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December 8, 2005
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Take care of your vehicle, and it will take care of you


As you load your battlewagon and gird your loins for the daily (or nightly) battle with soil, the first item you would load would probably be your primary cleaning system, be it wet, dry or in-between, and attachments like wands and brushes.

Once the big stuff is out of the way, perhaps you should consider loading up a few (or more) specialty items to make the results of your cleaning satisfactory to not only your customer but yourself, the tools and accessories that ensure the job goes as smoothly as possible and that all areas to be serviced can be accessed.

These tools may include such items as a crevice tool for cleaning in areas that may require special attention, such as filtration soiling, and for attacking the plain dirt buildup along the walls and around furnishings that will not be moved. Crevice tools with an internal jet are available for a thorough rinse and more effective soil removal.

Don't forget the stair tool, as well as hand tools, for any off-the-floor cleaning that may be scheduled. If you offer stain and odor correction on your menu of services, a tool for subsurface extraction may be of value. Certainly a long-wave UV light for urine detection should be on board. Try to find room for some "CAUTION WET CARPETS" signs while you are at it. Consider the value of fans to speed drying of just-cleaned carpets and upholstery. And how about a stand for cleaning cushions? If you are using a system without an internal water heater, it may be worthwhile to carry an immersion water heater. A set of shelves to keep it everything straight and in its proper place will result in a cleaner, neater truck or trailer. And don't forget to add a variety of brush types to your arsenal, in accordance with the types of cleaning you perform on a regular basis.

Some accessories, such as corner guards and furniture sliders, will not only make the job easier, but at the same time you are preventing damage to walls and furniture, you are looking a little more professional to your customer. It goes without saying that furniture protector tabs and blocks must be among your arsenal of tools for controlling problems such as rust or furniture stains from wet carpet. A tool for lifting heavy furniture while pads and blocks are being placed may save you from a crippling back injury. Make room for hooks and straps to hold hoses in place when running them up stairs and over railings on multi-floor setups; there is nothing worse than seeing your hose disappear down the steps just as you need it to finish a corner or another room. A high-quality, functioning pressure sprayer - electric or pump-up, your choice - ensures the ability to distribute pre-sprays or fabric and carpet protectors, deodorizers, neutralizers, You might want to carry replacement parts for this sprayer, as they always seem to break down while you are using them. You may want to keep a small bucket around for items such as three-prong plug adapters; faucet adapters; towels; Velcro straps; chewing gum removers; bone spatulas for spot agitation; duck bill napping shears; moisture detector; and maybe a pH pen or pH papers. And how about booties for you and your customers?

Now that we have the battlewagon loaded with goodies, let's go to work and make the money to pay for it, eh?

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