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.

That Will Be $49 for Parts and $99 for Fuel

By Tim Fausch
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Fuel prices are adding to the pressure on construction pros.
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I've Got the Bailout Blues

By Tim Fausch
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Bailout or keep bailing?

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The Sky's Not Falling Quite Yet

By Jeffrey Stouffer
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When it comes to pronouncing the arrival of doomsday, the bandwagon is open for business 24-7.  But don’t feel bad; with the sledgehammer-to-the-skull approach the headlines are taking these days, it’s not much of a stretch to find yourself buying into the program lock, sinking stock and $700 billion bailout. 
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Houston, We Have Big Problems

By Tim Fausch
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Many in Texas are returning to homes that look like this tornado-ravaged home in Florida.

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No Time to Play Possum

By Tim Fausch
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Don't be wild-eyed from this week's wild ride on Wall Street.
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Business Cycles

By Tom Hill
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In my 40-plus years of affiliation with the cleaning Industry I have watched closely the ebb and flow of our business in relation to the ups and downs of the general economy. Unlike direct retail, our service business seems to weather the storms of economic downturn and recession fairly well.
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Celebrating Sept. 12; The Future of Trade Shows

By Tim Fausch
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September 11 was a somber day for me. From the moment I turned on my car radio in the morning until I went to sleep, words and images kept flooding my mind.
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Adventures In Construction: Trends From The Trenches

By Tim Fausch
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See what readers said about their 2008 losses and their 2009 forecasts.
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Trends From The Trenches

By Tim Fausch
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In just a few months we’ve gone from feast to famine…from too much business to “where is the business?”…from fat and happy to hungry and stunned.
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The 40,000-foot View of the Cleaning and Restoration Industry

By Tom Hill
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ICS is thrilled to announce that long-time ICS columnist, industry stalwart and master of his domain Tom Hill is now blogging his way through the ins and outs (not to mention the ups and downs) of the cleaning and restoration industry.
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2014 August

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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