Articles by Robert Kravitz

Practicality in Portables

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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
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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

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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

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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

By Daniel Frimml and Robert Kravitz
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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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 August issue of ICS features stories on carpet mold, good training, marketing for cleaners, traffic lane cleaning, and cool products.

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