Latest topics
» Connection with the largest contractor in my area.
by Freemind1 Yesterday at 9:23 pm

» Repeat cust didn't pay !
by milspec6 Yesterday at 8:11 pm

» Another mess
by milspec6 Fri Jun 23, 2017 4:07 pm

» You know it is hot when you turn down jobs
by milspec6 Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:56 pm

» Why I was away
by milspec6 Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:11 pm

» Pressure washer help
by steamprony Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:02 pm

» that's a 1st, ugh!
by milspec6 Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:20 pm

» After a long winter
by milspec6 Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:19 pm

» Setting customer expectations.
by milspec6 Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:14 pm

» Adding on work while you are there.....
by Freemind1 Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:36 pm

» Happy Father's day !
by Mo Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:03 pm

» Hi From Scotland
by milspec6 Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:25 pm

» Thought on my pricing.
by Freemind1 Wed Jun 14, 2017 8:43 pm

» any fishermen?
by Freemind1 Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:52 am

» Urine Stain Charges
by milspec6 Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:27 am


Cleaning indoor concrete

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Cleaning indoor concrete

Post by milspec6 on Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:15 am

I took a job today cleaning indoor concrete for a business. They used the space (480 sqft) for storage and want to convert it to additional office space and needed to clean prior to coating.

I booked it for next week as I don't like saying no to a job, but it was a little odd. The description is that there are no rust stains, 3 year old concrete, and just soiled from foot traffic. Seemed like an easy job for a high alkaline cleaner, orbot scrubbing, and rinse out with spinner so I bid it at a 2.5 hour rate....they gleefully accepted which always worries me.

She told me that they were going to rent a psi washer and shop vacs, but that they really didn't want to do it themselves and there are no cleaners in that small town (less than 30 miles from me). To add to the oddness, they repair driveways and do road paving so you would think that they would know their concrete enough to just knock it out themselves, but the owner said that he wasn't going to waste his labor when they could be out in the field making money. Makes sense at this point.

I think I might have some OXyblaster left on the shelf, but will likely need to buy additional stock of something. Any suggestions?
avatar
milspec6
Moderator
Moderator

Posts : 8927
Join date : 2013-09-21
Location : Nebraska

http://castledefendersllc.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Cleaning indoor concrete

Post by Mo on Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:16 pm

I picture asphalt foot traffic all over the places you may want to btake some muratic acid...ventilate
avatar
Mo
Administrator
Administrator

Posts : 6404
Join date : 2013-09-19
Location : Arizona

http://www.thecleanerslounge.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Cleaning indoor concrete

Post by milspec6 on Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:50 pm

I am picturing a few things as well. It sounds like they already started to renovate it for office space, so I am also envisioning lots of drywall dust or 3 years of that oil dry sweep built up in the pores.

I will go loaded for bear as usual, but I am hoping to get away with just a good alkaline cleaner....not sure which one to use right now though. I don't like using D-Lim nor anything that might etch the concrete since many coatings have a problem with that surface prep. Just a good high alkaline cleaner....could throw a little stripper in there if needed as well.
avatar
milspec6
Moderator
Moderator

Posts : 8927
Join date : 2013-09-21
Location : Nebraska

http://castledefendersllc.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Cleaning indoor concrete

Post by Matt; My carpet cleaner on Fri Apr 21, 2017 3:40 pm

Scrub it with a good hardy pad. Enough to remove ever so lightly layer of concrete. I saw the difference in a warehouse business from doing that vs. NOT.

_________________
Who's your carpet cleaner?
avatar
Matt; My carpet cleaner
Senior Member
Senior Member

Posts : 1095
Join date : 2013-09-21
Age : 52
Location : Yakima, wa.

Back to top Go down

Re: Cleaning indoor concrete

Post by milspec6 on Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:03 pm

Thanks for the suggestion Matt, I will give that a try.
avatar
milspec6
Moderator
Moderator

Posts : 8927
Join date : 2013-09-21
Location : Nebraska

http://castledefendersllc.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Cleaning indoor concrete

Post by Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum