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    Marshall Brown


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    My only "guarantee" is to turn up & do my best (results as explained)
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    Beth n Rod

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    I will get back to you if someone else doesn't before me. Rod
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    Washing Raccoons

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    nice pressure washing, Mike!
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    Washing Raccoons


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    House cleaning is a very important us. We should clean our house properly because its very important for a hygienic life. House cleaning effect our health also if we live around garbage or dust, so we will be ill and we will become unhealthy.Cleaning is very important process for a human being for living a healthy life.
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    How to bring back the shine?

    I run a restaurant and I’m the head chef of the restaurant. It is not that big, I couldn’t rent a bigger space. We cook most of the food from my home. For that, I have remodeled my kitchen. It is a big space, bigger than my hallway and rooms combined. After cooking that from my home I deliver that to my restaurant. All the efforts that we put are clearly reflected in the kitchen floors, sink. Most of the kitchen space is tarnished and stained. The surfaces have lost the texture. Sinks have lost their luster and the kitchen floor have stained. I am thinking of doing a thorough clean up of the kitchen using house cleaning services in Mississauga. So I am shutting the restaurant for a few weeks so that I can clean my kitchen. Don’t know how long it's going to take or how effective it's going to be. I wish I could get the kitchen back as new as possible. I do clean the kitchen after the restaurant is closed every day. But the hard stains of the spices and tar of the oil and fire has left the place dull. Is cleaning services the best option for this? Is it effective in removing all the tough stains from the kitchen floor? Do you guys have any other ideas? Help is appreciated.
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    How to bring back the shine?

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    landa 4-3500

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    Whats the Best foamer?

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    Brown Carpet Troubles

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    G'day Rod, no I haven't seen that type of brush, thanks I'll have a look if I can find one. I use this one https://www.busybee.com.au/product/wash-brush-quad-4-side/ (the 13 inch quad) as it's super soft, plus dense and has good edges for getting into corners.
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    Sometimes "Softwashing" just isn't enough, so it's out with the brush. https://youtu.be/wWYIyxbKAcE And sometimes you just feel like showing off
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    Good on you for making it all this time never the less John. Rod
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    I'm a '64 model (if you want to know how old that is you can work it out yourself - I don't want to know) and this is definitely a young persons game, especially in summer. I've had a few injuries over the years and am not 100%, so only a couple of years left for me - but I do love working for myself, being outdoors & doing stuff for people.
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    Oops, I've forgotten how to insert the video, rather than just the link.... I'll get onto it right now
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    mike movila

    Lessons Learned in 2018

    Wow those are some wonderful lessons could not agree with you guys more. As far far guarantees I do not offer because As Rod implied there are those customers who will never be satisfied no matter how hard you try to please them. I always vouch to do the best job possible and yield the best results. I wish every one a prosperous 2019. Happy Spraying Mike
  36. 1 point
    The pressure switch auto on/off feature is due to how we typically use our machines. We don’t just turn them on and wash for extended periods of time. We attach foam cannons to administer a prewash, then we scrub, then we rinse. Wheels we would pre rinse, spray a,cleaner and let it sit, then scrub then rinse. Very intermittent use and most just prefer to not have the washer running continuous for an hour. The switch eliminates constantly turning the machine on and off giving us a nice work flow.
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    Custom Excel Spreadsheets

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    Beth n Rod

    Lessons Learned in 2018

    I find that customers like you described are often ones that have been either taken by another contractor or were given unreasonable expectations. I have won these types over by setting the expectations and when possible over delivering. Then there are ones that just can't be pleased no matter what and they expect miracles. These often have conditions that can't be reversed and likely induced by either the homeowner/diyer or a hack. Some people are so difficult that I will intentionally bid it high to deter their acceptance but in the case they become desparate set a very low expectation. In the case of excessive questions, I find it that they are insecure and often a bit squirrelley to begin with. I try to be patient but sometimes find I have to control the narrative and leave them with either yes or no responses because they don't understand aspects about the project/scope/technology/chemistry etc. This helps them to find a path to a decision but I often have to leave a comfort line at the end, something to the effect of....if you have any further questions you can call me at... Guarantees. What is to guarantee in our line of work? That the dirt will come off? That the results will last 'X' years? I offer none where this is concerned even if I am the first one on the job because there are things I have no control over. I don't make the sealers, chemicals, stains etc. that are being applied. I didn't get the substrate dirty and have no idea of what it has been subject to and no way to tell until AFTER the work begins to reveal what was hidden or obstructed/disguised. What are your thoughts on Guarantees? Rod
  39. 1 point
    Well I'm 51 going on 20 at 6:00 A.M. And 51 going on intention at 6:00 P.M. Lol Feel it in the hands and knees these days but otherwise no to bad.
  40. 1 point


