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ICS: The Industry’s Spokesman from the Beginning

By Harold Arkoff
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It’s with the greatest of pleasures that I am able to salute ICS and its thousands of readers on its 50th anniversary.


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The Unsung Women Heroes of the Last 50 Years

By Ruth Travis
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There are dozens of well-know people who have influenced the cleaning and restoration industry over the last 50 years; however, I’d like to mention a few who may not be acknowledged - the ladies affiliated with the cleaning and restoration industry who have influenced me most.


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An RIA History

By Patricia Harman
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The Restoration Industry Association was formed in 1946 as the National Institute of Rug Cleaners, Inc. (NIRC) in New York.


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Sustainable Carpet Cleaning

By Stephen Ashkin
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While carpet cleaning and professional cleaning are viewed as two distinct industries with their own special needs, concerns and interests, they do have many things in common.


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Reflecting on 50 Years and the Most Influential People

By Evan Kessler
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This issue is a retrospective look at where this industry came from, a celebration of the men and women who influenced it, created the products and the education for it as well as a look forward to what the future may bring.


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Advertising Tips to Bust Out of the Winter Lull

By John Braun
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Depending on your location, it can be tough to get business in the winter. So this month, I decided to give you some tips to get business coming your way.


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The ICS Carpet-Cleaning Chemical Market Study

The results are in from the 2012 ICS Chemical Market Study
By Eric Fish
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Welcome to ICS Cleaning Specialist’s Carpet Cleaning Chemical Market Study, the 11th edition that we’ve published, which aims to gauge the preferences and opinions of professionals regarding the cleaning chemicals and suppliers they prefer.


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Troubleshooting Olefin Carpet Cleaning

By Jessika James
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“Jessika, I just picked-up a new account: A 350-unit apartment complex with olefin carpets. I have only been cleaning for about six months - can you give me any advice on how to clean these carpets? Anything, please!”


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New Year’s Resolutions – How Are You Doing on YOUR Goals?

By Howard Partridge
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If you are like most people in America, you made a few New Year’s resolutions last month. Now it’s February. How are you doing?


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Building a Drama-Free Business: Part I

Minimize marketing and sales drama in your carpet cleaning business
By Steve Toburen
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My wife Sioux and I really enjoy a suspenseful drama… on the silver screen! But drama in real life and in running a small business? Not so much!


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2014 August

The August issue of ICS features stories on carpet mold, good training, marketing for cleaners, traffic lane cleaning, and cool products.

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