Carpet/Rug/Upholstery Cleaning

Troubleshooting Olefin Carpet Cleaning

“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

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

“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

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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An In-Depth Look at Series and Parallel Vacuum Configurations

If you’ve been a carpet cleaner for any length of time, you’ve probably read or engaged in discussion on the industry forums about vacuum configuration that sound something like an argument over whether Ford is better than Chevy.


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Rug Touring in Turkey: Part III

This is the final chapter of the Master Rug Cleaner Tour of Turkey. We saw the main tourist destinations of Istanbul, Izmir, Ephesus and Cappadocia and visited the rug weaving, dyeing and finishing facilities of Woven Legends.


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The Science of Encapsulation: Polymer Chemistry Optimizes Cleaning Potential

Carpet cleaning is like any other industry where optimizing your technology will be a key to business survival. That is exactly what polymer chemistry is all about. 

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Cleaning for Safety and Health

Question: If you invited a cleaning firm into your home and paid them to clean interior decor fabrics, would you expect them to clean strictly for appearance, or should the safety and health of your family be the primary concern?
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Portable Floor Care Equipment: It’s Come a Long Way

Some might argue that truckmounted extractors have relegated portables to the pages of ancient history. But portable extractors have come a long way since then. There are many reasons why portables still have a prominent place in the market.
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Airflow, Lift, Filtration, Design and Other Factors in Choosing the Right Vac

Daniel Frimml suggests cleaning professionals should focus on the following four key areas when determining what vac to select: airflow, lift, filtration and design.
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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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Arguably, sending out a client newsletter is the No. 1 key to a reliable cleaning business. In this episode of The Hitman Advertising Show, John Braun covers the true value of mail newsletters, how to send them, how often to send them and more.
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2014 October

The October issue of ICS features stories on the 2015 ICE Expo, differentiation, deodorizing, upholstery cleaning, facebook advertising, up-selling, rug cleaning, the rug tour, and cool products.

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