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Post by Mo on Thu Oct 10, 2013 4:39 pm

Just curious to see how much experience we have on this board. How long have been in the cleaning business? My 7 year anniversary was in September. Time flies when you're having fun
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Re: How long have you been at it?

Post by Pro Touch on Thu Oct 10, 2013 5:36 pm

Counting Today?

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Re: How long have you been at it?

Post by Mo on Thu Oct 10, 2013 6:06 pm

You counting the days?Very Happy
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Re: How long have you been at it?

Post by milspec6 on Thu Oct 10, 2013 6:21 pm

In and out since 1987, but as an owner/operator it will be 5 years in November.
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Re: How long have you been at it?

Post by Ryan S on Thu Oct 10, 2013 6:27 pm

Cleaned my first carpet 4 years ago this month. I remember thinking I'm not gonna like doing this. Now all I do is clean and hang out with POSTING FREAKS on a carpet cleaning forum. lol!

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Re: How long have you been at it?

Post by MikeW on Thu Oct 10, 2013 6:30 pm

My father raised me cleaning carpets and I've been doing it full time since I graduated high school. So 18 years full time.
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Re: How long have you been at it?

Post by Davey Cracker on Thu Oct 10, 2013 9:21 pm

Kinda like, Mike. I Started shortly after HS in Oct '86, so I been full time cleaning for 27 yrs I guess. What a Face 

Difference is, my Dad raised me running a motorcycle shop (Yamaha Dealership), but he sold it in '84 and shortly after I was tired of working for the new owner. Then found ad in the news paper for cleaners wanted making $600-1000 a wk and also free training, so I moved on.  Very Happy 


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Post by Davey Cracker on Thu Oct 10, 2013 9:25 pm

Kind of eye opening, to learn so much from some of you with so much less experience. Suspect 

But that's good I guess, we never stop learning...........unless we 'know it all' :farao: 

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Re: How long have you been at it?

Post by carpetdaddy on Fri Oct 11, 2013 5:26 am

Eleven years. I was VP of Marketing and Sales for a janitorial company that cleaned shopping malls for the eight years prior. I was on a plane over 100 days a year and in a different hotel room about 200 days a years during most of those years except when pulling 20 hour days during account start-ups cleaning, hiring and training. I was on a red eye flight from the west coast back to the east coast on 9/11, and a week prior was on one of the same flights that was taken on 9/11. Shortly after that decided that cleaning carpets was the easiest path to getting off the road & sleeping in my own bed every night. Best decision ever made.

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Re: How long have you been at it?

Post by TimM on Fri Oct 11, 2013 11:26 am

I started in February 2007
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Re: How long have you been at it?

Post by Freemind1 on Fri Oct 11, 2013 3:07 pm

Been doing the O/O thing for a year.

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Re: How long have you been at it?

Post by georgegregor on Fri Oct 11, 2013 7:42 pm

Been at it for a short 33 yrs. Time just passes by.
My youngest son started with me more or less full time with me last year.
Wonder how long he will last ?. He is very good a it. Fast learner but also excellent skills when dealing with customers. Big, big asset in this industry.
He definitely understands that he is in the SERVICE industry.
One other thing that he has in his favour these days is all the different types of equipment, tools etc. at his disposal today. Perhaps there is another thread here.
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Re: How long have you been at it?

Post by ej54 on Fri Oct 11, 2013 11:21 pm

Have been cleaning carpets for 17 years. Started as a contractor and have been working for myself for about 12 years.
How time fly's!

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Re: How long have you been at it?

Post by OneBlueSummer on Sun Oct 13, 2013 6:16 pm

Off and on for 9.5 years .. I can almost say "I have been cleaning for over a decade!" cheers 
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Re: How long have you been at it?

Post by Matt; My carpet cleaner on Sun Oct 13, 2013 9:33 pm

20 years in July. I consider that a badge of courage, so to speak; considering my dad couldn-t hold a job for any longer than 3-5 years.

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Re: How long have you been at it?

Post by Larry Henson on Mon Oct 14, 2013 3:20 am

Started on April 1, 1986 for myself. Worked for another company about a year and a half prior to that.

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Re: How long have you been at it?

Post by Mo on Thu Oct 17, 2013 8:45 pm

@Pro Touch wrote:Counting Today?
You counting the days Eric:D
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Re: How long have you been at it?

Post by Mo on Thu Oct 17, 2013 8:47 pm

@Larry Henson wrote:Started on April 1, 1986 for myself. Worked for another company about a year and a half prior to that.
Holy Moly Larry I graduated High School in "81. You don't look like an geezard:D


I feel like a rookie around you guys. It sure is nice to see a lot of guys thriving in this business
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Re: How long have you been at it?

Post by kleen1 on Mon Dec 16, 2013 9:47 am

O/O since 1985. I was half way through an MBA and had 16 years working for Dept. of Navy and just couldn't stand sitting behind a desk anymore.
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Re: How long have you been at it?

Post by William Simpson on Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:12 pm

Started in April of 1988, still at it fulltime-- Started working for a cleaning company-- with portables-- than went out on my own 3 months later

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Re: How long have you been at it?

Post by Mo on Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:41 pm

Judging by the length of time a lot you guys have been in the business, I beginning to think carpet cleaning is good for your health.

I've heard that the more control you have over your working environment the less stress you're exposed to. Maybe the combination of the cleaning activity and less stress is what keeps carpet cleaners young and active. Maybe I'm full of shoot Very Happy
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Post by milspec6 on Wed Dec 18, 2013 9:45 pm

@Mo wrote:Judging by the length of time a lot you guys have been in the business, I beginning to think carpet cleaning is good for your health.

I've heard that the more control you have over your working environment the less stress you're exposed to. Maybe the combination of the cleaning activity and less stress is what keeps carpet cleaners young and active. Maybe I'm full of shoot Very Happy

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