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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.

Previewing TISE East & its Cleaning and Restoration Pavilion

TISE will be held from October 19-22 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami, FL
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The Cleaning and Restoration Pavilion is a specialized area on the The International Surface Event East (TISE) show floor which showcases exhibitors who supply the surface industry with the latest tools, techniques and technologies for the cleaning, maintenance and restoration of any type of floor covering.


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Combating Carpet Mold

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You already know that molds can produce toxins. And while there is always a little mold everywhere—in the air and on many surfaces—when mold spores drop on places where there is excessive moisture, they can become a health hazard.


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Avoiding the “Crash and Burn” Phenomenon! – Part III

“Maybe we’ll live and learn. Maybe we’ll crash and burn.” – John Legend
By Steve Toburen
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Failing is never fun. And it is just so tragic to see a hard-working carpet cleaner “crash and burn.” The financial (and emotional) shrapnel of a business imploding can destroy all involved, especially the family.


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What Makes for Good Training?

We posed the question to two professionals in the industry – here’s a look at training, from their perspective, that work best for their respective businesses.
By Eric Fish
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When it comes to cleaning and restoration, proper education is a must.


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The 3 Most Profitable Marketing Choices for Cleaners

By John Braun
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The one question every cleaning company owner/manager should constantly ask is, “What is the best way to market my business?”


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Traffic Lane Cleaning Tips and Tricks

By Gordon Hanks
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In commercial facilities, all you need to do is follow the trail of dirt, oil, asphalt, food or coffee spills (aka “traffic lane grunge”) to know where the busiest areas are.


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Practicality in Portables

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


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Being a Phenomenally Successful Person: Level 4 – Commitment

By Howard Partridge
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A man wearing orange pants and pink socks stood on a chair and asked the small audience at a mastermind I was attending, “Are you just interested in reaching your goals or are you committed to reaching them?”


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IICRC Restructures Global Regions

The restructuring is effective immediately.
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In its ongoing effort to establish and advance globally recognized standards and certifications for the inspection, cleaning, restoration and installation industries, the IICRC has announced the restructure of its global regions, according to a press release.


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ICRA to Offer Performance Assessments

The first pilot group assessments will be performed in Denver, Colorado for PACR on June 27 and the inaugural event will be held at the Experience Convention in Las Vegas on September 5, 2014.
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The International Cleaning and Restoration Association (ICRA) has announced that it is going to be offering a Performance Assessment Certification for various cleaning and restoration designations, according to a press release. 


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IICRC Update: August 2014

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Now that summer is winding down and the kids are heading back to school, it’s time to start planning for the IICRC’s fall meetings!


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PACR Update: August 2014

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The Professional Association of Cleaning & Restoration (PACR) members had a great night out at the Colorado Rockies Baseball Game on June 20!


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CFI Update: August 2014

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CFI launched its new website earlier this summer, so check often for additions of CFI activities.


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UV lights for spot detection have returned

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After reworking and testing, electrical engineers at Hydro-Force have re-released the 9-watt UV light.
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Dri-Plan app 3.0 packed with more features

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The Dri-Plan mobile app, a project documentation application for the water damage restoration industry, is now available in version 3.0.


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CleanMaster releases WoolMaster Rug and Fabric Preconditioner

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CleanMaster has released its WoolMaster Rug and Fabric Preconditioner, a chemical specifically formulated to safely and effectively clean the likes of Oriental and wool rugs, carpet, fabric, textiles and more.


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HOSS 700 now available with NextGen polymer glides

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Sapphire Scientific’s HOSS 700 rotary carpet cleaning tool is now available with NextGen polymer glides designed to enhance cleaning results and speed dry times.


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RM85 dehumidifier is lightweight, robust and powerful

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The RM85 is the latest in Ebac’s line of rotational molded polyethylene housing dehumidifiers.


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Disinfectant product is EPA-registered and OSHA-compliant

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Sporicidin’s Disinfectant Solution, which is ideal for cleaning and restoration on mold, fire, sewage, air duct cleaning, misting, dust suppression and water jobs.


