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Business Might: Leveraging Fortune 500 Technologies in Your Cleaning Company

By Joe Kowalski
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Vertical market. Big data. SaaS. The cloud. They’re all modern-day buzz words for an ever-changing business environment.


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Neighborhood Marketing With Doorknob Hangers

By John Braun
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One of the most attractive advertising methods for cleaners is doorknob hangers - it’s quick, economical and you can target the exact clients you want.


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Level 5 of Being Phenomenal Successful Person – Character

By Howard Partridge
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Over the past few months, I’ve shared “The 5 Levels of Being Phenomenal.” The levels are the stages everyone goes through when they are attempting to change a habit, reach a new goal or develop a skill.


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New Markets for Disinfectant Services

By Scott Warrington
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MRSA has also shown up at other sports facilities from professional lacrosse venues to high school stadiums and locker rooms.


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Moisture Detection and Moisture Mapping

By Ronan Carrigy
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The goal of moisture detection in the water damage restoration industry is to identify and assess abnormally wet locations of buildings, structures and their materials so that the drying process can be measured, documented and carried out effectively and in an economical and efficient manner.


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“Playing the Field” with Employees

“Flirting is the gentle art of making a man feel pleased with himself.” –Helen Rowland
By Steve Toburen
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I hear it all the time. “Steve, my body is getting tired.” And then very hesitantly, “I’m finally thinking about hiring an employee…” Yep, this hardworking solo cleaner is quite correctly scared to death!


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What Makes for Good Training?

We posed the question to two professionals in the industry – here’s a look at training, from their perspective, that work best for their respective businesses.
By Eric Fish
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When it comes to cleaning and restoration, proper education is a must.


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Being a Phenomenally Successful Person: Level 4 – Commitment

By Howard Partridge
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A man wearing orange pants and pink socks stood on a chair and asked the small audience at a mastermind I was attending, “Are you just interested in reaching your goals or are you committed to reaching them?”


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Practicality in Portables

By Robert Kravitz
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Is a truckmount system needed to perform hot-water extraction? Not necessarily.


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Traffic Lane Cleaning Tips and Tricks

By Gordon Hanks
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In commercial facilities, all you need to do is follow the trail of dirt, oil, asphalt, food or coffee spills (aka “traffic lane grunge”) to know where the busiest areas are.


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2014 September

The September issue of ICS features stories on moisture detection, disinfectant services, neighborhood marketing, then we discuss the last level of being phenomenal, and cool products.

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