Rookie mistakes...

scotty747

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1. Built my first propane heater out of a ready heater. BOOM!. Didn't know what a flow switch was.
2. bought cheep non brass quick connects. Instant corrosion and black 360 swirls.
 
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Cleanworks

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I did something similar on a ladies wool British India. Used chemspec formula 77, (old formula) in a pimp up sprayer. Didn't notice it was dribbling a little. Made some nice little dribble patterns in the rug
 

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pile distorted the first velvet sofa I ever cleaned


Onsite cleaned a thin 5x7 rug that used to lay flat
the next day the perimeter looked like a rollacoaster.....:icon_redface:

..L.T.A.
 

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I razored on a tint cleaned off. Couldnt tell if it was a tint though. Owner didnt know either since i asked them specifically if they had any tint and they told me no..
 

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The first couple years in business and a very good lesson on why I should have general liability and be fully educated before I pick up a tool. I’ll never get rid of this couch. If I ever have several employees under me, this will be used as part of the training as example

I’m lucky that lady only wanted $300 for this ugly suede

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Cleanworks

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The first couple years in business and a very good lesson on why I should have general liability and be fully educated before I pick up a tool. I’ll never get rid of this couch. If I ever have several employees under me, this will be used as part of the training as example

I’m lucky that lady only wanted $300 for this ugly suede

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Suede can sometimes be cleaned up with a green kitchen scouring pad. No water or Chem's.
 
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The first couple years in business and a very good lesson on why I should have general liability and be fully educated before I pick up a tool. I’ll never get rid of this couch. If I ever have several employees under me, this will be used as part of the training as example

I’m lucky that lady only wanted $300 for this ugly suede

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Mist with acid rinse. Towel or brush. I'd prefer towel to help remove soils in detail. Fixed!
 

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Thanks to a couple of good instructors and spending countless hours on forums reading everything the gurus typed for a year before I started I have only ruined one rug that bled. Sorry Dad.

Oh, and I learned the hard way that a porty leaves cotton too wet. Nothing a little brown out couldn’t fix.
 

Matt Wood

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The first couple years in business and a very good lesson on why I should have general liability and be fully educated before I pick up a tool. I’ll never get rid of this couch. If I ever have several employees under me, this will be used as part of the training as example

I’m lucky that lady only wanted $300 for this ugly suede

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Uncle Jim told me that was velvet, not suede. I stand corrected
 

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I’ll humbly admit I WAS a hillbilly moron back in ‘05 when I damaged this couch. I shouldn’t have been alone without a professional when I was thinking I had a real business.
 

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The first couple years in business and a very good lesson on why I should have general liability and be fully educated before I pick up a tool. I’ll never get rid of this couch. If I ever have several employees under me, this will be used as part of the training as example

I’m lucky that lady only wanted $300 for this ugly suede

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I did that once. Recleaned using Downy fabric softener with a fast carding brush. Took 3 times. Oops. Thought it was a velvet.
 

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But you now think it's leather because Ron said so?


Or am I reading that wrong?
You're reading it wrong. I never studied the difference between suede and velvet and I never knew that suede was the back of leather. The dumbass was all me this time. Ron is just drinking too much of that canadian beer
 
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Papa John

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Rookie mistakes? I probably made all of them, but it's been so long ago I forgot.
Luckily I valued the importance of Education, it just took me a few years to find the right instructor - thank you IICRC
 

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Matt at any given time did you think that yellow cotton velvet sofa was leather?


And is it currently sitting in your living room?
 

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