Articles by Jeff Bishop

The Deodorizing Principles in Restoration

Probably the biggest mistake made by restorers is oversimplification of smoke odor.


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Vacuuming Carpet – Why it Matters: Part II

For years, I have maintained that neither carpet owners nor professionals vacuum carpet effectively

Fifty-five minutes of vacuuming. 


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What’s the Best Vacuum Cleaner?

What’s the best vacuum cleaner?” I get that question all the time, from homeowners mostly.


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Vacuuming Carpet - Why it Matters: Part I

I spent 55 minutes vacuuming my carpet at home yesterday. Fifty-five minutes!

 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.  


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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

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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Employee Background Checks – How Far Should You Go?

The service industry is made up of many trustworthy, hard working individuals who are dedicated to protecting the health and safety, as well as valuable furnishings of many people

At least once every year, I’m reminded of an article that I penned over a decade ago.


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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.

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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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

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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Know the Code: Fact vs. Fiction on Upholstery Cleaning Codes

Do you know your upholstery cleaning codes?

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.


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The Numbers Game

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. 


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Arguably, sending out a client newsletter is the No. 1 key to a reliable cleaning business. In this episode of The Hitman Advertising Show, John Braun covers the true value of mail newsletters, how to send them, how often to send them and more.
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