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  1. fred3655

    Lift, Ramp, ???? - Need to modify van to save my back

    I've been getting back pains and they're not going away. I really need to find a solution since I can't keep on lifting floor buffers, burnishers, portable steam carpet cleaning equipment, autoscrubbers, etc, into my van. What's a good cost-effective solution? I thought of everything from...
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    VCT Fundamentals & Such!

    I just want to expand upon a few points... 1) Get help. Not only because there are many steps involved, but the soles your shoes will oftentimes be covered in stripper and you can't run back and forth, especially over other waxed floors. The other person can help with filling the rinse water...
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    Tile & Grout With A 175? Brush/Pad recommendation??

    I have a small autoscrubber that can rinse & pick up residue. I am working some high-rise offices and saw the water hog & porty recommendation, but would rather use a 175. No hoses to run, one person can go with the 175, the other follows with the scrubber. Can anyone recommend a good brush...
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    Excell power washer unloader question

    Briggs & Stratton. I read a lot about the problems associated with B&S and later they started using Honda engines. It makes sense that the valve is in the front with the high pressure output. Thanks.
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    Excell power washer unloader question

    I have an Excell VR2320 I use for occasional cleaning outside rental homes. Lately, the engine has been dying when I let off the trigger. Everything else works fine, pressure is good, responsive, etc, it is just a pain having to restart the engine everytime I let off the trigger for more than...
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    Has Anyone Used A Counter Scrubber To Clean Shower Grout?

    I am considering getting a Counter Scrubber like the one MyTee sells to add shower cleaning services to the list. I just wanted to ask whether anyone uses something similar and what kind of results you are getting. Thanks.
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    what are the options for clear sealer that can be just sprayed on and buffed

    Are we talking about grout sealer or actually leaving a coat over the ceramic tile itself? I didn't think people left sealer, wax, or any kind of finish on ceramic tile. I'm not sure it would even look good.
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    I bought a Geer Press and have used it on a few jobs already. Wow, it is fast. I wish the wax holes were located closer to the edge of the pad. I get a small wax lake on top of the applicator, but I am learning to live with that.
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    Spray Buffing @ 320 rpm vs 1000 or 1500 rpm

    Hard flooring is my main line, although I do have janitorial contracts and a steam carpet portable for high-rise offices. I know what it is to start on a limited budget. I bought used machines, a Clarke FM1700 175rpm, and a burnisher whose name I don't remember, but its got some age on it...
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    Cleaning Shower Tile

    What about a Waterhog & Mytee hand tool counter scrubber combination?
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    New to the industry and need advice

    There's enough education on this website to earn a Master's Degree in tile & grout. Just have to search a little. Good luck on your business. I learned a lot just being on this site.
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    ~~HELP~~ *SOS* Customer called me about cleaning some VCT in a commercial office ~~HELP~~

    I agree with Kenny. A lot can go wrong with waxed flooring. There are waxes for every need, each requiring a different maintenance plan. Here is a link with some great information, but I still recommend taking a course with someone who has lots of experience. link not valid
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    What methods do you use to measure Sq. ft.?

    I highly recommend this. Used it just yesterday to measure bathrooms, a receiving area, a coffee bar area for customers, break rooms, hallways in one place and I was able to talk to the owner the whole time while doing it. In and out in 15 minutes. I had my helper record the measurements...
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    ~~HELP~~ *SOS* Customer called me about cleaning some VCT in a commercial office ~~HELP~~

    A cleaning could just mean a spray buff, coming in with an autoscrubber, or doing a little buffing with a red pad on a 175 machine. You can clean without stripping and waxing. For simple buffing and cleaning, I charge 12¢ per sf on jobs larger than 2000 sf, 18¢ 1000-2000 sf, below that, I...
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    How To Get People To Pay?

    We finally collected yesterday after 3 weeks of bothering their office repeatedly. I think the owner and director got tired of hiding from us. Even then, they didn't face us, it was the secretary that gave us the check. However, they didn't pay us the sales tax, saying we weren't a "real...
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    How To Get People To Pay?

    The terms were clearly spelled out that payment was due upon completion of the job. I know companies have billing processes, and I accommodate for that when necessary, but it is a rare occurrence when I allow for that. The owner arrived when we were almost done with the job, and remarked how...
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    How To Get People To Pay?

    We went in and did a floor waxing for a privately owned pre-school and nursery. It has been 3 weeks since the service was completed, the owner or director are nowhere to be found. I have called everyday and gotten "You just missed them" or "They are expected in sometime later today". I've...
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    Marketing idea, show many people HOW good you clean :)

    Too bad it's against the rules to deduct the value of charity services from your taxes or you'd have $20k right there in deductions. That alone would make it worth it.
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    Price sheets. Wait, price sheets?!

    Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
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    I'm a mop-guy moving into a backpack setup. What's the downside with backpacks that's having you consider something else? What kind do you use, and would you recommend it? Thanks.
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    Service Agreements/Contract Help

    I tried messaging you but it said your inbox was full. Maybe that's what the others ran into.
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    I just got insulted by a wealthy, business owner that I thought were my friends

    Just tell them the truth. Tell them there is a lot of overhead in dealing with insurance companies. You could be waiting a while to see your money, and even then, they often don't pay more than a certain amount. Something along those lines. Then tell her you're doing a favor and just...
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    Anyone heard of Reliable Places for an SEO company?

    Just wanted to hear whether anyone has had bad experiences with them or not. They're offering a $159 a month special for new accounts. I just don't have the resources to bankroll a $1000+ per month SEO company, but I don't want to kiss my money goodbye either. Any feedback, good, neutral...
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    Janitorial estimate sheet

    I would be more than happy to provide one, if I had one. I look at everything and estimate the amount of time each step will take. Then I divide it by the number of people and apply a rate. This rate isn't necessarily uniform either, if it's a customer with several locations, I'll bid more...