Cleaning & Restoration Breaking News

United States Patent awarded for Centrifuge

December 20, 2011
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+

On December 13, 2011, United States Patent 8,074,370 was awarded to inventors Thomas Monahan of Ann Arbor, Michigan U.S.A. & Greg Turcotte of Black Diamond, Canada.

Tom and Greg are co-founders of Centrum Force. The company designs, builds and sells rug washing equipment. Among their designs included the world's first dual port rug wringing centrifuge. This horizontal centrifugal device for moisture removal from a rug received is now a patented device. (See:

The patent was for the company's rug wringing centrifuge: Centri-Maxx by Centrum Force.

"Greg Turcotte and I collaborated and developed the horizontal centrifuge beginning in 2006. We subsequently joined together and co-founded Centrum Force. Our company continues to build and sell rug washing equipment," Monahan said. "Linda Plunkett of AWOPV (Her rug washing company also known as, A Woman’s Point of View located in Brooksville, Florida) was the first to own our dual port centrifuge. She took delivery in 2007. That device was the World’s First ‘dual port’ horizontal centrifugal device for removing moisture from a rug. It also was the first commercially sold, and successfully working American made horizontal centrifuge for rugs. Linda's model was equipped with a 13 foot long cylinder that included an 18 inch diameter perforated inner tube that allowed the water to evacuate out of the rolled rug on its spin cycle.

“Now Centrum Force has a full line of sizes. Many are now in use across North America. This original working design design was protected first under a provisional patent. On October 27, 2008, we registered for full Patent Protection with the United States Patent Office. On December 13, 2011 we were awarded the full patent #8,074,370 for the horizontal centrifuge," Monahan said.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to i Cleaning Specialist Magazine.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

The 2014 Experience Conference and Exhibition

A look in photos at the 2014 Experience Conference and Exhibition, which was held from April 24-26 at the Embassy Suites Convention Center and Spa in Frisco, Texas.


Have a limited marketing budget but realize the importance of neighborhood marketing? Try doorknob hangers, a low-cost, yet highly effective way to drum up more business. In this episode, John Braun discusses the value of this tactic as well as what you should include on the materials you're hanging.
More Podcasts

ICS Cleaning Specialist Magazine


2014 September

The September issue of ICS features stories on moisture detection, disinfectant services, neighborhood marketing, then we discuss the last level of being phenomenal, and cool products.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Janitorial Work

In addition to residential and commercial carpet cleaning, do you do any janitorial work on the side?
View Results Poll Archive


Get Paid! book cover
Get Paid! (ebook)
Over 30 authors – over 40 articles…from attorneys, contractors, consultants, instructors and others, both inside and outside the restoration industry. R & R, C & R and Cleanfax, opened their archives and gave us the best they had, other chapters were created just for the “Get Paid!” book and its readers. And every one of them has ideas for how to get paid what you are owed.

More Products


Director_Buyer.jpgThe premier resource and reference guide for the cleaning and restoration industries.

Click here to view


Truckmount.jpgEquipment listings and specifications from the leading industry manufacturers.

Click here to view


facebook_40.png twitter_40px.png youtube_40px.pngcrc logo