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At Teeco Solutions, people are always coming to us with questions. The one we hear most often is, “Which solution should we be using, and how should it be applied?” But when it comes to cleaning a commercial tent, it’s impossible to recommend a one-size-fits-all approach. While it might seem easy to insist on one specific cleaner, method, or material, it becomes a lot more complex when you consider all the factors involved. The main reason for this is the fact that the types of dirt vary from region to region. In St. Louis, for example, the industrial sectors are belching out clouds of nasty black soot. Go to Boston, and you’d imagine it’d be the same scenario, but the smokestacks there output huge quantities of tiny rubber particles from the local tire factories. Or consider Las Vegas, a town almost completely devoid of any industry, but whose desert sands litter the city with reddish dust. Depending on the surroundings, dirt can take on an entirely different character from location to location. I’d be doing a disservice if I recommended the same chemical to our clients in Las Vegas and those in St. Louis. Not to mention that the particular cleaning chemicals you decide to apply are only one piece of the entire puzzle, as important a piece as they are. The ideal chemical solution is the one that allows you to clean a tent with the least amount of effort possible, which will vary depending on where you’re working. The right tools will allow you to shave off hours from the cleaning process, netting you big savings in labor.

So, I encourage tent cleaners to recognize

“Over time, that 10–15 percent reduction is going to be an enormous financial boon to your business, saving you

the potential for savings and take a few hours to test different chemical solutions and approaches. Get samples of five different chemicals and try four different dilution ratios for each for a total of 20 experiments. Take a scrap of tent covered in dirt taken from the local area and try cleaning with each solution with both a brush and a rag. Measure the time it takes with each different combination.

hundreds of dollars in the long run.”

This may seem time-consuming, and it will be. In my experience testing all the variables can take almost 8–10 hours. But the reward for these 8–10 hours can be huge, reducing labor costs by as much as 15 percent. Over time, that 10–15 percent reduction is going to be an enormous financial boon to your business, saving you hundreds of dollars in the long run. Many clients ask me for our cheapest options, when, in reality, the greatest savings will come from careful testing of the best applications. Take a few hours and experiment, and I guarantee it’ll pay off.

– Steve Arendt

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Americans work hard, and on the first Monday of every September we take a moment to acknowledge their efforts. Labor Day has a fascinating history, and one that you might not expect. The roots of Labor Day stretch back to the Industrial Revolution, when jobs became plentiful, but not without a cost. As conditions worsened and work days grew longer, unions sprang up as a way to protect the rights of the common laborer. Workers in Canada didn’t fare quite so well because unions were illegal. In 1872, workers marched directly to the door of Canadian Prime Minister John Macdonald, demanding the right to organize. He relented, and the march became a Canadian tradition. As for who brought the tradition to our country, there are two competing candidates. Peter J. McGuire, a carpenter and member of the American Federation of Labor, witnessed the celebrations in Canada and proposed a similar parade to New

York City’s Central Labor Union in 1882. That same year, machinist Matthew Maguire proposed a national Labor Day after a public demonstration by the Central Labor Union. Labor Day didn’t become a federal holiday, though, until a few years later. In 1894, the American Railway Union went on strike against the Pullman Company in what is now known as the Pullman Strike. President Grover Cleveland called in the Army and U.S. Marshals in an attempt to break the strike, and several workers in Chicago lost their lives. In an effort to quell tensions and garner union vote support, President Cleveland signed Labor Day into law just six days after the strike ended. Our country would not be what it is today without the immense effort of laborers. As you enjoy the last long weekend before fall, take a moment to acknowledge just what a difference these hardworking people make.


