How would you clean this | TruckMount Forums #1 Carpet Cleaning Forums

How would you clean this

blubby07

New Member
Sep 2, 2011
10
1
3
ca
Real Name
Joshua Holt
Business Location
United States
Asked to bid on a casino and it’s never been HWE always just in house bonnet cleaned.
It’s extremly dirty and approx 3500 sq ft.
I was thinking powerstrike as a prespray and heat wave as a detergent using an rx20 following with a bonnet and blowers to get it dry in a hurry for wicking.
But would using an all fiber rinse be better because it’s been loaded with god knows what for so many years?
Also how would u bid something like this that has to be done starting at 1am?
I’m thinking 3k
Any comments good or bad would be appreciated.
48747BF0-00D9-40BD-9639-D1E93E1EA7B0.jpeg
492F8796-7CAF-4D68-9339-DA8AC369A799.jpeg
48747BF0-00D9-40BD-9639-D1E93E1EA7B0.jpeg
492F8796-7CAF-4D68-9339-DA8AC369A799.jpeg
64F23FC6-5C7E-4816-B735-0CF8D0F7DCED.jpeg
 

Todd the Cleaner

Todd Cottino
Staff member
Administrator
Moderator
Premium VIP
Sep 4, 2011
22,723
14,690
113
48
Pahrump, Nevada, United States
www.toddscleaningservice.com
Real Name
Todd Cottino
Business Location
United States
Casino carpet usually cleans up quite well. You may or may not need to scrub it. I would go in and prespray a heavily soiled area and try just using the wand. You may be surprised just how well it cleans up. After seeing the results you will know if you need to use a scrubber or rotary extractor. I would probably try to avoid the rotary extractor as it’s a lot more time consuming and uses more water causing longer dry times.

Go for what ever price you think you can get. If your casinos are anything like our casinos they are probably looking to pay $.15-.20 per square foot. If you are the only one bidding on the job then start higher. You can always negotiate with the customer if needed.
 

Scott W

Preferred Vendor
Premium VIP
Feb 14, 2006
16,322
6,892
113
67
West Jordan, UT
www.interlinksupply.com
Identify the fiber. Casino carpets are often wool. This may present issues with drying times, shrinkage, browning and more.

Wool often cleans up very well, but any carpet that has been neglected for years will have an accumulation of soil. Wicking will be a problem. You may need to make multiple cleaning passes to really flush out all the soil. Charge enough to allow for you to do the job right. This will not be fast.

The number of square feet and how much needs to be move will be factors. I would expect 20 cents plus for the initial cleaning. If they get it cleaned on a regular schedule (maybe encapsulation each month and HWE twice per year) future cleanings can be around 12 cents.
 

floorclean

Well-Known Member
Mar 31, 2016
897
554
93
Real Name
Dale MacDonald
Wow! Is the US market really as cheap as 12 cents per square foot?
That floors me(pun intended)
 

Mama Fen

Well-Known Member
Jul 18, 2012
3,334
3,572
113
Real Name
no name
Business Location
United States
Casino carpets tend to be custom-made (all sorts of interesting story behind that) and code generally requires that they either be wool, or treated with flame retardant. As such, casino carpet ought to command a decent price for cleaning. If you're cleaning them at too low a price, you're hurting not just yourself, but everyone else who handles casinos for a living.

Just a thought.
 

Todd the Cleaner

Todd Cottino
Staff member
Administrator
Moderator
Premium VIP
Sep 4, 2011
22,723
14,690
113
48
Pahrump, Nevada, United States
www.toddscleaningservice.com
Real Name
Todd Cottino
Business Location
United States
Wow! Is the US market really as cheap as 12 cents per square foot?
That floors me(pun intended)
I lose bids all the time to guys doing commercial carpet at $.05
 

Scott W

Preferred Vendor
Premium VIP
Feb 14, 2006
16,322
6,892
113
67
West Jordan, UT
www.interlinksupply.com
Casinos are generally very large areas. For large open spaces and encap methods, 5 cents can still be profitable. 12 cents can be OK for HWE. But, I would never suggest those prices for residential or smaller retails areas.
 

floorclean

Well-Known Member
Mar 31, 2016
897
554
93
Real Name
Dale MacDonald
I think there’s a big difference between the US markets and the Canadian markets. Due to the fact that a very large section of our work force are under some union or other it dictates the price of everything is higher. It’s very very difficult to get anyone to even start in our cleaning industries for less than a starting wage of $17/ per hour. And that’s by no means a high wage. I think our market would be a little more comparable to the Austrilian one.
It’s why I get so surprised when I hear what some guys are working for by the square foot. Both in carpet cleaning and hard floor maintenance. I’d have been bankrupt years ago. The only time I’ve heard of anyone carpet cleaning for $0.12/per is a newbie that just doesn’t know what he’s doing.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Scott W