For a decade, the International Sportsmen’s Exposition has been summoning big-name big-game experts to share the latest developments in camping, fishing, hunting, and other outdoor pursuits. This year, the expo will attract hundreds of exhibitors—from outfitters to hunting lodges to wildlife societies—to set up shop alongside outdoor-themed attractions, including a 40-foot aquarium, a rock-climbing wall, and a 100-foot trophy of elk and deer. Catch one of the dozens of seminars with leading elk hunters, bass anglers, and wilderness survival experts, who’ll bestow knowledge nuggets upon eager audiences before a gang of wild badgers concludes with a thoughtful counterpoint.
One sunny day, Rob Kelley's kids did something characteristically adorable: they decided to make juice from berries they'd picked in the fields. Not so adorably, they spilled the pitcher of just-smashed berries all over one of his dining-room chairs, and the dark purple juice spread across the upholstery. Luckily for the kids, their father owns Sweet's Chem-Dry, and after a session with the company's hot carbonating extraction system, all evidence of the accident disappeared. Kelley documented his success in a small Facebook album.
His team employs the same carbonation system, along with a green, nontoxic cleanser, to lift dirt and debris from carpets, area rugs, and car interiors. Propelled by a truck-mounted machine, the system's microscopic bubbles delve deep into fibers to push grime to the surface, where hot-water extraction flushes it away. Since this system does not leave residue the way cleaning a carpet traditionally or just letting the birds have at it does, carpets stay clean longer. Fabrics dry in up to two hours, and optional protectant shields carpets and upholstery from future stains.
Heaven’s Best Carpet Cleaning was ranked #72 on Entrepreneur's 2013 list of the top 500 franchises, and for good reason. The carpet-cleaning company is completely eco-friendly, using a specially formulated, water-based cleaning solution that’s safe for pets, children, and nature. Riding this wave of popularity, the company sees new owner-operated franchise locations popping up like sudsy bubbles across the U.S. every year. Though the company specializes in carpets and area rugs, technicians can also use their cleaning expertise to lift stains from car upholstery, floor tiles, or a robot’s mohawk.
Turbo Steamer Carpet Cleaner harnesses the power of the Rotovac 360, a multidirectional, truck-mounted piece of equipment, in order to free carpets that are weighed down by dirt, dust mites, and stains. Technicians begin the multistep process with a pre-inspection and a pretreatment, during which they loosen particularly difficult stains on the carpet. Next, they make a pass over the affected areas with the Rotovac 360 heat-steam extraction system. This method is nontoxic, pet safe, and baby safe. Following the cleaning, they perform a postinspection and grooming process so that when the carpets dry in two–six hours, they look fluffy, inviting, and as walkable as a trip from a kitchen table's west to east coast.
With nine locations throughout the region, Mattress World Northwest brings healthful relaxing sleep to thousands of Oregonian bedrooms. Sean Hathaway and Sherri Hiner display an unshakeable state pride through their long success as an Oregon-based company, curating a huge selection of pillow-top, memory-foam, and gel mattresses from brands such as Englander, Sealy, and ComforPedic, and sporting matching tattoos of the official state farm animal.
Staying true to Sherri's motto of "do right and sleep tight," Mattress World Northwest not only helps friends and customers rest easy with an abundance of brand-name mattresses, but also remains active in the community through support of the Portland Police Sunshine Division and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
At Green Carpet Cleaning LLC, green is more than a catchphrase or the color of Kermit's laundry detergent. It's a commitment. Green Carpet Cleaning backs up its commitment to safe, eco-friendly treatments by using Biokleen, Planet Guard, and Envirex products, which forgo harsh chemicals. But the lack of chemicals doesn't interfere with the quality of the job. Technicians implement the hot-water extraction method, which pries stains from carpeting and leaves it looking and feeling clean and fluffy. Green Carpet Cleaning also offers tile and grout, Oriental-rug, and upholstery cleaning.