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Introducing SaniJet: A duct sanitizing solution

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RamAir has introduced a next-generation duct sanitizing solution in its SaniJet product, which works to coat duct walls thoroughly and evenly, with all of the disinfectant product going where it should be going.


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Gum removal made easy

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Eco Gum has released a PRX1 gum removal system, which deploys a safe, natural chemical to vaporize gum immediately upon contact.


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Introducing the Fluke Connect app

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Fluke has released Fluke Connect, an app that transfers measurement data from test tools to smart phones and to the cloud, thereby improving communication and productivity, as well as safety.


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16-gallon wet/dry vac introduced

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ProTeam has added a new product to its line. The ProGuard 16 MD is a wet/dry, 16-gallon vac with the capacity to handle large cleanup but the portability to get into tight spaces.


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Betco introduces two orbital strip machines

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Betco has released two new orbital strip machines, the Crewman 20” and the Crewman 28”.


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Mytee releases new Flexstar T-REX cleaning head

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Mytee has released a new carpet cleaning head, the Flexstar T-REX.


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Tile, grout and hard surface cleaning taken to the max

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Butler’s Maximum Tile, Grout and Hard Surface Cleaner is a concentrated alkaline cleaner with corrosion inhibitors for cleaning hard surfaces.


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Not just an ordinary truck…

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Gorilla Truck Box has developed a truck specifically for cleaning and restoration professionals. 


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“Mega” water extraction

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KleenRite has unveiled the MEGAx Flood Extractor, a portable tool designed with truckmount-like power to handle any type of water damage job. 


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New low-moisture cleaning system released

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VersaClean has released a new low-moisture cleaning system that utilizes the encapsulation chemistry of Power Encap Plus and CRB-series counter-rotating brush machines to work quickly and effectively, ideal for time-sensitive jobs.


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RSA appoints Sean Burgess as lead estimating instructor

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Sean M. Burgess - an Xactimate Affiliate Trainer (XAT), field adjuster and estimator - has joined the Restoration Sciences Academy training team as the lead Estimating class instructor.


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Truckmountforums, Interlink Supply Form Working Partnership

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Truckmountforums (TMF) and Bridgewater, LLC are proud to announce a working partnership that will now make the popular TMF products TileMaster and PreLoad 5, available through Interlink Supply and other distributors nationwide, according to a press release.


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Legend Rewards now Available on Chemspec Purchases

Originally launched in 2009, the Legend Rewards program by May 2014 had grown to include over 8000 participants and more than 75 million points redeemed.
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Chemspec customers can now earn Legend Rewards for all their Chemspec purchases, according to a press release. 


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High Road Capital Partners acquires General Tools & Instruments

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General Tools & Instruments has been acquired by High Road Capital Partners, a private equity firm based in New York City.


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Rotobrush launches new website to streamline online ordering

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Rotobrush has launched a new online ordering system on its website at shop.rotobrush.com, which allows customers to purchase items conveniently 24/7.


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ISSA Expanding INTERCLEAN 2014

2014 event expected to have most exhibitors in show history
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To further strengthen visitors’ return on investment, ISSA has expanded attendee attractions for this year’s ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America trade show, which takes place November 4-7, at the Orange County Convention in Orlando, FL, USA, according to a press release.


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An Industry First: New England Truckmount Makes PTO History

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 In May 2014, New England Truckmount made PTO installation history when it installed a White Magic Pro-1200 direct drive unit into a 2010 GMC Savana 1500 cargo van with a 5.3 liter engine, according to a press release.  


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ServiceMonster CEO to Join IICRCA Board of Directors

The IICRCA’s mission is to be a global voice for inspection, cleaning, and restoration associations to help foster communication, education, and networking opportunities
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ServiceMonster has announced that Joe Kowalski, co-founder and CEO of Principal Focus, LLC, was recently selected to join the board of directors for the International Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Council of Associations (IICRCA), according to a press release.


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