Carpet/Rug/Upholstery Cleaning

Stain Removal: Simplified, Not Mystified

By Gordon Hanks
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In my early certification training classes I was taught that if I first applied a VDS to an unknown stain and then followed that up with a NVDS if it responded but needed more oomph, but then had to rinse again with a VDS.


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Vacuuming Carpet – Why it Matters: Part II

For years, I have maintained that neither carpet owners nor professionals vacuum carpet effectively
By Jeff Bishop
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Fifty-five minutes of vacuuming. 


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Rayon: A Rug Specialist’s Challenge

By Aaron Groseclose
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Designers have embraced the silk-like look of rayon for garments, upholstery fabrics and area rugs. But rayon rugs present many challenges for rug cleaners, as this fiber doesn’t hold up to foot traffic and consumer do-it-yourself spotting/cleaning.


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What’s the Best Vacuum Cleaner?

By Jeff Bishop
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What’s the best vacuum cleaner?” I get that question all the time, from homeowners mostly.


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Vacuuming Carpet - Why it Matters: Part I

I spent 55 minutes vacuuming my carpet at home yesterday. Fifty-five minutes!
By Jeff Bishop
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 Having attended a number of indoor environmental quality (IEQ) courses in the past few years, and having taught that subject for several years myself, I’m what you’d call a little paranoid about household maintenance and cleaning.  


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The “Greening” of Carpet Cleaning

By Stephen Ashkin
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While green cleaning has now essentially become the “norm” when it comes to professional cleaning in much of the jansan industry, that has not necessarily been the case for professional carpet cleaners.


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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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Just Ask Jess: What’s the Best Way to Remove Hair Oils and Food Greases from Upholstery?

Poor results may be due to the cleaning method, or, more likely, the chemistry not being used.
By Jessika James
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Jessika,

Lately I am not having much success cleaning synthetic upholstery, and am having a hard time removing hair oils and food greases. What am I doing wrong? 


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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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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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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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