Some interesting facts my friend Scott Thompson shared with me.


The moon moves about two inches away from the Earth each year.

Glass takes one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times!

Gold is the only metal that doesn’t rust, even if it’s buried in the ground for thousands of years.

Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end.

If you stop getting thirsty , you need to drink more water. When a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.

Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals.

Kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers.

The song Auld Lang Syne is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year.

Drinking water after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61 percent. Drinking a glass of water before you eat may help digestion and curb appetite.

Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn’t smoke unless it’s heated above 450F.

The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear.

Nine out of every 10 living things live in the ocean.

The banana cannot reproduce itself. It can be propagated only by the hand of man.

Airports at higher altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air density.

The University of Alaska spans four time zones.

The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself.

In ancient Greece , tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage. Catching it meant she accepted.

Warner Communications paid 28 million for the copyright to the song Happy Birthday, which was written in 1935!

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

A comet’s tail always points away from the sun.

The Swine Flu vaccine in 1976 caused more death and illness than the disease it was intended to prevent.

Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers, that is why it is found in some medicines.

The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times, when knights in armor raised their visors to reveal their identity.

If you get into the bottom of a well or a tall chimney and look up, you can see stars, even in the middle of the day.

When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go. The first sense lost is sight.

In ancient times strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed.

Strawberries and cashews are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside.

Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams.

The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust.

Due to earth’s gravity it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000 meters.

Mickey Mouse is known as “Topolino” in Italy.

Soldiers do not march in step when going across bridges because they could set up a vibration which could be sufficient to knock the bridge down.

Everything weighs one percent less at the equator.

For every extra kilogram carried on a space flight, 530 kg of excess fuel are needed at

The letter J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of the elements.









Bleach spots dyed back to original color

Today while in Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca, we were cleaning clients oriental rugs and carpet when we ran across to bleach out areas of carpeting due to a for urine as well as some cleaners that were spilled in another room. The client had no idea that we could fix them up good as new in a few short hours.



So while my wife Janie was cleaning the carpets I took out my dye kit and fixed all the customer’s bleach spots back to new. All out color repairs are guaranteed for the life of the carpet too. So if you have any bleach spots you want fixed give us a call at 424-477-2074, and we’ll do the same for you. Thanks, Johnny On The Spot Carpet Cleaning San Pedro, Ca.

Police, Sheriff, Highway Patrol Pizza Challenge

I’m challenging all may friends, and customers to go their local police station and drop off a nice hot pizza to let them know we all don’t hate them.
I brought my wife with me, and let them copy my drivers license info, with the receipt for the pizzas so they could call and confirm that I just bought them. The pizza place knows me too.

Any ways they were very happy to get some nice hot pizza. So they challenge is on. Thanks Johnny

Rug Cleaning San Pedro: World-Class Cleaning, Impeccable Results

Rug Cleaning San Pedro, Ca.: World-Class Cleaning, Impeccable Results

I clean rugs. Oh lordy, do I clean rugs. I don’t care if it’s a $300 Pottery Barn rug or a $30,000 family heirloom. I’ll clean it, and I’ll clean it good.

The most important step is dry soil removal. Please don’t let some carpet cleaner “steam clean” your rugs at your house. There is no way for him to get the dry soil out first. And I’m sure you know what happens to dry soil when it gets wet, right? Yep…it turns into mud.

Check out the picture below. That pile of filth is the dry soil that came out of ONE 10’x14’ rug that was properly “dusted” (ok smartypants, the ink pen is there to provide some scale…it didn’t actually come out of the rug). If this rug had been cleaned at the customer’s house–meaning there would have been no way to shake the dry soil out of it first–all that junk you see would have turned into mud.


Do you have rugs that need to be cleaned? Here’s how I do it. I come to your house, roll up the rugs, and take them straight to my shop. I do not let them roll around in the back of my van all day. Within the next day or so, I begin the cleaning process. The first step is–say it with me, now–DRY SOIL REMOVAL.

Once that’s done, I either submerge each rug in a cleaning pit where it can soak in fresh, softened water and gentle cleansers, or I flush it out with my artificial river. What’s an artificial river? Basically, I let tons and tons of water run through your rug until every speck of dirt has been flushed out.

