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Post by milspec6 on Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:47 pm

I have held the belief for at least a decade now that the handle on our wands really isn't all that important. I mean you really don't need to scrub anymore like the old days so it really is just to reposition the wand for the next pass. I have said that, but last night changed my mind.

I was cleaning a clothing store (7500 sqft) and my handle became a little loose. I was 300 feet from the van so I decided to just deal with it until I needed to return for something and tighten it up. Well, that didn't work out as about 2 minutes later I had to scrub out some gum and the handle come off the wand. Worse, the hardware got sucked up by the wand as they fell right next to the head of my Mach 15. I couldn't find anything in the van to re-attach it and didn't feel like fishing it out of the filter so I went without for the next 3 hours.

Believe me, not having that handle is a killer. You can still clean, but over time it wears your arm out and shoulder of your free hand since you had to grab the wand instead to re-position. Right bicep and left shoulder cuff were pretty sore today.

Call it a PSA, but check your wands and tighten the hardware down. If you are like me, you probably never gave it a thought before.
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Post by Matt; My carpet cleaner on Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:20 pm

Yup. Been there.
Did a job in winter. 15'(ya I know that's fall you some)
Setting up and; wand solution line is frozen. Don't know why, but I had my basic 12" wand in van. And I don't know why(even to this day) the handle was not on it.

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Post by milspec6 on Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:14 pm

I guess I am not alone then.
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Post by Mo on Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:59 am

Cleaning 7k of carpet would get exhausting period. I definitely use it to scrub out spots
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Post by milspec6 on Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:17 pm

I have to scrub a spot maybe 3 times on jobs that size...it just doesn't seem to be needed like the old days.  Long drag strokes and voila. And that is with the Butler pushing 205 degrees at the machine. It is all about choosing the right chemistry AND having moderate-high water flow.
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Post by dp1 on Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:32 pm

So 7500 sq ft with moderate - high water flow, you don’t have to dump with 210 gallons waste tank ?
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Post by milspec6 on Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:31 pm

I run a 12 flow wand at about 450 psi and do not need to dump until right about 6500 - 7k sqft. When you think about it, scrubbing uses far more water than a straight pass, so good flow and good chemistery results in less water usage over say a 4 flow 2-jet wand.
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Post by Mo on Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:49 am

Im running 6 flow and I'm thinking about changing that. I was cleaning a restaurant that was over due on cleaning. I was pre scrubbing with CRB and extracting and it wasnt quite doing the job so I pulled out the 175 with 4 gallon on board tank. I was filling the tank when the machine fell over and spilled all the water in the carpet. I went to turn on TM to extract the spill and wow. The area where I spilled was looking like brand new carpet. I was afraid inwas going to have a big round spot that looked like brand new carpet lol
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Post by milspec6 on Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:11 pm

@Mo wrote:Im running 6 flow and I'm thinking about changing that. I was cleaning a restaurant that was over due on cleaning. I was pre scrubbing with CRB and extracting and it wasnt quite doing the job so I pulled out the 175 with 4 gallon on board tank. I was filling the tank when the machine fell over and spilled all the water in the carpet. I went to turn on TM to extract the spill and wow. The area where I spilled was looking like brand new carpet. I was afraid inwas going to have a big round spot that looked like brand new carpet lol

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