Is it ok to use Mr Clean (blue bottle) or Murphy's Soap on a hardwood floor with polyurethane?
Our home in Reno had beautiful 50+ year old hardwood floors that had a polyurethane finish. Murphy's was OK, but left floors looking dull where as Zep for hardwood and hardwood laminate sprayed on and mopped with terry cloth flat mop left a far Superior glow. We use the Zep on all our wood floors, on the job and at home.
You could always do the job for free then at tax time claim it as a donation to the Church. John and I lived in Reno NV for 4 years and were members of St. Teresa's Church of the Little Flower/St. Jude Shrine on Plumb Lane. All but a couple of our very extended family belonged to that Church, including Pat & Carol Coyne owners of Alpine Roofing. John's little brother Chad married their daughter Mary, at Little Flower as a matter of fact. The parish pastor was Monsignor (Father) Robert Bowling... he built Little Flower from the ground up God rest his soul. For as long as the Church was in existence, even when it was a 50 seater on Wells Ave, the Coyne's (Pat Coynes father owned and operated Alpine... probably his father before him too) always donated the roofing work then took it off on taxes. Father was a keen business man, and everything was well documented so this could be done at whatever Alpine bid, and they bid HIGH. Monsignor passed away in June of 2003. Alpine was set to re-roof the Church but Monsignor had been too ill to follow through. Father Joe Anthony took his Pastor-ship on temporary assignment. One of the first things Father Joe did was open the bid to other companies. He actually PAID Reno Roofing on a lower bid. The end of an era that lasted more than 50 years as the Coyne Family, all of them, and there are MANY, left the parish. We left the parish in the spring when Father Honesto Aquino became permanent pastor. We couldn't understand a word he said! At any rate.... just something to think about my son
Maybe you can explain to me how to do floors like that. I clean a clinic right now that needs redone on there floors but there patient rooms and bathrooms and entrance way is the only areas with floors like that.
I want to give them a bid on doing them and see if they will go for it.
I am also going to have to start charging them more because of gas prices and i believe i really under bidded myself from begining.
Building is 4000 sq. ft. clean 3 nights a week, 102 miles a week figured i am spending 33.00 a week in gas alone, they do supply cleaning supplies. Right now i charge them $130.00 a week.
Any ideas of what i should do as far as the price of how much?
Thanks in advance
We charge on a per visit basis and bill on the 25th of each month. The invoices have the fields: Service Date, Description (of Item/Service), Amount. This way they have a detailed invoice. Um, you are charging way low on a 4000 foot. The one pictured is about half that, we clean weekly @ $81.00 per visit and we give them 10% off regular janitorial maintenance so we can use them in advertisements and we have a framed ad + brochures and business cards in their lobby. Twice a week would be $63.00 per visit or $124.00 a week, 3x's a week $45.00 a visit or $135.00 a week for this account. As far as gas prices, we have added a 'fuel surchg' of $5. to $10. to our accounts that are over 5 miles away and same with carpet cleans. If the price of gas goes back down, the surchg will go away.
This clinic has the hallway pictured plus 6 small exam rooms & a small storage/break room, about 900 sq ft, all with the same flooring. We charged $400.00, less wages & supplies/chemicals of about $200.00 we made $200.00.
My advice is to use a high quality stripper so you don't have to use a floor machine to get the existing wax off. We used Quasar products throughout. Also used a "Widget" with blue pads for build-up on the edges and base boards. Did not use the recommended all cotton one time use mopheads (they fell apart while stripping at the dry cleaners and made a real mess) but the blue banded mopheads. We used no machinery on this job, one employee and John to strip for 3 hours, then John alone put down 2 coats of sealer and 3 of finish in about 6 hours. The process is pretty simple, strip, seal, finish (notice I did not say WAX, lol). Takes about 30 minutes dry time between coats of sealer and 60 minutes between coats of finish. We allowed about 20-24 hours to dry completely before we put the furniture back in the rooms.
Just a note: My father bought a buffer/burnisher 20 years ago and never even took it out of the box. He is giving it to Crowz next week when he comes to help with our re-location. Floor machines are soooooo expensive!
Floors look Great Natalie, you should have this pic on your website, the only thing I noticed is that one spot where the wax was a little uneven....lol JK..... Awesome Job
Actually, it is the floors that are uneven. John noticed it right off. Did the best he could with what he had. Actually, this is only the second floor job John has done since he was in the Navy 10 years ago. The other was for his dad's dry cleaners. No pic's of that, but turned out good.
This place was just awful when we started cleaning a month ago! Walls need paint and baseboards need replaced as they would NOT come clean, but everything else is coming along nicely. Wanted to share pic's of the floors we did this weekend:
Terrazo tile floors and wax? Never seen waxed.... always sealed. But then they have to be re-sealed every few years too. Had hardwood floors in my house in Reno & had them urithane finished. Lasted 3 years.
Does your pressure washer have a detergent dispenser? If it does, use a good floor cleaner or general cleaner (orange works great) in it and use hot water. Get rid of the deck brush and just spray. Make sure to rinse. Did restrooms in a truck stop this way. Came out great.
They could just move and let me have it then they wouldn't have to worry about the floors LOL I love those old plank floors.
I never consider vinegar a good idea with wood floors. If they aren't finished they could use a little murphy's but given the age chances are they are varnished.
If they are finished just some neutral cleaner or warm water with a couple squirts of dish soap.
I am in agreement. You would have to know if the floors were natural or finished. Finished & unfinished, I use 1/4 cup Murphy's to a gallon of water stored in a clean vessel (I use a clean/rinsed gallon jug from orange cleaner) and fill a sprayer with the mix. I spray the floor and use a terry cloth head on a hardwood/laminate type handled mop. Works great. Unfinished hardwood floors need oil so they don't dry out and to much water is damaging. I knew an elderly (she is no longer with us, Lord rest Ruth's soul) woman who used Old English oil straight on her floors at least once a month. Floors were about 55 years old and were beautiful!
I had to lock my dogs (all 3 of them) in my son's room (you can tell it is his room by the beat up, filthy door!) while I cleaned the carpeting. Boy, did it need cleaning too! This is my Monster peaking under the 2.5" gap to see what was going on. I love my baby dog! It is impossible to be depressed or even upset with her around!
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Congratulations Linda! Our very first account was a bi-weekly (2x's a month) residential. The next month we gained another residential & 2 commercial accounts. Just keep your nose to the wheel and shoulder to the grindstone!
I don't know what to say. I am astounded and amazed . I am so glad we joined IJCSA! Besides joining the local chamber of commerce, this is the BEST BUSINESS MOVE WE HAVE EVER MADE! I accept your offer and am indebted to you! Crowz doesn't have a lot to offer at the moment, but we have a lot of irons in the fire and I have no doubt that within the next year or so will be industry leaders for this area.... thanks to your help! WOW!
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