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    Posted: 04/March/2010 at 10:10pm
Hi everyone,
 
Thanks for your help in the past,I wouldn't have made it without this site.I've been doing HWE for a while, but now I would like to go with OP or bonnet cleaning( lot of my customers have asked for these methods). I have done a lot research in this site and I know pretty much how to do it, however I haven't found much on the rates. Do you guys charge by the square ft or by room, and how much in average? Any help would be really appreciated.
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Ps. I am located in Ontario.
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My prices are based on how much I want to make per hour and how long each size house takes on the average.  Equipment and material costs are lower for me with Bonnet than HWE.  So how much I need to make per hour is less with the Bonnet method.

It works for me as a one man operation here in the states.
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Hi duckcountry, as you said you only do bonnet cleaning. Did you try the gladiator pads on your rotary? I have a rotary dual speed and I don't have successful at all using them. I try in both speed but doesn't work. It is to hard to move the rotary and the machine's fuse is pop off all the time. Any advice??? Thanks, Pablo.-
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Pablo,

Cotton pads do not work well or at all on a regular one or two speed floor machine. You need OP power (Oscillating).

Bite the bullet and buy a new OP machine and feel the ease of operation and watch your bank account grow. Money Smile

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A regular rotary will use a synthetic bonnet with ease but it just wont absorb or clean satisfactorily.

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Thanks for you answer duckcountry.
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Hi carpetologist, thanks for your response. Of course, I allways use the synthetic bonnet for my rotary (the quenn one w/green strip and the plain white one) an also I use the beige fiber plus pads for some pre- scrub. The point is that I was looking for something more absorbent to increase the performance of the bonnet cleaning procces and they claim that those 21" pads can do the work on a rotary machine much better than regular syntethic pads. No in my case. This is why I am asking here is somebody else use them, and if they have had succes. My rotary is a Husky 17" 2 speed machine. One more thing, I already have an oreck orbiter 10" machine for the stairs and the gladiators pads works fine, of course they are not the size but I try it on an op machine just to see what happen. Keep in touch, Pablo.-
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As long as the customer is happy I am happy.
The CSI team is not coming in after I am done to look for evidence.  I MAY buy an OP someday but I will also retire in less than 9 years.
Just not into the argument of "you can go one better". 
The answer is Master Your Technique, not be a slave to the opinions of others about what is good - better - best.
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Gaitan;
moving the dirt around with a synthetic bonnet went out almost 10 years ago.
if you want to spray buff floors then buy a buffer.
if you want to be a professional carpet cleaning technician then use professional tools.
 
my dentist could use a drill from Home Depot on my teeth but he doesnt he uses professional tools made for his industry.
 
my auto mechanic uses the proper tools as does my plumber.
 
Sir do you want to be a pro or a hack?
 
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Originally posted by Ken_Is_OK Ken_Is_OK wrote:

if you want to be a professional carpet cleaning technician then use professional tools.
 


And only buy chemicals from companies that don't make bonnet cleaning chemicals which by process of elimination leaves us with ......NONE!

No company worth its weight in gold would ever make chemicals for non professionals.

And be sure to only buy from outlets that don't cater in any degree to the bonnet jockeys.

Right?  Sounds like this is the only way to demonstrate a cleaner is a true professional.

Never stop short of the goal of offending your opposition.  If it has worked in the middle east for 5000 years it can work in this industry as well.
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Also don't snort lines of  enzall before posting on forums.
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The proper chemical for VLM is called Releasit call Kleenkuip they probably have it.
Use cotton pads not synthetic bonnet. The cotton pads extract dirt where others just move dirt around.
 
ps. dont snort enzall like the Americans do, its bad bad stuff.
 
 
Originally posted by gaitan gaitan wrote:

Hi everyone,
 
Thanks for your help in the past,I wouldn't have made it without this site.I've been doing HWE for a while, but now I would like to go with OP or bonnet cleaning( lot of my customers have asked for these methods). I have done a lot research in this site and I know pretty much how to do it, however I haven't found much on the rates. Do you guys charge by the square ft or by room, and how much in average? Any help would be really appreciated.
Thanks,
 
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Ps. I am located in Ontario.
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I clean with HWE or with a bonnet, sometimes both, and charge the same either way. I figure the customer is paying for a clean carpet, it shouldn't matter what method you use. so I give them the options and tell them what i think will work best with their carpet. if you price one higher then the other the customer will think that that method is going to work better, when it really depends on thje carpet, the stains, the temp, and customer preference.

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Originally posted by Ken_Is_OK

if you want to be a professional carpet cleaning technician then use professional tools.f
 I agree. but I manage using other chemicals.


And only buy chemicals from companies that don't make bonnet cleaning chemicals which by process of elimination leaves us with ......NONE!

No company worth its weight in gold would ever make chemicals for non professionals.

And be sure to only buy from outlets that don't cater in any degree to the bonnet jockeys.

Right?  Sounds like this is the only way to demonstrate a cleaner is a true professional.

Never stop short of the goal of offending your opposition.  If it has worked in the middle east for 5000 years it can work in this industry as well.
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My cleaning rates for deep carpet cleaning right now are $25 room members and I'm doing a $29 room for non members.  I also have a $99 carpet cleaning special $99 for 3 rooms and a hall or 4 areas.  My original pricing is between $40-$44 a room.  Can anyone tell me if you think it's a fair price Its expensive here in atlanta for quality cleaning services.  Let me know please.

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