With a star-spangled shield, a thunderous hammer, and an iron suit, Marvel Comics built franchises recognized across the globe. Of the 10 biggest box-office successes in history — not adjusting for inflation — three of them are from Marvel Studios. It’s easy to forget just two decades ago, Marvel filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In 1993, Marvel was more powerful than a teenager after a radioactive spider bite. Unfortunately, the comic market was a bubble, and when it burst, Marvel sales plummeted. In 1996, Marvel stocks had fallen 93 percent, and the company filed for bankruptcy. To survive, Marvel merged with toy company ToyBiz and sold the rights to their biggest names — including Spider-Man, X-Men, and The Fantastic Four — to movie studios. For 10 years, Marvel struggled to stay afloat, before they turned it around with a crazy gamble. In 2005, when Marvel Studios first announced plans for films about characters who were relatively unknown to the public at the time, like Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America, one newspaper mockingly declared, “Marvel Rolls Out the B-Team.” A post-credits scene at the end of 2008’s “Iron Man” revealed Marvel’s endgame: A series of crossover films, the likes of which moviegoers and comic fans had never seen.

Fans went wild for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Disney shelled out $4 billion to buy the company in 2009. When “The Avengers,” the company’s first big crossover, hit theaters, it became — and remains — the highest-grossing superhero movie in history. Today, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has brought in over $11 billion worldwide. On their comic home turf, Marvel still enjoys popularity and profit. Their “Black Panther” and “The Mighty Thor” titles were bestsellers across the industry in 2016. It’s a comeback story you usually only find in the pages of a comic.


Yeah, They Can Destroy Planets, but Where’s the LED?

The first time you watched Star Wars, you probably wanted nothing more than your very own lightsaber. Of course, you were probably a child, so it’s a good thing the lightsabers in our galaxy are collapsible and plastic. Many a mind was blown by tech in the 1977 “Star Wars,” and the upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” will certainly have its fair share of cool gadgetry. But in the 41 years since the former was released, Earthlings have come up with some technology that makes Star Wars gadgets seem — well, old school. Take R2-D2, a small robot that “beeps” and “boops” its way into our hearts. The droid carries around vital information in a credit card-sized data device. Today, a card that size could carry your entire music library. Or, better yet, that information could have been beamed over by Google Drive, not chased around the galaxy. (But where’s the fun in that?) That information includes the now-iconic choppy hologram of Princess Leia pleading for help. The tech giants in that universe worked out how to blow up planets, but they sure are short on proper display screens. The few display screens shown in Star Wars were simple and outdone when the first home Nintendo was released in 1985, let alone the bezel- less OLED display of the iPhone 8. Speaking of displays, check out all those clunky levers and tall square buttons on control boards in the spaceships. Touchscreens and voice command would have made the cockpits of those ships much more slick. We’ll forgive George Lucas for being shortsighted. After all, we can see the future of technology right in front of us, whereas he was telling the story from a long time ago.


CONTROLLING MOLD Mold develops quickly and can really blemish your tents! Keeping your tents mold-free means keeping them DRY! Consider developing a system for a temporary second shift. If you know it’s going to be raining when you’re taking tents down, assemble a second shift to wipe down the tents. By utilizing this second shift, you are also utilizing floor space that would not typically be in use at that time. You could also consider getting a tent dryer. A tent dryer will dry everything in a set amount of time no matter how busy you are.


REBUILDING A TENT WASHING MACHINE Commonwealth Event Company’s tent washer is in a high - use environment . I t runs every day , and they do washing for other tent rental companies. To make sure the machine continues to run well in to the future, Teeco’s service department traveled to Richmond, Virginia, to completely rebuild it at a fraction of the price of a new machine. Here’s a few words from Steve Tomlin, Commonwealth’s warehouse manager: At Commonwealth Event Company our business revolves mainly around tents. Having a quality , clean tent is very important for us to keep new and repeat customers happy. We heavily rely on our Teeco 5000 to reduce labor costs and to produce a much cleaner tent than manual cleaning. I contacted Teeco about getting some repairs performed on the 5000. Shawn and Steve provided options on repairs for the washer, ranging from a minor touch - up to a full R & R. We opted for the full repair. Shawn was very communicative regarding scheduling and what to expect when he arrive d . The repair was performed in early July and we have been using the washer extensively ever since with no issue s . Shawn was very informative regarding any future maintenance the washer would require and helpful with tips for any needed future repairs. The whole process took 5 days, which included removal and cleaning of the drum, replacement of the drivetrain, and repair of the frame of the washer , among various other repairs. We feel it was a great decision to repair the washer for a fraction of the cost of a new machine.  BEFORE AFTER

When you buy a tent washing machine, Teeco has a full service department ready to take care of you. Keep in mind that a machine can be completely rebuilt on site.

