- THE MAGAZINE
Articles by Jeff Bishop
Fifty-five minutes of vacuuming.
What’s the best vacuum cleaner?” I get that question all the time, from homeowners mostly.
Having attended a number of indoor environmental quality (IEQ) courses in the past few years, and having taught that subject for several years myself, I’m what you’d call a little paranoid about household maintenance and cleaning.
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.
At least once every year, I’m reminded of an article that I penned over a decade ago.
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.
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?
Upholstery cleaning codes actually originated as colorfastness codes. They were designed to give consumers and cleaners some idea about which fabrics and dye systems would withstand exposure to water and which ones could not.
I define an “expert” as one who masters the details of her or his profession. And part of that expertise includes keeping up with changes in their industry.