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Game Plan: The Soil Removal Process

By Noel Frank
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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

By Steve Toburen
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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.”

By Howard Partridge
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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

By Cheney Hines
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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

By Gordon Hanks
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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

By Dave DeBlander
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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

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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

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


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News and Views from CRA

By Jennifer Germond
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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

By Matt Cole
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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

By Don Quick
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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

By Darrell Paulson
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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

By Jillian Olson
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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


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Powerful, Portable Air Duct Cleaning

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


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Effectively Clean Spills with RedZONE

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

By Stanley Quentin Hulin
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“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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