Cleaning & Restoration Tools and Gadgets

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
January 9, 2014

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
December 2, 2013
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
November 4, 2013

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
November 1, 2013
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
November 1, 2013

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
October 31, 2013

The main difference is the technology used to dehumidify the air passing through the unit. 


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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.
August 6, 2013

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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Creating Positive Experiences: It’s the Little Things that Make a Big Difference

Once you are on the job, you have the opportunity to really show that you care
July 11, 2013

Have you ever taken a call from a perspective customer where they ask you a question and before you know it you are saying words like extraction, surfactant, truckmount, encapsulation, or (heaven forbid) deflocculation?


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How Do You Diversify? A Look at Some Highly-Effective Add-Ons

Deck cleaning, leather cleaning/repair and wood floor cleaning...
June 17, 2013

Haugland Bros. Carpet and Wood Care (Naperville, IL) can do two things for your deck: protect your investment in wood and transform an ugly, dirty deck into a neighborhood masterpiece.


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High-Pressure Extraction Tools – Are They in Your Cleaning Arsenal?

The hard surface flooring industry and the carpet cleaning industry have been polar opposites for decades
June 17, 2013

Floor maintenance technician? Carpet cleaner? Pressurized hard surface extraction tools cover both vocations.


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The 2014 Experience Conference and Exhibition

A look in photos at the 2014 Experience Conference and Exhibition, which was held from April 24-26 at the Embassy Suites Convention Center and Spa in Frisco, Texas.

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Most cleaners rely on their online marketing presence to get jobs. But Google hasn't made things easy lately with their algorithm updates, which has impacted a lot of cleaning sites. Here's a look at some tips and suggestions to improve your Google ranking.
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ICS Cleaning Specialist Magazine

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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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