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Post by milspec6 on Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:53 pm

I just booked a theater cleaning in late March, but they are also asking if I could clean the carpeted walls? We are talking 40 feet high and with the floor being slanted and with steps, a scissor lift is out of the question. I also don't see scaffolding being a very efficient method either, but I am out of ideas.

Anyone have any thoughts? It would amount to about 8,000 sqft total.
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Re: Theater Walls

Post by Mo on Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:04 pm

You get the weirdest jobs Rob.

Attach your SS upholstery tool to a swimming pool brush attachment pole.

Or use your rock climbing harness and equipment to scale the wall and clean it Very Happy

Hire 4 guys from cirque du soleil they can stand on each other and clean the wall



Sorry man thats all I have right now
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Post by milspec6 on Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:06 pm

I though about borrowing an elephant from the Zoo, but they would probably not go for it. The upholstery tool on a long pole might be an option.
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Post by Freemind1 on Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:59 pm

I wouldn't use an upholstery tool. I'd use a straight tubed stair tool. It's wider.

Your arms will kill you in a short period of time with a pole. If you are going to use one, buy one that is made for window cleaning. They are stiffer.

Carbon fiber is the best, but costs the most too. 30 foot is about as big a aluminum pole you will find, and they weigh a ton. I own one, so I know. Pole itself is 30+ pounds.

My 2 story carbon fiber weight 5-6 pounds.

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Post by milspec6 on Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:28 am

You are no doubt correct about the poles....the stair tool may not work as the trigger will have to be tied down and even at 100psi, it might get a little sloppy.

Clearly, anything above about 9 feet would all just be dust.  I don't see anyone getting hand prints or soda spills higher than that.  I might be able to just dust the top 30 feet and wet clean the lower ten and get away with it.
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Post by Freemind1 on Wed Feb 22, 2017 2:00 am

I personally would vacuum it before it would dust it.

I would make a tool for it, were it me, if I could get the job at least one time a year. Then I would look for other annual jobs like it, I could put the tool to work making me money.
Something the width of a stair tool, with a short 3-4 inch neck, with a fixture on top of the tool that could be affixed to a pole. Add in some Velcro straps to hold the hose to the pole, and you are making fast money.

Maybe even add in a replaceable strip like the tile tools have, to "scrub" the dust off as you vacuum it up.

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Post by milspec6 on Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:22 am

That was a poor choice of words on my part....I intended to vacuum and not "dust" it. The vacuum part isn't difficult to create since it is just a vac wand on a long pole, but it is the solution cleaning that still has me stumped.

I think I will run the numbers and see what they would be willing to pay and go from there....it might not be financially workable anyway.
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Post by dp1 on Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:28 pm

Scaffolding for sure, Google "scaffolding on stairs" and see the images, you can put an extra pole on one side to make it level on stairs, and I agree with you on vacuuming the top part and I also agree with James on not using the ss tool, it's going to take forever, use stair tool with low pressure, 100 psi should be able to clean just fine while minimizing the overspray / splashes, and I would charge flat rate on that square footage rate, I wouldn't give discount on the top part just because you only do vacuuming because you would need to rent scaffold and it takes time to set up the scaffold and moving it around.
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Re: Theater Walls

Post by Mo on Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:03 pm

40! Oh your just a baby. I'd like to see you still cleaning at 54
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Post by milspec6 on Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:31 am

Scaffolding brings a lot more into the mix. There would be rental, transporting , setting it up, OSHA regulations, moving them over, etc.

I don't think they will want to pay my rates for that much hassle. Maybe a propane powered man-lift like a JLG? Second thought, the entry doors are just standard height, so that will not work either.

Basically, who-ever the jackass was that decided to install carpet 40 feet in the air needs to get his butt kicked. Firing Cat
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Post by dp1 on Thu Feb 23, 2017 9:03 am

Ha..ha... you are so right, that brings up another question, how the hell did they install that ?? Shocked
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Post by milspec6 on Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:12 pm

That is a very good question....I wouldn't have wanted to do it, but they probably got paid a great deal to do it.
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Post by Mo on Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:16 am

Then they also need to pay a great deal to clean it?
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Re: Theater Walls

Post by milspec6 on Fri Feb 24, 2017 2:54 pm

I like your thinking Mo, but they never quite see the light on that.
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Post by Mo on Fri Feb 24, 2017 7:05 pm

I wonder if the carpeted the walls for acoustic purposes?
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Post by milspec6 on Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:41 pm

They probably did, it is a large theater with a killer sound system so the carpet was probably much cheaper than sound proofing panels.
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Post by Devon07 on Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:42 am

Ive done the curtains and partial walls at theaters and a band room at a high school....bid high, walk if they don't like it! Can you get a one man boom lift from center or even an emergency exit? Scaffold will kill the deal. Once I did a theater that had a service entrance from behind the screen? find that door! bid high or its not even worth it.

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Post by milspec6 on Mon Mar 06, 2017 2:40 pm

Access is the problem. This is an IMAX and the screen sits 20 feet down into an orchestra pit so there is no access from that direction. All that is left are 3 entrances that are only 8 feet tall and include lots of corners.

I pretty much told them that it will not be possible without taking days and a steep bill. They have not been even dusted since it opened 12 years ago and the color is black/grey so you can picture how they look.

I just don't see any real options.
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