I took the antenna off of my van and also cut some trim wood out of the top opening of my garage in an attempt to fit the van into the garage. It appears that I am still 2-3 inches too tall to squeeze in. I’ve raised the opening as far as I dare, and taken off all accessories that make the van taller.
Bellinghams cold weather is very hard on carpet cleaning equipment. Although I can winterize all of the equipment to prevent damage, it is a lengthy process that would have to be repeated nightly during the winter months. Heating the inside of the van to prevent damage is costly, and unreliable. the only real fix it to make this big van, fit in that small garage.
After a mechanic lowered the van it was able to get into the garage, but the top of the van is still hitting the bottom edge of the garage opening. With a little extra weight in the back I can get it in and out. I am glad that I can get it out of the cold, but i still need to have the opening of the garage made another inch taller.
It was time to replace the engine in my truck mounted carpet cleaning machine. I have a prochem legend with a 20 HP Kohler Engine in it. After ordering the new engine I called a local mechanic to help me with the project and booked him for the day after the engine was to be delivered.
This van and equipment had been well used before I had bought it, and maintenance was not done regularly as it should have been done, because of this there was a lot of clean up and other maintenance work that I had to do along side the install of the new engine.
Hoses were replaced, the exhaust manifold required some welding to fix a few cracks, new gaskets were put in, and all the areas I couldn’t reach when the engine was in place were cleaned. While we had everything apart new drain hoses were added to the engine and pump to make oil changes easier.
Total project time was 6 hours.
Old Engine Being Removed
Cleaning up the Prochem Truckmount with Engine Removed
New Kohler Command 20HP Engine ready to be installed.
Mid-winter is the perfect time to perform maintenance and get do other projects that get pushed aside during the summer. This winter I am rebuilding the truck mounted equipment. The guts of the equipment are going to be getting a good looking at, all the hoses get replaced, and this year the engine gets replaced as well. Covering the engine on my pro-chem truck-mount is a shroud that protects things from falling into the engine. When I get everything maintained and running nice and smooth it’ll be the icing on the cake to put this newly painted shroud back on the Truck-mount. Nothing like a fresh coat of paint to spruce things up.
Carpet cleaning can take you into businesses that you never would have found otherwise, one of these businesses is the Bellingham Railway Museum. It was a very fun job to clean these carpets because not only was I cleaning, but I was going slowly though all of the exhibits at the museum. Bellingham has a wonderful history and the unique perspective of industry and trains that this museum offers is just beautifully done. If you have not checked it out it is worth a look.
TV’s and other entertainment equipment has gotten much lighter over the past decade, This shift has had a huge impact on the type of entertainment centers seen in houses. We’ve gone from large wooden structures that will support the heavy CRT monitors we were using as TVs to having the TV mounted directly onto the wall and an entertainment center only to hold peripheral devices. One thing that I see is the footprint of new entertainment centers on the carpet is minimal, so although the total weight has been cut down significantly, the weight per square inch placed onto the carpet from the footprint of the piece of furniture has stayed the same or even increased. The result is that the carpet fibers get compacted down in the area where the furniture meets the carpet, This is pretty easily corrected, usually not causing lifelong damage to the fibers. The real issue is the backing of the carpet and the padding of the carpet. When the padding is crushed for a sustained period it can loose it’s resiliency , likewise the backing of the carpet changes shape, and the depressed marks from the furniture doesn’t go away. The key to solving this problem much like many other problems is prevention. If any of your furniture is prone to putting a lot of weight on the carpet without spreading it evenly over enough surface area, you may want to consider buying furniture sliders. Furniture sliders not only will prevent depression marks in your carpet, they will make it easier to move furniture around, and prevent stain transfer from wooden pieces, or rust from metal legs as well.
So today was they day a chemical salesman got dropped off at my door to sell me some chemicals. Now they guy who came to my door didn’t tell quite as many jokes, but was still a pretty good salesman. Besides the high pressure sales tactics most people don’t enjoy, here are a few reasons not to use these chemicals, especially on carpets.
The first reason not to use this chemical is that the main ingredient is 2-Butoxyethanol a solvent that will weaken the glue holding the carpet fibers to the backing of your carpet.
Reason 2, here is the MSDS of Kleen Warrior (the brand being sold to me today). Look closely and you will find a PH of 13.5 give or take .5 the PH scale only goes from 0 – 14, and this stuff has a PH of between 13 and 14, the highest PH you could possibly have. This Extremely high PH will void your carpet warranty because it will strip the stain resistant qualities away from your nylon carpets that have acid dye blockers, and will physically damage wool fibers.
Is it good at getting grease out, you bet, just don’t use it on your carpets.
This past week has seen some of the coldest days in years. The cold weather presents a few challenges for carpet cleaners, no so much on the cleaning of carpets side of business, but on more so on protecting the carpet cleaning equipment. If the equipment freezes it can break fittings and hoses, and even cause a lot of damage to the very core of the truck mounted equipment. Luckily once you get up and running everything stays hot for a while, so even though the temperatures were in the teens, and there was a light dusting of snow on the ground once we got our machines up and running we were able to clean all day. Bellingham seems to shut down when there is even a little snow, so it didn’t surprise me when a few customers cancelled their appointments because of the cold weather, lucky for us Valley Land and Homes needed some units cleaned right away, so we spent a very cold day up in Everson, steam cleaning carpets while watching it snow out the window.
Every now and then I get to clean some carpet where I’m not sure if anything can be done. After walking through and taking a careful look at the commercial grade carpet in a rental house, I was happy to find that there was no real damage to the carpet, although it was very dirty, there were no holes, bleaching, fading, or stains. What I did find was a lot of dirt and spots to clean. When I was halfway done with the last room in the house, I had to take a quick picture.
A local business owner was out of town when some plumbing problems caused a big wet mess at her store. We quickly took care of the problem leaving fresh cleaned carpet in place of the mess. The check that came in the mail came with a thank you card that will stay on my desk for a while.
“Thanks for coming to our rescue! You did a great job” Is a quote that I work hard to make sure can be said about us after each and every job.
Part of cleaning carpet is removing all of the dirt and debris from the carpet, it’s great that it’s not in the carpet anymore, but where does it go? the first place it ends up is the waste tank of the carpet cleaner. unlike the clean water tank that just contains fresh water ready to be mixed with chemicals and can be emptied anywhere, the waste water tank fills up and has to be emptied in the right place. There are a few places that this water should not be dumped at:
Waste Water should not be dumped on the lawn.
It shouldn’t be dumped in the storm drain either.
in fact all waste water should be sent into the public sewer or dumped at a water treatment plant.
Waste water from carpet cleaning contains more then just dirt and cleaning chemicals, it contains traces of heavy metals and other toxins that are harmful to the streams, lakes, and oceans that they will end up in if not properly dumped. so no matter who cleans your carpets, make sure the waste water makes it to the right place.