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  1. Shockmin

    What's best extractor to handle both carpet and hard surface cleaning?

    I ended up buying a new us products solus 500r. I never had a problem with the unit and was very pleased with its performance. Starting out there is zero need for a Rotovac. Residential sucks especially with a portable. Residential apartment hallways is where it's at with a portable. If...
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    What's best extractor to handle both carpet and hard surface cleaning?

    Jay, I'd be happy to share my story but the best advice I can give you is to go work for a carpet cleaning company if you haven't already...
  3. Shockmin

    Gekko tool alone to clean grout?

    Can I use evolution wand to rinse? If not, what are the glides your referring to? My evolution doesn't have sides and I would expect the water to spray all over the place with limited suction due to not making the proper seal...
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    I need help GUYS, or Girls

    With average soiled carpets how many wet and dry strokes do you do? I just need an average... Thanks...
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    Need advice for my first commercial residential job...

    What do you think of the Electrolux Epic Floor Pro versus the 175 machine...?
  6. Shockmin

    Need advice for my first commercial residential job...

    Your times are very close to what I calculated. I came up with 10 to 12 hours but wasn't sure. There's a couple posts in TMF archives where guys are claiming it takes them 6 hours which threw me off. How do you use a TM on a high rise? I typically use one wet stroke and 3 dry strokes. If I...
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    Need advice for my first commercial residential job...

    Isn't .23 per sq foot on the higher end for commercial?
  8. Shockmin

    Need advice for my first commercial residential job...

    I just landed my first commercial job. It's 5 story residential building and ill be cleaning all the hallways. Total sq footage is 3900 and I'm charging $900. I use US Products 500r portable - 500 psi adjustable, 12 gallon tank, high heat, evolution wand, 2 cord, dual 3 stage vacs. Carpets...
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    I need help GUYS, or Girls

    How many back and forth wet strokes and dry strokes do you do? 6 hours is very fast for 7500 sq ft...
  10. Shockmin

    Help

    Rug Dr. took me 2 minutes to clean, still smells like shit and the guy at the home depot rental center didn't care less upon return...
  11. Shockmin

    Help

    Mike = Asshole...!
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    Help

    I rented the new rug dr at Home Depot for $20. Problem solved. Client paid for rental, tipped me and hired me for t&g. For $99 I'm not going to soil my whole machine and hoses. By the way was completely unimpressed with new rug dr model. I didn't realize how many areas that machine can't...
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    Help

    As I expected... She couldn't find anybody and just called back... On my way to home depot... Hopefully this won't be such a shitty day after all...
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    Help

    Thanks... No I gave price before I knew what type of soiling it was. I just called the lady and said the portable I use isn't available for this type of soiling and therefore I'll have to rent a machine to do the job and she can pay the rental price. Unfortunately she declined nicely but I...
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    Help

    I just got a job to clean up a sick mans BM (bowel movement - about 3 feet soiled area). I quoted $99 for minimum to do one room and they want to move forward in a hour. After thinking about it I I don't want to soil my machine with somebody else's s**t. I realize we clean a little unseen cat...
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    Direct Mail EDDM My new Door hanger

    You might want to add... Owner operated, same day service, licensed and insured... Maybe change expiration date to limited time offer... www.zencarpetcleaningandflooring.com
  17. Shockmin

    BEST PORTABLE TO START WITH

    Thank you! www.zencarpetcleaningandflooring.com
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    BEST PORTABLE TO START WITH

    N Nope... My Solus has about 17" on the Rug Doctor.
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    BEST PORTABLE TO START WITH

    Dual 5.7" 3 stage in parallel You mention 3 or 4 passes - your referring to combination of wet and dry? I never thought to do less in less traffic areas. I'm always trying to be so uniform. That's some good advice... My normal is 1 wet forward and back and than 3 dry forward and backs...
  20. Shockmin

    Rinse, Rinse and Acid Rinse.

    For the average cleaning I was instructed to use pre spray, agitate and acid rinse. For heavily soiled jobs I was instructed to pre spray, agitate and extraction detergent with optional myst of acid with agitation. Is this correct? www.zencarpetcleaningandflooring.com
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    BEST PORTABLE TO START WITH

    No I'm not busy as I recently opened shop... My post is an attempt to get info to help me make "future" decisions related to my overall business plan. Your story although respectable reminds me of the following quote from the movie Coming to America... Maurice: Hey, I started out mopping the...
  22. Shockmin

    BEST PORTABLE TO START WITH

    My Solus has 170 cfm and 118 water lift and adjustable from 100 to 500 psi... I realize there are many variables but was curious to know how many dry passes a TM tech uses during normal cleanings...
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    BEST PORTABLE TO START WITH

    Is one full wet and 1 full dry pass typical for TM on average? I do 1 wet and 3 dry passes at 375 psi and 212 F at wand. www.zencarpetcleaningandflooring.com