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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.

“Playing the Field” with Employees

“Flirting is the gentle art of making a man feel pleased with himself.” –Helen Rowland
By Steve Toburen
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I hear it all the time. “Steve, my body is getting tired.” And then very hesitantly, “I’m finally thinking about hiring an employee…” Yep, this hardworking solo cleaner is quite correctly scared to death!


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Moisture Detection and Moisture Mapping

By Ronan Carrigy
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The goal of moisture detection in the water damage restoration industry is to identify and assess abnormally wet locations of buildings, structures and their materials so that the drying process can be measured, documented and carried out effectively and in an economical and efficient manner.


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New Markets for Disinfectant Services

By Scott Warrington
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MRSA has also shown up at other sports facilities from professional lacrosse venues to high school stadiums and locker rooms.


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Level 5 of Being Phenomenal Successful Person – Character

By Howard Partridge
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Over the past few months, I’ve shared “The 5 Levels of Being Phenomenal.” The levels are the stages everyone goes through when they are attempting to change a habit, reach a new goal or develop a skill.


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Business Might: Leveraging Fortune 500 Technologies in Your Cleaning Company

By Joe Kowalski
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Vertical market. Big data. SaaS. The cloud. They’re all modern-day buzz words for an ever-changing business environment.


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Neighborhood Marketing With Doorknob Hangers

By John Braun
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One of the most attractive advertising methods for cleaners is doorknob hangers - it’s quick, economical and you can target the exact clients you want.


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CRI Launches New Website

CRI's new site features updated technology, including a responsive design for better access on mobile devices
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The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), the non-profit trade association for the U.S. carpet industry, has a newly redesigned website, according to a press release.


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IICRC Update: September 2014

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Are you interested in serving on a consensus body for the development of the new BSR-IICRC S220 Standard on Hard Surface Floor Covering Inspection?


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Aramsco, Bridgewater Finalize Transaction

Both businesses are now owned by a common parent company which is owned by affiliates of AEA Investors through its Small Business Fund II (AEA), as well as members of the Aramsco and Bridgewater management teams.
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Aramsco, Inc. and Confluence Group LLC, the owner of the Bridgewater family of companies have formerly closed their transaction, according to a press release. 


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More Floods re-brands with new logo, website

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In order to reflect on its membership growth, More Floods Inc. has rebranded with a new logo and website.


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US Products Pro Unveils New Website

The new website platform includes downloadable product information sheets, links to product information and operations and maintenance videos, a distributor location finder, and more.
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US Products Pro, the division of US Products specifically dedicated to the cleaning and restoration contractor, has unveiled its new website – www.usproductspro.com


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Legend Brands Hires John Otero as Dri-Eaz Director of Restoration Products

Otero has worked in the cleaning and restoration industry for nearly 25 years - 13 years in the field and 11 years in distribution sales
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Legend Brands has hired John Otero to be its Director of Restoration Products for Dri-Eaz, according to a press release. 


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TruckMountForums Acquires All Star Cleaning Forums

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TruckMountForums (TMF) has announced that it has acquired All Star Cleaning Forums and all accounts associated, according to a press release. 


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Clean ‘n Fresh Recognized as Women’s Business Enterprise

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Phoenix-based Clean ‘n Fresh Cleaning Service, LLC, has received national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise Council-West, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), according to a press release.


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Network Services Company honors ProTeam with “Rising Star” award

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Network Services Company (NETWORK), a distributions solutions provider, has honored ProTeam with its Rising Star Award for outstanding performance results with its distributors.


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RSA Releases New 600-Page “Guide” to Cleaning and Restoration

“Complete Guide” is the definitive compilation of restoration, cleaning and remediation expertise
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RSA has completed The Complete Guide to Cleaning and Restoration, a comprehensive textbook for its restoration, cleaning and remediation classroom courses, according to a press release.


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SX-15 Ups its Versatility

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The industry's most advanced tile cleaning tool, the SX-15, just got slimmer and more versatile. 


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Introducing Viking’s new Eco Cam

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Viking’s new Eco Cam centrifugal air mover is a low-amp (1.6), single speed, 1/3 horsepower unit capable of achieving 3,000 FPM.


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Introducing the DryPro Mobile App

Features of the app include calculating drying equipment needed based on the area, calculating the amount of power needed, photo attachment capability and more.
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Nu-Tech Cleaning Systems has introduced the DryPro mobile app for the iOS operating system, an easy-to-use app that helps restoration professionals successfully and cost-effectively plan and complete water damage jobs.


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Destroy odors with the RESTORATOR DUO

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Vaportek has introduced the RESTORATOR DUO, a rechargeable, portable tool that can quickly and safely eliminate odor in up to 20,000 square feet of space.


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Fluke releases Ti90 and Ti95 with wireless connectivity

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Fluke has added to its Fluke Connect system with the Ti90 and Ti95 IR cameras, both of which are now available with wireless connectivity.


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A network of rug care specialists

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RugForce is a service that links insurance professionals with a means of getting damaged rugs into the hands of the certified and vetted professionals who can clean and restore them.


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One tough vacuum cleaner

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Powr-Flite has released its 16-inch Ironside Metal Upright vacuum cleaner, complete with a heavy-duty steel hood and aluminum chassis, making it one of – if not the most – rigid vacuum cleaner available today.


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XactAnalysis, ClientRunner integration now available

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ClientRunner has announced that its project management software is now available with two-way integration with XactAnalysis.


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A healthier way to clean

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Carpet cleaners can reduce the potential of leave-behind mold, mildew and bacteria growth using a CFR (Continuous Flow Recycling) carpet extractor.


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Introducing the PEX 500 – the “king of mobility”

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U.S. Products has unveiled its PEX 500 high-performance hot-water carpet extractor, which offers ease of use and enhanced portability, compared to similar models.


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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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The 2014 Experience Conference and Exhibition

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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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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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