View Full Version : Help with black carpet

Jun 28th, 2004, 05:32 PM
Any ideas on how to clean (vacuum) black carpet in a VW Golf? I had a potential client inquire this weekend. He tried his shop vac(not sure of hp but more than mine). I gave it a try with my shop vac 2hp and no luck for deep embedded sand and grass. Tried turbo brush, crevice tool (ok results, took too long), and regular flat attachment. Then I tried the tape. I didn't use air. What would be next for efficient cleanup? Need some ideas so I can accept job and give excellent results. Thanks in advance.

Jun 28th, 2004, 06:31 PM
That carpet just plain *****! All you can do is brush and vac untill its clean. If you are detailing it you can use an extractor that MIGHT help.

I always dread doing cars with that outdoor type carpet. Some of the honda's have a similar carpet. ( CRV I think )

Jun 28th, 2004, 06:35 PM
Thanks for quick reply. You really can't charge additional for that right?? I guess just eat the time and move on..

This issue leads me to wonder how much debris is left behind in lighter colored carpet after vacuuming.

DETLMAN a.k.a. SqkyKln, I've kept you busy this evening!! Thanks for all your help!

Jun 28th, 2004, 07:03 PM
No problem, glad I could help.

BUT yes you can charge more for hard to clean or extra dirty carpet. Dont get in the habbit of undercharging or "eating" time on nasty cars. Take a look at it and give them your price knowing how long it will take and how much effort it will take. Then if you give a price well knowing and it takes a little longer...well you can eat that one. Once I give a final price I almost never change it, if the price is on the low side the customer will know you are working too hard for your money and more than likely compensate with a tip. make a habbit of pricing according to services and stick to your price ! You will be glad you did.

Jun 29th, 2004, 05:17 PM
That's my next problem is charging for services. I'm working on it and yep your right!!