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2015 Jan/Feb

The Jan/Feb ICS issue features content on cleaning services during the winter time, commercial cleaning, rug cleaning, new with rugs, marketing for restoration and new products.

Cleaner’s Corner

Marketing, Diversification Help Cascade Cleaning Services Beat the Winter Lull

For Cascade Cleaning Services (Boise, ID), the winter slow season begins after Christmas and typically lingers into spring, with the slowest month being January.


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Spring Experience Heads Back to the Beach

After taking place in Frisco, Texas in 2014, The Experience Conference and Exhibition will head back to its long-time Clearwater Beach location this spring, taking place from April 27-29 at the Clearwater Beach Hilton Resort and Spa.


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Differentiation with Value-Added Service

“Success is the sum of details.” - Harvey S. Firestone

So do you want to be different from the hordes of other carpet cleaners out there?


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Commercial Cleaning and the Flu

In November 2012, a survey was conducted to gauge the impact the months of December through March had on a typical carpet cleaner’s businesses.


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What You Need to Know About Rug Cleaning: The ICS Roundtable

There are more rugs on the planet today than there ever have been before.


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What’s New With Rugs?

A look at two new types of rugs that are emerging in retail.

Two hot items at retail these days are Tibetan and hand-loomed rugs from India. Rugs woven with a Tibetan knot have been very popular for over 20 years, but the hand-loomed rugs from India are new to the market.


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Survive or Thrive in Winter?

My first January in business, a friendly competitor told me, “I can’t even give away carpet cleaning the first two months of the year.”


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5 Steps to Results-Driven Marketing for Restoration Pros

I recognize that many of you read my article with an interest in the latest tool or accessory that makes your jobs easier and/or more efficient. As I considered this particular article, it occurred to me that without jobs, there is no need for gadgets.


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The Fastest Ways to More Cash: Part I

This past November marked my 30th anniversary as a carpet cleaner. Prior to getting into this business, I worked as a waiter.


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4 Things to Know Before Getting Into Contents Cleaning

Property restoration is a multi-billion dollar annual industry, and one that the economy has little bearing on.


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IICRC Announces 2014-2015 Board of Directors

New to the Board of Directors this year are Steve Moran and Steve Spivak, Ph.D.

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) has announced the election of five new members to comprise the 2014-2015 Board of Directors, according to a press release. 


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CRI Awards Members, Appoints New Board of Director at Annual Meeting

The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) held its annual membership meeting on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 in Dalton, GA, where Jim McCallum, President of the Milliken & Company Floor Covering Division, was named to the Board of Directors and various annual awards were presented.


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IICRC Update: January 2015

It’s almost Valentine’s Day…how much do you LOVE the IICRC?


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Legend Brands Donates to Non-Profit Atlanta Community ToolBank

Legend Brands’ gift will be presented by the Atlanta-based company that manages the Legend Rewards program.

In honor of its loyal customers who participate in the Legend Rewards program, Legend Brands has presented a holiday donation to Atlanta Community ToolBank, a charity that loans out tools to non-profit organizations for community projects in the Atlanta metropolitan region, according to a press release.


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Bridgewater Acquires Cleaning Supply Network

CSN was founded by Tony Romeo in 2001.

Bridgewater, LLC has announce it has acquired Cleaning Supply Network, Inc. (CSN), a distributor of disaster restoration and cleaning supplies, according to a press release. 


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Bridgewater Acquires Central California Cleaning Supply

Fresno-based CCCS was founded in 1998 by Tony and Julie Lima

Bridgewater, LLC (Interlink Supply) has announced it has acquired the assets of Central California Cleaning Supply, Inc. (CCCS) effective November 25, 2014, according to a press release.


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Bridgewater Acquires Carpet Cleaners Emporium

Bridgewater, LLC has acquired the assets of Carpet Cleaners Emporium, Inc. (CCE) effective as of October 31, 2014, according to a press release. 