Then, depending on the rug, I hang it on a rack to dry or leave it flat on a clean surface to dry. Either way, I use high-speed commercial fans to speed up the drying process.

Obviously there are other things that may or may not happen during the cleaning process. There are extra steps I take if pet urine is present, for example. But at least you get the basic gist. This is world-class, high-end cleaning that will leave your rugs soft, fluffy, clean and smelling great.

I’ve cleaned a few thousand rugs in my day. Now I want to clean yours. You can rest assured I’ll take good care of them. I have enough experience to confidently say that I actually know what I’m doing. Can’t say that for my competitors. Here’s a scary thought: A lot of them take your rugs to a third party for cleaning without even telling you! Nope, not me. I do all the cleaning myself and can even text pictures to you during each step of the process.

Call me today and we’ll set up a time when I can come by and pick up your rugs! I’ll have them for about 10 days (sometimes I can have them back in just a few days, other times it might be 14 days–but never longer than that), then I’ll bring them back to you and help put them back where they go. What are you waiting for? Call me now!

Johnny On The Spot Carpet Cleaning 424-477-2074
1821 W. Santa Cruz Street
San Pedro, Ca 90732

19506 Haynes Street
Reseda, Ca. 91335


Emergency Carpet Stain Tips

Emergency Carpet Stain Tips

Do you have an emergency stain or spill on your carpet? Follow these fast, no B.S. instructions!

Quickly grab an open top trash can and a bunch of towels. Get some cardboard to scoop up chunky stuff if necessary. Rip a cereal box in half if you have to.

1. If you have a wet/dry vacuum, skip immediately to Step 3. Otherwise…

Use two pieces of cardboard to scoop up large pieces of solid material (dog poo, vomit, a bowl of chili, etc.).

Use towels or paper towels to soak up the rest. Put several layers over the stain and stand on them. Your body weight will soak up liquids without damaging the carpet. DO NOT SCRUB.

2. Fill a cereal bowl 2/3rds full with water and squeeze 15 drops of dish soap in. If you have rubbing alcohol, add 2 or 4 tablespoons (doesn’t have to be exact…just guess).

Don’t freak out. The stain has already happened and nothing you do from this point will make it any worse. Your stains fate has already been determined and all you can do is let it play out.

Pour or spray some of the solution onto the stain, cover it with several layers of towels, and stand on it for several seconds. DO NOT SCRUB. Repeat until you no longer see progress.

3. If you have a wet/dry vacuum like a Shop-Vac, use it to suck up extra material/moisture. Fill a cereal bowl 2/3rds full with water and squeeze 15 drops of dish soap in. If you have rubbing alcohol, add a 2 or 4 tablespoons (doesn’t have to be exact…just guess). Pour or spray some of the solution onto the stain and suck it back up with your wet/dry vac. Repeat until you no longer see progress.

BAM! Problem solved. Well…hopefully. This process won’t work on every possible stain, but it is the absolute best do-it-yourself method, especially if you have a wet/dry vac. I know there are a lot of “tips and tricks” to found on the interwebs, but the bloggers who write them are not pros. I am. Take it from me…I know what I’m talking about people!

Expect success with many food spills, pet poo and pee IF you get to it immediately, dirt, mud, tar, grease, shoe polish and makeup.

Do not expect complete success with grass stains, old pet poo and pee, blood, red food dye (Kool-Aid & Gatorade) and red wine. You should still follow the above steps to at least get the yucky stuff cleaned up, but there will likely be a leftover stain you can’t get out. However…

If this process doesn’t work, do not despair! A qualified professional can probably remove your stain. And the beauty of this process is, it won’t set the stain or leave behind excess soap residue like over-the-counter products do. If you use chemicals or products besides what I’ve suggested above, you are seriously handicapping a professional cleaner should you decide to hire one later on. Soap residue and harsh chemicals can interfere with a pro cleaner’s methods, and it’s possible they’ll completely destroy any chance he may have had at being successful.

Of course, if it’s in your budget, you can just call me, Johnny On The Spot Carpet Cleaning. I’m great at fitting emergency appointments in–even if it’s late at night or on weekends–and I’m an absolute stud when it comes to stain removal.

