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Making Life a Little Easier

November 6, 2001
I write this on Sept. 15 and while much will have occurred between my ICS Cleaning Specialist deadline and your reading of this column, there is little doubt that the world as we know it has changed forever ... and not for the better.
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A Wand by Any Other Name

November 6, 2001
In the world of wands and upholstery tools, the variety is both head spinning and calming. There's something for every category of cleaning. It's all a matter of selecting the right piece of equipment for your specific needs.
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Niche Cleaning: Rug Repair-Part 1: Define Your Goals, and Get Going

November 6, 2001
Restoration of a rug is an attempt to return it to its original condition. Conservation is preserving an object with as little change to the object as possible. Repair is a compromise between conservation and true restoration.
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Niche Cleaning: Color Repair As An Add-on Service

November 6, 2001
Have you ever wondered if color repair can be a viable add-on service? If you are cleaning carpet, you may already have built-in customers that you can offer this service to. If you are trying to expand your offerings, think about adding color repair.
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Hot, Hot, Hot: Steam Vapor Cleaning Rises to the Top

November 6, 2001
For some cleaners, vapor steam cleaning has become one of those profitable add-on services. And it works on virtually any surface, from walls to floors to stainless steel, tile and grout.
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Hello, CFC

October 23, 2001
For those of you who don't know me, I'm Bob Lindsay.
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Winterizing Your Facility: Research, Planning and Implementation Will Keep Emergencies at Bay

October 22, 2001
Facility managers take note: Winterizing is best done in the warm days of fall when it is 50 degrees or warmer. Why? Because once the weather drops, it's too late avoid avoidable "emergencies," unnecessary expenses, and water extraction.
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Dispensing with Technology: Providing Dilution Solutions

October 22, 2001
Today's chemical dispensing systems provide the same results for the custodial services manager: An accurate solution of cleaning chemicals and water, each and every time, with quality results that have a direct impact on the bottom line - the housekeeping budget.
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10 How-To's for Realistic Carpet Care in Schools

October 22, 2001
Cleaning the carpet once before school starts and once at Christmas is the problem. Instead, we need to deal with the dirt as it accumulates and that means a programmed approach.
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Application, Application, Pickup: The Special Demands of Restaurant Floor Care

October 22, 2001
No matter what your grandma taught you about cleaning the kitchen, avoid the mop like Chef's fries. Why? Because mopping doesn't get the grease up; it just spreads it around. There's only one way to get grease off, and that's up.
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2014 June/July

The June/July issue of ICS features stories on add-on services, carpet repair, cleaning silk rugs and ranking websites on Google.

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