Discussion in 'the CleAn Room' started by Mikey P, Nov 24, 2016.
I'd probably use steam and excess water.
Is that the same type of grout they would use on a ceramic tile floor? I wouldn't think it bond the same way.
"Grouted" is a misnomer.
What exactly is "grouted" meaning here?
Is it some type of plastic caulk kind grout?
I'll have to find a little more about it. I was reading a little on Armstrongs website, its a premixed Sanded Acrylic grout.
I think many will want these cheaper rugs cleaned and not just throw them away. This is where our industry needs to innovate and find a cost effective way for the "average" cleaner to service these kinds of rugs with out a rug plant and expensive equipment.
I see The Rug Sucker along with the marinator "ponds" filling this void. Easy set up and break down, don't need a lot of space and not the cost of a more traditional rug plant set up....which you don't need for synthetic rugs and cheaper versions of wool.
Just my opinion, but I think the Rug Sucker is worth keeping an eye on and there will be more innovations to follow. They are already being carried by Interlink and I would bet other distributors who are seeing this market trend in hard surface flooring will want to make sure carpet cleaners keep buying from them and will add it to their stock so they cleaners can service these rugs.
I wouldn't be surprised the national franchise cleaning companies will be jumping on the rug sucker to add to their arsenal. Sears, Stanely and the likes will have to keep up with the trend of cheap area rugs and stay competitive. They've already added tile and grout cleaning...I think this is the next progression for them as well as us smaller and O/O companies.
Stanley already is cleaning rugs. I have seen their execs at the IICRC Instructors meetings and also at Tom Monahans Rug Symposium. Many of the better Chem dry franchises have added in plant cleaning.
There is no doubt that carpet is losing market share, but the manufacturers actually sold more carpet last year ( $30 million) than the year before. The pie is bigger but carpets share is smaller.
The focus needs to be you are a service provider rather than a carpet cleaner.
My fear is a repeat of laminate's rise and fall. When Pergo first was introduced it was revolutionary and sold like crazy. Then all the competitors came in and like any industry many went after the market with low prices. We know how that ends. Now LVT has been embraced by all the major mills. This is adding a glut to the market. The Chinese producers are not going to drop their production. They are not OPEC. That means they will start dumping cheap LVT into the market place and once again history repeats itself.
I was poking around with a customers and it feels like some kind of plumbers putty. Dense play doh !!
I've been installing a TON of this stuff over the past couple years and I agree that it's going to need periodic turbo cleaning. And I stress that to the homeowner on every installation. However, I think that custy's will wait longer between cleanings than they do for carpet. I think the best way to get a cleaning on these surfaces will be to upsell when we are already in the home to clean their carpet.
There's Granite, then there's everything else.
I have a very good customer that calls me on average every 3-4 weeks. They bought another home up the street from where they are now and remodeling it.
I was almost certain that they'll have this floor installed... without asking, they told me that that's what they're putting in. This is -I guess- the latest and greatest in all the flooring stores.
I will miss driving their brand new Porsches and Audis that he always let's me try after he buys them. (4 of them in the last year and a half)
Oh well....their new floor will eventually need cleaning too.