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Hello truckmountforums. I have recently been furloughed from my bus.financing job, and am strongly considering starting a carpet and T&G cleaning business in my area ( Brooklyn, NY). First off, i would like to say that this forum and it members have been extremely helpful with their insight. After weeks of research on this forum, I originally planned to jump into the deep end of the pool with a 10k start up investment ( portable with hoses and a wand, orbiter, ford transit connect, chemicals, LLC registration). This changed when i came across youtube videos of cleaners achieving pretty good results with low moisture cleaning with an orbiter on both carpet/ T&G. I ask for your advice on the following cleaning techniques:
FOR CARPET: dry vacuuming, prespray- black label, agitation with oreck, going over with a rental rug doctor- with rinsing solution, back to oreck with bonnet to help with drying time?
FOR TILE ( interested in doing commercial locations): prespray groutmaster, agitate with oreck, wet vacuuming, going over with an orbiter bonnet?

Do you see any issues with these cleaning techniques? I appreciate any advice and your time! Sorry for the long post.
 

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Do not go with a rug doctor setup, unless you're simply doing this part-time and plan on only doing 1-2 jobs a day. You simply won't be able to do more.
 

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I would focus on homes.

If i do not rinse with rug doctor, how will i neutralize the prespray? Should i soak the bonnet in a acid rinse solution and cut out the step with the rug doctor?Should i use a neutral prespray agent instead?

Thanks for replies!
 

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For homes, customers want to see a van and truckmount.

If I were you, I would get a low amp portable and clean condos/apartments.
 
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For homes, customers want to see a van and truckmount.

If I were you, I would get a low amp portable and clean condos/apartments.
I’d go to the Mytee site. Mytee airhog. Mytee waterhog or whatever else the have for solution. 175 buffer with brush and pad driver. Wand.
 
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Your still looking at 5-7k if your buying new. You could go on eBay also and get the startup porty package.
 

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Mytee Vortex is a good machine.
 

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I suggest a dual 2 stage machine. So you never have to worry about popping breakers.
 

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In my area, some apartments can not run an LX machine. Not even a dual 3 stage. Dual 2 stage is fine at 15 ft.
 

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Appreciate all of the advice. Will i be able to achieve similar results with an orbiter, good solution, enough agitation and a little elbow grease as a portable? Id like to start very slowly first to see if i can get enough traction with clients, get a better understanding of the local market and get an understanding of what this business is all about before i start investing in expensive equipment. Is this a reasonable approach, or is a portable an absolute must to provide great cleaning results? thx
 

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Is there any way you can attend a class or two? If you don't have the experience all the methods you are interested in doing could come back to haunt you. You do not want to use your customers carpet as an experiment. If you are going to go down that road I would try apartments to gain your experience. People today will pick up really fast if you are in it for the long haul or just joking around. I would never show up with a portable at someones house.
 

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A bonnet is not a good solution. Get a use dual 2 stage portable with 15 ft hose and learn how to clean carpets in apartments.
 

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To me especially if I were going to be working an area with high rises, the Mytee Airhog modular system is a pretty awesome system.
Appreciate all of the advice. Will i be able to achieve similar results with an orbiter, good solution, enough agitation and a little elbow grease as a portable? Id like to start very slowly first to see if i can get enough traction with clients, get a better understanding of the local market and get an understanding of what this business is all about before i start investing in expensive equipment. Is this a reasonable approach, or is a portable an absolute must to provide great cleaning results? thx
well then I’d say get a job working for a company. Starting out with a rug doctor and orbiter if you have enough money for a portable is foolish.......even a couple grand isn’t that big of an investment.
 

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As Odin would say we have a new troll.
 

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by no means trolling, just a lack of experience, and might come off that way. From what i can see the advice seems to be unanimous- start with apartments and buy a portable. thank you all for sharing.
 

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You can also contact local realtors and property management companies.
 

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You can also contact local realtors and property management companies.
Don’t just contact them
Buy 4-5 packets of the best-on trend chocolate biscuits/sweets and drop those with your cards
They will get noticed
It’s easy to sell yourself when your giving away chocolate biscuits
Personally I use Tim Tams
Even the The Prime Minister of England is swayed by Tim Tams
Tape your cards to the packet and give them a bunch
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