Looks like we both joined the forum within weeks of each other so we both know how the forum used to be compared to now. I have used a bunch of products from Bridgepoint over the years and like how they work but I refuse to go to our local store because the almost never have what I went for month after month so I had to order everything. I do not mind ordering online but once you start going that route your options open up a lot more and there are many places to chose from.Jason i totally understand where your coming from and its sad that this forum has become monopolised to such an extent that you get criticised for asking about products that are not tmf branded.This forum use to be open to all suggestions/recommendations/preferences from carpet cleaners who use many types/brands based on their own experience in the field.I have never tried Soap daddy products but have been using Bridgepoint products for a few years now and get great results,and yes i have tried tmf products however Bridgepoint are cheaper and achieve same results.You guys think your paying alot try paying around $90 - $100 a 6.5lb tub of biopro or secret formula by the time it freights to New Zealand
I remember you talking about prices and market a while ago. I think that some of us, e.g. Chicagoland cleaners, don't have to put as much effort ( provided that we can show same great results) to acquire new customers and hold on to them despite the fact that area is saturated with carpet cleaning companies. Still, you can be picky if you can choose from almost 10 million people living in 50-60 miles radius. Having said that I have so much more respect for you .Here is the situation. I do not live in an area that I can charge as much as many others do, I would guess our prices across the board is probably 30% lower than what the average is throughout the U.S. We do high quality work and have more than double the amount of 5 star reviews as anyone else in our area and have the largest Facebook following with over 4,000 but we can only get away with charging what the market will allow us to.
With that being said if we are buying the same products both chemicals and equipment our profit is going to be 30% lower (give or take) and I need to come up with ways to increase profit without sacrificing quality. If this makes me a "price shopper carpet cleaner" that is worried about how much things cost than so be it but I need to look out for my business and family. My 20 year old son works with me and I am not a 1 man show working for beer money.
Yes there is very little talk about other chemical lines on here but I am looking for information and I asked knowing how it would turn out but hoping someone would buck the trend and give their results. I know many members use other products but they don't post about it so if anyone can help send me a PM.
Thanks for the honest appraisal. Couple things that made us go in the other direction vs other formulators. In Unchained we opt with safer essentials vs harmful but inexpensive phthalates and other syns. So naturally raws cost a bit more like organic foods but considerably safer.I've used several soap daddy products. The OSR +, I do like. It is a bit cheaper than TMF's Pure O2, so I use it. I don't use it very often though. Grout Daddy was a major let down for me. I have only ever used Groutmaster. I was out of it and had a lot of grout daddy, so I attempted to use it, and it failed miserably compared to what Groutmaster does. I went home, ordered more, and went back when the shipment arrived and fixed it. The p-sor is a really good pet stain and odor treatment. It is not as good at odor removal as Unchained, but the stain treatment is probably equal in my opinion. Primetime Enzyme worked decent, but I expected the scent to be better. I personally chose to stick with TMF, Bridgepoint Presprays, and rinse agents, as I know they are consistent, and I have never been disappointed. I don't mind spending a little extra per house to know that when I am cleaning, it's the best cleaning I can do. But when it comes to OSR +, P-Sor, I don't mind using Soap Daddy. Just my personal experience with it.