Alumnus makes carpet cleaning safer

Heather Beyer

OhSoSafe good for rugs, ozone

Kent State alumnus Martin Davidson has explored several careers since graduating with a B.A. in Communications and minors in Jewish Studies and Film. Try putting his career choices in order (starting with the oldest):

a) licensed Real Estate Broker

b) employee of Videosmith, an indie film company

c) creator of OhSoSafe, a carpet cleaner

If you answered B, A, C; you are correct.

Davidson developed a product called OhSoSafe. This product was designed to be an environmentally safe carpet spot and stain remover. The OhSoSafe formula has been used for over 50 years by professional cleaners.

What makes this product unique is that it doesn’t use hazardous solvents such as alcohol, glycol ethers, chlorine or oxygen based bleaches, said Davidson.

OhSoSafe is produced out of Solon. The company’s goal is to make the product safe for use around children, pets and the environment.

The carpet spot and stain remover arrived on store shelves June 10. The product is available exclusively at Discount Drug Mart stores.

As a Kent State student Davidson was a campus bus driver.

“I spent a lot of time driving the campus loop,” Davidson said.

Davidson also worked for the PBS station at the university. There he learned a valuable lesson from John Houseman, whose motto was “We make money the old-fashioned way: We earn it.” Davidson still remembers the motto today and tries to hold true to them.

Davidson also worked for an independent film company in Philadelphia. It was a “script-to-screen” type of establishment. They were responsible for films like 1987’s Mannequin.

Channel 43 in Cleveland was another job that Davidson has under his belt. There, he worked on shows such as the nightly news with Romona Robinson.

As a real estate broker, Davidson is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Winwood Properties. Winwood currently operates six properties in Lakewood with a total of 168 suites.

He found another love when he began inventing products.

“I have always had an entrepreneur’s spirit,” he said.

He developed a caffeine tester, which would determine whether or not a beverage contains caffeine.

Unfortunately, Davidson and his partners ran into some issues obtaining a patent for the product. They conducted a search and found that there were other patents similar to their product.

Contact general assignment reporter Heather Beyer at [email protected].