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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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Prepping the Job (And Your Client)

“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” –Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922
By Steve Toburen
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Any woodworker will tell you that 90% of their project’s success is based on preparation. Everything from matching the grain to squaring the pieces to the final sanding - miss one step and your project will be ruined.


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Creative Drying Techniques for Problematic Areas

By Kevin Pearson
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Even with advances in drying equipment over the last 10-15 years, drying certain areas of structures can still present challenges.


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Do You Have a Phenomenal Dream?

By Howard Partridge
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I’m a dreamer. Outside of the grace of almighty God and my phenomenal wife Denise, I live a phenomenal life because I spend a lot of time thinking and dreaming.


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5 Steps to Soy Sauce Removal

By Jessika James
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Love Chinese food but hate cleaning the carpets and the stains? Say “sayonara!” to heavy, greasy food soils and soy sauce in these quick and easy cleaning steps!


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Injection Drying: Inspect, Plan and Dry

By Gordon Hanks
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As a 40-year veteran of the cleaning and restoration industries, I’m proud to have witnessed and been a part of the advancements in science and technology.


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The Key to a Reliable Cleaning Business

By John Braun
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Many cleaners struggle to stay busy. Training, customer service and quality work are super important in our line of work.


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2014 August

The August issue of ICS features stories on carpet mold, good training, marketing for cleaners, traffic lane cleaning, and cool products.

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