Let’s say you would like to start your own boat cleaning business. It is a service company that generally deals with high-level clients, media people. Cleaning boats and yachts is a decent way to make a living, it allows you to be in the marina and it is fun to be around nice equipment and make it shine. As a former franchisor in the yacht cleaning industry, I am often asked questions from the industry. Rather than simply answering the questions for a single operator, I like to share these answers with other people who may enjoy receiving the information. I was recently asked the following very good question:
“Could you quickly give me the names of a product that you would recommend? I have the soap, the brushes and the posts covered. I just checked the types of wax gels and what kind of polish or polish to use in the booth as well and what specific product for vinyl seats. “
Well I’d recommend the Starbrite line for gel coat soaps first, and also AutoMagic, they have a line of automotive products that has a really good soap that works great on gel coatings, but not so great on teak and wood decks. , but the hardware shines very well. I love Seal It by AutoMagic, polymeric solvent wax, it is very easy to use and works well, but you need another coat on top if you want it to last with salt water around, better for lake boats. It is ideal for the first layer on any boat in any environment.
Met-ALL is good for polishing aluminum, use with baking soda. For vinyl seats, it’s almost better to go for a money-saving cleaning product, the kind you use on bar stool seats or at fast-casual restaurants, just dilute it more for more boat seats. thin. Zep Chemicals has a good line for this, also inexpensive.
When you use quality products, your work will show up and you can earn more money and get better future referrals. Therefore, it is worth the extra money to buy the best products.
Another boat cleaning entrepreneur asks:
“Would you charge a polish and wax on a boat as an additional service? For example, the company I worked for would have some waxing on the boats after compound jobs or randomly on demand. Now customers want them to boats are polished after weekly or biweekly washing was more common, now is that correct, to my knowledge a boat should not be waxed as often as it is polished (to maintain shine) and again these would be add-ons for your cleaning , Right? “
From the customer’s perspective, a polish is when a boat is a bit rusty and a wax is to protect it, but in reality today’s waxes do a bit of both cleaning and waxing. A deep cleaning could be considered polishing, waxing is more of a maintenance. Yes, you should charge extra for polishing, and if they want a layer of wax with the wash, if they want spray wax charge a little more, if they want a light liquid wax a little more, and stick more wax, and polish and wax even more .
I hope you enjoyed these topics and gained additional insight into the boat cleaning business today.