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Are You an Information Addict?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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The 2014 Experience Conference and Exhibition

A look in photos at the 2014 Experience Conference and Exhibition, which was held from April 24-26 at the Embassy Suites Convention Center and Spa in Frisco, Texas.

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Grow Your Business and Improve Operations with New Payment Technology

Attend this free webinar to learn how new developments in payment technology can help you close more jobs, increase upselling opportunities and improve operations.

Podcasts

While winter is considered the "slow season" for carpet cleaners, it can also be a season of great opportunity. In this episode of The Hitman Advertising Show, John Braun offers advice for keeping revenue consistent during the cold weather months so you're thriving - and not just surviving - the winter.
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2014 Nov/Dec

The Nov/Dec ICS features content on how to get better meter readings, a roundtable on truckmount development, neighborhood marketing and more. Also included is the annual Buyer’s Guide and Directory.

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ICS DIRECTORY AND BUYING GUIDE

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