Cleaning and restoration professionals are always searching for ways to help them do their jobs better and more efficiently. For the eighth consecutive year, ICS Cleaning Specialist looks at some of the innovative equipment and technologies making their way into the industry.
As we’ve said all along, this is not a “Best of the Best” list; it is a chance to see and read about some of what’s available in today’s marketplace.
Principles and long-accepted methodologies need not be shattered in order for something to be innovative. Some may have already seen much 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 2011.
TRIAD air mover from Prochem
The Triad is the first air mover in the industry to utilize “Thrust Fan” technology. Using this technology, the Triad offers the most critical elements for best evaporation results, high static pressure, high airflow volume and high velocity. Also, no longer do you need to compromise evaporation rates due to power limitations. Eight Triads can easily be daisy-chained on a 12 Amp circuit. Weighing only 21.7 lbs., the Triad’s design and size offers several unique solutions for the restoration industry, and it will fit where most conventional air movers have difficulty.
TiS Infrared Camera from Fluke
Fluke proudly introduces an entry level thermal imager for quick, easy, and accurate problem identification and troubleshooting designed specifically for the building inspection professional. The Fluke Thermal Imaging Scanner is the perfect tool to help identify hidden building construction issues, find moisture intrusion, detect energy loss/missing insulation, and many basic electrical connection and load problems. The TiS is the top-performing imager in its price class; meets the proposed RESNET infrared inspection standard, boasts the highest resolution (120x120) in price class; has the largest display size (3.7”) in price class, and the battery lasts 4 hours.
Multimeter 210 from Extech
The EX210 is an 8-function mini digital multimeter with IR thermometer averaging; auto-ranging DMM with 2000 count large backlit dual LCD; built-in IR thermometer with laser pointer for locating hot spots (4:1 Distance to Target Ratio); AC/DC voltage, AC/DC current, resistance, temperature (IR); continuity/diode ; 2000 count large backlit dual LCD with easy-to read digits; low current capability measure down to 0.1µA; max hold, data hold and auto power off; input fuse protection; comes complete with test leads and 9V battery.
Stain Guide App from Pro's Choice
The Pro’s Choice Stain Guide is a must have app for professional carpet cleaners in the field. The Stain Guide includes step-by-step instructions for the removal of many stains and contains tips for cleaning even the dirtiest carpets. This easy-to-use Stain Guide application puts advanced stain and extreme soil solutions at your fingertips. Available for free for a limited time only, just search CTI or Pro’s Choice in the apps store on your iPhone or in the Market on your Droid, the company said.
The iCAT software application from iCAT Solutions harnesses Ricoh Camera technology to allow multiple users to inventory affected items at a job site for the purpose of cleaning, removal, tracking, disposal, and loss reporting with only a Ricoh Pack-out Camera. Advanced barcode recognition and voice memo technology enables users to complete inventory within in 1/10th the normal time with 100% accuracy. Pack-out information (which includes unlimited photographs and real-time voice dictation) is wirelessly synced with the iCAT software solution to enable users to track these items throughout the cycle of the claim.
Cleaning chemical from Urthtech
UrthPRO Cleaner, Disinfectant & Fungicide is a combination of grain-based ethyl alcohol, a coconut oil-based cleaning agent, lavender oil and purified water. Individually, these ingredients have been utilized in food production for decades, but when combined, a synergistic effect between these well-chosen components is responsible for its fast-acting antimicrobial action and superb cleaning ability. This all-in-one formula cleans, disinfects, deodorizes and degreases in one simple step, reducing labor time and making your job easier!
Carpet dryer from Turboteck Supplies
Turboteck Supplies introduces the Power-Dryer to the carpet cleaning industry. The Power-Dryer uses desiccant technology to dry carpets in 5 to 10 minutes after they have been cleaned by a truckmount or portable extractor. The Power-Dryer “works with any wand, and is a great way to stop wicking from cleaning Olefin carpets,” the company said.
Portable extractor from CFR
The CFR ECO 500 Dual 3-Stage “Perfect Heat” Extractor features two large 3-stage vacuum motors and provides “the ultimate in portable extraction” with 220” of water lift. The Eco 500 has a powerful pump that delivers 5 liters per minute at 500 PSI. That is enough power to clean even the dirtiest carpets. The CFR ECO 500 also features the patent-pending “Perfect Heat” system for the hottest water temperature available in the portable market today. The new Eco Stage Filtration recycles the cleaning solution to extend dump and refill times, increasing productivity. Chemical usage is greatly reduced, which protects the environment by reducing waste and packaging.
Rotary extraction tool from Rotovac
The Rotovac 360i is a patented Rotary Extraction Power Head that utilizes rotary vacuum heads to thoroughly deep clean carpet with hundreds of multi-directional cleaning passes. The 360i weighs only 39 lbs and is extremely easy to use as it operates in a self propelled side to side motion. Simply stated, the 360i cleans better with less effort and leaves carpet drier than a wand. With interchangeable heads for all type of carpet and tile cleaning, the 360i features a telescoping handle for cleaning stairs, compact storage and more.
Disinfectant from Chemspec
Polysphere is a concentrated, chemically balanced disinfectant that is effective against a broad spectrum of bacteria, is virucidal, and eliminates odor causing bacteria even in the presence of hard water. Polysphere is effective against “Hospital Superbugs” such as VRE and MSRA. Use Polysphere for deodorizing carpets and to prevent mold and mildew from forming on perpetually damp surfaces outdoors and in bathrooms. The product is EPA registered.
Odor removal from Sterling Bridge
Sterling Bridge’s PUREVISTA delivers ClO2 solution on-demand “safely and efficiently for a broad range of post-disaster clean up and reconstruction applications,” the company said. PUREVISTA is a chlorine dioxide-based treatment product that is engineered specifically to quickly eliminate highly intense organic odors such as smoke, tobacco and sewage that are both air and surface borne. The water-activated technology is safe and easy to use, permanently eliminating difficult-to-remove odors in number of applications.
Air mover from Viking Equipment
Viking Equipment just released its new Eco-Cam Series of air movers that “deliver a powerful 3,100 feet per minute (FPM) while drawing under 1.6 amps. This single-speed powerhouse offers the most airflow at the fewest amps of any centrifugal air mover on the market today,” the company said. Viking’s Eco-Cam features stackability; easy operation; optional ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI); a 25-foot power cord; low power draw; powerful airflow, three position settings and more.
Upholstery tool from Sapphire Scientific
The Upholstery Pro tool fits on standard 2 and 1½ inch vacuum hoses and is compatible with any carpet extraction machine. Unlike jetted tools, the UpholsteryPro will prevent overspray on boxing and piping. It’s also designed for easy service in the field. The in-line solution filter removes easily and rinses clean, and changing out a glide or valve takes only minutes with simple hand tools. Unique dual extraction slots permit full extraction in both directions across fabric surfaces. An in-line solution strainer helps prevent clogging. The lightweight and highly flexible hose coupling is easy to maneuver, even in tight places.