Meet Shawn. His job at Teeco is to make sure you receive quality equipment and proper train ing, and that you stay 100% happy long after you take delivery of your machine. With Shawn’s 20 years of service experience, your satisfaction is guaranteed.

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The Role Of Training

be entirely different than what happens to a tent in Los Angeles. Finding what works best for your operation is the key to improvement. Teeco Solutions is now offering tent cleaning schools. Here is a sample of what you will learn: Just about every petroleum-based

The top tent rental companies in the country usually have one thing in common: They always work hard at providing the best customer service. Consistency is key. Making sure everything is perfect every time guarantees a happy customer. Get it right and the customer refers 5 of their friends. Get it wrong and the customer tells twice as many to avoid using your company. When it comes to delivering great customer service, you are caught in the middle. Take the issue of providing clean tops for every job. The customer demands a clean tent top. And you only have so much labor, time, and money to devote to cleaning your tents. A returned dirty, do you have the resources to get them clean in time for the next weekend? The reality is that most tent rental companies struggle with the same problem. Training your employees on the latest techniques and products to keep your tops clean is the quickest way to ensure your customers always get the best tops. What makes a tent dirty in Boston might not common scenario: When that rainy weekend hits and all your tops are

cleaner does a great job cleaning most stains but has serious long-term affects on the life of a tent. If you want to drastically reduce the

Cleaning tents: “Make sure you are using the correct brush on the smoothest surface available.”

time it takes to hand-wash a tent, make sure you are using the correct brush on the smoothest surface available. And finally, using vinyl ink found in the sign industry is the best way to repair pin holes and mask impossible stains. These are just a few of the tips and tricks you can learn. To see exactly what you will learn and when the classes are offered, visit tentcleaningclass.com . NOTE: If you do not take at least 3 great ideas away from this class that can improve your cleaning operations, we will refund 100% of your money. Check it out!

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Museums are a staple of vacations no matter where you travel. Everyone has heard of the Louvre and the Smithsonian, but you might be surprised to learn about some of the stranger museums around the world. For nearly every passion, there is a building somewhere dedicated to it. Take a look at some of the weirdest.

the home of “art too bad to be ignored.” A trip to MOBA will leave you smiling, laughing, and feeling a little better about the fact that you’re not Picasso.

Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum Osaka, Japan

Sulabh International Museum of Toilets Delhi, India

It’s not just college students and video gamers who love ramen. Since the invention of the instant noodles by Momofuku Ando in 1958, ramen has evolved into a beloved dietary staple from Japan to Jamaica. The museum named after its creator offers you the chance to look at some of the strangest versions from around the world. As an added bonus, you can even design your own packaging. Bring along some chopsticks, as there are plenty of samples to slurp up. Plenty of museums are hands-off, but that’s usually to protect the precious objects held within. At the Kansas Barbed Wire Museum, not touching the exhibits is just sound advice. The development of barbed wire was instrumental in settling the American West, and this museum pays tribute to the ingenuity of those farmers who wanted to make sure their cattle stayed on their property and thieves stayed out. The Kansas Barbed Wire Museum Rush County, Kansa s

A functioning toilet is something everyone takes for granted until they don’t have access to one. In India’s capital, you can explore the fascinating history of commodes. From primitive examples you would never use today to gold-plated bathroom thrones from palaces across the world, the variety of toilets on display is staggering. Divided into three sections — ancient, medieval, and modern — you’ll be shocked at how much you can learn about history and culture through an examination of the ways a society flushes (or doesn’t).

The Museum of Bad Art Dedham, Massachusetts

There are plenty of museums dedicated to exceptional artwork from history, but only one dedicated to less-than-successful artistic endeavors. The Museum of Bad Art, or MOBA, promotes itself as

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