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WHEN IT COMES TO CLEANING TENTS, RESULTS WILL VARY FROM REGION TO REGION MYTH OF THE ‘BEST’ CLEANING CHEMICAL

At Teeco Solutions, people are always coming to us with questions. The one we hear most often is, “Which solution should we be using, and how should it be applied?” But when it comes to cleaning a commercial tent, it’s impossible to recommend a one-size-fits-all approach. While it might seem easy to insist on one specific cleaner, method, or material, it becomes a lot more complex when you consider all the factors involved. The main reason for this is the fact that the types of dirt vary from region to region. In St. Louis, for example, the industrial sectors are belching out clouds of nasty black soot. Go to Boston, and you’d imagine it’d be the same scenario, but the smokestacks there output huge quantities of tiny rubber particles from the local tire factories. Or consider Las Vegas, a town almost completely devoid of any industry, but whose desert sands litter the city with reddish dust. Depending on the surroundings, dirt can take on an entirely different character from location to location. I’d be doing a disservice if I recommended the same chemical to our clients in Las Vegas and those in St. Louis. Not to mention that the particular cleaning chemicals you decide to apply are only one piece of the entire puzzle, as important a piece as they are. The ideal chemical solution is the one that allows you to clean a tent with the least amount of effort possible, which will vary depending on where you’re working. The right tools will allow you to shave off hours from the cleaning process, netting you big savings in labor.

So, I encourage tent cleaners to recognize

“Over time, that 10–15 percent reduction is going to be an enormous financial boon to your business, saving you

the potential for savings and take a few hours to test different chemical solutions and approaches. Get samples of five different chemicals and try four different dilution ratios for each for a total of 20 experiments. Take a scrap of tent covered in dirt taken from the local area and try cleaning with each solution with both a brush and a rag. Measure the time it takes with each different combination.

hundreds of dollars in the long run.”

This may seem time-consuming, and it will be. In my experience testing all the variables can take almost 8–10 hours. But the reward for these 8–10 hours can be huge, reducing labor costs by as much as 15 percent. Over time, that 10–15 percent reduction is going to be an enormous financial boon to your business, saving you hundreds of dollars in the long run. Many clients ask me for our cheapest options, when, in reality, the greatest savings will come from careful testing of the best applications. Take a few hours and experiment, and I guarantee it’ll pay off.

– Steve Arendt

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