The photo contest winner this month is Steve Cartwright of Gold Country Carpet Cleaning in Las Vegas. His company will receive a chemical prize package from Solutions by Steam Pros worth $250.

Steve describes this particular job: “This job is at a hotel and was cleaned by my son, Josh Cartwright. He was conceived with the thought of being a carpet cleaner.

“He presprayed it with Citrus Slam by Go Clean and then used the RotoVac 360 to do the extraction. Then he extracted a second time with a scrub wand; some people like to see the wand marks, plus it removes more soil.”

For an opportunity to win a chemical prize package from Solutions by Steam Pros (worth $250), send your images and a brief 100-word description on how you obtained your results to Jeff Cross, executive editor, at or 193 Purple Finch Loop, Pataskala, OH 43062. Contest rules available by request.

Approximately 78 percent of those working in the restoration industry avoid franchising, with 22 percent opting to be part of a franchise system.

The top three services contracted out by restoration contractors include wind damage, contents restoration, and biohazard/trauma cleaning, at 49, 27 and 18 percent, respectively.*

*Cleanfax Restoration Benchmarking Survey Report.