Hard Floor Maintenance

Maintaining Grout Surfaces

Identification of grout can help determine maintenance practices that will work best for the classification of grout
April 3, 2013

Grout is a mortar that is used to fill the empty spaces between ceramic and stone tiles.


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Cleaning, Preserving and Protecting Hardwood Floors: An Ace-in-the-Hole Add-On

Preserving hardwood floors is simple and safe enough that with the right equipment, we could train the homeowner to do his/her own.
March 13, 2013

You can make more per hour preserving hardwood floors than you can cleaning carpet.


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Announcing the League of Hard Flooring Professionals

February 4, 2013

The League of Hard Flooring Professionals is a non-profit corporation created to provide a centralized source of nationally-recognized experts in the hard floor industry for federal, state and municipal agencies, as well as legislative and judicial bodies.


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Diversification: Pressure Washing

January 8, 2013

Welcome to the first entry of a new feature here in ICS Cleaning Specialist, where we’ll examine services that you can add to your cleaning and/or restoration business to further diversify yourself from the competition, while ideally increasing your profits.


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Talking Add-Ons: Which Are Right for Your Carpet Cleaning Business?

November 27, 2012
In this ever-competitive world, we’re all looking for ways to stay ahead of our competition and, ideally, increase profits in the meantime.
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What Really Constitutes a Floor Maintenance Expert?

October 1, 2012
Often times I am introduced as an expert of floor maintenance and to this day I cringe every time I hear it.
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Preserving Wooden Floors Can Be As Easy As 1, 2, 3

October 1, 2012
There is a common misconception regarding hard flooring in general, but it’s particularly applicable to the wood flooring category and classifications.
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Tile and Grout: The Importance of Routine Maintenance

July 2, 2012

“I’ve only had this tile six months now and it looks horrible!” If you have been in the floor maintenance industry for any amount of time at all, you have heard this comment.


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It's Not What You Know, It's...

May 1, 2012
Have you ever heard the phrase “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know?” Over the past 27 years in this industry, I have learned that all of business is about relationships. But what if it wasn’t just “who you know,” but “what you know about who you know?”
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The Costs of Stripping and Refinishing VCT Floors

April 2, 2012
Vinyl composition tile, or VCT, is by far the most common resilient floor covering that the floor maintenance technician is exposed to.

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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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