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Inaugural Commercial Carpet Cleaning Symposium a Success

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The two-day intensive program, held April 4-5, was hosted by the Textile Cleaners of America and co-sponsored by ICS Cleaning Specialist and Commercial Floor Care magazines was met with great enthusiasm.
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The Cleaning and Restoration of High-Value Items

By Jeff Bishop
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Last month we discussed the market and approach for cleaning electronics. As you are aware, there are many other items found in the typical home-not to mention businesses-that present opportunities for the cleaning and restoration technician.
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A Great Week for an Exciting Future

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The first week of April was the most exciting, stimulating and rewarding of my 15 years with ICS Cleaning Specialist. I want to share some thoughts with you about this action-packed week that included the first-ever commercial carpet cleaning symposium and an IICRC board meeting in Broomfield, Colo.
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When IICRC Answers the Phone

By Lee Zimmerman
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When you call the IICRC, do you know who's answering the phone? Most people think they are talking to the IICRC. Well, not exactly.
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Are You an Information Addict?

By Lee Pemberton
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I have discovered, after years of training and consulting with small businesses specializing in providing professional cleaning services, that a sizeable segment of what I refer to as "information addicts" exists in the industry. They are obsessed with gathering technical, marketing and/or motivational information.
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Face to Face: Bringing the Customer to You

By Steve Toburen
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I'm always amazed at the hoops cleaners jump through to avoid selling themselves to potential customers. Call it what you will: fear of rejection, intimidation or laziness. The fact is most of us would rather be beaten with a lead pipe than make a "sales call."
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Cleaning for Health: The Evolution and Economics of IAQ

By Tom Hill
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A few years ago, the cleaning industry began a whole new way of thinking when Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) came on the scene. As studies and science have shown it to encompass many more variables than simply air, the term of choice has become Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ).
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Home Sweet Home? Residential Indoor Air Quality

By Joe Domin
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It has been reported that the risk of contracting lung cancer in a house containing cigarette smoke is 30 percent higher than in a smoke-free home. Smoke does not have any boundaries. It travels from place to place and room to room. The ventilation system in a room where there is smoking can easily contaminate other rooms if a proper exhaust system is not in place. Makes you wonder about restaurants with designated smoking sections, doesn't it?
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Carpet Cushion: Hard Facts on a Soft Surface

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Maximizing allocated funds is a challenge for many facility managers and building maintenance personnel. The installation of properly specified carpet cushion contributes to long-term savings by prolonging the life of the carpet.
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Graffiti Removal: You Can Beat the Cost by Being Prepared

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How do these affect the building maintenance professional's bottom line? It can be a considerable expense given that graffiti can be found on most exposed structural areas, retaining walls, alleyways, structures or walls.
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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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