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  41. 1 point

    job prices

    I love to share! I don't charge less than $300 plus tax. I won't leave my house for less, won't even keep talking to you on the phone if you keep pushing for less. No matter how small, or how long it DOESN'T take, $300 minimum. I like to charge $25/hr of driving one way in addition to about $100/hr or so in amount of time it would take for ONE person to complete the job. Which, by the way, is how its been going quite swimmingly I might add. Powerwash.com, I think, used to have a forum and somebody posted about pricing there. They said if you're not charging at least $100 - $150 per hour of cleaning time you might as well stay home. Myself, I added the $25 per hour driving charge. Because let's face it, some of us out here in the flyover country just can't make it with only charging based on the size or amount of time it takes to do just the cleaning. Break it down into extreme detail: $50 per fan $25 per filter $10 per linear foot of duct $25 per linear foot of hood Just for example. What are your thoughts? People don't like to share what they charge for their products or services because they don't want the competition to undercut them. I say, let them undercut me, when they screw up, I become WAY MORE VALUABLE! Especially if I mop up after myself or re-light pilot lights, it's always the little details that can keep you the job at the higher price versus your competitor that comes in at $100 or more than you. Because you know, your competitor may not go on the roof at all, they may not even show up with plastic to wrap the hood or they may not even show up with a pressure washer! *GASP* How many times has your customer replaced the fan motor? Do they know why? How loud is the fan? Can you hear anything? Why is the place filling up with smoke? What's NOT being done? Educate yourself, then educate your customer. Take photos/videos. Proof is Payment!
  42. 1 point

    Rust stains on composite decks

    Ok ... I'm just a little homeowner, not a contractor, but I AM WOMAN HEAR ME ROAR! LOL I figured out how to get Rust stains, that were left from my wrought iron furniture, off my Trex (2nd generation) light gray composite deck planks ......READY???? A simple and cheap Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda paste you can make, and an old toothbrush! IT WORKS! (I came to this site looking for a solution or recommendation and didn't so I started trying different things myself and WHOLA! Hope this helps! Each stain took me about 10 minutes, to scrub with this paste, but they all came up! Good Luck!
  43. 1 point
    Beth n Rod

    Newbie question

    I will expound on what Guy was saying. There is a sliding scale that many contractor use towards pricing and it is representative of the time, labor and materials it takes to complete a job. Higher price/sqft for smaller jobs and a reductively lower price/sqft as the job gets bigger. ie; 1.00/sqft - up to 200 sqsft. .75/sqft - up to 500sqft. .50/sqft - up to 1000sqft.....etc. Find out what it takes to do jobs of various types and look into your costs. How much fuel does your machine consume in an hour? Factor that into the price. What is your travel distance and factor costs for ass time in the vehicle for each person and a service area radius to base your rates on. Compute for larger distances as an additional charge upon the regular area. What are your overhead costs you have to meet each month? Divide that total by the number of days you work to come up with a minimum per day you need to meet those expenses and learn to factor that into your hourly costs overall. Many companies here have stated that they have certain minimums they will need to make before accepting any job. That is another thing to consider but beware, it is also market driven and demographically sensitive. You can price yourself out of business if your area of business can't support your costs if they are too high. Let me know if you have any questions... Rod
  44. 1 point

    Best foaming agent?

