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5 Keys to Complying with OSHA’s New HazCom Standard

For carpet cleaners and restoration companies, there is still time to get ahead of the compliance curve
March 11, 2013

Cleaning specialists in the United States have work to do in 2013 if they are going to stay compliant with OSHA’s changes to the Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom or HCS).


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Carpet Odors: How to Diagnose and Eradicate Them

January 9, 2013

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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The Coloration of Wool

January 3, 2013

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

December 20, 2012

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?

October 2, 2012

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)

October 1, 2012

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. So while we included the highlights to their answers in the magazine, there was a lot more to many of their answers – and it was too good of stuff to not share. Read on to see the answers, in full, from Doyle Bloss (HydraMaster, U.S. Products), Mike Kerner (Legend Brands), Frank Kinmonth (Chemspec), Jessika James (Prochem) and Mike Sawchuck (Enviro-Solutions).


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How Well Do You Know pH?

August 20, 2012

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

July 26, 2012

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

July 2, 2012

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

May 8, 2012

Everyone wants to have a phenomenal life. No one wants an average existence, but you may be settling for that. And that’s a shame because if you live in America, you live in the greatest country on Earth where you can have whatever you want, do whatever you want and be the person you want to be. 


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