Our Five Packages

1. The Standard Package
My Standard Package sells for $2400, plus $200 for shipping.

NQD’s Packages were designed to include items which you are not able to purchase easily in your own community. They include just about everything you might need to begin earning good money in the carpet cleaning and floor services industry. A couple of items you should acquire locally:

First, you want to have a good quality, durable vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. We suggest the Kenmore Progressive model, an upright. Available at any Sears store or at Sears online. Every year, in Consumer Reports Magazine, this vacuum cleaner places first or close to first in the ability to remove pet hair from carpeting. In this business you will encounter a lot of pet hair. Be prepared! Usually sells for $200 – $225, but I recently bought one on sale for just $129.

Second, you will want to be able to effectively vacuum dry particulate matter from both stair carpeting and from upholstered furniture. I recommend the Royal Dirt Devil. Available either online or often sold at your local independent vacuum sales and service store. Around $60 to $70.

Third, using my cleaning system, whether you are using the Challenger or the Bissell Orbiter to clean carpet, you will be applying your cleaning solution via a one- or two-gallon pump-up sprayer. Any good hardware or home supply big box store will have these for about $20 to $25.

2. The Plus Package
The Plus Package adds the Bissell Orbiter (Pro Model) and some of its pads and attachments to the Standard Package. The Bissell Orbiter is the successor to the Oreck orbiter. The Oreck Company went into bankruptcy a few years ago, and was bought out by Bissell, a company best known for its vacuum cleaners. Think of the Bissell Orbiter as a kind of in-between size machine: smaller than the full-size Challenger, and larger than my Packages’ 6” orbital machine for use with carpeted stairs and upholstery. It works very nicely in such
areas as narrow hallways, closets, stair landings, between the bed and a nearby wall, and on large carpeted stairs. I strongly suggest adding it complete your arsenal. In such case you will be ordering the Plus Package, priced at $2850 plus $200 for shipping.

3. The Economy Package
If the purchase of either the Standard or the Plus Package is currently beyond your means, you should not abandon all hope of getting started in this business. You should instead purchase the much lower priced Economy Package. With the Economy Package, the Bissell Orbiter will be your primary machine instead of the Challenger. But you will still receive our 6” stair & upholstery cleaning tool, enough pads to begin doing real jobs, and a tile & grout brush attachment sized to fit the Bissell Orbiter. Your cleaning of wall-to-wall carpeting will take somewhat longer than if you were using the Challenger, but you will still be capable of achieving professional quality results. On many of my smaller jobs, I leave the Challenger in the truck, and bring in just the Bissell. Instead of generating plus or minus $100 per hour from the cleaning of wall-to-wall carpeting, the figure will drop to around $65 or $70. But with the cleaning of area rugs, carpeted stairs, and upholstery, you will be earning at the same level as if you had purchased our Standard or Plus Package. The Economy Package is priced at $1000, plus $100 for shipping.

4 and 5. Packages from The Challenger Company
We here at NQD think that our three Packages, the Standard, the Plus, and the Economy, provide well thought out and attractively priced combinations of equipment, supplies, and training materials. But we thought you might also want to take a look at two Packages described on Challenger’s own website. One is their Basic Package – www.challengerop.com/products/start-up-package The other is their Premium Package – www.challengerop.com/products/premium-start-up-package/

The Basic Package is priced at $2399, including shipping. The Premium Package is priced at $2679, also including shipping. You can order either of these Challenger Packages here at NQD. If you do find that you prefer one of Challenger’s Packages over our NQD Packages, and you order them through our NQD website, we will ship you at no additional cost one of our 6” orbital tools for the easy cleaning of carpeted stairs and upholstered furniture. The way we set this tool up, you will also want to order some of Challenger’s 14” stair tool pads. Package of 10: $89.50. No additional shipping charge. View these at www.challengerop.com/ products/stair-tool-pad-14-pack-of-10/ Challenger intends that these pads be used with its own $375 Orbital Stair Cleaning Tool. We at NQD find this tool to be something of a heavy handful, and tiring to use. On the positive side, it will effectively clean the flat (horizontal) tread of a stair, but we find it difficult to use, due to its considerable weight, to clean the front edge (bullnose) of a stair, and impossibly heavy to allow anyone but The Hulk to clean the carpet on the vertical stair riser. With our 6” orbital tool, we use heavy duty rubberbands (as found at Staples or Office Max stores) to securely hold the 14” pads to the pad driver. It’s nice and light, and won’t challenge or tire out your arm and shoulder muscles. And despite have a small motor, they just seem to run on and on.

Please note: No training materials come with either of the two Challenger Company Packages. My NQD Training Manual, which combines how to set up and perform various types of jobs, as well as how to deal with many of the business matters that will come up, is included ONLY with the NQD Standard, Plus, and Economy Packages.