    I have been using Hadco Cling & Clean for about 4 years now. I wouldn't trade it for anything else. It can be purchased in drums for less than a dollar per gallon if bought in bulk. I just finished my first drum and it lasted almost a full year. I don't have to add anything to it if I don't want to. If I do, I just add water. The type and thickness of the grease determines the ratio. I use garden sprayers to apply the mixture. At first, I started out with sprayers that were not designed to foam but after some experimenting I discovered how to turn a non foaming garden sprayer into a foaming garden sprayer. The first foamers I developed relied solely on hand pumping. Then I began experimenting with how to add compressed air and modifying the wands and tips to control foam throw. I recently discovered pumpless garden sprayers. The pumpless sprayer I am currently using is working far better than any previous sprayer. The only problem with garden sprayers is that they are not designed to work at a very high psi. My first sprayers had a relief valve that operated at only 40psi. A pumpless sprayer is likely to not have a relief valve so I am being very cautious with the psi. If you force to much air in, you have a bomb. Depending on the quality of the connections, type of hose and quality of the wand, a higher psi could be obtained especially since pumpless sprayers are designed to be connected to city water pressures that could range from 40 up to 80psi. I use the compressed air "garden foamer" mostly indoors, however on occasion, I do use it outside on the exhaust fan and filters as needed. Most recently used the compressed air "garden foamer" at a Japanese Hibachi restaurant that has a total of eight exhaust fans and thirteen hoods. Even though it was freezing, the chemical, the "garden foamer" and the cleaning all went very well considering that was the first time the restaurant had been cleaned in the four years it has been open. Hadco Cling & Cling does burn aluminum, but if the metal has enough grease, the chemical will never touch the metal. The longer the chemical sits, the easier it is to clean. Just my experience. Thanks!
  45. 1 point
    4 hours is about an average time.... I have more job that take over four hours that I have that take less. Hot water unit is very helpful especially on initial service but on a given night I probably have more guys using electric machines with domestic hot water than diesel fired units. Right frequency, right chemical, and magnetic scrapers and you can have equal results. I would encourage you to get a diesel fired unit because there is a stigma attached to having them when you arrive on jobs and because some jobs you will be very glad you had one. Biggest thing I want in them is that they have pressure switches coming off the pump and not just operating on flow switches. Flow switches clog and are unstable and lead to too many injuries.
  46. 1 point

    Your advice and tips would be great!

    I was in the same situation when I first started my business. Trying to pick up customers to build a solid client base by offering a lower price. The problem there is that you're wasting your time and not making any money. Im not really familiar with FL pricing but I have a very large client base and the lowest job total I have is 300$ (except for one bbq joint that is just dust and a couple of daycares). Chinese....that's at a minimum 500$. If they don't like the price, kick rocks! On those restaurants you HAVE to make sure you're pricing accordingly, otherwise it's a waste of time. Again, Im not sure about FL, but here in the Carolinas, I try to stick to the 100$ an hour scale. When I do the quote, if I think the job will be 3 hrs, then its 300$. If it's 8 hrs, its 800$. Around here, that's the only way to stay profitable. I hope this helps. Im sure some of the guys on here can give better advice than me, only been doing this for about 5 years
  47. 1 point

    Resperator for chemical application

    Contacting OSHA is like kicking a sleeping dog. Just find a chemical respirator. Foaming keeps the chemical compacted and greatly reduces the airborne particulates. Spray it on , wait, it settles. Power wash it off.
  48. 1 point

    Whats the Best foamer?

    Fellow KEC workers this is just advice and my 2 cents. For years and years i have used a pump up sparyer, worked fine the the cost and agrivation sucked, from o rings going bad, hose that comes with them isnt worth the time,tips handles and so on,but it worked. Now the foamers same concept but much more costly, you got alot of the same things to worry about from hoses orings to a compressor that fails, but it works. Want to go cheap, effective, and truely works well Down Stream.....about 25 bucks for an injector which only has two o rings, a good fuel injector hose for the chem intake and a good SS screen no more then 50 bucks invested. I dont need to carry extra weight and drag extra hose,i can shoot the chemical distances that will pass a foamer or a pump. I at first was so used to and stuck to my pump ups and messing with this foam, i was convinced by a long distance friend to pull my old DS injector out and play with it. I am very good a DSing now. Works great too better then foam or pumpimg. Now you say how....read the above reasons and think about it. In our business we have to be the best at what we do but at the same time cost effective and in my years in the business DSing is the the ONLY way!! Hope this helps and if anyone needs help understanding how to use DSing i would be glad to share.JUst ask. Marko
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    magnetic scrapers

    If the forum isn't to learn, grow and share, then what's it for. I seen lots of guys here asking questions only to be ignored or shutdown. I guess we should all just ask our sales reps and hope that they are honest enough to steer us in the right direction.
  50. 1 point

    Ways of Bagging The Hoods

    Try 4mil use wedges on where the back splash is call me i can get you 4mil at a good price and you will see the durablity and you can pull it tight also the thin mil when the hot wate ris running in the one spot causes stretch which causes sag and sag causes splash. Marko