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  1. Bill Whatcott

    what do you REALLY BELIEVE ? ? ?

    Keep in mind America's children are being corrupted with communist ideology, anti-Christian propaganda, and sexual libertinism in your media and education (I use that term loosely) system. After 12 years of public school and a heavy dose of Hollywood your children to their own detriment will be...
  2. Bill Whatcott

    what do you REALLY BELIEVE ? ? ?

    Speaking as a Canadian carpet cleaner, I like your question and your well founded concern that America is slipping into communism. If someone doesn't like that question on a carpet cleaning forum they don't need to read the thread.
  3. Bill Whatcott

    Need Help - Rug has been hosed down and smells terrible

    I have a wool rug I am learning on and at one point it started to smell. I used a lot of water with my Rotovac to clean the carpet as it was filthy and I noticed early on the carpet was starting to smell a day after I cleaned it. I initially just had a ceiling fan on and an open window to dry it...
  4. Bill Whatcott

    Filthy wool rug retains dirt like no other

    I agree. The first couple cleanings there is no doubt what I was cleaning was actual sand/ dirt that came from the rug (it was truly filthy). But after reading your post I took a closer look at the grains under the rug and it is definitely a fine particulate from the backing of the carpet. The...
  5. Bill Whatcott

    Filthy wool rug retains dirt like no other

    Thank you. Simple Green is PH 8.5, it didn't seem to damage the rug. I used hot water, but did not use my internal heater, so I don't think the water was not much hotter than 150 F actually. I looked under the rug and I would agree with a couple of the earlier posters. I think washing the back...
  6. Bill Whatcott

    Filthy wool rug retains dirt like no other

    For me this is truly fascinating. I never knew a natural wool rug could be so aggressively cleaned and could still hold so much sand. The rug seems very clean on top as I have repeatedly vacuumed and slowly hot water extracted the rug so many times. The attached picture of the sand is from...
  7. Bill Whatcott

    Filthy wool rug retains dirt like no other

    Yes, I notice the backing is looser, I actually reglued some of the rug, I am keeping it as a personal rug so I can experiment, I am finding Gorilla glue works great on the backing.
  8. Bill Whatcott

    What do you do when you get a carpet that you keep getting dirt out of?

    Yes!!!!! I strongly recommend Rotovac 360i or if you want to spend a little more the larger Rotovac 360 xl. I bought the smaller one as it is more handy for my house calls, but the larger one would likely do a job like yours a little faster.
  9. Bill Whatcott

    What do you do when you get a carpet that you keep getting dirt out of?

    I think a Rotovac 360i would help. That is what I use and it seems on carpets like yours, I only need to go over it twice slowly with hot water at 250 psi and the carpet is clean enough to satisfy the customer.
  10. Bill Whatcott

    Filthy wool rug retains dirt like no other

    I have a Carpet Pro, upright commercial vacuum, it extracts some sand each time I vacuum it, but you are right most of the sand comes out with vibration and gravity.
  11. Bill Whatcott

    Filthy wool rug retains dirt like no other

    Thank you Tom Forsythe for sharing your insights. I have attached a picture of the rug. I wish I took earlier pictures of the rug as this picture does not share the whole story. As you can see the colour of the rug is olive green. When I first rolled out the rug it was a dark greenish brown. I...
  12. Bill Whatcott

    Filthy wool rug retains dirt like no other

    I found a natural wool rug 11 X 7 feet that was absolutely filthy with a "Free" sign on it about 3 months ago while walking in my neighbourhood. Being a professional carpet cleaner the filthiness of the wool rug did not intimidate me at all and indeed I thought the clean would be a challenge and...
  13. Bill Whatcott

    Used my Rotovac 360i for first big job & got big headache

    I am sold on the Rotovac, easier and better clean for sure. I think I will also take wandwizard's advice and think about a couple portable fans. Never needed them in low humidity Alberta, but here in BC I can see things don't dry as quickly.
  14. Bill Whatcott

    Used my Rotovac 360i for first big job & got big headache

    I just took the IICRC carpet class 2 weeks ago (here in Canada we don't have the TMF one unfortunately). We covered carpet fibres and chemicals, as well as sales and customer satisfaction. This issue did not come up in my 2 days of classes, but I sure appreciate hearing from you guys. It doesn't...
  15. Bill Whatcott

    Can this be 100% removed?

    I've had success with similar looking stains using Esteem Brown out. I've never had the balls to charge that much for that sort of an upholstery job. Good on you, if you get it! Here is the product I use with a high degree of success for browning stains: http://www.esteam.com/cms.php?page=23
  16. Bill Whatcott

    Used my Rotovac 360i for first big job & got big headache

    Hi There, Wondering if anyone else experienced this? For years I used an Esteem Warrior with a 200 psi pump and a wand. I always got my jobs done, carpets clean, no damage, etc.... But being a lurker on TMF forums and sometimes offering my opinion here if I think I have something worth saying...
  17. Bill Whatcott

    New Start Need Opinions on Equipment!

    I wouldn't say never buy one, but I personally don't know TMs well enough to take the risk with a used one and indeed if one doesn't know all the problems to look for it can be risky. Someone who is new to TMs IMHO should probably start with a newer one and get to know it and have some knowledge...
  18. Bill Whatcott

    Would you recommend purchasing a Rotovac 360i?

    Thank you for sharing, that was a great and to the point video!
  19. Bill Whatcott

    Would you recommend purchasing a Rotovac 360i?

    I am setting up in Vancouver. I imagine I will have to start with alot of residential until I get known out here, which is how my business went in Saskatchewan. In the video I watched it said the Rotovacs are supposed to leave carpets dryer than the wand????
  20. Bill Whatcott

    Would you recommend purchasing a Rotovac 360i?

    Hello There, I have been out of the carpet cleaning business for a while now, but am looking at getting back in it again. I think I will be purchasing either a Ninja Classic or an Esteam Warrior carpet extractor (I liked them both and I think they are made by the same company) with a 500 psi...
  21. Bill Whatcott

    Has anyone used or had success with temp agencys?

    I imagine if you are accepted into the special forces of any country you will have gone through basic training and therefore you will know how to tie knots. Cadets learn how to tie knots early in their training. Based on working with the fellow for the day my guess is he was not suffering PTSD...
  22. Bill Whatcott

    Has anyone used or had success with temp agencys?

    LOL! This brings back some memories. I never used an agency for a carpet cleaning employee but did use one for moving help. My mover told me he served with the "Irish Special Forces." Anyways my "special forces" guy wasn't too hot with tying knots. I asked him to tie my dresser to the flat deck...
  23. Bill Whatcott

    The All New Ninja Warrior

    I have an Esteem Warrior 200 PSI. Purchased it last August and have been getting semi regular jobs with it. Compared to the old Hydrovac carpet machine I purchased in 2004, this one is more expensive, a little heavier to pull up and down stairs, but definitely more reliable. I love the top...