Category Archives: Hot Seat

Rick Aranda Hot Seat


Those who have spent a moment with The Rick knows he bleeds Carpet Cleaning. You can’t pay a guy enough to fake his t’ude. Let’s find out what makes him tick.. -Rick, aside from being a singer in a hard core punk band in the 80’s, what else did you do for kicks before getting sucked into our industry? I ... Read More »

A true classic- The HydraMaster CDS Truckmount


  A recent interview with Doyle Bloss and Steve Poulos at HydrMaster about the best selling CDS style cleaning machine of all time.   First off, when was the first unit sold? The HydraMaster CDS Direct Drive Truckmount was introduced around 1985. HydraMaster manufactured a couple of different power take off truckmounts prior to that. I will be glad to send ... Read More »

a candid evening with Mr Doug Heiferman..


Those of you who frequent Facebook these days should all know Doug by now. Aside from Robert Falzone, there is no one as prolific at keeping us informed of their damn shenanigans inside our glorious industry as Mr Heiferman. Before I was banned from the Carpet Cleaner’s group by the Mytee Mafia I took the opportunity to ask Doug some ... Read More »

Getting to know Mr Mark Kennedy


I think it was two or maybe three at best, years ago when I first heard the name “Mark Kennedy” while trying to keep up with the long list of business mentors who work with our industry.. Unlike Joe, Howard,*The Twins, John Braun, Dave Youkom, Crazy George or any of the rest, Mark has never ( that I can recall) ... Read More »

Interview with Patrick Ladinig, owner of Carpet Cleaner America – 11/12/13


I was lucky to get to spend some quality time at our Ken Snow Memorial dinner party with Patrick and Reg from Carpet Cleaners America of the CRB, Rotowash, Brush and Clean, Mist and Brush, Whittiker etc fame.. It was fascinating to say the least to hear the real story behind the CRB drama that is taking place these days ... Read More »

Interview with Mr Doyle Bloss.


How old were you when you finally came to terms with the fact that you would be following in your dad’s footsteps in the oh so glamorous career of a carpet cleaning supplier? I actually cleaned my first carpet in 1973. My mom drove me to the job site in our cherry red 1972 Ford Station Wagon. It was about ... Read More »

Getting to know Mr Paul Brown.

Mr Paul Brown is a bit of a legend here in Northern California. A very well spoken, handsome, elderly white guy, tinkerer, scholar and professional ultra high end bicycle mechanic who for some reason chooses to suck filth for a living. I have a few questions for him… I know enough bicycle frame (small) manufacturers, mechanics, employees of large manufacturers, racers and ... Read More »

Hot Seat with Tom King


A recent short interview with MR Tom King from Sani Bright out of Indianapolis. Here are some questions and answers for our readers to get more acquainted with one of our more interesting members.     -What other businesses and jobs have you had prior to becoming a Rug Sucker?  I started in the 80’s as a graphic designer in Chicago, I spent the 90’s as ... Read More »

Getting to know the Rotovac Brothers..


One more in our series of “getting to know” more about our terrific advertisers.. –Besides the twin and single headed Rotovacs what other unique creations have you created over the years? Cliff took his very first invention to Bissell in 1977. It was a simple, low cost carpet cleaning extractor designed for the homeowner that hooked up to a faucet ... Read More »

Hot Seat with Les Jones!


    This interview with Leslie Judson Jones took place November of 2012 – I think about your dad quite a bit these days. I’m sure you do as well.Was he proud of all you have accomplished since returning to the Cleaning end of the vacuum industry a few years ago? Yes, Judd was always proud of Dick and I ... Read More »

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