Need Professional Advice, Patricks Lancaster Carpet Cleaning

PATRICK YANELLO

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Dear TMF,

I welcome your feedback on my plans to soon "officially" launch my professional carpet cleaning business in Lancaster, Pa.

So you can provide your professional guidance, here is where I am at in the process...

1. Equipment

. Clarke MA10 12E Upright Micro Scrubber, Complete, 12" (like a Lindhaus, mainly for cleaning wood floors)
. Koblenz 13 inch 175 Rotary Machine
. Rotovac Bonzer
. Rotovac Shear Dry Upholstery Tool
. Nautilus Extreme 500 PSI 8.4 Vacs, with Hose Package
. A 2 Jet Wand
. Oreck Commercial Upright Vacuum with 40ft Power Cord, U2000R1
. Kirby Sentria Vacuum Cleaner
. Miele Canister Vac
. Wagner 0282036 715 Power Steamer (Red spot help)
. Drill Rotary Brushes for Stair Agitation
. Deck Brush for Stair/Other Agitation

2. Supplies

. Chemical Sample Pack from Bonnet Pro
. Chemical Sample Pack from TMF
. Basic Coatings SQK CONC GAL Squeaky Concentrate Cleaner
. Chemical Sample Pack from Odercide
. Goo Gone Pro-Power – Surface Safe, Remover, Great Cleaner, No Harsh Odors, Can be used on tools and machinery, 8 fl oz
. Fels Naptha Laundry Bar and Stain Remover,
. Can of Cold Spray for Gum, Etc.


3. Miscellaneous

. Reusable Felt Sliders to Move Heavy Furniture Quickly and Easily
. Danco 10513 15/16"-27M / 5/64"-27F X 3/4" GHTM or 55/64"-27M Multi-Thread Garden Hose Aerator Adaptor, Chrome (for connecting to inside and outside faucets)
. Dritz Deluxe Seam Ripper (for removing hair from vacuum cleaner rollers)
. Rubbermaid Commercial BRUTE Bucket, 14-Quart, Gray
. Lifetime 28240 Height Adjustable Folding Personal Table, 30 by 20 Inch, Almond (for upholstery cleaning pillows)
. Winco WCS-25 2-Sided Wet Floor Caution Sign, Yellow
. Patton 20-inch High Velocity Fan, PUF2010B-BM
. Chemical Guys ACC_201_BRUSH_HD Heavy Duty Carpet Brush with Drill Attachment, Red
. 2 Piece, Soft & Medium Drill Brush Power Scrubbing Brush Drill Attachment for Cleaning Showers, Tubs, Bathrooms, Tile, Grout, Carpet, Tires, Boats by Drillstuff
. Solo 418 One-Hand Pressure Sprayer, 1-Liter
. Kiwi 100% Horsehair Shine Brush
. Spotting Brush #72 White Nylon
. Grandi Groom Carpet Rake
. Chapin 20002 Poly Lawn and Garden Sprayer For Fertilizer, Herbicides and Pesticides , 2 Gallon

4. Marketing

. My professional website: http://www.LancasterCarpet.Cleaning/
. Youtube intro video, a collage of my equipment, or a cleaning job or two.
. Facebook intro
. Polo work shirts, with name tag
. 5.11 TacLite Pro Pants
. Auto magnets
. Business card
. Service/Price Flyer
. EDDM Free Floor/Room Cleaning Offer to Select Routes/Homes
. TMF Premium Membership, with Internet Backlink Services
.

5. Experience

. Mentored by TMF members
. TMF Premium Membership/Benefits
. IIRC Upholstery Cleaning Class/Training
. IIRC Carpet Cleaning Class/Training
. Industry Convention
. Private Industry Expert Consulting
. Tile and Carpet Cleaning Experience

Ask me questions and provide any insight you may have. I greatly appreciate it.
My goal is to be the best floor cleaner I can be for my clients, with your expert help!

Sincerely,
Patrick's Lancaster Carpet Cleaning
LancasterCarpet.Cleaning
 

PATRICK YANELLO

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More miscellaneous things I have...

