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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Question

We may be cleaning 100,000 sq. ft. of carpet which requires moving chairs and small furniture and removing stains from carpet. What is the average length of time to clean 100,000 sq. ft.? I would have to pay employees (how many?) plus the rental of equipment.


Answer

How long it will take you to do this job depends on how you are doing it and how soiled it is, which dictates how you should clean it.
If you can bonnet clean (one of the fastest cleaning methods) you can cover about 1000 sq. ft. per hour. The job will then take about 100 man-hours. Divide that by the time period during which you need to finish the work and you can determine the number of employees you need. For example, if you have an 8 hour opening, you will need 12 to 13 people on floor machines.
Extraction with a portable will slow you down to around 500 sq. ft. (200 man-hours) Using a truck mount will speed things up a bit, but this is a big job and we have not considered the edging, vacuuming, pre-spray or shampooing time. Nor have we calculated the furniture moving and spot removal.
My question to you is, would it not be wiser to pass this on to a professional carpet cleaner who is better prepared to do this work in terms of training and equipment? I donít want to discourage you from learning carpet cleaning, but this is definitely not the job to learn on.

Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Editor
lekrafft@juno.com