Hard Floor Maintenance

Maintaining Grout Surfaces

Identification of grout can help determine maintenance practices that will work best for the classification of grout
By Stanley Quentin Hulin
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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.
By Gordon Hanks
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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

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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

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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?

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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?

By Stanley Quentin Hulin
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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

By Stanley Quentin Hulin
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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

By Stanley Quentin Hulin
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“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...

By Howard Partridge
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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

By Stanley Quentin Hulin
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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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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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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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