. Groom Industries Grime Reaper Pet Hair and Fur Removal Upholstery Brush
. Pumice Cleaning Stone with Handle - High Density, Sturdy, Fine Grit
. Litmus pH Test Strips
. All Purpose Bathroom Surfaces Shower, Tub, and Tile Power Scrubber Brush Cleaning Kit
. Groom Industries Dirty Grout Demon Grout Cleaning Brush
 

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Drop cloths. Hit up depot for canvas drops. Need for upholstery overspray, and just to cover any surface needed. Especially with this snow. Machine washable too.

Bonnet pro has paper leave behind floor signs. Good to have. When you leave job still wet.

Bone scraper or pc carpet shark i like.
Get yourself a pouch to carry all this in. Depot has basic utility pouch 7-Pocket Utility Pouch

https://homedepot.app.link/lR2bMWU0sJ can fit furniture tabs, shark,duckbill shears, fels bar in.

I may have missed it but didnt see wagner steamer or a iron in your list.
Good choice on the extractor. You got alot of stuff there. After few jobs youll know what you can and cant do without.
Never leave home without defoamer
Hp your choice
Red remover your choice
Rust remover
Pog can be subbed by your goof off or whatever. But i like pog personally or power gel

A few 5 gal buckets cause you never know.

Cords multiple legnths porty’s need power
2-25’
1-50’
At least 1-100’
Can go on but youll catch on to your needs as you get into it.
 

PATRICK YANELLO

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Drop cloths. Hit up depot for canvas drops. Need for upholstery overspray, and just to cover any surface needed. Especially with this snow. Machine washable too.

Bonnet pro has paper leave behind floor signs. Good to have. When you leave job still wet.

Bone scraper or pc carpet shark i like.
Get yourself a pouch to carry all this in. Depot has basic utility pouch 7-Pocket Utility Pouch

https://homedepot.app.link/lR2bMWU0sJ can fit furniture tabs, shark,duckbill shears, fels bar in.

I may have missed it but didnt see wagner steamer or a iron in your list.
Good choice on the extractor. You got alot of stuff there. After few jobs youll know what you can and cant do without.
Never leave home without defoamer
Hp your choice
Red remover your choice
Rust remover
Pog can be subbed by your goof off or whatever. But i like pog personally or power gel

A few 5 gal buckets cause you never know.

Cords multiple legnths porty’s need power
2-25’
1-50’
At least 1-100’
Can go on but youll catch on to your needs as you get into it.

Ok, thanks. Today, I am going to Home Depot to pick up a fridge order, and will get the canvas washable drop cloths, and look to get the Husky Utility 7 Pocket pouch you listed.

. Wagner 0282036 715 Power Steamer (Red spot help)

I really appreciate your input on this.

Patrick
 
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Drop cloths. Hit up depot for canvas drops. Need for upholstery overspray, and just to cover any surface needed. Especially with this snow. Machine washable too.

Bonnet pro has paper leave behind floor signs. Good to have. When you leave job still wet.

Bone scraper or pc carpet shark i like.
Get yourself a pouch to carry all this in. Depot has basic utility pouch 7-Pocket Utility Pouch

https://homedepot.app.link/lR2bMWU0sJ can fit furniture tabs, shark,duckbill shears, fels bar in.

I may have missed it but didnt see wagner steamer or a iron in your list.
Good choice on the extractor. You got alot of stuff there. After few jobs youll know what you can and cant do without.
Never leave home without defoamer
Hp your choice
Red remover your choice
Rust remover
Pog can be subbed by your goof off or whatever. But i like pog personally or power gel

A few 5 gal buckets cause you never know.

Cords multiple legnths porty’s need power
2-25’
1-50’
At least 1-100’
Can go on but youll catch on to your needs as you get into it.

Ok, thanks. Today, I am going to Home Depot to pick up a fridge order, and will get the canvas washable drop cloths, and look to get the Husky Utility 7 Pocket pouch you listed.

. Wagner 0282036 715 Power Steamer (Red spot help)

I really appreciate your input on this.

Patrick

I liked the longer narrow drops. They work well in halls and on steps. Plus when cleaning upholstery like a full sofa. You can use 2. One slid under front legs and one under back legs meet in middle. Makes it easier i think. Since you can just tilt sofa instead of lifting it ya know.
 
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PATRICK YANELLO

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I liked the longer narrow drops. They work well in halls and on steps. Plus when cleaning upholstery like a full sofa. You can use 2. One slid under front legs and one under back legs meet in middle. Makes it easier i think. Since you can just tilt sofa instead of lifting it ya know.
Agreed, thats what i have on my cart right now, the narrow, 9 foot long washable canvas drop cloth, but not the heavy duty one.
 

