Editor's Blog

Editor's Blog
ICS editor Eric Fish sounds off on events, news and all the latest hot topics surrounding the carpet cleaning and restoration industries.

Hard Surface Flooring Demand on the Rise

Rebounding building construction and strong consumer interest in alternatives to carpeting are leading a hard flooring revival.
By Eric Fish
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According to a recent study by The Freedonia Group, Inc., hard surface flooring is in the midst of a revival – so much so that it’s expected to increase in demand by 5% to total about 9.3 billion square feet and encompass a $13.8 billion market by 2017.


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“Cross Examination: The LIVE Courtroom Experience” Coming to The Experience Convention & Trade Show Sept. 4

Jeff Bishop, Jim Holland, Charles Cressy, Ron Reese and Barry Costa will also be a part of the production
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We here at ICS Cleaning Specialist and Restoration & Remediation are pleased to bring a very special event to the Gold Sponsor Programs at The Experience Convention & Trade Show on the morning of Wednesday, September 4. 


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Texas, DKI and Sunsets: News and Views from The Experience Conference & Exhibition

There's plenty of newsworthy things to report on. Oh, and pictures of sunsets, too.
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The inaugural Experience Conference & Exhibition was held from April 17-20 at the Hilton in Clearwater Beach, FL. The three-day event was packed with news, hands-on demonstrations and important info. Let's begin:


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50 Years New

By Evan Kessler
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It has been said that the one constant is change. Over the past few years, perhaps nothing has changed more than media - the way it is read and consumed, and therefore, the way it must be delivered.


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Carpet: 4,000x Dirtier Than a Toilet Seat?

According to research detailed in a Men's Health article, carpeting contains 200,000 bacteria per square inch
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Pop Quiz: What’s 4,000x dirtier than a toilet seat, contains 200,000 bacteria per square inch and is home to hundreds of thousands of different species?


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50 Years: Read and Share Your Memories

By Eric Fish
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You’ve likely already noticed that the ICS February 50thanniversary issue is now live and posted here on the website.


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2012 ICS Year in Review

By Eric Fish
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It’s been another busy, eventful year in the carpet cleaning and restoration industry, so we thought it would be fitting to take a look back at some of the biggest headlines in the industry as well as some of the most popular stories that have appeared in ICS Cleaning Specialist.


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When Carpet Cleaners Attack…

By Eric Fish
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During my daily news search for anything carpet cleaning related this morning, I came across a headline from the San Gabriel Valley Tribune: “Man sentenced for attack on rival carpet cleaner.” How could I not click on it?


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Goodbye Connections, Hello “The Experience”

By Eric Fish

Industry trade shows are great events. They’re informative, educational and they open our eyes to new products, policies and techniques, not to mention the networking opportunities. That’s why a lot of folks were disappointed when it was announced that Connections would dissolve after a 10-year run, effectively ending Connections events.


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Recapping the 2012 Connections Convention and Trade Show

By Eric Fish

The 2012 Connections Convention and Trade Show, held from September 4-7 at the LVH Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, has come and passed. ICS was there in full-force and we captured much of this industry event in photos, videos and podcasts.


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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

Have a limited marketing budget but realize the importance of neighborhood marketing? Try doorknob hangers, a low-cost, yet highly effective way to drum up more business. In this episode, John Braun discusses the value of this tactic as well as what you should include on the materials you're hanging.
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ICS Cleaning Specialist Magazine

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2014 September

The September issue of ICS features stories on moisture detection, disinfectant services, neighborhood marketing, then we discuss the last level of being phenomenal, and cool products.

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