I might suggest you save my number in your cell phone so you can call right away if the need arises. And if you just have questions, you can feel free to call me even if you aren’t ready to hire me yet.

Good luck!

Johnny On The Spot Carpet Cleaning 424-477-2074


Video of Spot Cleaning Carpets in San Pedro, Ca.

This is how we spot clean spots in carpets. We’re at an office in San Pedro, Ca. going over a few spots that have been bothering the business owners for some time.

This is a process known in the industry as encapsulation, dry cleaning, low moisture cleaning. It’s fast, and dries in a matter of minutes as opposed to a matter off hours when steam cleaning. This method is very popular in commercial settings where customers will be walking on the carpet within the hour.

We use the process in a lot of our clients at Universal City and think you’ll like it too. So click on the link below to see how easy this process is and how quickly we take the spots out.

Johnny On The Spot Carpet Cleaning 424-477-2074

How to fix bleach spots in Carpet, Wool & Silk Persian & Oriental Rugs.

Do you have bleach spots on your beautiful carpet, wool area rug, or silk area rug? Well Johnny On The Spot Carpet Cleaning also dyes carpets, Persian & Oriental Rugs made of wool and silk too.

These bleach spots are common occurrences in homes, motels, hotels and offices. Often due to negligence by the home owner or cleaning crew. We fix them up like new.

Johnny On The Spot Carpet Cleaning 424-477-2074


Photos used by permission of Colorful Carpets.



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When “Going the Extra Mile” Actually Means Something

When “Going the Extra Mile” Actually Means Something

Fluff like this makes me sick:

“We go the extra mile!”

“We pride ourselves in delivering the best service!”

“Our highly trained technicians utilize state of the art equipment!”

Someone, please put me out of my misery. Everytime I see a business use lines like these, I swear a little part of my soul dies. Consumers are looking for information to help them make a wise decision before they spend money. Stuff like this doesn’t help them at all. When every website in the world says “We bend over backwards for our customers! (or some lame variation thereof)”, how are you supposed to tell the difference between the winners and the losers?

If you look hard enough–and this is true whether you’re searching for a plumber or an HVAC guy or an electrician–you’ll find companies that focus on you, the customer, instead of bragging about themselves. That’s how you’ll really tell the difference between the good guys and the blowhards.

I’ll give you an example. Let’s say you land on a carpet cleaning website that says “We utilize state of the art truck mounted equipment!” Ick…gag me with a spoon. If I’m a potential customer who is looking to hire a carpet cleaner, that statement means nothing to me. In fact, it doesn’t even mention me. It’s merely a way for the business to brag about itself, and it’s obvious that the writer wasn’t thinking about me at all.

Now let’s say you check out another website that says “Since your time and household routines are so important (possibly even hectic), we only use top-shelf equipment that lets us work fast so we can get out of your hair. Impeccable results and blistering fast dry times will get you back to normal in record time”.

I just came up with that off the top of my head, so I’m sure it’s not perfect. Heck, it’s actually a little wordy, but you get the point. A company that makes a statement like that is subtly communicating that YOU are more important than their blasted carpet cleaning machine.

Let me give you a real world case of “going the extra mile”. And yes, I’m about to brag about myself even though I just poo-pooed that idea a few paragraphs back. Hey, my blog, so I’m allowed to break the rules.

A recent customer told me I didn’t have to move the couch in his TV room because it had sat there forever and it wouldn’t be dirty underneath. Besides, he told me, the thing must weigh half a ton (it’s one of those old sleeper sofas that was built like a tank). He also told me the house would be going on the market soon, and he would be moving all the furniture out in the next day or two.

I had a gut feeling it would be a disaster zone under the couch. Which means there would be a giant dirty rectangle where it sat once he emptied out the room. And that wouldn’t look very nice during showings, would it?

I nearly herniated myself, but I scooted the couch away from the wall and found this:

If I hadn’t cleaned underneath the sofa, potential buyers of this home would have seen what’s pictured above. However, since I have your interests first in my mind, I could not fathom leaving that sofa alone. I had to clean underneath. I’m betting you’d like to see what it looked like afterwards. Well here you go:

Thanks for indulging me. I’ll hop off the soapbox now. I just thought it would be important to let you know how different things can be when a company truly cares about what you need. If that’s something that interests you, and you need carpet, upholstery, tile or rug cleaning, please give me a call today. I’d love the chance to focus on your needs.


