Cleaning & Restoration Industry News

Industry figure, former Steam Way chairman dies

June 17, 2003
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+
Industry figure, former Steam Way chairman dies

Ralph Bloss, former chairman of Steam Way International and a well-known and respected figure in the cleaning and restoration industry, died April 19 at the age of 79.

Bloss joined Steam Way, a manufacturer of carpet and upholstery cleaning equipment and chemicals, in 1972. He went on to purchase the company in 1982, working with his wife and sons up until his death.

During a 32-year career Bloss was recognized by more than 14 regional and national trade associations for his contributions to the growth, professionalism and education of the cleaning and restoration industry, receiving each group’s highest honor. In 2001 he was recognized by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification for a lifetime of contributions to the promotion of technical expertise and excellence in learning in the industry.

Bloss is survived by his wife Anjunell; sons Doyle and Greg; daughter Sharolyn Bloss Nungester, and seven grandchildren.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to i Cleaning Specialist Magazine.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

The 2014 Experience Conference and Exhibition

A look in photos at the 2014 Experience Conference and Exhibition, which was held from April 24-26 at the Embassy Suites Convention Center and Spa in Frisco, Texas.

1/27/15 2:00 pm EST

Grow Your Business and Improve Operations with New Payment Technology

Attend this free webinar to learn how new developments in payment technology can help you close more jobs, increase upselling opportunities and improve operations.


While winter is considered the "slow season" for carpet cleaners, it can also be a season of great opportunity. In this episode of The Hitman Advertising Show, John Braun offers advice for keeping revenue consistent during the cold weather months so you're thriving - and not just surviving - the winter.
More Podcasts

ICS Cleaning Specialist Magazine


2014 Nov/Dec

The Nov/Dec ICS features content on how to get better meter readings, a roundtable on truckmount development, neighborhood marketing and more. Also included is the annual Buyer’s Guide and Directory.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Janitorial Work

In addition to residential and commercial carpet cleaning, do you do any janitorial work on the side?
View Results Poll Archive


The Carpet Cleaner's Book of Unlimited Success! (ebook)

Don’t worry about the recession or about your competition.  Now you can be the owner of over 400 ways for carpet cleaning professionals to make more money and get more jobs!

More Products


Director_Buyer.jpgThe premier resource and reference guide for the cleaning and restoration industries.

Click here to view


facebook_40.png twitter_40px.png youtube_40px.png


Truckmount.jpgEquipment listings and specifications from the leading industry manufacturers.

Click here to view