When I recall my first experience
with a truckmount some 30 years ago, I realize that, while much has changed,
the basics are still the same. The idea behind using a truckmount was to bring
additional heat, pressure, and vacuum to the carpet that the portables of the
day could not deliver.
This hasn’t changed. Bigger, more
powerful truckmounts are still being designed to bring high levels of heat,
pressure and vacuum to the carpet.
What has changed are the tools and
accessories available to the truckmount operator. As always, a few of these
items have just recently been invented or improved, so let’s get right to it
and take a look at what making its way to the marketplace to make your cleaning
The Super Strap is designed to
make your hose handling chores easier than ever. This particular strap has no
metal pieces, so there is less chance of damaging your customer’s home. It has
several uses, making it an extremely versatile gadget.
Hose handling is always a
challenge. When running the wands and power tools on the carpet, we are
continually dealing with the vacuum and pressure hose getting in the way. One
unique use of the Super Strap is to strap the hose to your belt while you are
running the cleaning tools. This gets the hose up off the floor so you don’t
have to give it a kick every few seconds, and takes away the drag you often
experience when moving the wand that has you pulling against the hose. Not
everyone will initially feel comfortable with this application, but most
professionals love this new, easy method of dealing with the hose while
Secondary uses for this heavy-duty
gadget include wrapping the hose for carrying and storage, securing hose to
balconies for long vertical runs, or strapping the hose to staircases.
The Handy Hook takes the good idea
that is the Hose Hook (which has been available for years) and makes it even
more user friendly. Getting the hose out of the way while cleaning stairs makes
life that much easier; the original Hose Hook does this, but you must carry it
separately and keep track of it. The Handy Hook performs the same function but,
when not in use, the hook will fold into the strap where it can be stored on
the hose or even the wand until needed. This is one of those little things that
make a big difference.
I am sure most of you are familiar
with the Velcro strap used to attach the vacuum and pressure hoses together.
Distributors have offered them for years, and they are a great addition for
managing hose. These straps are easy to use and remove when needed. A
heavy-duty version has recently been introduced. While the cost may be up to
twice as much as the original, we have found these straps lasting more than
five times longer. That’s a good value of which you may want to take advantage.
I hope you will find these small
accessories valuable. Small things really can make all the difference when it
comes to making your jobs more productive and enjoyable.