Robert Kravitz

Robert Kravitz is a 30-year veteran of the cleaning industry, the author of four books on the industry, and a jan/san consultant. Robert is a frequent writer for the professional cleaning, buildings, and carpet cleaning industries. Reach him at robert@alturasolutions.com

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Practicality in Portables

Is a truckmount system needed to perform hot-water extraction? Not necessarily.


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Truckmounts or Portables? That is the Question

Each type of equipment serves a purpose and has a place in the industry

When it comes to the pros and cons of truckmount systems and portable carpet extractors, the discussion can get a bit dicey.


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Carpet Odors: How to Diagnose and Eradicate Them

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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Airflow, Lift, Filtration, Design and Other Factors in Choosing the Right Vac

Daniel Frimml suggests cleaning professionals should focus on the following four key areas when determining what vac to select: airflow, lift, filtration and design.
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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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Facing Down Concrete Moisture Problems


Whether it is visible or not, most everyone is aware that concrete is quite prevalent in both residential and commercial construction. However, a problem can develop-and far more frequently than is often realized-when moisture is released from the concrete.
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Green Cleaning Keeps Gaining Ground

A few years ago, an evolution took place in the professional cleaning industry. After years and years of talking about “green” cleaning, with many believing it to be just a fad, the cleaning industry finally took the leap.
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Does Green Pay Off?

It’s the classic case of style vs. substance. For years facility managers and building service contractors have been hearing that green cleaning pays dividends – saving money, cutting costs and improving worker productivity just by moving from conventional to environmentally preferable cleaning products.
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Shopping Center Floor Care

It’s generally accepted that people spend as much – if not more – time looking down as they do looking up. This is especially true when walking into an office building or a large facility such as an airport or convention center.
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Effective Floor Cleaning Protects Patient Health

Patients enter hospitals believing they will be treated for their health problems and, as soon as they are better, discharged. However, in literally millions of cases each year, that simply is not what happens. Not only do some patients develop new health problems while in the hospital, thousands more die due to infections they acquire during their hospital stay.
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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.

Podcasts

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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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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