How a Simple Vacuum Filter Could Wreck Your Next 48 Hours

    How a Simple Vacuum Filter Could Wreck Your Next 48 Hours

Ask your carpet cleaner how often he cleans the filters in his vacuum system. His answer will let you know if he’s worthy of working in your home.

These days, most pros use a “truck mounted” machine to clean carpet. That means they have a van they drive to your house, and the van has a large machine permanently mounted inside. They run hoses from the machine inside your home and attach them to various tools depending on what they’re cleaning.

The truck mounted machine needs to do three things:
pressurize water so it can be sprayed out of various cleaning tools
heat the pressurized water
create powerful vacuum so the sprayed cleaning water can be recovered

The most important of these three things is vacuum power. Truck mounted machines have large vacuum blowers that are extremely powerful. However, they are sensitive, precision pieces of equipment that can be severely damaged if debris are sucked inside. To prevent this from happening, vacuums systems are designed with a series of filters to ensure nothing but air can get inside the blower.

During operation, the filters are slowly clogged by pet hair, carpet fibers, and anything else the technician happens to suck up while he’s cleaning. As the filters become more and more clogged, the vacuum power will become less and less. This is actually a pretty big deal because when vacuum power drops, the cleaning tool the technician is using loses its ability to recover the proper amount of water and soil.

When this happens, the carpet does not get cleaned very well at all, and it can take days for it to dry. I wish I could say this doesn’t happen very often, but I’d be lying to you. Cleaning the filters is inconvenient, time consuming, physically difficult, and honestly…it can be pretty gross. As a result, many technicians wait way too long to clean out their filters, and their customers pay the price.

I’m proud to say I clean my filters pretty darn often–in fact I clean them multiple times throughout the day. Not once a month, not once a week, not once a day…but multiple times every single day.

It may not sound like a big deal to most people, but if you’ve ever had wet carpet for two days, you might feel differently! Clean filters allow the truck mounted machine to operate at full capacity. It’s able to recover the maximum amount of water and soil. As a result, carpets get cleaner, dry faster, and stay looking good much longer.

If you need to have any carpet cleaned and you want to hire a pro who pays attention to all the little details you don’t even know about–like keeping vacuum filters clean–please call me today and we can set up an appointment.

Johnny On The Spot Carpet Cleaning 424-477-2074


Carpet Cleaner Uses Free Time to Clean Veterans’ Gravestones

Carpet Cleaner Uses Free Time to Clean Veterans’ Gravestones

I’m constantly writing articles about the horrible things other carpet cleaners do. Like this guy, who caused an entire hotel to be evacuated. Or this guy, who was caught red handed stealing a customer’s jewelry. For once, I’m happy to tell you a warm and fuzzy story about a carpet cleaner.

Andrew Lumish, of Land O Lakes, Florida, owns a Chem Dry franchise and works six days a week as a professional carpet cleaner. A self-described history buff, Andrew uses his one day off to do something rather unusual.

While most folks use their free time for relaxation and fun, Andrew heads to local cemeteries and looks for old, neglected gravestones of long-forgotten military veterans. He then carefully cleans them to show respect for those who came before him.

Andrew uses safe cleaning chemicals and brushes that won’t damage the old limestone, marble and granite headstones, and he often researches the names of the deceased in an effort to learn some of their backstory. He’s stumbled upon veterans who served as far back as the Civil War.

Interestingly, Andrew admits he’s technically trespassing. He’s never been asked to clean the headstones, nor has he ever sought permission. He simply does it because he feels like it’s the right thing to do, and he wants to show respect for those who gave their lives on behalf of their own country.

Andrew says he gets the occasional strange look from passersby, but no one has complained. Now that his story is gaining national attention, hopefully he’ll get the recognition he deserves. To read more about Andrew Lumish and the work he does, click here to see the original story reported by the ABC affiliate in Tampa Bay.

And as always, if you’re looking for a cleaner you can trust like Mr. Lumish, please call me to find out how I can care for your needs. I’m happy to help and look forward to speaking with you.

Johnny Sheridan 424-477-2074