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  1. Dave Weidlich

    Gas just hit $6, raising prices?

    I am raising rates to new customers because of inflation, not gas. If I pay $1 more per gallon in gas during 2022, it's only a .39% increase in expenses over last year. I drive a compact van to transport VLM equipment - not a truck mount. Half of my jobs are within 8 miles of home.
  2. Dave Weidlich

    New to carpet cleaning but not new to small business

    Welcome to the carpet cleaning band of brothers! Your plan will certainly work, especially given your business training and experience. However, you'll be providing a sub-optimum service compared to your many competitors. Do better than the rest. I recommend a niche that is wide open in most...
  3. Dave Weidlich

    I knew someday it may come down to this. How are you going to handle it?

    Stark raving lunacy. You speak of facts, but you don't cite any. I know and have talked to hundreds of people who were vaccinated. How many died? ZERO. Check your facts.
  4. Dave Weidlich

    I knew someday it may come down to this. How are you going to handle it?

    I would get the vaccine. (I did) It keeps me safer, keeps them safer, plus I don't like getting sick and feeling terrible. I'm not just hearing about COVID on TV. One of my family members got COVID before vaccines were available. It was brutal and caused loss of taste and brain fog months...
  5. Dave Weidlich

    How to get more clicks to your website

    I found out how to get more social media engagement! Post a nasty picture like this one. I got more clicks on Facebook and my email newsletter too. More clicks to my website. Ugly sells!
  6. Dave Weidlich

    Anyone notice a change in people who took the c-vaxx?

    Have you and your workers been vaccinated? Don't care so much about reasons or politics. Please take the survey:
  7. Dave Weidlich

    Client sent email - Are you vaccinated? How would you reply?

    Vaccinated? Absolutely. If we don't believe in science, why are we mixing chemicals and pouring them into people's homes? Get vaccinated folks. And stop watching Tucker and Hannity. They're entertainers, not communicators.
  8. Dave Weidlich

    portable for upholstery

    I bought a Sandia Heated Indy Upholstery & Carpet Extractor with Single 3 Stage Motor - 6 Gallon and love it. It's about $1600 and paid for itself in weeks. It uses 15 amps with the heater and can trip the circuit breaker. There's only one plug. But, you can turn off the heater when working...
  9. Dave Weidlich

    Adding an OP

    Do carpet manufacturers really test every system? Are they going to recommend a system that is not available in most regions? I don't know. HWE carpet cleaning is available in every region. My guess is that is the main reason carpet manufacturers recommend it. I've had very few potential...
  10. Dave Weidlich

    List your most effective advertising

    I would definitely start with your website and make sure you can be found when your best potential customers are searching. That's SEO. Make sure the website looks good on a smart phone as well as a desktop computer. You have a nice website. But you came up on page 2 when I searched on "rug...
  11. Dave Weidlich

    List your most effective advertising

    Agree. The best customers are the customers you already have. They're already believers. The next best are their relatives, friends and neighbors. The worst customer is the one who chose you because you offered a cheapo coupon. The next time they need carpet cleaning they will choose another...
  12. Dave Weidlich

    Please help! Brand New 30% Viscose Rug Completely Ruined after Cleaning

    We use two VLM - very low moisture - methods. The Teri-towel system - a low moisture system developed by a man in the Bay Area a few decades ago. spray a room, allow some dwell time and then extract with thick towels and an 60 pound oscillating machine. Carpet is dry in 2 hours. We also use the...
  13. Dave Weidlich

    Have you ever bought or sold a cleaning business?

    A mentor of mine said the best way to sell a business like mine would be to hire a motivated person who wants to work his way up to being the owner, similar to a house - rent with option to buy. Part of his/her compensation would be an increasing stake in the business. I haven't pursued it, but...
  14. Dave Weidlich

    Have you ever bought or sold a cleaning business?

    I bought my business in 2012 from a friend who had been trying to sell it for a year. I paid 50% down and made monthly payments to him for the remainder. What I received was equipment, training and a very old van. The best thing I received was a few hundred loyal customers who were strong...
  15. Dave Weidlich

    Please help! Brand New 30% Viscose Rug Completely Ruined after Cleaning

    Viscose rugs look great when they're brand new, but they quickly show wear and stubbornly hold stains. I have two cleaning methods and neither works well with viscose. The rugs look worse after cleaning. I don't clean them anymore. I feel bad. I have a customer that paid over $1000 for one...
  16. Dave Weidlich

    Are You Open?

    Are you getting calls. I can't even get the robocallers to call. :-) Stay safe.
  17. Dave Weidlich

    Are You Open?

    I'm so glad that my county is easing COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place restrictions. We're still sheltering in place, but many can go back to work, especially construction workers and landscapers. There's no mention of cleaning services, though my county's previous SIP order allowed for certain...
  18. Dave Weidlich

    My prediction for carpet cleaning this year

    A lot depends on the economy. If money is flowing, business will be good. If money is tight as it is now with the stock bear market and high unemployment, business will be slow. We're in a recession now. That's going to hurt. We may need to reconsider pricing, keep expenses low and certainly...
  19. Dave Weidlich

    Who needs some Disinfectants?

    I've used Sporicidin. My customers do not like the strong smell. I now use Milgo Plus. Effective with no odor.
  20. Dave Weidlich


    Yes. That's their claim.
  21. Dave Weidlich


    Does anyone have experience with NanoVapor? I saw it on NBC News with Lester Holt and looked up the website. I don't understand how it works and I'm skeptical of the means of application I saw on TV. It's like they're waving a magic wand on walls and doors and...
  22. Dave Weidlich

    Interested in adding restoration services

    Thanks. This video is helping me get an overview of what is involved and equipment needed for water extraction using the TES system.
  23. Dave Weidlich

    Interested in adding restoration services

    Thank you all for your wisdom on this. Does anyone have recommendations for online training?
  24. Dave Weidlich

    I'm Shutting IT Down.......

    I would not ask my doctor for carpet cleaning tips. And I would not ask my fellow carpet/upholstery cleaners for medical advice. Stick to what you know. I'll trust what every epidemiologist is saying about coronavirus. Don't get it. Don't spread it. Enjoy your downtime. We'll get through this.