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  1. drift56

    Adding Wood Floors to Services

    I have two Questions Poll; Which machine is best? I prefer a machine that has many purposes but wood specifically. also; what products and procedures do you use to TEST clean. I have test cleaned floors before just to find that the area i tested had no heavy coating and other areas started to...
  2. drift56

    Contair

    Did you ever try them... id like to know how they stack up as far as durability and longevity?
  3. drift56

    Mold - Legal Requirements / Certification?

    Okay So I was a Tech at a franchise for years before venturing out to start my own Carpet Cleaning business. I had done Response work witch entailed treatment & containment on mold jobs (spray n cover). Now I am Starting to transition into restoration (been buying up used dehus @$400 & fans...
  4. drift56

    Rug cleaning scam evolved?

    Ive actually had exact same txt Sent from my LGMS631 using TMF Forums mobile app
  5. drift56

    Hack 101 - How hacks make us look good

    Kitty litter n use a red brick as a scrub brush... Sounds stupid but once you sweep itll be gone
  6. drift56

    NO prespray.....??????

    I dont know the exact number but a significant percentage of chemical and water that we use is left behind even with vortex and high end machines.. So using the least amount of water (prespray) does help carpets dry faster and leaves less chemical residues that can attract more soil.. The...
  7. drift56

    NO prespray.....??????

    Your right ofcourse that the best and most thorough way is to throw everything, every step at every job. Its kinda hard to sqrew up when you do. But i have cleaned many many carpets this way (with 47+ machines with awesome heat) and have never had any problems or complaints. I would love to...
  8. drift56

    Additional Charges

    5% of the time ill only bill out $50 hr n "break even" but the other 95% im still profitable with good margins at @$125 hr
  9. drift56

    Additional Charges

    Phone est: "x areas will typically run u $$$.. I only charge extra for extream conditions" works for 90% of customers
  10. drift56

    Additional Charges

    100gal tanks are awesome. Add water softener and ur rollin 1st class. Well worth it. I clean at 400 psi cpt, 200uph and 1200 tile (100 gal not enough for many tile jobs) bit i try not to nickle n dime people cause that will alienate customers n sometimes show up on yelp.
  11. drift56

    Final 3 : Vote here for member of the year 2015

    Undmfortunately.. Quantity ins always quality... Most of the posts are bored CCs just tryin to be funny.. Sometimes they succeed butbit makes it harder to find real usefull information too
  12. drift56

    Additional Charges

    But charging for power??? Are u using a porty? I think charging for water and power is ridiculous. At least were i live. If your profit margins are so slim u feel the need to charge for those common things you might consider increasing your prices to make healthy profit on most jobs and a lil...
  13. drift56

    Additional Charges

    I have a 3 tier price system that i usually dont discuss with client. Light, heavy and yuppy. $33/$46/$59 room yuppys pay for full service blue collar doesnt wanna pay for. But i do make a distinct charge for excessive conditions. If i have a regualr client (like realtors) who notice price...
  14. drift56

    Most reliable Truck Mount poll

    To be fair though ive never used amtex, judson, el diablo, or some of the others and it entirely possible one of those could knock my d@*€ in the dirt
  15. drift56

    Most reliable Truck Mount poll

    I believe what were looking for here is more of which truckmount has the highest owner rating percentage on reliability. And after using hydra spitfires, ptos 47s, 48s, with/without salsa.. Prochem blazers, peaks and legands... Chemtexs, white magic HO and cleanco 56.. On reliablity Cleanco wins...
  16. drift56

    Most reliable Truck Mount poll

    Cleanco 56!. Ive used over 30 machines now (from franchise days) and i hate to vote for a pto but this one is the exception. A vote on reliablity is hardly fair because over 70% of sales are prochem or hydramaster.. And most cleaners have only used a handful of machines if theyre well...
  17. drift56

    Need fresh eyes on my market

    All the time... lol. Unfortunately ignoring a problem rarely makes it change for the better.
  18. drift56

    Need fresh eyes on my market

    In the last 5 years my market has been flooded by "Work-Force Refuges". Ive been Cleaning for 8 years and on my own for the last 5 (which I guess makes me one of them) except I had experience and a love for the work. as a Sole Owner/Operator I find myself going around in circles about what I...
  19. drift56

    How to set your prices for carpet cleaning - Do's & Don'ts

    Thats part of the reason I price per Room. Never walk away from your customer or sit in front of them calculating. 7 x $x is easy to do in your head. Other reasons include; not cleaning sml furnished rooms with breakables for $10, easy of phone quotes for "Standard" Cleaning, not having to...
  20. drift56

    Got one for you 'per room guys'...

    Typically; Standard Steam Cleaning $99-132 depending on if large room is over my 225 sf room cap. I count a stair case as a room. Hvy add $15 room, DeO add $10 room and SG add $15 room... so up to @ $292 for full service. All depends on what the customer wants n needs. But I only phone quote...
  21. drift56

    I can't take it anymore..............Agitation vs Heat

    Have to admit the only TM ive ever skipped dry strokes with is a CleanCo 56... the carpets are usually dry in an hour without fans or dry strokes (still important not to zig zag though as forward passes dont get hit by vacuum) That machine is definately my favorite ever and Ive used all of the...
  22. drift56

    I just ordered my 4th amtex Machine, the Inferno 700

    Ok i appreciate all ya'll sticking up for this Ben guy.. says alot about him to have a few guys "gasping like a nun just farted in church" over a racial jab. Had he been standing in front of me he probably would a laughed if he has a sense of humor. dont know why so many white guys act like...
  23. drift56

    I can't take it anymore..............Agitation vs Heat

    Ill tell my family my family n friends sorry.. im sure theyll understand (and probably agree and by some buffers).. they always say its not easy having a redneck in la familia. haha. I gotta learn that when people read my posts they cant see my face or hear my tone of voice so a lot gets lost...
  24. drift56

    I just ordered my 4th amtex Machine, the Inferno 700

    I use a spitfire 3.2, a panther 18, a Commander HO, and a Quad 56.... they all bill out the same $ per hr. therefore first 2 are the most profitable... my buddy owns the second two they are fun to use and are capable of higher production rates (but my spitfire can still bang out a $1500 day in...