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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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What Does the Wharton School of Business Have to do with Flooring?

Education has been a fundamental mission of flooring industry trade associations for decades. Most have had great success improving the technical skills of their members and keeping them abreast of the latest advances in flooring technology.


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Green vs. Clean: The ICS Q&A (Full Answers)

We asked a panel of experts about green cleaning for a Q&A in our October issue of ICS and our experts delivered – so much so that there was no way we could fit all of their complete answers into the magazine.


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How Well Do You Know pH?

Almost 100 years ago, Dr. Søren Sørensen, a Danish biochemist, invented a measuring system that would become essential to proper carpet and upholstery cleaning - a system that measures whether something is acidic or alkaline, known today as the “pH scale.”


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The Weekend Business Plan

Congratulations, you have your own business. The American dream! However, it’s sucking the life out of you. No time, not enough money, too many headaches. 


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Track Your Advertising

Tracking your advertising is crucial for business owners or managers, but too often we just don’t do it. Company resources are scarce and should be cautiously appropriated to those activities that will produce a positive return on the investment. If we make no effort to measure our results how do we know if it is giving us a positive return?


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How to Have the Things You Want In Life

Everyone wants to have a phenomenal life. No one wants an average existence, but you may be settling for that.


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10 Laws to Live By

Law No. 1 - It’s got to be fun: Life is too short and the potential to enjoy all aspects of life are too great to overlook this law. Sure, bad stuff happens to everyone, but that should be for a season and not for a lifestyle. Enjoy your customers, your vendors, the thrill of the pursuit or go and do something else. Running a business can really be a lot of fun. Are you having fun or would you be better off working for the man? Here is how I have fun in my business.


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An Effective, Sustainable Alternative: Cylindrical Brush Machines

It is not uncommon for a technology to be introduced ahead of its time to be appreciated only years, if not decades, later. For instance, most auto buffs are familiar with the 1948 Tucker Sedan. It introduced a host of technical innovations to the automotive world, including disc brakes, seat belts, fuel injection and a padded dashboard - none of which got more than a passing glance at the time. Twenty years later, most cars included these innovations as standard equipment.


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Beat Your Best

For the most part, you are competing against yourself, not others. Sure, you have competition. And while competition can definitely motivate you, your main competition is with yourself. People implement ideas and get motivated through one of two different factors.


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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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Grow Your Business and Improve Operations with New Payment Technology

Attend this free webinar to learn how new developments in payment technology can help you close more jobs, increase upselling opportunities and improve operations.

Podcasts

While winter is considered the "slow season" for carpet cleaners, it can also be a season of great opportunity. In this episode of The Hitman Advertising Show, John Braun offers advice for keeping revenue consistent during the cold weather months so you're thriving - and not just surviving - the winter.
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ICS Cleaning Specialist Magazine

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2014 Nov/Dec

The Nov/Dec ICS features content on how to get better meter readings, a roundtable on truckmount development, neighborhood marketing and more. Also included is the annual Buyer’s Guide and Directory.

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Janitorial Work

In addition to residential and commercial carpet cleaning, do you do any janitorial work on the side?
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The Carpet Cleaner's Book of Unlimited Success! (ebook)

Don’t worry about the recession or about your competition.  Now you can be the owner of over 400 ways for carpet cleaning professionals to make more money and get more jobs!

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ICS DIRECTORY AND BUYING GUIDE

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TRUCKMOUNT EQUIPMENT AND ACCESSORIES GUIDE

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