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Battling Hose Hassles

March 8, 2005
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All professional carpet cleaners have at least one thing in common: We want to get through the job as quickly as possible while doing great work for our customer and coming out with a healthy profit in our pocket.

Many cleaners do just that by finding ways to combat the little hassles that take time and energy away from their productivity. Getting your vacuum and pressure hoses under control is one hassle worth a closer look.

Hose Hook

If you've ever battled a hose back and forth to clean stairs, you will appreciate the value of a hose hook. This simple device is strapped around your vacuum and pressure hose with a Velcro attachment, and employs a vinyl-coated metal hook that can hang your hose up out of the way.

When facing a stairway from the top down, simply attach two hose hooks and run your hose down the stairs hooked up to the handrail. Use a long-enough length to loop back up to the top of the stairs, working your way from top to bottom, and you will move quickly and efficiently with no hose to battle.

The hose hook is also very effective for securing hose running up a story or two on the outside of a building, or up an inside stair case.

Vac Strap

Nothing is more annoying than running a long length of hose, pulling and tugging to get it into position, just to have it separate at the connectors. Hose cuffs age and can become somewhat brittle, especially in the cold, and can easily pull apart at the connectors when laying the hose out or when reeling it in.

With the help of the small miracle that is Velcro, a vac strap can hold the hose sections together until you are ready to take them apart. If at any time you wish to shorten your length of hose, simply un-strap the vac strap at the connection and your cuff will slide right onto your wand. When you are ready to reattach your vacuum sections, three or four seconds is all it will take to re-secure with the vac strap.

Simple Hose Adapter

It is a fact that 2-inch hose creates less restriction and better overall vacuum when used with today's high-vacuum truckmounts. Many professionals wish to run 2-inch hose all the way to their wand. Problems creep in, however, when their wand is designed for 1.5-inch hose, or if they use a 2-inch wand but want to change out to a smaller tool for stairs or tile-and-grout cleaning. The process in the past has been to unscrew the 2-inch cuff and screw on an adapter cuff, or build and attach a short piece of 1.5-inch hose with adapters and reducing cuffs.

Now, under the heading of "Why didn't I think of that?" there is a simple 2-inch-to-1.5-inch adapter pre-made with a special cuff that accepts an aluminum sleeve. Slide the simple hose adapter onto your 1.5-inch wand and your 2-inch cuff slides right on.

Secure Loc Quick Connect

Has this ever happened to you? You're all set up and have begun to clean the job. You find that you need one more foot of pressure hose to reach the corner of the far bedroom. You walk out to the entry and give your hose a little tug to get that one more foot you need. That's when your quick-connect catches on a small lip in the sidewalk outside and separates. The pros that clean all day and then lift weights at the gym all night can go right out and press that quick right back on - pressing against 400 psi - while the rest of use have to go out to the machine, shut it off, relieve pressure in the system, go back to the wand, relieve pressure in the hose, reattach the quick connect, and then go turn the machine on again.

The Secure Loc quick-connect wins this battle before it ever begins. With the simple placement of a stainless steel bearing, this quick-connect will not come undone until you are ready. Use it on your second and third length of hose, or any length that is not connected directly to your machine or your wand, and your quick-connect-popping-off syndrome will be a thing of the past.

See your local distributor and pick up these and other helpful gadgets designed to make your cleaning and restoration life faster, easier, and just more fun.

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