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.

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.
April 22, 2013

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

April 4, 2013

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
March 25, 2013

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

February 5, 2013

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

December 26, 2012

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…

December 5, 2012

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”

October 12, 2012

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

September 18, 2012

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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ICS at Connections 2012

August 27, 2012

The 10thanniversary Connections Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas is officially now only about a week away from kicking off. And we wanted to take a little bit of time to let you know about a couple of valuable events that ICS Cleaning Specialist is hosting along with our sister magazine, Restoration & Remediation.


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ICS on YouTube

July 10, 2012

This isn’t exactly brand-spanking news per say, as our YouTube page officially launched several weeks ago, but we’re happy to offer readers another way to stay connected with the industry, as well as dive into exclusive looks at the industry trade shows, conventions, demonstrations and seminars that we attend.


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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

Most cleaners rely on their online marketing presence to get jobs. But Google hasn't made things easy lately with their algorithm updates, which has impacted a lot of cleaning sites. Here's a look at some tips and suggestions to improve your Google ranking.
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ICS Cleaning Specialist Magazine

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2014 June/July

The June/July issue of ICS features stories on add-on services, carpet repair, cleaning silk rugs and ranking websites on Google.

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