Now I am not the sharpest knife in the drawer but I HAVE seen a calculator before. Remember in Elementary school when teach would bust out the TI___ and we would all learn how to push the buttons and try to come to the same solution to the math problems? Not everyone in the class 'got' the concept so for those who might be in that situation, let's try to keep 'rug economics' simpler shall we?
I remember when I started rug washing back in 2011-12. The first thing I noticed was the chemical usage. Acids for urine and color pop, super sudsy shampoos for lubricating fibers and suspending soils, dye management this or that if the rug was a bleeder... Feel me? I got to the point of efficiency with 5g. buckets to where I would line the edges of my wash floor with pre-mixed this or that based on what I thought each rug needed and with glee, I would dump bucket after bucket down onto the rug, scrub it in, compression roll it around and then squeegee and rinse it all down the sloped floor and into the drain it all went. At the time, I was simply doing what I had been taught through reading labels, attending courses and watching other cleaners. Little did I know (at the time) that this was KILLING my profit(s). This was just the wash portion. Don't even get me started on fringe detail cost!
Looking back on those days (sloped floors, 5g. bucket parades, compression rollers, etc), I am glad that I experienced them because I can compare then to now. Many of the newer cleaners who are fortunate enough to be in a position to start with 'pre-made tooling' may not have the 'pocket draining' expenses that I did but you know, that necessitated our little cleaning system here so no complaints!
I attend classes on occasion where cleaning steps, process, method(s) what have you are discussed and invariably, each cleaner 'learns' to clean to only a couple of lines. What does that mean? Basically, if you clean off of a label or the advice of other cleaners without the depth on knowledge that each rug brings, then you clean to a line... Is this bad? No. It simply ties you into that particular school of thought but it prevents you from the freedom to add to your skill set. Learning to clean from a point of: Inspection/identification, risk/reward, chemistry and physics enables a professional cleaner to ACTUALLY become a professional. True, we offer cleaning tooling and products to assist cleaners along in the 'cleaning process' but the truly GOOD cleaners that I know do not clean off of a label. They approach each rug differently with the previously outlined set of guidelines. It takes time, study and practice to get to the point of proficiency but if one is guided by principles rather than 'a line', the next level of artistry is more easily attained.
Economically speaking, the $$ down the drain is budget crushing if you really start to track what, how much and how often you are using cleaning products. Cleaning product companies are quick to encourage the product to go down the drain. This is yet another reason for our flat washing concept with The Versa Wash Station. If water and product are enabled to go through the rug with the assistance of (free) gravity, then less product and water are necessary for the overall process. Not to mention, the Versa Wash Station is a non-slip, durable surface that does not require refinishing or wash boots:). The cleaners who have made the leap forward in technology by using The Versa Wash Station nearly always comment back to me that they: Use less water, use less chemistry and more than doubled their production... Our system here at The Rug Sucker is designed to be: First, the highest quality wash possible. Second, the most affordable to purchase and maintain. Third, the most efficient methodology for production of the quality that it delivers. Fourth, flexible enough so that an educated cleaner is not forced into someone else's 'line' of thinking. Several methods of cleaning are possible with our tooling and I am proud to be a part of what we are doing over here.
The numbers don't lie. In my tracking of costs and performance of other chemical rug cleaning lines, FlushBOOSTer cleaning solutions are less than 10% of the cost of the next closest line. Let that sink in. That is such an enormous difference that one wonders how that large of a leap was made. The answer? The Rug Sucker+Marinator+The Versa Wash Station give you more options to accomplish your washing tasks. By using less water, MORE efficiently, the need for chemical solutions drops nearly 95%. Quality goes up and margins go where they belong. Take this challenge and start to keep record of now much each rug ACTUALLY costs you by the square foot. I am willing to bet you are paying more than $0.50 per square foot for a basic wash on a natural fiber area rug. I am hanging out down under a nickel and without re-washes and super happy clients, where is that additional $0.45/sq. ft+ going in your case? For the average rug of 45 sq ft, that's $20 less that you have to build your business. ~$50 for a 9x12... If you wash a dozen rugs per week, fifty weeks out of the year, you gave up a cool $12,000 in potential profit by using old technology. What IS your chemistry budget for the year? Ours is currently under $3000 total. Remember that each pail of FlushBOOSTer+FlushBOOSTer for Bleeders RETURNS over $30,000 in PROFITS if you are pricing at a mere $3.50 per square foot once the pail(s) are used up. Where I dare ask, can you find numbers like that in our industry? Answer??? www.flushbooster.com
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