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2012 July

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Game Plan: The Soil Removal Process

The intention of this column is to subjectively discuss (my view) the carpet cleaning process in detail and in relation to the IICRC S100.

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Cutting the “C.R.A.P.” Business Model: Part II

Far too many of my ICS readers (you know who you are) attract customers who choose a carpet cleaner the same way they buy gas - the lowest advertised price!

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Secrets of a Phenomenal “L.I.F.E.”

Everyone wants a phenomenal life, yet few seem to be truly satisfied with all aspects of their lives.

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Xactimate 101: The Basics

The restoration industry has been on the fast-track to growth with the advancement in technology.

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Warning… We Have an Upholstery Emergency

So what’s the emergency? Hopefully you don’t have one, but a professional cleaner I recently talked to needed a total makeover on his upholstery cleaning process.

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10 Factors in Hiring and Retaining Employees

Here are 10 important factors in hiring and keeping fabulous employees that will be an integral part of your turn-key business.

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News and Views from ARCS

The Association of Rug Care Specialists (ARCS) will begin offering memberships to individuals and companies in several allied industry categories beginning July 1, 2012.

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SCRT Update

At the annual membership meeting in Clearwater Beach, FL, the slate of officers was presented.

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News and Views from CRA

Become a new Cleaning and Restoration Association member by signing up for the second half of the year at half off the regular registration price.

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News and Views from CFI

The Central Coast Chapter reports that the May 16 meeting at Proline in San Carlos, CA had a great turnout.

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An Update from CRCII

On May 22, we held a board meeting to update and revise the CRCII committees. Those that were discussed were the nomination, marketing, by-laws and meeting committees.

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The Value of a Service Mark

Earlier this year, it was announced that the IICRC would take on the cleantrust as its service mark. But what is a service mark and why is it useful?

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News and Views from the PACR

The Professional Association of Cleaning & Restoration (PACR) has begun the summer with great volunteers!

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IICRC Developing New Standards On Stone Maintenance/Restoration, Upholstery Cleaning

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) has announced the formation of consensus bodies for the development of a new BSR-IICRC

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RSA Announces New Online Drying Course

Restoration Sciences Academy (RSA) has released its latest online restorative drying course, “Water Extraction Essentials.”

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Century CEXT7 Earns Platinum-level Seal of Approval

Century 400’s CEXT7 system, which utilizes a Prochem Ultrapac Traffic Clean pre-spray, has earned a platinum-level Seal of Approval (SOA).

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IAQA, IAQ Training Institute Announce Changes to Indoor Environmentalist Training

The Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) and the IAQ Training Institute have revised the Indoor Environmentalist Training so the course will now be taught in three levels

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Interlink Supply Joins Fight Against Cancer

Employees from the Interlink Supply corporate headquarters joined thousands of friends, families and cancer survivors for the Susan G. Komen 5K walk for the Cure on May 12 in Salt Lake City, to do their part in fighting cancer.

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Pre-spray Traffic Lane Cleaner Released

“First TLC,” a traffic lane cleaner, has been released by Pro’s Choice Products.

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Powerful, Portable Air Duct Cleaning

Meyer has released the Porta-Vac 23 system for professional air duct cleaning.

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Effectively Clean Spills with RedZONE

Bridgepoint Systems has introduced RedZONE Ready, a safe and effective solution to use on any spill caused by the common household food or beverage.

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A New Botanically-derived Disinfectant

Siamons International, manufacturer of Concrobium Professional Restoration Products, has released the Concrobium Broad Spectrum Disinfectant, a botanically-derived solution that offers superior cleaning without the unpleasant odor.

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Grout and Concrete Sealer Released

Hydro-Force has released Viper Grout & Concrete Sealer, which offers the benefits of a solvent-based grout sealer in a water-based product.

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Two Infrared Thermometers Released

Fluke Corporation has released two new infrared thermometers, the 62 Max and 62 Max+, for industrial and facilities maintenance operations.

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Contents Documentation: There's An App for That

Assured Software Limited has released PackOut Express, an iPad app designed to record the contents of a home stricken by disaster.

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Low-cost Water Leak Alarm Released

Archetype Ltd. has released the Flood Buzz Pro, a low-cost water leak alarm designed to help mitigate damage caused by water leaks.

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A "Green" Traffic Cleaner

Butler has released an eco-friendly traffic cleaner that combines surfactant builders, softeners and solvents for improved soil removal and better cleaning results.

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Dual-duty: Portable Flood Pumper and Truckmount Booster

An industry-first dual duty portable flood pumper and truckmount booster – the HVE 3000 – is now available via Dri-Eaz Products and Sapphire Scientific distributors.

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Quality Wall Cavity Drying

The Bear Cave wall cavity drying system works by forcing hot air under the sill plate while providing an elevated cfm into the wall cavity for fast, effective drying.

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The July ICS Must See Product Gallery

Check out the July ICS Must See Product Gallery for the latest technology and innovations currently on the market.

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Tile and Grout: The Importance of Routine Maintenance

“I’ve only had this tile six months now and it looks horrible!” If you have been in the floor maintenance industry for any amount of time at all, you have heard this comment.

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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.


Arguably, sending out a client newsletter is the No. 1 key to a reliable cleaning business. In this episode of The Hitman Advertising Show, John Braun covers the true value of mail newsletters, how to send them, how often to send them and more.
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2014 October

The October issue of ICS features stories on the 2015 ICE Expo, differentiation, deodorizing, upholstery cleaning, facebook advertising, up-selling, rug cleaning, the rug tour, and cool products.

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Janitorial Work

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The Carpet Cleaner's Book of Unlimited Success! (ebook)

Don’t worry about the recession or about your competition.  Now you can be the owner of over 400 ways for carpet cleaning professionals to make more money and get more jobs!

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