Swiffer believe it or not work well on hardwood floors; so does very 'dry' damp mopping and my favorite a little Murphy's Oil with warm water and a mop.
If you are cleaning real polyurethane coated wood floors you just voided
the manufactures warranty
. I had to replace about 1000 sq' of hard wood floors due to using off the shelf cleaners. Check with the manufacturer regarding what will void the warranty. The only chemical I am aware of the you can use and not void the warranty is Bruce Hardwood floor cleaner (sell it at Home Depot - Lowes etc..) I find it leaves streaks so I don't use it very often. Boni Ami is sold at wood flooring companies - that is what I am now using.
In my situation my insurance did not pay for it. It is a costly lesson learned.
Q: What supplies do you take to an average house for PCCU?
We start with windows. Frames, sills, tracks and then panes. Outside grid panes I charge $.02 extra per sq'.
Q: What do you start to clean first?
Q: What do you think takes the most time?
1st - Windows (you need a glass waiver signed by builder - always bring scratches to their attention BEFORE cleaning the window - if you notice it as you are cleaning the window, stop - show him (even if it is not until the next day) and then continue. You could be buying new windows if not.
2nd - Hardwood floors that have not been covered at all.
3rd - Sloppy grout/mortar jobs especially on thresholds.
I've never, ever, have been to a construction cleanup job where everything was done and we were the last contractors to occupy the space so what I'm writing here may not completely apply to you.
Do you feel cold calling, or joining a builder associate would be most beneficial for the type of client I am looking for?
I felt I never had the money to join the builder association - one of my builders built the "2008 Showcase House" he told me he wanted me to clean it. To clean it I had to be a member of HBA. I paid my fee (cutting every corner to make payment) cleaned the Showcase in Oct. I have had 3 builders contact me
since then. I feel the membership is worth the investment.
Q: I have not started an advertising campaign yet for acquiring residential clients, but I am very big on direct mail. How is your success when it relates to direct mail? Does your website generate a lot of clients? If you have used mail campaigns, what incentives do you find yield you the most clients, discounts, or gifts? Any advice you would have, or if you would like to discuss advertising I would appreciate it.
I cold called. First I called builders that were not in my county. When I ask 'stupid' questions or didn't have informative answers to give (due to lack of knowing termology/processes) I knew that I would not be contacting them for work. Secreteries (bored ones anyway) can give you a lot of information (not the large crackerbox spec house companies - they usually can just give you an extension and then it goes to voice mail). I found out the going rate for the area, general info.
Get yourself an attorney
have a good insurance agent.
I like hand shakes too - if everyone I dealt with was as honest as me, it would all be good. But regardless of the GC's honest handshake...his boss looks at the bottom line and if some of the cost can come out of your pocket...whose pocket do you think it will come out of? You will not have a leg to stand on if you end up going to court. "It will never happen to me.............." It did!
I just went and bought 3 gallons of simple green, 60 micro fiber towels, some shop vac's and lots of cleaning "tools" I.E. sponges, scrubbers, things like that. Is there special stuff you use for hardwood floors, tile floors, marble countertops and things like that?
Go to a flooring store (not HD or Lowes or any other hardware store) Go to a specialist and talk to them! Do not do what the contractor says to do. Do Not assume anything on stone or flooring - any kind. With the different types of flooring and stone being used, you need to know what to do and what not to do - or you will be replacing hard wood flooring or a granit counter top because you used a chemical that etched it. Know what you are cleaning and the proper way to clean it.
I want to go in after the whole house is built, and do a "detail" to make it ready for sale, is that what your company does also?
yes - almost 2 yrs
the I Own Them column.
Know what you are cleaning and how to properly clean or this column will close you down.