Articles by Bob Wittkamp

Working With Color Loss Situations

Sun fade, fume fade or shading — educate yourself and your customer before starting the cleaning job.
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What Are Furniture Tags Really Telling Us?

Federal law mandates "Care Labels," however they may not always provide valid information. The tags are attached during the finishing process of the furniture pieces and may not always end up where they belong.
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Successfully Cleaning Oriental Rugs

Without the proper training and execution of precautionary measures, the next Oriental rug you clean may become your responsibility.
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Understanding Optical Brighteners

Properly used and applied, optical brighteners may solve some problems and improve results of cleaning or corrective attempts.
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The Hazards of Cleaning Bloodborne Pathogens

Penalties and fines may be the least of your worries if you are called into a job that involves cleaning up a crime or accident scene. Arm yourself and your crew with the required education and proper equipment to protect your health.
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How Increased Airflow & Low Moisture Lead to Cleaner Carpets

Getting freshly cleaned carpets dry should not be a problem if you pay attention to several factors, including the amount of moisture left behind, additional extraction passes or by using low moisture cleaning methods.
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‘Scents’ory Perceptions: Do You Deodorize or Reodorize?

-- If it smells clean, then it must be clean. This is the perception many carpet-cleaning clients have when it comes to clean carpets. You make the call—do carpet cleaners deodorize or reodorize with the use of scents in formulations?
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The Distributor as a Partner

Rather than thinking of the distributor as a supply house, cleaners and restorers must consider the distributor as a partner that plays an important role in their success.
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Setting Up Your Truckmount for Efficient Carpet Cleaning

Implementing just a few timesaving techniques will enable you to minimize setup time and reap the benefits of your truck mount unit...
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Cellulosic Browning Causes & Solutions

All is not lost when browning occurs on newly cleaned carpet or upholstery. Along with additional dry passes, air movers, and of course prevention, tackle a common problem with uncomplicated solutions...
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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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ICS Cleaning Specialist Magazine

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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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Janitorial Work

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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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