Articles by Ruth Travis

Rug Course Turns Into Rescue Mission in Wake of Colorado Floods

Due to the Colorado floods, this standard three-day training seminar quickly turned into a rescue mission
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Last June, when the board members of the Professional Association of Cleaning and Restoration (PACR) and I were discussing plans for my September hands-on rug cleaning course, none of us could have ever imagined how “hands-on” it would become.
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The Unsung Women Heroes of the Last 50 Years

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There are dozens of well-know people who have influenced the cleaning and restoration industry over the last 50 years; however, I’d like to mention a few who may not be acknowledged - the ladies affiliated with the cleaning and restoration industry who have influenced me most.


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The Coloration of Wool

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I just returned from a trip to Ilkley and Otley, England to visit with my colleagues at WoolSafe®Headquarters. This part of England is where thousands of sheep are raised - much to my surprise, for food (mutton and lamb chops). However, a wonderful byproduct is the beautiful wool fleece which is used for carpet and rug manufacturing. One of the highlights of my trip was a day spent in Manchester visiting the British Wool Bureau, two wool processing plants and finally a yarn dyeing and weaving facility which manufactures wool yarn for Karastan®here in the U.S.


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Rug Dyeing Tactics Part II: Color Correction

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In my last article, I talked about a few of the color corrections you can perform on rugs that will not only bring more income to your business, but also make you a “hero” in your client’s eye.
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Rug Dyeing Tactics: Part I

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I just finished teaching another successful Color Repair course in Denver for a group of professional cleaners. Quite naturally, I had a few skeptics in the class, those who don’t see the income potential they might enjoy by performing this service for their customers.
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The Importance of Dry Soil Removal

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Vacuuming is a chore for many of our clients (and for us too). We know that there are probably a thousand other things they would rather be doing.

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Cats & Dogs... A Carpet Cleaner's Best Friend

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As most cleaning professionals know, animal urine, feces and vomit require specialized treatment. Your customers should be informed that these substances can permanently discolor and possibly permanently damage wool fibers.

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What's That Smell?

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A frequent problem professionals in the fabric care industry are asked to address is odors in carpet, rugs, upholstery and other textiles.
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Is Cellulosic Browning a Thing of the Past?

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Cellulosic browning on wall-to-wall carpet is, for all practical purposes, a thing of the past. That’s because most broadloom carpet today is made with all-synthetic materials: synthetic pile yarns, synthetic backing materials, even synthetic latex.
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Inspections: You Never Know What the Day Will Bring

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I’ve been in and around the fabric care industry for more than 25 years now, and believe me when I tell you that you really don’t know a subject until you have to teach it.
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