To try and include every single process, development and piece of equipment that has affected the industry in a single feature would be ridiculous if not impossible. This is not a "Best of the Best" list; it is a chance to see and hear about some of the equipment making its way to the marketplace.
Principles and long-accepted methodologies need not be shattered in order for something to be innovative. Some may have already seen some of this technology at various trade shows and exhibitions, while others are getting their first look at what the cleaning and restoration industries have to say about some of the latest developments as we head into 2006.
The specially designed eight-bladed fan is positioned vertically and parallel to the carpet surface. The fan, blowing down through a matched louver system, creates a 3-inch-high, 360-degree, 40-mph envelope of air just above the carpet. The AirPath's design allows it to draw warmer, drier air from above, blowing it down and across the entire surface of the carpet, completely drying the average 200-square-foot room in 5 to 10 minutes.
By capturing steam before it's released into the air, the operator controls the humidity in the area being cleaned. There are eight adjustable holes to dial in the equipment. The quick-dry jet position features jets that are angled down toward the wand head, preventing water from being forced into the backing of the carpet.
Notches in the sides of the vacuum chamber and in the back lips of the wand create airflow injection at the carpet.
The TES power plant generates a high temperature in a unique heat-exchange fluid. The fluid is then transferred with a high-volume pump through specially designed insulated hoses to the Thermal Exchanger - TEX - box, which directs its energy (via air mover) to the wet areas, resulting in rapid evaporation.
Federal and state taxes are added to every gallon of gas purchased. However, the company says that these taxes may not apply if the fuel is consumed "off road." By recording fuel usage only while the vehicle is stationary, the OFF ROAD system may allow the operator to recover the fuel taxes that were paid up front. Recording stationary fuel usage is the key to obtaining off-highway fuel tax rebates
The Rug Wringers comes in 8-, 13, and 16-foot-wide-roller sizes; sports simple pneumatic loading to provide plenty of "squeeze" to get the maximum amount of water out of the rug; features 85-90 Durometer rubber covers on the rolls protect the rugs; an optional rinse header before the rug enters the nip is available, as are 110-, 240- or 480-volt AC drive options.
The CRI uses XRF to identify carpet-cleaning products that meet strict standards for soil removal and other criteria, and awards those manufacturers a CRI Seal of Approval. To qualify for the Seal of Approval, extractors must meet CRI standards in three test categories: amount of soil removed from the carpet; amount of residual water left in the carpet; and impact of the equipment on carpet fibers and appearance.
An optional deionization system attaches for further polishing of the RO water for the most demanding spot-free jobs. RO followed by DI is an economical and efficient way to make spot-free rinsing water, and the RO Trolley provides a way to produce it on site.
Wand glides perform several functions, including making the wand glide easier over all types of flooring surfaces; significantly reducing operator fatigue and stress injuries; leaving the carpet drier and cleaner than an un-glided wand; eradicating streaking and pile distortion that may occur with low-profile, multi-jet wands; cleaning area rugs gently and thoroughly without fear of distorting the pile, damaging the fiber or construction of the rug, or leaving the rug overwet, and more.
The glides slide smoothly over the carpet, and the increased surface area helps keep the wand from sinking into the carpet and hindering momentum.