here ain't easy. How do you handle real estate listing signs? Offer a professional sign package along with an el cheapo option, if you don't know what you're up against?