Articles by Jeff Bishop

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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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
December 12, 2013

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

Do you know your upholstery cleaning codes?
May 30, 2013

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

February 6, 2013

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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Cleaning for Safety and Health

November 1, 2012
Question: If you invited a cleaning firm into your home and paid them to clean interior decor fabrics, would you expect them to clean strictly for appearance, or should the safety and health of your family be the primary concern?
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Restoring Smoke-Damaged Clothing

May 1, 2012

Homeowners have several misconceptions relating to smoke odor in clothing and other household fabrics. First, they believe that closed closet doors or closed drawers provide protection against smoke residue and odor in a moderate-to-heavy smoke damage situation. That simply is not true. 


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Installation Issues (And What To Do About Them)

March 1, 2012

Carpet repairs are a major issue for consumers, and for inspection and cleaning professionals, since many become apparent over time or even during the cleaning process.

 


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Combating Mothball Odor

January 4, 2012

Every year, we get calls from cleaners or consumers wanting to know what to do about mothballs or flakes that were used in excess.
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