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Rug Touring in Turkey: Part III

This is the final chapter of the Master Rug Cleaner Tour of Turkey. We saw the main tourist destinations of Istanbul, Izmir, Ephesus and Cappadocia and visited the rug weaving, dyeing and finishing facilities of Woven Legends.

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Technology in Cleaning and Restoration - December 2012

As a cleaning and/or restoration professional, we’re betting that you’re constantly on the lookout for new, innovative technologies that allow you to do your job faster and more efficiently.

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The December ICS Must See Product Gallery

Check out the December ICS Must See Products from the latest technology and innovations currently on the market.

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Thinking About “Diving In” to Water Damage? Here’s What You Should Know

Combining residential carpet and upholstery cleaning, contract commercial cleaning and restoration gave me a three-legged stool with each “leg” supporting the others.

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How to Create Record Sales and Profits: Part II

In last month’s article, I asked these questions: Why is it that some companies are having record sales and profits while others are struggling? Why does one person in a community thrive, while the next in the same community barely survives? Why does this happen when they both have access to the same resources and opportunities?

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The Importance of Working on Your Business

Do you ever feel bogged down with your work? Are you doing the work of several people and finding this workload to be not as glamorous as you envisioned when you started the business?

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The Science of Encapsulation: Polymer Chemistry Optimizes Cleaning Potential

Carpet cleaning is like any other industry where optimizing your technology will be a key to business survival. That is exactly what polymer chemistry is all about. 

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ATP Testing: Determining Conditions and Verifying Cleanliness

I’ve seen the process of restoring homes and businesses go from a simple, unsophisticated approach to a complex, scientific and professional service.

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Take Your Prospect From Offline to Online

One key advertising principle is that the more means of response you give, the better your response rate. Knowing this, it makes perfect sense to include your website along with your phone number in all of your advertising.

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The CRA Report: Reflecting on 2012 and Looking Ahead to 2013

2012 was a year of growth, not only in terms of the numbers of members, but within the organizational structure and as part of a new international cleaning and restoration trade association.

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2013: Refinement and Implementation

In October, I had the privilege of attending the IICRC’s Certification Council, shareholders and Board of Directors meetings in Vancouver, WA.

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The Benefit of Being a CFI Member

Two top business consultants in the cleaning industry team up to deliver proven revenue growth systems – and CFI members get their help for free.

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IICRC Names 2012-13 Board of Directors

The elected 2012-2013 IICRC Board of Directors are as follows...

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BSC Drawing Winners Announced by Pacific Floorcare

Pacific Floorcare has announced Jake Mynatt and Julio Cisneros as the winners of the BSC-exclusive drawings it held in its booth during ISSA/INTERCLEAN 2012.

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Dri-Eaz Hires Two New Sales Staffers

Marty Koval and Jim Hassi have joined Legend Brands as Dri-Eaz Sales Manager and Dri-Eaz Account Manager, respectively.

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Interlink Supply Holds Distributor Conference

Interlink Supply held its annual distributor conference Oct. 4-5 in Salt Lake City, UT.

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RIA’s 2013 Leadership Summit and Industry Expo Heads to Vegas

The Restoration Industry Association (RIA) will hold its 68thAnnual Leadership Summit and Industry Expo at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on April 23-25, 2013.

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NIDS Announces Graduates from October Meth Lab/Tear Gas Decontamination Class

The National Institute of Decontamination Specialists (NIDS) has announced its latest group of graduates from the October Meth Lab and Tear Gas Decontamination class.

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SteamMaster Golf Gives Big Bucks to Charity

SteamMasterGolf, the community volunteers from SteamMaster Restoration and Cleaning, LLC grossed over $52,640 by recently hosting two golf tournaments.

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Introducing three new deodorizer fragrances

Bridgepoint Systems has announced the addition of a Cherry Carpet and Fabric, Fresh Lemon and Sweet Lemon deodorizer to eliminate malodors.

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Ecological vapor cleaning

The Vapore 3000 vapor cleaning system operates at a temperature of 160°C to eliminate bacteria and viruses. 

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Company offers free thermography training

Wahl Instruments has announced that it will provide free thermography training sessions – a $495 value – at its Asheville, N.C. facility to anyone, whether they own a Heat Spy Thermal Imager or not.

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A high-capacity upright vacuum

The WAV-26 from Pacific Floorcare is a high-capacity upright vacuum that combines productivity with maneuverability.

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A natural solution for organic odor problems

Smell Guard is non-toxic and safe to use around people, pets and plants.

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High-power air duct cleaning

Turboteck Supplies has released its Powermax Rotary Air Duct Cleaning System for truckmounts, which works with 2 or 1.5-inch vacuum hoses.

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Cleaning Guide app now available via Android

Sapphire Scientific’s Cleaning Guide app, which serves as a mobile reference for technicians and offers everything from cleaning tips to in-depth procedures, is now available via the Android Play Store.

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HWE truckmount detergent

Butler has released a hot water extraction detergent that can be used as a primary rinse or flushing agent in a truckmount or portable extractor capable of operating with dissolved powdered detergents.

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Deep restorative cleaning with Quake HD

CleanMaster has released its Quake HD, a VOC-compliant carpet pre-spray featuring Tritanol to aid in deep restorative cleaning efforts.

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A disinfectant for green cleaning

Core Products’ new Hydroxi Pro Force D is a hospital-grade, EPA-registered disinfectant that contains zero VOCs and is ideal for green cleaning.

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A spotter for all

Pro Choice’s Amazing Rinse Free Spot-All is a spotter for all cleaning environments and fiber types.

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2013 Performance Product Catalog released

HydraMaster has announced the release of its 2013 Performance Product Catalog, a 32-page color photo booklet with details and highlights of all the company’s offerings.

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The next-generation centrifugal air mover

B-Air’s new Vent air mover is half the size of a conventional air mover, but more powerful.

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What is an LGR Dehumidifier? More Than What You May Think…

What is an LGR dehumidifier? What a silly question! What is a Low-Grain Refrigerant dehumidifier? Obviously, it is a dehumidifier that says “LGR” on the name plate…right?

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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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Grow Your Business and Improve Operations with New Payment Technology

Attend this free webinar to learn how new developments in payment technology can help you close more jobs, increase upselling opportunities and improve operations.


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