Cleaning & Restoration Tools and Gadgets

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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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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Truckmounts or Portables? That is the Question

Each type of equipment serves a purpose and has a place in the industry
By Robert Kravitz
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When it comes to the pros and cons of truckmount systems and portable carpet extractors, the discussion can get a bit dicey.


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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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The Value of a Rug Caddy (and How to Build One Yourself)

A rug caddy is an important piece of equipment for a comprehensive rug cleaning operation
By Jeff Bishop
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You walk into your carefully set up rug cleaning plant. Water is pooled everywhere on the floor - someone forgot to turn the water off on the rug bath. About a dozen rugs that had been vacuumed, dusted and prepared for cleaning that day are saturated with water that overflowed the rug bath, possibly mixed with soil.  


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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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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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Technology in Cleaning and Restoration

Here's a look at some of the latest technologies available in today’s marketplace
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As a cleaning and/or restoration professional, we’re betting that you’re constantly on the lookout for new, innovative technologies that allow you to do your job faster and more efficiently.
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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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Just Ask Jess: What's the Difference Between a Refrigerant and LGR Dehu?

Both of pieces of equipment are excellent tools
By Jessika James
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The main difference is the technology used to dehumidify the air passing through the unit. 


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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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