Carpet/Rug/Upholstery Cleaning

Carpet Fiber Identification: What’s What?

Proper identification will tell the professional cleaning technician exactly which carpet fiber he or she will be working with, and which methods, procedures and cleaning solutions will be safe to use
By Jessika James
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Carpet fiber identification is a vital step in the cleaning process. Proper identification will tell the professional cleaning technician exactly which carpet fiber he or she will be working with, and which methods, procedures and cleaning solutions will be safe to use.


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Starting a Rug Washing Center? Here’s What You Need to Know

There are more rugs on the planet now than there have ever been before
By Eric Fish
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If you’re looking to get serious with rug washing, what do you really need to have on hand and what do you really need to know?


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The Numbers Game

By Jeff Bishop
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I define an “expert” as one who masters the details of her or his profession. And part of that expertise includes keeping up with changes in their industry. 


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A History of Carpet Cleaning Chemicals

By Joe Domin
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Chemistry as a whole is a unique science and when it comes to carpet cleaning chemistry, it’s a totally different ballgame.


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Sustainable Carpet Cleaning

By Stephen Ashkin
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While carpet cleaning and professional cleaning are viewed as two distinct industries with their own special needs, concerns and interests, they do have many things in common.


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The ICS Carpet-Cleaning Chemical Market Study

The results are in from the 2012 ICS Chemical Market Study
By Eric Fish
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Welcome to ICS Cleaning Specialist’s Carpet Cleaning Chemical Market Study, the 11th edition that we’ve published, which aims to gauge the preferences and opinions of professionals regarding the cleaning chemicals and suppliers they prefer.


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Troubleshooting Olefin Carpet Cleaning

By Jessika James
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“Jessika, I just picked-up a new account: A 350-unit apartment complex with olefin carpets. I have only been cleaning for about six months - can you give me any advice on how to clean these carpets? Anything, please!”


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Carpet Odors: How to Diagnose and Eradicate Them

By Robert Kravitz
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A pricey condominium in a Chicago high-rise was proving to be a very hard sale. The property had been on the market for over six months—a long time even considering the tough real estate market. The real estate agent decided it was time to have a “heart-to-heart” conversation with the frustrated seller, an older gentleman who had lived in the unit for more than a decade.


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A Solvent Situation: Gum Gone Bad

By Jessika James
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“Jessika, I received a phone call from a commercial carpet cleaning project I was on last week and they want me to replace the carpet. Please help me!”


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The Coloration of Wool

By Ruth Travis
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I just returned from a trip to Ilkley and Otley, England to visit with my colleagues at WoolSafe®Headquarters. This part of England is where thousands of sheep are raised - much to my surprise, for food (mutton and lamb chops). However, a wonderful byproduct is the beautiful wool fleece which is used for carpet and rug manufacturing. One of the highlights of my trip was a day spent in Manchester visiting the British Wool Bureau, two wool processing plants and finally a yarn dyeing and weaving facility which manufactures wool yarn for Karastan®here in the U.S.


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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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