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post #1 of Old 03-20-2011, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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How to start a gout cleaning business?

Hi there,

I currently do residential cleaning and have been thinking of ways to possibly expand. I already own a commercial steam vapor machine that I'e used to clean the grout in my home and my parents home with great success. I've not yet learned to do the sealing, but I'm intelligent and hardworking, so I'm pretty sure I could learn if I had access to the proper resources.

Can anyone share some advice on what I would need to learn and how I would go about pricing? Also, what do you feel is the best way to advertise this type of service.

Thanks in advance!
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, but I'm intelligent
you spelled grout as "gout" in your title, probably not what you want to be working on

as for stone work here's a quick run down. if you have at least a portable that can create 800-1000psi you can run a spinner. if you don't tile and grout can be hand cleaned with great results provided you understand the chemistry and get use to quality products. all of my tile crap has came from either jon-don or lowes. lowes sells dupont and at a good price. you'll find two main styles of grout, actually 3 but 2 are similar, anyway they are

1. sanded
2. unsanded
3. epoxy

sanded and unsanded should be resealed after cleaning. actually it's not a bad idea to do all 3 but it's mandatory with the first two since you actually remove a small amount of material when you clean them

for tile cleaning you'll use different chemicals and different tiles and different levels of grime. acid for example works like a charm to remove hazey sealer from slate and get the white clouds out of the stone. if you spend some time on google, youtube and asking around or taking a cert class you'll learn quite a bit

a good cheap sealer for sanded and unsanded is 511 from the home depot, it's solvent based, not water and a good product that's easy to apply.

mentioning of sealers there are some granites you just can not seal. absolute black is one that comes to mind. it's just too dense and the sealer will streak on top.

i could keep rambling but there's a start for you

also, google bud cline

that guy is like the tile god and reading the posts all over the various forums he's made will teach you a lot

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you spelled grout as "gout" in your title, probably not what you want to be working on

as for stone work here's a quick run down. if you have at least a portable that can create 800-1000psi you can run a spinner. if you don't tile and grout can be hand cleaned with great results provided you understand the chemistry and get use to quality products. all of my tile crap has came from either jon-don or lowes. lowes sells dupont and at a good price. you'll find two main styles of grout, actually 3 but 2 are similar, anyway they are

1. sanded
2. unsanded
3. epoxy

sanded and unsanded should be resealed after cleaning. actually it's not a bad idea to do all 3 but it's mandatory with the first two since you actually remove a small amount of material when you clean them

for tile cleaning you'll use different chemicals and different tiles and different levels of grime. acid for example works like a charm to remove hazey sealer from slate and get the white clouds out of the stone. if you spend some time on google, youtube and asking around or taking a cert class you'll learn quite a bit

a good cheap sealer for sanded and unsanded is 511 from the home depot, it's solvent based, not water and a good product that's easy to apply.

mentioning of sealers there are some granites you just can not seal. absolute black is one that comes to mind. it's just too dense and the sealer will streak on top.

i could keep rambling but there's a start for you

also, google bud cline

that guy is like the tile god and reading the posts all over the various forums he's made will teach you a lot
Great information was also want to share the same already shared , anyway great information .
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Well, cleaning tile and grout is easy and fast with the right tools, now if all you have is the basic hand tools then you would need to contact me though my site so that my receptionist could give my cell number so I could give you much better advice that way. As far as advertising goes, google seo takes a while but costs nothing if done yourself. Google Adwords costs alot but gets you customers if you website is good at converting those clicks into phone calls. Or you can try www.localcleaningdeals.com it is a site that gets you guaranteed paying customers upfront, then they send you a check.
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A friend and I cleaned apartments Including cleaning the toilets, shower, floors, kitchen counters, vacuuming, washing windowson one summer. We each made 10$ per hour.
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RaceBum gave you some good advice here. This should be enough to get you going.
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Its great that your are stepping in to the field of cleaning business. I must tell you that its one of the biggest commercial business with immense opportunity of growth. Starting a business requires so many things. Entrepreneurship, Why businesses fail, Naming your business, Choosing your legal entity, Registering your business, Paying estimated taxes, Hiring employees, Other employment requirements.

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[B]If you want to start a cleaning business.You must have a vast marketing experience that how to find clients what they want and all about the pricing.Than you can start a business otherwise you got a loss at end.

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Do some research

Proper chemicals and the right equipment, and a bit of education is all you need from a very basic aspect. You will learn things as you go. Just be careful and conscientious and you will be ok. A hand held steamer is NOT the way to go, you need professional equipment to succeed in the tile and grout business. You must also have at least a basic understanding of marketing.
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