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    AAA Tile & Grout Services
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    Derek Morgan
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    Arlington, Texas
  • Occupation
    Own my own vending company, floor cleaning & janitorial business
  • Biography
    Ex-Navy Man decided to get into the service industry. Own hours and Independence
  1. Its been awhile since I have posted, but I have notice their has been some interest in the tile and grout cleaning field. I have over ten years experience, but only been in business now for a little over a year. Although my tile and grout restoration business is very much a baby--it is starting to crawl and eventually walk. We have done some commercial, but we mostly specialize in residential. In my opinion it is more lucrative than some commercial opportunities. In residential, I price by the square foot. I can usually get anywhere from $1.15 to $1.35 for cleaning and sealing only or $1.50 to $2.00 for cleaning and color sealing. We only use top-notch chemicals from reputatable companies. I know everyone has their preference---but I just don't use Loews and Home Depot products for floor restoration. I have seen some examples of what their products can do to a floor. We also do non-slip treatments for slip and fall prevention. Feel free to check out our website to see some of our work @ www.nomoredirtygrout.com Derek
  2. Attention Arcade Champions!

    Ahhhhh man!!!!!!!!!
  3. Did You Know? Grout is a textured and porous Portland Cement, that much like concrete, welcomes stains and dirt. 95% of ceramic tile installers Do Not Seal The Grout as part of their installation process. Without a non-porous grout sealer your investment has zero protection against household stains. White and light colored grouts will begin to show signs of discoloration almost immediately. Properly sealed grout will actually repel the moisture that leads to bacteria, mold and mildew growth. Many recommended tile cleaners contain a percentage of acid, and other harsh chemicals, that can be damaging to unsealed grout. Properly sealed grout is as easy to clean as the tile itself, and makes routine maintenance trouble-free. Perfectly good ceramic tile installations are ripped up and replaced daily, at great expense to homeowners, due to permanently damaged unsealed grout.
  4. PWNA Free Trade Show Passes 13th & 14th

    Thank you so much and look forward to meeting you as well.
  5. PWNA Free Trade Show Passes 13th & 14th

    Hey Beth & Rob, I guess you already know that I would like a couple of passes as well for the 13th & 14th. Just want to make sure you guys don't forget me---Derek Morgan (AAA-Tile & Grout Services). I will surely be by booth 207 to meet and speak with you as well.
  6. Where would I meet you guys? When (Time?) I can just give you guys my information and you can call me when you guys get in town. Let me know if they will for you guys.
  7. I definitely would be interested in coming to the convention next week to learn more. I will go online tonight to check out the information and registar as well. I do appreciate this a lot. I have never been to a convention before. Thanks, Mr. bkwelker--maybe we can talk as well. Can you leave me a way to contact you? You guys are exactly right--Addison--is just a hop, skip and jump away from me. Look forward to speaking with you guys.
  8. I would like to start window cleaning this spring. I was wondering if anyone had a sample sales letter or flyer that I could you use to get started. What is the best way to get started? Flyers or Direct Mail? and When is the best time to start advertising this service. Any response from you window cleaning pros would be greatly appreciated. And please if you do have any sample sales letters or flyers please e-mail the smaples to dlamontm99@hotmail.com Thanks in advance, Derek
  9. Next year, differently...

    Why the changes? Were you a little disorganized this year? or do you see these changes increasing your speed on each job? I do agree with you wife doing the bidding and estimating. This is just my opinion, but women who do the selling, bidding or estimating are better than men. Plus, most people like to hear a soft, elegant voice rather than a ruff and grumbling voice. As a kid, I noticed that my dad used women to give estimates in his moving business. Good luck to you.
  10. Price

    http://www.dcs1.com/del/pricing.html Use this thread, it is very informative with pricing guide lines. I was thinking about purchasing the same start up kit. Please tell, was the tape worth its money? Was it informative? Also, please let me know how your job goes? Would love to know the details of it----Was it easy or difficult? etc.... I seriously thinking about going into this service and would love some insight from someone who is performing this type of work. Edited by OTP to correct link
  11. A "HUGH TEST" for my tile and grout services.

    Well, I did a outside patio area and the interior of another store. The grout inside the store was entirely black. After I use a strong stripper and my steam machine--we saw the true color of the grout which was light-grey. The manager was really impressed and said that he was going to take pictures to send to the facilities manages at corpaorate. The outside pation was a different monster---I used my rotary machine with a nylon grit brush and aggressively scrub the patio. The manager at that store was impressed as well. Both floors were seal with a top quality sealant for protection. Hopefully, if these managers keep their word about giving me high recommendations this could lead to 65 stores in my area, plus of regions of Texas. So, right now--I am just waiting patiently to see what the facilities manager at corporate wants to do. Derek
  12. Well, I have a chance to get a chain of stores--(providing them with tile and grout cleaning). I have two stores to do this week, in which they will judge my work. The regional maintenance manager was telling me that this could lead to many other stores in my area as well as other regions of Texas depending upon my work performance. PRESSURE!!!! So, I will be giving a 120% or more on these two jobs. I will more than likely put in more time than usual for a job like this---because the opportunity is so vast. I'm a little nervous, but I will treat it like my military days when we had white glove and military dress inspections. Usually, passed with flying colors.
  13. Showroom floors and garages

    Yes, Durall is a commercial garde, but it can be used in your garage. I really don't want a do it yourself kit (in my opinion: you will doing it yourself many more times over) The commercial grade will at least last up to 10 years, possibly more. Plus you will have that showroom shine like commercial industries. Durall manufactures their own product as well. The hole process takes about 2 or 3 days to complete. It won't hurt the car or truck to stay out the garage that long.
  14. Showroom floors and garages

    I am looking at durall myself. They are suppose to send me some samples. From what i can tell they have been around for years. I was also looking at another company out of Arizona as well. I will try to get there website address---I was really impreseed with Durall though. I can't wait until the information hits my doorstep. I'll keep you posted.
  15. In my business I mostly concentrate on the floor side of things. I will probably start offering epoxy floor coatings in garages and small warehouses--I have already sent out a proposal to advertising place who is interested in this service (Instead of painting their concrete). I am going to be my first customer---the idea of having a nice glossy color to match the decor of my house looks and sounds great. I will be able to offer solid colors or even the granite look. Instead of having a garage full of oil stains and cracks---I can give my garage and my future customers a showroom floor look of their own.