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I've done cc for 20 years now. I remember in the 90's as soon as you walked into a home it was wall to wall carpet (even in some bathrooms and kitchens). As time went on hardwood flooring became less expensive and more popular.

I saw the change and got into window and duct cleaning. Today in a typical home I see very little carpet. Maybe on the stairs or in the basement.

I had many contracts with restaurants that have all changed to tile ( I clean t/g also but the demand isn't as strong as cc was).

Just wondering if anyone else has felt the pinch. Maybe it's a location thing but if my business relied on just cc alone, I wouldn't have made it.
 

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Everything gets dirty and neglected. Diversify to survive.
 

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Not really here in my area, besides we currently do everything but wood/laminate floors which keeps us plenty busy


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Not at all. I just did 2 hardwood jobs in the last 3 weeks. One for $1000 and the other for $755.
 

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Hard seems to be popular in areas who get a lot of snow. Here in the desert most people have carpet at least in their rooms and most apartments are carpet throughout.
 

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Do you recommend using a Karcher machine like the one posted above or using a 175.
I prefer the 175 and a squeegee head gekko wand.

do you move furniture, work around it, or have them move it?
I move everything. If I can move it off the wood and leave it off (such as putting everything onto carpet or tile) then the price is $1 a sq ft. If it is a job like I did a couple months ago where the whole downstairs is hardwood and the furniture has to be moved twice it becomes a 2 day job (no matter how big) and the price is $1.50 a sq ft.
 
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I prefer the 175 and a squeegee head gekko wand.



I move everything. If I can move it off the wood and leave it off (such as putting everything onto carpet or tile) then the price is $1 a sq ft. If it is a job like I did a couple months ago where the whole downstairs is hardwood and the furniture has to be moved twice it becomes a 2 day job (no matter how big) and the price is $1.50 a sq ft.
I'm doing my first monday, I am having to do it in halves. A step by step write up with pics would be awesome Todd. any chance of talking you into doing it?
 

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I did 1300 sq ft today in a restaurant. I used the cimex, beige pads, spartan strategic cleaner at 2-3oz per gal, and then extracted it with my turbo force brush head. It worked really great. No finish or sanding but I unspectacular they will call me back wanting that.

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I'm doing my first monday, I am having to do it in halves. A step by step write up with pics would be awesome Todd. any chance of talking you into doing it?
I'll PM you after dinner.
 

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I am doing hardwood floor in the morning at a bed n breakfast $1275. This past week i did a 2 day job hardwood + clean and seal slate $2300 for both. Its the best thing i ever added for sure.
 

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I prefer the 175 and a squeegee head gekko wand.



I move everything. If I can move it off the wood and leave it off (such as putting everything onto carpet or tile) then the price is $1 a sq ft. If it is a job like I did a couple months ago where the whole downstairs is hardwood and the furniture has to be moved twice it becomes a 2 day job (no matter how big) and the price is $1.50 a sq ft.
Did you see the video todd of Richard Baldwin cleaning hard wood using his spinner? Ever see that before?

I would love to get into it as well but like most would say, where do you put furniture?

One idea I had was using my moving company from my biz group but what customer is willing to pay for that.
 

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Did you see the video todd of Richard Baldwin cleaning hard wood using his spinner? Ever see that before?

I would love to get into it as well but like most would say, where do you put furniture?

One idea I had was using my moving company from my biz group but what customer is willing to pay for that.
Not sure I would use a spinner as you need too much psi. I usually rinse using my tile wand and 100 psi followed by a mop.