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Post by milspec6 on Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:09 pm

I had a call from a real estate agent asking for two houses to be prepped for sale, especially the linoleum floored kitchens. This is not a common thing for me and really, with the exception of the linoleum floor that was in my house (I ripped it out in the first month) I have no experience with cleaning the material.

I booked both of them and there is sizable carpeted areas, but I am not sure what to expect with the kitchen floors nor the best way to clean them.

Any insight would be appreciated. I am going down Saturday to survey it, but not sure of the right direction to take here.
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Re: Linoleum floors

Post by Freemind1 on Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:33 pm

I've used the same chems for my carpet, on my linoleum. I Use a tile tool and it's a breeze to clean.

I've heard never use anything that is harsh enough to harm wax, and if for whatever reason you strip the wax on linoleum, you can put regular floor wax on it, but it will never be as good as originally.

Watch the pressure too.

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Post by Mo on Fri Jul 28, 2017 6:22 am

The last time I cleaned lino, I used my carpet cleaning solution, scrubbed with the orbot and brush and rinsed with spinner
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Post by milspec6 on Fri Jul 28, 2017 12:25 pm

Thanks, it is the finish that concerned me. I do not want to have to strip it and re-polish....I hear that streaking can be a problem.

I will go easy on it then.
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Post by Freemind1 on Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:34 pm

How did this turn out for you?

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Post by milspec6 on Sun Jul 30, 2017 6:32 pm

They asked for a price quote only at this point since they are having the walls painted first. The kitchen floor looked really nice, didn't really see any need to clean it really. Carpet was very similar except for a couple of spots on the stairs.

I gave them a pretty generous quote since work is so slow and I could use some momentum. They texted me yesterday asking what it would be just to clean the kitchen floor instead?

I told them my truck minimum is $125 and they never responded. I am guessing that this job will not happen.

Funny part is that their real estate agent asked me if a really dirty vinyl floor could be cleaned? It seems that all these other materials are starting to pop up from house flippers not wanting to install a new floor covering.
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Post by Freemind1 on Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:00 pm

Oh well for them! You gotta eat too.

Lino is easy to care for IMO. My wife ends up getting a LOT of baby power on the lino in the bathroom. In short order it looks like dried mud. Cleans real easy though.

House flippers in my area aren't getting many chances to flip. Most property is selling well here. 10 years ago, different story.

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Post by milspec6 on Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:11 pm

We still have a lot of house movement in this area because so many buy with adjustable rate mortgages and hope it will go up in value before the mortgage corrects. I think people around here move every 5 years in Omaha.

I have a couple of house cleaning set up for the start of the week and the temps are going to be in the low-80's this week so I am hoping for some surge.
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Post by dp1 on Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:31 pm

I usually clean linoleum with tile solution but diluted more. I love cleaning linoleum since it's easy and I can get $ 0.75 / sq ft for them.

I notice that homes prices are going down from last month, it's down an average of 2% if I'm not mistaken ?
That's a huge risk to get an adjustable mortgage and hoping the market improves, the housing market will improve but the interest rates will also go up along with it.
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Post by milspec6 on Wed Aug 02, 2017 5:46 pm

I agree, that is a foolish approach to buying. When I purchased this home 11 years ago, they tried to get me to buy one twice as expensive using such a mortgage. The agent kept telling me that I could sell it 5 years and make a big profit before getting killed by the adjustment, so it wasn't a problem.

A lot of those people that went down that road lost those home 5 years later. My place isn't a mansion, but I only owe another $40k on it. I like that much better.
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Post by Mo on Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:04 am

The supply of homes in my area are gown 50 percent year over year
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