Every once in a while I can’t help but talk about some of the most effective gadgets or “tools” in the chemical world. This month’s column has to do with chemicals used for boosting your cleaning performance. But first, a little history.
Many of the gadgets we discuss each month are tools and accessories intended to make our job easier or faster. They are designed primarily for our benefit. This month, we are going to focus on some gadgets primarily designed to impress the cleaning customer.
It seems as though every article written about drying lately is about the science of drying. Drying with heat is a topic that has polarized the industry. Restorers have taken their stands on both sides of the issue.
Is there art and skill involved in water extraction or is it simply a matter of riding around on a specialized extraction tool and calling it a day? I think we can all agree that there is both art and skill involved.
About 33 years ago I re-installed (kicked in) my first carpet. It had been disengaged during a flood cleanup. It was also 33 years ago that my knees told me that if I continued doing that kind of work they would freeze up and go on strike.
It has been a few years, but I can still remember when my parents gave me my “Junior Scientist” chemistry set. It included both red and blue litmus paper that would change color when dipped in various solutions. Neat!
“It uses too much chemical.” “It doesn’t spray evenly.” “It’s too slow.” “My pressure’s not consistent.” “I get tired lugging it around.” “The cleanup is time consuming and messy.” “I hate the constant pumping.” And the list goes on.
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 sheet-metal air movers. Little or no thought was given to the moisture inside the wall cavity or to other wet surfaces.
Our home was carpeted with white wool short shag. Mom was a meticulous housekeeper, and we vacuumed that carpet often. After every vacuuming we would pull out the carpet rake – the same rake that could be used to rake leaves in the fall – and remove all the vacuum marks and footprints.
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.
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