Im Bret, I've been cleaning carpet for around ten years, and pressure washing fleet vehicles for twenty years. Currently on the fence about starting my own carpet biz because while I do work extremely hard, and do good work, I am not a people person. I do not like people in general. I don't really have any hobbies, since I work just about every day. If drinking beer is a hobby, then I have one. Single never married, no kids, thank god. Not a family man either. I do love dogs tho. and marijuana. And especially sucking rug.
Rookie question: what is meant by rinsing the carpet?
I am Jerry,
I just purchased my first carpet cleaning kit, a Butler van/system. I also got a great deal on a portable system. I am planing to operate part-time until I retire from the military. I will use this time to learn the craft and get some mentoring from some of you seasoned experts. I truly am humbled by how much instructional information TMF has available for the novice like myself. Thanks for the add!
Amy in Charlotte NC here. Wound up in the industry six years ago by happy accident, after getting laid off at Christmas from a big hardware retail chain (thanks, orange box... cough cough). Best thing that could have ever happened to me, in retrospect, elsewise I'd never have wound up here! Wound up working for a very small distributor that caters to cleaning and disaster restoration here in town, slowly growing to serve a larger area (and I'm ok with slow, because it keeps things one-on-one and I get to keep all my guys on a first-name basis). I love the industries in which I am now engaged and can't imagine being happier than where I am now.
Started out as a vet student at NCSU (degrees in Microbiology and English, because I love language), intended to stay in that industry after I reached Technician status but unless you're the doctor you can't make a living at it. Considered going for LPN or RN but am too tender-hearted to ever lose a human patient. Losing critters was bad enough!
In my spare time I experiment with cleaning and restoration projects, read everything I can get my hands on, listen to music and play classical piano, and spoil my Maine Coon cat. I also rescue injured box turtles (an extremely vulnerable species here in the Carolinas) and raise Isobel zebra finches.
When I've got the funds I also fish, spelunk, and enjoy hiking and climbing. Best experience ever was a six-week-long dry camping trip all the way through Alaska and back, truly a life-changing event.