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Will You Grab Your “Golden Opportunity?”

“I think everyone is an opportunist if they have an opportunity.” – Katharine Hepburn
By Steve Toburen
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You love carpet cleaning. I did too. So I’m happy for both of us!


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3 Ways to Become a More Sustainable Cleaning Company

By Eric Fish
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We’ve covered a lot on green in this issue as a means for cleaning for health and safety.


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Being a Phenomenally Successful Person: Level 1 - Self-Awareness

By Howard Partridge
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In the January/February issue of ICS, I shared the “5 Levels of Becoming a Phenomenally Successful Person.” To briefly review, you were created to be phenomenal.


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When is Clean Truly “Clean?”

A look at the tools and gadgets to find hidden hazards and verify cleanliness
By Gordon Hanks
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When I first entered this industry, “cleaning” generally indicated removal of any dust or soil contained in the item being on hand.


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The Pursuit and Perception of “Going Green”

By Mike Kerner
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There is no shortage of information about the topic of green and environmental stewardship.


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How to Market a “Green” Cleaning Business

By John Braun
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Going green is a hot topic these days. Nearly every type of company imaginable is putting on the “green” banner, so would it be wise for a small cleaning company to go green?


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Advances in Air Movers

From centrifugal to axial, a look at some of the latest air mover specs
By Mickey Walker
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Originally air movers became popular in the carpet cleaning industry back in the 1960’s and early 70’s with the boom of wall-to-wall carpet and the portable carpet cleaner.


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Knowledge is Power: Hard Floor Maintenance Career Development

The Importance of Learning for the Hard Floor Maintenance Professional
By Stanley Quentin Hulin
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Although I had worked with the floor crew of a local school for summer work my sophomore year of high school, my first real encounter with floor training came in boot camp.


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Understanding Flexible Floor Care Equipment

Today, due to the equality of carpet and hard surface flooring materials being sold, companies find themselves in the position of requiring equipment that is capable of fulfilling both operations
By Stanley Quentin Hulin
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Whether you’re a startup company looking to get into the floor maintenance business or a well-established company looking to expand your offerings, the cost of floor maintenance equipment can be overwhelming.


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Talking Truckmounts with Mike Roden

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Mike Roden has been designing and building truckmounts for the past 35 years, first with his brother Jim at Prochem, and more recently as the VP of Engineering at Sapphire Scientific.


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Have a limited marketing budget but realize the importance of neighborhood marketing? Try doorknob hangers, a low-cost, yet highly effective way to drum up more business. In this episode, John Braun discusses the value of this tactic as well as what you should include on the materials you're hanging.
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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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