Carpet/Rug/Upholstery Cleaning

The Value of a Rug Caddy (and How to Build One Yourself)

A rug caddy is an important piece of equipment for a comprehensive rug cleaning operation
January 9, 2014

You walk into your carefully set up rug cleaning plant. Water is pooled everywhere on the floor - someone forgot to turn the water off on the rug bath. About a dozen rugs that had been vacuumed, dusted and prepared for cleaning that day are saturated with water that overflowed the rug bath, possibly mixed with soil.  


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Rug Repair Part 6: Torn Corners and How to Repair the Problem

Corner repairs are probably one of the most common “rug fixes” needed by your customers.
December 19, 2013

Area rug corners get a lot of wear and tear. Foot traffic across corners is particularly damaging.


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How to Treat Fleas in Carpet

Fleas are a nuisance, but they are a fact of life in many homes with pets.
November 14, 2013

Fleas brought in by pets - particularly multiple pets - can be a major problem when they transfer from the animal to other fleecy materials, such as carpet and upholstery, and then lay their eggs and multiply.


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Rug Course Turns Into Rescue Mission in Wake of Colorado Floods

Due to the Colorado floods, this standard three-day training seminar quickly turned into a rescue mission
November 1, 2013
Last June, when the board members of the Professional Association of Cleaning and Restoration (PACR) and I were discussing plans for my September hands-on rug cleaning course, none of us could have ever imagined how “hands-on” it would become.
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Rug Repair Part 5: Curling Edges – Why Rugs Won’t Lay Flat and How to Correct it

A look at curling edges - why rugs won’t lay flat and how to correct it.
October 24, 2013

The corners and edges of rugs often curl up. These problems, unsightly and potentially hazardous, will only get worse with time causing wear and damage that is expensive to repair. 


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Are You Offering Spot Removers and Carpet/Fabric Protectors? If Not, You Should Be

I’m going to make it easier and put an additional $10,000, $50,000 or maybe even $100,000 into your pocket over the next 12 months
September 19, 2013

Have you ever held a job where you get a call from the boss and he says in a gruff voice, “Please come to my office.” 


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Antimicrobials on Carpet – Good or Bad Idea?

On the surface, this may seem like a good idea, as well as a good source of potential income for professional carpet cleaners
September 5, 2013

Increasingly, home and business owners are expressing their desire to live in a more sanitary environment. Inquiries abound about the need to treat carpet with antimicrobials, disinfectants and sanitizers. But is that a practical idea?  


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Just Ask Jess: What is the Difference Between an Oxidizer and a Reducer?

Both oxidizers and reducers can be formulated as dye and pigment stain removers
August 29, 2013

What is the difference between an ‘oxidizer’ and a ‘reducer’? Which product should I use for a blue Gatorade stain?


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Women in Cleaning and Restoration

This feature will highlight several of these women who are – and are continuing – to shape the industry as we know it.
August 6, 2013

Traditionally in the carpet cleaning industry, it’s the women who are the target customers, not the owners, cleaners and educators. But women are playing a more prominent role today than ever before in the cleaning and restoration sectors.


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Rug Repair Part 4: Sides and Selvages

Part four in a six-part series on rug repair
July 25, 2013

Last time we discussed fringe repair, so now we move on to the second most common repair request – the sides of the rug.


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