New Year Brings Changes to the Carpet Cleaning Industry
Mukilteo, WA - When the calendar flips over to 2012, some changes that have been evolving for a while in the carpet cleaning industry will become more apparent, according to Mark Baxter, engineer and product manager for U.S. Products, a leading manufacturer of portable carpet and floor cleaning tools and equipment.
“Many of these changes are interrelated and are already apparent to some carpet cleaning technicians and building service contractors (BSCs) that clean carpets,” says Baxter.
So what does Baxter foresee? His 2012 predictions have just been posted on the company’s Facebook site and include the following:
More facilities are installing hard-surface flooring instead of carpets; this has been evolving for years, and while it is certainly not true in all situations, it is becoming more and more apparent.
Carpet Cleaners Clean Floors
Because of this first trend, more carpet cleaning technicians will offer floor cleaning services; this has been made easier with the introduction of rotary tools for hard surface extraction that connect directly to portable hot-water carpet extractors.
Mobility Opens New Doors for BSCs
BSCs who have shied away from cleaning carpets, mainly because some extractors have proven too costly or too difficult to maneuver and transport, are now selecting portables that are more cost effective and mobile, offering their customers carpet cleaning as an add-on service.
New Markets for Carpet Cleaners
Carpet cleaning technicians who have historically focused on residential carpet cleaning have seen this market contract and will put greater emphasis on commercial carpet cleaning in schools, offices, restaurants, etc.
Although certainly not new, the trend toward low-moisture carpet cleaning will grow in 2012. Environmental concerns, including water conservation issues, are moving to the forefront.
Another trend Baxter foresees in 2012 “is the growing understanding that using heat in [carpet and hard surface floor] cleaning and extraction is a Green process. Surfaces dry faster, chemicals work more effectively so less may be needed, all helping to protect the environment.”
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About U.S. Products
U.S. Products has been manufacturing cleaning equipment for carpeting, floors, draperies, upholstery, and restoration for more than 30 years. The company is well known for its innovative internal heating systems, which deliver 212°F at the wand tip; its top-quality components; and its solid-state circuitry, which allow for precise operation and equipment control.