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A Solvent Situation: Gum Gone Bad

“Jessika, I received a phone call from a commercial carpet cleaning project I was on last week and they want me to replace the carpet. Please help me!”

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The January ICS Must See Product Gallery

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

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How to Create Record Sales and Profits: Part III

A Tribute to American Legend Zig Ziglar (1926 -2012)

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Test Yourself: Seven Tough “Taking Stock” Questions for Business Owners

Ano Nuevo, vida nueva” is a very old Spanish proverb that translates, “a new year, a new life.” And even in our modern times, many feel that a new year on the calendar means a new start, a better life ahead.

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Non-Invasive Moisture Meters: Fast, Efficient and Hassle-Free

It is important for a water damage restoration specialist to establish the source and extent of the moisture damage that has occurred. The best way to achieve this is with a moisture meter.

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Diversification: Pressure Washing

Welcome to the first entry of a new feature here in ICS Cleaning Specialist, where we’ll examine services that you can add to your cleaning and/or restoration business to further diversify yourself from the competition, while ideally increasing your profits.

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Advertising on Angie's List: Is it Worth it?

You’ve probably seen the national commercials from Angie’s List. Angie Hicks, company founder, says on the commercial, “No company can pay to be on Angie’s List, so you can trust what you’re reading.” But do you prospects believe this? And better yet, is it worth it to you to advertise on Angie’s List?

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CFI Prepares for Ronald McDonald House Cleaning, Will Hold Color Repair Class

Another year has come and gone. The CFI has a lot of exciting things coming for its members this year through CFI classes and members benefits.

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PACR News and Notes: January 2013

The Professional Association of Cleaning & Restoration (PACR) is excited for 2013 and the new opportunities available for PACR and ICRA Members!

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Recognizing Our Industry Leaders

It’s the beginning of the IICRC’s 41st year and I’m humbled by that achievement and marketplace acceptance.

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CRA Meetings and Events: January 2013

Here’s a look at CRA meetings and events from January to June 2013.

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SCRT News Roundup: January 2013

In response to Hurricane Sandy, the SCRT Board of Directors sent $500 to the American Red Cross for the relief efforts.

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ServiceMaster by A-Town Hi-Tech Marks 40th Anniversary

About 75 people attended a 40th-anniversary celebration for ServiceMaster by A-Town/Hi-Tech (Abilene, TX) in November.

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IICRC Announces International Trade Association – Reaffirms Commitment to 2013 Trade Show

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) officially announced the International Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Council of Associations (IICRCA), an international trade association initially approved by the IICRC executive committee and board of directors in 2010.

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SteamMaster CEO Honored with Citizen’s Award of Commendation

Raj Manickam, CEO of SteamMaster Restoration and Cleaning, was awarded the Citizen’s Award of Commendation on Nov. 1.

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NIDS Honors Crime/Trauma Grads

The National Institute of Decontamination Specialists (NIDS) has announced its November graduates from its Crime and Trauma Scene Bio-Recovery class.

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Legend Brands Campaign Raises $1,500 for Hurricane Sandy Victims

A Legend Brands social media and e-mail campaign from November 1-7 raised $1,500 for the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund to support Hurricane Sandy victims.

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RSA’s Brandon Burton Honored for Educational Leadership

RSA Technical Education Manager Brandon Burton received special recognition for his contributions to the restoration industry, as he was presented a surprise award at the end of a recent IICRC Instructor Caucus held at the Dri-Eaz facilities in Burlington, WA.

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Introducing the VacKing

Spray Master Technologies (SMT) has introduced the VacKing, a portable unit that’s able to vacuum up liquids and automatically drain soiled water into the toilet via a fast, secure connection.

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Mobile heater delivers 130,000 BTUs

Dri-Eaz has released the diesel-fired Dragon X2, a mobile furnace capable of delivering up to 130,000 BTUs of heat and up to 144°F of temperature rise.

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USR for pet stain, odor treatment

CleanMaster’s USR with Multi-Phase immediately triggers the chemical breakdown of urine into basic components like nitrogen, oxygen and carbon dioxide.

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New products for fire, smoke and flood restoration

Nilodor has announced new Certified Restoration fire, smoke and flood restoration products.

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Versatile ULV foggers

CTI’s Dry Max ULV Fogger is versatile and offers unique spray controls, allowing the operator to control spray velocity, spray pattern and particle size.

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Improved cordless, electric sprayers

Masterclean’s new Penguin cordless and Emperor electric sprayers can now be ordered with the option of a quick change tank.

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An upholstery protector for natural and synthetic fibers

Maximum Upholstery Protector is “an exclusive solvent-based upholstery and drapery protector to provide an invisible barrier against water and oil-based soils and spills.

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The Nautilus Portable Extractor

The Nautilus Portable Extractor is ideal for flood water extraction with maximum lift or tile cleaning with maximum air flow.

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Introducing a new electric heat drying system

Phoenix Restoration Equipment has introduced the Phoenix FireBird Compact 20 Electric Heat Drying System, which provides up to 20,000 BTUs (at 250 CFM) of instant heat on 120 VAC outlets.

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A Look at the Latest Tools for Wall and Cavity Drying

In the early days of my carpet cleaning career, responding to a call for water damage restoration meant we would extract water from the carpet and perhaps place one or two air movers blowing under the carpet.

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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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2014 Nov/Dec

The Nov/Dec ICS features content on how to get better meter readings, a roundtable on truckmount development, neighborhood marketing and more. Also included is the annual Buyer’s Guide and Directory.

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