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ICC earns Torch Award for Ethics

ICC Restoration & Cleaning Services has been named a winner of the Torch Award for Ethics presented by the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota.


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Karcher North America Plans Brand Updates

Parent company of Prochem plans updates to align groups with cleaning solutions.

Karcher North America will roll out brand updates with Prochem, Windsor and Tecserv starting January 1, 2015 to better align the groups with Karcher’s $2.8 billion cleaning technology solutions, as well as its 900 resources dedicated to research and development, providing a wider, deeper and more diverse offering to the market.


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RYTECH Appoints COO, Executive VP of Operations

RYTECH has announced that Jay Straughan has joined the company as its Chief Operating Officer. Straughan has more than 24 years of claims leadership and has a reputation of successfully growing services businesses.


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Betco Launches New Website, Expands Blog

The new site is designed to empower visitors by making it far easier to find the products and information they need

Betco has announced the launch of a new company website and an expanded blog as part of a commitment to educate, inform, help and hear directly from customers and markets the company serves, according to Brad Betz, Betco Vice President.


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Fluke releases its highest resolution IR camera in the TiX Expert Series

Fluke has taken its line of infrared cameras to the next level with the release of its TiX Expert Series, which consists of the TiX1000 (1024x768 resolution) and TiX660 and 640 models (both 640x480).


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Introducing ZipFast - a reusable dust barrier system

A green alternative to disposable plastic coatings, ZipWall has introduced the ZipFast reusable dust barrier system for use with its spring-loaded poles and accessories.


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Chemspec Releases “Gold Standard” Cleaning Line

The line helps to protect carpet investment, maintain manufacturer warranty and provide maximum cleaning performance.

Chemspec has released its new “Gold Standard” cleaning line, a refined line uses formulations that maximize the effectiveness of today’s high performance cleaning equipment while reducing maintenance costs.


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Introducing the Digital Mini

Protimeter has released the Digital Mini, a pin type moisture meter with color LED indication and a large digital display.


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Urine Odor Meets its Match with New Bio Modifier Xtreme

Bridgepoint Systems is taking urine odor removal to the next level with the release of Bio Modifier Xtreme, a product that produces living beneficial organisms that grow and expand via Binary Fission to eradicate urine contamination.


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ServiceMonster now features Google Calendar two-way sync

ServiceMonster has enhanced its functionality and flexibility by introducing Google Calendar two-way sync to better streamline a carpet cleaning company’s operations.


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Introducing the Mighty Mini Shark

American Brush & Chems has released the Mighty Mini Shark, a hand held brush designed for use in hard-to-reach surfaces and around fixtures.


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The pinnacle of low-moisture care

Bonnet Pro’s MiniMax Mule weighs only 86 pounds, yet boasts a powerful 220 rpm motor.


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New disinfectant excels in killing micro-organisms

Cintas’s Signet Neutral Disinfectant Cleaner DS1 is a broad-spectrum cleaner designed for hard surface use.


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Two new vacuum pick-up kits now offered

Flexaust has released two new vacuum pick-up kits for general maintenance and cleanup.


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Betco’s BioActive Solutions line gets rebranded; announces “DnD” product

Becto has revamped its BioActive Solutions product line with updated marketing and videos as a means of better educating its users on the power of bacterial-based cleaning products.


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Study: ECO-500 carpet extractor makes cleaning 7x more efficient

According to a study conducted by ISSA, CFR’s ECO-500 carpet extractor is able to improve worker productivity by up to 7 times.


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New full-suite tool designed to enhance business operations

Introducing HouseCall Pro, a full-service tool designed for service professionals.


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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.

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Podcasts

While winter is considered the "slow season" for carpet cleaners, it can also be a season of great opportunity. In this episode of The Hitman Advertising Show, John Braun offers advice for keeping revenue consistent during the cold weather months so you're thriving - and not just surviving - the winter.
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