How long does it take to clean 500 sq ft of carpet.

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Tom Ingram

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I was just reading a thread and several people said they could clean 5 rooms in an hour. As a new guy in the business, speed / time is a concern for me. I use a RV360i on 99% of my jobs. I use a wand for edges and corners for the most part. I curious because I just quoted a lady to do about 1,000 sq feet of carpet, 4 bedrooms, hallway, steps, living room, dining room and office. I told her it would take me about 4-5 hours... She looked at me in shock and ask why so long. I showed her a video of how I clean and I got the job... I was also almost double the price the other 2 guys she had quote...
 
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What did you quote for a job that size. I also use 360i on every job. Customers always comment about me spending so much extra time then the others. Truthfully that's just how long it takes me to clean their carpet.
 
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Such a wide variance depending apon procedure, soiling, air movers,setup etc... IMO you're on the right track if you're going slow as apposed to too fast. If I wanted to, I could slam out a job of that size in one hour maybe less if I didn't prevaccuum or prescrub or rotary extract. Just prespray and saw-tooth stroke with a wand with my solution level set at 6 using dry slurry. Carpet would be too wet , too much alkali residue leave too much soluble and particulate matter behind but then again I could charge $ 99 for 5 rooms.
 
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You are going it right...Before I got into the business we used to use the one hour carpet cleaners every 4-6 months at our house. Looking back I can see all the shortcuts they used doing the job, but I had no clue because my carpets looked better. I was never unhappy with the work but I know now what real clean is about.
 

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Only hacks clean 5 rooms in an hr. no way can you pick up the water you're putting down sufficiently enough at that rate.

Well, unless it's apt cleaning, then who cares, but resi? No way.
 
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The only $100 cleaner I would even consider using today lives in LA..... We have no Johnny on the Spot in Oregon...:(
 

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You just made the point.. You where happy with them since you where the avgerage customer. My guys do a lot if 80 min jobs for $129 for 5 rooms. I make $$ & custy is happy. 4-5 hours is ridiculous.

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My only suggestion is that you should try to squeeze another 10-15 cents out of that job so you could make at least $100 per hour. Once you add scotchgard ( "I assume Mrs. Smith ,that you want me to give you a price to re-apply the scotchgard" ) then some decent profit starts kicking in.
 
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You just made the point.. You where happy with them since you where the avgerage customer. My guys do a lot if 80 min jobs for $129 for 5 rooms. I make $$ & custy is happy. 4-5 hours is ridiculous.

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No need to justify you're business model or your clientele. Go get 'em. OBTW, ain't it 10 am in the Bama? Go clean. ;)
 
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I never thought they were hacks... They cleaned the carpet based on the price they offered.via coupon or whatever special it was at the time. But I will say that they did not clean to an industry standard that I would have realized back then, and honestly the carpet basically got a traffic pattern hot water rinsing, no pre vac, no real agitation on basic spots, no corner cleaning, and barely any pre spray if any on some spots.
 

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No need to justify you're business model or your clientele. Go get 'em. OBTW, ain't it 10 am in the Bama? Go clean. ;)
Already on my way to 7 empty apartments. Was working until 11pm last night so I slept in. :cool:

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I have no sense of ego that my cleaning is more thorough than others. For me it serves a purpose of dollars and cents. At a $400 job average, one could do 3 jobs in a day to clear $1200 AND establish a more loyal clientele in the mix. $99 per room models can make the same in the day but you would have to do 6-10 stops and theses clients are much harder to cultivate because they chose you based on price, not quality.
 

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i'd say, 1/2 hour to and hour and a quarter, depending on conditions.

I clean it till it's clean, then dry it till it's dry. It takes as long as it takes.
 

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I have no sense of ego that my cleaning is more thorough than others. For me it serves a purpose of dollars and cents. At a $400 job average, one could do 3 jobs in a day to clear $1200 AND establish a more loyal clientele in the mix. $99 per room models can make the same in the day but you would have to do 6-10 stops and theses clients are much harder to cultivate because they chose you based on price, not quality.
True but in my market I compete with 7 other companies (and a bunch of tiny ones I don't count) and the low priced mentality is rampant. I'm the highest priced in town and clean about 5000 apartments in the summer. I do have some high end clients that demand more and pay more though. We also sell DuPont Teflon guard to one in three custy's as an add-on

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I was just reading a thread and several people said they could clean 5 rooms in an hour. As a new guy in the business, speed / time is a concern for me. I use a RV360i on 99% of my jobs. I use a wand for edges and corners for the most part. I curious because I just quoted a lady to do about 1,000 sq feet of carpet, 4 bedrooms, hallway, steps, living room, dining room and office. I told her it would take me about 4-5 hours... She looked at me in shock and ask why so long. I showed her a video of how I clean and I got the job... I was also almost double the price the other 2 guys she had quote...
I wouldn't worry all that much about the speed. 4-5 hrs does sound excessive for a normal job. I believe you can find ways to be more efficient without sacrificing quality. I have never used a 360i (I use a 175 then wand) but I would assume that it should be able to get most edges without a wand. Do you also use the 360i under the furniture? I would think that is an unnecessary step and unproductive unless there are stains under the furniture. As for the corners I use a wand on all jobs and just use rotary in traffic areas but most corners have nothing more than dust. I'm guessing you are pre-vaccing the job moving the furniture in and out for vac and then again to clean.... you are losing a bunch of production there.
I'm a one man crew so I do things a bit differently than I would if I had a helper....In my case I don't prevac but I ask the customer to vac any areas that will be cleaned. That pretty much covers the common sense portion of what I move and don't move. If I did prevac I would move furniture vac then clean with wand, move furniture to it's original location chip/block then do open areas with 175 then wand.
 

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My speed depends on price. If somebody wants a "basic clean" and to keep it cheap, they get a "basic clean" and I keep the scales even.

I also offer a "deep cleaning", where the RV comes out, especially for traffic areas or stains. Then time and $$ goes up. I try to read the customer as best as I can.
 

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True but in my market I compete with 7 other companies (and a bunch of tiny ones I don't count) and the low priced mentality is rampant. I'm the highest priced in town and clean about 5000 apartments in the summer. I do have some high end clients that demand more and pay more though. We also sell DuPont Teflon guard to one in three custy's as an add-on

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In my area also I fight the low price mentality. I've seen quite a few high priced cleaners come and go over the years. There are 5 of us here, 3 area close on pricing and the other 2 are low ballers. I think it really depends on what part of the country your in which dictates the $ you can charge and stay in business. I have quite a few clients that live in multi million $ homes but they always ask about price. It's like their obsessed with saving a buck even though they don't need to.
 

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Only hacks clean 5 rooms in an hr. no way can you pick up the water you're putting down sufficiently enough at that rate.

Well, unless it's apt cleaning, then who cares, but resi? No way.
Why wouldn't you care about an "apt" José?...