Articles by Gordon Hanks

Gadgets Over The Ages

February 4, 2013

Rob’s “super sucker” had just a little more power compared to me spitting and a little more vacuum then I could suck through a straw.


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A Look at the Latest Tools for Wall and Cavity Drying

January 25, 2013

In the early days of my carpet cleaning career, responding to a call for water damage restoration meant we would extract water from the carpet and perhaps place one or two air movers blowing under the carpet.


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ATP Testing: Determining Conditions and Verifying Cleanliness

December 3, 2012

I’ve seen the process of restoring homes and businesses go from a simple, unsophisticated approach to a complex, scientific and professional service.


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Portable Floor Care Equipment: It’s Come a Long Way

November 1, 2012
Some might argue that truckmounted extractors have relegated portables to the pages of ancient history. But portable extractors have come a long way since then. There are many reasons why portables still have a prominent place in the market.
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Do I Really Need a Spotting Kit?

October 1, 2012
Not very long ago a “professional” carpet cleaner expressed, “I don’t need no spotting kit - I just give the spot an extra squirt of pre-spray and then kick it with my foot a couple of times.”
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From EZ-Moves to Sticky Tabs: Furniture Moving Tools

August 31, 2012
What happens when a professional carpet or restoration specialist gets called out to do a job and can’t lift his wand, let alone a couch?
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Advances in Extraction Tools, Scrub Wands and More (Oh My!)

August 1, 2012
As a young carpet cleaner, what I referred to as a “light wand” actually felt more like pushing a bag of cement around on the carpet.
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Warning… We Have an Upholstery Emergency

July 2, 2012

So what’s the emergency? Hopefully you don’t have one, but a professional cleaner I recently talked to needed a total makeover on his upholstery cleaning process.


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IR Cameras: Not Quite Like Superman's X-ray Vision, But...

May 1, 2012

No, our infrared cameras used in the restoration industry today do not use X-rays to view into walls or through doors, but they are almost as effective when used to understand where water is in flood-damaged properties.


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Low-Moisture Carpet Cleaning: The Basics

April 2, 2012
Have you ever been frustrated with a particularly tough cleaning job and screamed (preferably in your head so your customer didn't hear you), "I'm through with hot-water extraction - it's too hard for these lousy results!?"

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