Available Packages

  • one Challenger Pad Machine, including pad driver and three gliders
  • one 6″ orbital tool for stair carpet and upholstery cleaning
  • 10 full-size “Primo” terrycloth soil removal pads for the Challenger
  • 10 smaller terry pads for use with stair/upholstery tool
  • one MicroBeast 15″ micro fiber scrub bonnet
  • one Challenger Tile & Grout cleaning brush
  • one gallon of Orbit Natural cleaning concentrate
  • one 32 oz. bottle of Oban odor neutralizer
  • one package of several Vacaway specialty stain treatment products
  • one package of eight furniture moving sliders
  • one small hand-held carpet spotting brush
  • Most importantly, you will receive a copy of my Nature’s Quick-Dry Training Manual. The Manual is clearly written and deals with both the technical aspects of cleaning carpets, upholstery, etc., as well as with the business end of things
  • one Challenger Pad Machine, including pad driver and three gliders
  • one Bissell Easy Action Orbital Floor Machine with various attachments
  • one 6″ orbital tool for stair carpet and upholstery cleaning
  • 10 full-size “Primo” terrycloth soil removal pads for the Challenger
  • 10 smaller terry pads for use with stair/upholstery tool
  • one MicroBeast 15″ micro fiber scrub bonnet
  • one Challenger Tile & Grout cleaning brush
  • one gallon of Orbit Natural cleaning concentrate
  • one 32 oz. bottle of Oban odor neutralizer
  • one package of several Vacaway specialty stain treatment products
  • one package of eight furniture moving sliders
  • one small hand-held carpet spotting brush
  • Most importantly, you will receive a copy of my Nature’s Quick-Dry Training Manual. The Manual is clearly written and deals with both the technical aspects of cleaning carpets, upholstery, etc., as well as with the business end of things

My Economy Package

If the purchase of a Package priced at the level of my Standard or Plus Packages is currently beyond your means, then the Economy Package, at around $1000, plus $50 for shipment of the Bissell Orbiter might just serve as your entree into the business of professional carpet cleaning and related floor services.

With the Economy Package, you will receive as your primary machine the Bissell Easy Action Orbiter. While it is admittedly smaller than the full-size Challenger, it will still enable you to perform professional quality services in carpet cleaning as well as other floor services. Instead of regularly generating in the vicinity of $100 for every hour that you work, the Bissell Orbiter will still enable you to earn in the $50 to $70 range. On a job that also includes the cleaning of upholstery and a flight or two of carpeted stairs, hourly earnings will be higher still. Numbers such as these may indeed work for you at the outset, and enable you to move on up to a Challenger machine in a short time.

In addition to the Bissell Orbiter, the Economy Package also includes: the Bissell pad driver; ten soil absorbing pads for cleaning carpeting or hard surface floors; the Bissell’s brush attachment for tile & grout cleaning; the 6″ orbital machine that we use for cleaning carpeted stairs and upholstery; ten 14″ terrycloth pads for the stair and upholstery tool; a gallon of Orbit Natural green cleaning concentrate (enough to clean approximately 10,000 sq. ft. of carpet); a carpet spotting brush; a set of furniture sliders; a microfiber scrubbing pad sized for the Bissell’s pad driver; a package of several specialty stain remover products from Vacaway; and my Nature’s Quick-Dry Training Manual.The Economy Package is priced at $1000, plus $50 shipping.

Shipping

With either the Standard or the Plus Package, there will be a charge of $200 for the cost of shipping the Challenger machine from Texas to you. This shipment includes the Challenger itself, its pad driver, gliders, various pads, and a gallon of Orbit Natural concentrate – enough to clean upwards of 10,000 sq. ft. of carpet. I pay the shipping cost of the separate package which I send to you from Massachusetts containing the other items. For those purchasing either the Plus Package or the Economy Package, the Bissell Easy Action Orbiter will be shipped separately from Plymouth MA. There will be a $50 charge for shipment of the Bissell within the continental U.S. Any of our five Packages can also be shipped into Canada, at slightly increased shipping and international processing costs. The Challenger Company does not ship its machines to other continents. Currently, the payment of a state sales tax only applies to Texas residents.

start your own commercial carpet cleaning business

On Challenger’s website – www.challengerop.com – you will find that company’s two start-up Packages. They call them their Basic Package, and their Premium Package. The Basic Package is priced at $2399, and the Premium Package at $2679. Both of these prices include all shipping costs.

I feel that my Nature’s Quick-Dry Standard and Plus Packages are more complete than Challenger’s Packages, but that is for you to decide. We can sell you Challenger’s Packages as well as our own. You will notice that neither of the Challenger Packages include the tool in our Packages which lets you clean carpeted stairs as well as upholstery. So, if you choose to purchase either of the Challenger Packages from us, at the same price as shown on the Challenger website, I will sweeten the deal by also sending you, at no additional cost, one of our 6″ orbital tools for the cleaning of carpeted stairs and upholstery. To receive this bonus from us, you will need to order your choice of Challenger Packages from the order pages here on our website.

If you go this route, you will also need some pads for use with our 6″ orbiter. On the Challenger website’s “Pads” page, these are described as “Stair Tool Pad 14″ – Pack of 10”. Price for ten pads: $89.50.