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I liked the longer narrow drops. They work well in halls and on steps. Plus when cleaning upholstery like a full sofa. You can use 2. One slid under front legs and one under back legs meet in middle. Makes it easier i think. Since you can just tilt sofa instead of lifting it ya know.
Agreed, thats what i have on my cart right now, the narrow, 9 foot long washable canvas drop cloth, but not the heavy duty one.

Should be good enough. Think i got the red everbilt label ones. Just want to make sure its thick enough to absorb and hold moisture. They have barrier ones. But there not washable.
 

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Should be good enough. Think i got the red everbilt label ones. Just want to make sure its thick enough to absorb and hold moisture. They have barrier ones. But there not washable.
Ok, i will get the thicker ones instead. 3 bucks more each.
 

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Should be good enough. Think i got the red everbilt label ones. Just want to make sure its thick enough to absorb and hold moisture. They have barrier ones. But there not washable.
Ok, i will get the thicker ones instead. 3 bucks more each.

Yeah the 8 ounce ones are almost see-through if you held it up to the light. Better quality in the 10oz drops.
 

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don't forget the sliders for wood floors and moving blanket to put under your machine when you are on wood floors
Ok, i got the sliders, a bunch of big ones. Need to get a moving blanket.
 

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Buy your machine first and foremost then get wamd, bonzer.......
However no matter the machine you will always need a 175 scrubber.........

I have a sun joe pressure pump and northern tool heater and have stripped down and supped
up my tm to only a blower and engine....very inexp
You could get a blower engine for around 5-6k
Add the heater for 1500$
Pump for 200$
That's my setup

Or a fully tm for 7k wo hoses.....


http://www.namcomfg.com/namco3/shop/item.aspx?itemid=474
This is an option...for truckmount
 

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Buy your machine first and foremost then get wamd, bonzer.......
However no matter the machine you will always need a 175 scrubber.........

I have a sun joe pressure pump and northern tool heater and have stripped down and supped
up my tm to only a blower and engine....very inexp
You could get a blower engine for around 5-6k
Add the heater for 1500$
Pump for 200$
That's my setup

Or a fully tm for 7k wo hoses.....


http://www.namcomfg.com/namco3/shop/item.aspx?itemid=474
This is an option...for truckmount
Hi, great advice. That wasnt a wish list of things, but pretty much what i have or whats in the purchase pipeline already. I will look into what you said about that tm idea. I sense you are quite good/skilled with the tm and porty maint, mod stuff. If were to get a tm, it would be a full blown deal with a service co. Then, after having it for a while, i may want to try what you said. Thanks again for your advice.
 

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Moving blankets from harbor freight and 15 at least corner guards plus 7-10 huggers ---- 90% of your competition doesnt do this and it makes you stand out big time.

Sally's 40 vol peroxide --- not on your chem list and probably the most important one, along with fels.. pretty much ditch all your other spotters other than red remover

vehicle wrap and an extremely extremely clean looking van, I mean f*cking show room ready --- 90% of your competition doesnt have it

zero oil leaks, extremely good hygiene, polished tools, and a well organized truck.

most everyone your competing against cant fathom this level of business and thats why they will always be the $99 guys.

also IMO lose the bonzer it sucks, and definitely re think/eliminate the free room offer... it also sucks
 

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Get a marketing plan.......
Homes. Apts. rentals. Resturants????????
Then get the machine to match your target customers.....
Also go clean with 1-2 people...to get onsight info.....
 

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Get a marketing plan.......
Homes. Apts. rentals. Resturants????????
Then get the machine to match your target customers.....
Also go clean with 1-2 people...to get onsight info.....
Hi, you recommend a cover all bases plan, right? Not sure what you mean bu 1-2 people to get onsight info, while cleaning. Thanks for your advice
 

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HWE
Upholstery
Tile & Grout
Spot removal

Those 4 would make your life so much easier and profitable for decades to come.
 

PATRICK YANELLO

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HWE
Upholstery
Tile & Grout
Spot removal

Those 4 would make your life so much easier and profitable for decades to come.

Ok, are these going to be offered/linked to new membership levels?

Also, what/when are you doing in person classroom training? Any scheduled in the months ahead, classes at TMF?