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It Ain't Easy, It's VCT Flooring. You Can Keep the Frequency at Bay, But You Will Have to Strip That VCT

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Most facility managers, building maintenance professionals or contract cleaners will agree that stripping VCT flooring is expensive, messy, very time consuming and the one procedure they hate performing. The secret to prolonging the frequency between stripping lies in the efficiency and effectiveness of your routine/daily and periodic/interim cleaning programs.
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Time to Clean or Maintain Your Special Areas? Keep Safety In Sight

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With the frequency of lawsuits triggered by slips, trips and falls in public facilities, there is obviously a lot of attention paid to safety when cleaning, treating and maintaining hard-surface and carpeted floors. Yet, there are some other areas common to public facilities that also require your attention to safety.
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Pressure Washers: A Tool for Expanding Commercial Floor Care

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As a facility manager or contract cleaner specializing in commercial floor care, you know that you need the best tools at your disposal given the wide variety of cleaning any commercial, industrial or professional facility requires. One device that may prove itself a valuable addition to your arsenal of cleaning tools is the pressure washer.
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What You Should Consider When Carpet Replacement Time Arrives

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If your facility's carpeting has reached the end of its useful life or if you have remodeling/redecorating plans, there are key factors on which you should base your selection of replacement carpet. Included are carpet construction, proper installation and maintenance, fibers, manufacturing methods, backings and where and how the carpet will be used.
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Stain Resistant By Any Other Name:"Spots," "Stains" and "Soiling" on Stain Resistant Carpets

By Wittkamp Bob
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Most carpet cleaning customers-and many carpet cleaners-have some knowledge of the terms "spot" and "stain," and at least a basic understanding of the term "soiling." But they may not always grasp the differences among the terms.
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So You're Cleaning Furniture? Set Yourself Apart and Speed the Job Using Some Special 'Tools'

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We recently discussed the merits of adding upholstery cleaning to your arsenal of those valuable add-on services. Here we'll talk about some of the 'tools' we use to help fulfill our goal of client satisfaction when cleaning furniture.
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Rug Display Made Easy

By Aaron Groseclose
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In the last two Rug Specialist articles, we discussed some simple rug repairs. While rug display is not a repair, it will require some needlework and attention to detail that you can provide your customer.
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ICS 2002 Company Showcase

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The April issue of ICS Cleaning Specialist contains the 2002 Company Showcase. For in-depth looks at a variety of industry leaders and their latest product innovations, pick up your copy today!
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The Myth and the Reality of Leather Furniture: It Takes a Cleaning Professional's Touch to Make it Sparkle

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It has been my experience that, for the most part, consumers have no idea what type of leather they are buying and how it will truly perform. Why? Salespeople are either inadequately trained by the store or stretch the truth to make the sale. Usually the salesperson knows only what they've been told by someone else who knew very little.
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Take Some of the Work Out of Your Work, and Produce More

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The need for proper vacuuming is a truism that spans cleaning: From carpet to upholstery, proper vacuuming is a commonality.
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