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Pumps 101: An A-to-Z Guide on the Heart of the Truckmount

By Rick McDonald
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Pumps are the heart of the truckmount, yet are somewhat of the unsung hero when it comes to making a truckmount tick.


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Many Names, One Purpose: Faster More Effective Cleaning

Presprays. Preconditioners. Traffic lane cleaners.
By Doyle Bloss
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It goes by many names, but whatever you call it, it is the main cleaning solution in hot water extraction carpet cleaning, and a key part of most all carpet cleaning methods.


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The 5 Levels of Being a Phenomenally Successful Person

By Howard Partridge
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Over the past several years, I’ve taught my coaching members 5 steps to becoming a phenomenally successful person. This teaching gets more response from them than any other, including the business training.


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Pin, Pin-less and RH: Weighing Your Moisture Meter Options

By Grete Heimerdinger
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Visible signs of water damage and moisture intrusions are easily recognized.


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RFID to ATP to GPS and More: Innovation and Advances in Cleaning and Restoration

Thermal imaging, ATP testing, RFID and GPS: How they can help your business
By Eric Fish
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By now, you should know the value of carrying a thermal imaging camera in your restoration toolbox, as it allows you to see exactly where the water is and exactly how far it has spread in a particular water loss to better assess the situation.
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Innovative Marketing and the Five “M’s”

The first thing you want to have in your plan is a goal.
By Howard Partridge
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When most cleaners think about marketing and especially “innovation,” they’re focused on the next “strategy” or tool rather than taking an overall look at their marketing approach.
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Moisture Meters: Continuing to Change for the Better

This article will focus on change in products for detecting and tracking moisture
By Gordon Hanks
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The focus of this issue is innovation. We tend to associate change with innovation and progress. 


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Rug Course Turns Into Rescue Mission in Wake of Colorado Floods

Due to the Colorado floods, this standard three-day training seminar quickly turned into a rescue mission
By Ruth Travis
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Last June, when the board members of the Professional Association of Cleaning and Restoration (PACR) and I were discussing plans for my September hands-on rug cleaning course, none of us could have ever imagined how “hands-on” it would become.
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The More Things Change the More they Remain the Same

“Imagination plus innovation equals realization.” — Denis Waitley
By Steve Toburen
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Yep, your resident curmudgeon Steve Toburen weighing in here with his usual contrarian view.


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The Industry Innovators

We profiled Kurt Bolden, Jeremy Reets, Keith Studebaker and Cliff Monson for a look at how some of today’s most popular cleaning and restoration products came to fruition.
By Eric Fish
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When we were putting together the ICS 50th anniversary issue last February (www.icsmag.com/50), I remember speaking with Claude Blackburn about his early days in the industry.


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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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