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Frank7847

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Hi Guys,
I’m looking for some advice on cleaning these. A company was in cleaning them a month ago but client not happy, they are in poor shape. Any advice would be appreciated. Also they want the curtains cleaned as well, 30ft high, I’m not sure what to do but hate turning down work.
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It does look like rinsing is not a favorite part of cleaning process of the previous cleaner, it seem like cleaning solution crystalized all over the material from not being extracted diligently. To me, seats need a good hot rinse with a thorough vacuum, especially where seat material
( poly?) meets the plastic rim.
 
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My first test for those would be to test one with just water using a clear tool or putting a clear sight glass on and seeing how much soap is coming out and how long it takes to remove it.
 

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I agree, do some testing with different presprays and ratios, see what you can make work
 
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just finished a theater seat job last year..or so.....
major workout.....

i cleaned about 250 seats....
charged a bout 3$ a seat in a package deal for their carpet...
hope you get more....

i would use the hydraforce no trigger upholstery tool....
great tool
rinse with flex ice or other acid rinse.....

lite prespot with Robs secret formula.....
or you might just try rinsing it out....

full volume fan on each end of the seats as you finish.....

those seats can wick back but not as bad as car seats.....
 

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About the curtains... They will often clean just like upholstery. Give them two prices. One where you clean them from about 6' down and one where you clean them all the way up.
 

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Guys, really appreciate all the feed back on cleaning the seats. I’m going to try a few of them on Tuesday morning so I’ll revert back with the results. Going to try hot water extraction with no soap on the 1st seat and see how I go. Never thought I’d say it but I’m looking for to cleaning upholstery
 
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About the curtains... They will often clean just like upholstery. Give them two prices. One where you clean them from about 6' down and one where you clean them all the way up.
Great suggestion about the 2 quotes. The worst part is just the 1st few feet so they might be happy with that
 
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How did it go?
Apologies for taking so long to get back to you about the seats. I tried steam only but no effect. I then tried extracting using a soap. It cleaned up better but not perfect. It’s Easter break and kids are off school so I have to wait to go back after the holidays to hook up the truck mount and do a hot extraction with soap. I’ll post photos when I’m done.

 

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Those seats will clean up like new but you can't clean them for $3, and make any money on them. Most of that appears to be artificial butter and completely removable. If you cleaned 10 seats per hour and you won't (an experienced crew will) how will you make any money? Why would you bid the seat cleaning so low in hopes for the carpets? If you don't make money on the seats how are you going to make money on the carpets? You are training your client to expect cheap rates. We do a lot of chairs a year and the only ones we do that cheap are seat only and that's doing 600 to 800 at a time every year.
The reason those seats look like they do is because they don't clean them often enough and when they do its always the cheapest or cheap guy.
 
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get a hydramaster dri tool
https://hydramaster.com/?s=drimaster&post_type=product
get an apo......
https://www.zoro.com/little-giant-sump-pump-13-hp-1-12in-npt-18ft-max-ci-6-cia/i/G3010987/
drop it down in your tank and run a cord........to the 120 volt....
and 1 of these ...it may not come with 1....
run a water hose to the drain.....

get that dude knocked out........
yes it is hard work...but it can be done......

I believe I cleaned 250 seats....solo
about 13 per row....
cleaned 2-3 rows an hour....took about 7-8 hours.....

3$ a seat....it can be done , but you gotta have the equipment...
 
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The seats posted, if you get them clean will take 4 to 8min per seat. No way in hell will one man CLEAN 39 or 30 seats per hour unless your jus hauling ass over them and leaving what don't come out.
 
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I agree it is impossible to clean 30 seats an hour if:

1. you dont have a high vacuum high heat TM
2. If you dont have an APO
3. If you dont have a triggerless upholstery tool
4. If you are not using the correct prespot(RSF)
and rinse(Flex ICE)

All 4 of these will cut your cleaning time in half...at least
 
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The seats posted, if you get them clean will take 4 to 8min per seat. No way in hell will one man CLEAN 39 or 30 seats per hour unless your jus hauling ass over them and leaving what don't come out.
I clean 39 or 30 seats per hour without blinking and I come on
No and I'm not hauling butt I'm just working
maybe after you get some experience under your belt you'll know how to clean fast and have an amazing appearance when done
All you have to do is get everything set up right and go to work!!!!

Every once in awhile newbie will show up on the board and say it's not possible to go that fast lol.
when Old-Timers and prose do it on the daily no complaints still got all the good work.

Ray to hear you throw a fit over this one my son and I clean 248 dining room chairs in an 3hours and 48 minutes and yes we were hauling butt. They were filthy nasty disgusting never been touched in 30 years
At a country club
I have an invoice start time and finish time to prove it!!!
 

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6-7 seats an hour not including ...setup?????

just doing the math?????
1 movie theater = 200 seats
200 x 8 minutes = 1600 minutes /60= 27 man hours

if it is 2 man crew that is 54 man hours!!!!!

that is 3- 4 full nights with 2 men...not good
especially for grave yard work
 
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Yme, been a professional cleaner for 30yrs delivering results that others can't. And yes those chairs soaked with butter is going to take time to remove it all. At 30 chairs an hour no way you can prep, disolve, rinse and clean the edge of every chair. That mentality is why we have plenty of work at prices 2 and 3 times what others charge with no advertising. To each his own
 
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I would offer them
dry foam (low moisture) at $11 each seat but id explain that, that was what the other company was doing or you could try HWE at
$25 each. But communicate and explain everything very, VERY Well

The curtains you will have to charge a whole lot more.

Youll need to rent a scaffold or electric scissor or boom.

you might be able to remove and take to dry cleaners or vacuum well and do low moisture/dry foam
charge per yard $30-65 plus rental
 
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get a hydramaster dri tool
https://hydramaster.com/?s=drimaster&post_type=product
get an apo......
https://www.zoro.com/little-giant-sump-pump-13-hp-1-12in-npt-18ft-max-ci-6-cia/i/G3010987/
drop it down in your tank and run a cord........to the 120 volt....
and 1 of these ...it may not come with 1....
run a water hose to the drain.....

get that dude knocked out........
yes it is hard work...but it can be done......

I believe I cleaned 250 seats....solo
about 13 per row....
cleaned 2-3 rows an hour....took about 7-8 hours.....

3$ a seat....it can be done , but you gotta have the equipment...
At $3.00 a seat!?!?

You actually pre vacuum, apply pre spray, scrub, and thoroughly rinse ???!!

Sorry but something is wrong with the cleaning or the cost or both.
Im guessing youre just running some detergent through solution line doing here and there spotting.

Im at $4.08 per gallon theres no way I would ever charge $3 bucks a seat, thats not money thats not smart. thats working harder and faster, but not very business bright