Cleaning & Restoration Tools and Gadgets

That carpet isn’t going to clean itself. Here’s a look at some of the hardware to help you get the job done.

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Practicality in Portables

By Robert Kravitz
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Is a truckmount system needed to perform hot-water extraction? Not necessarily.


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Traffic Lane Cleaning Tips and Tricks

By Gordon Hanks
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In commercial facilities, all you need to do is follow the trail of dirt, oil, asphalt, food or coffee spills (aka “traffic lane grunge”) to know where the busiest areas are.


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Diversify or Die! If it’s on the Floor, Can You Service it?

By Gordon Hanks
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Have you noticed there isn’t as much carpet in homes today as there used to be? The home I owned in the mid 1980’s had 100% of the floor covered in carpet – yes, even the kitchen and bathrooms! 


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Stain Removal: Simplified, Not Mystified

By Gordon Hanks
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In my early certification training classes I was taught that if I first applied a VDS to an unknown stain and then followed that up with a NVDS if it responded but needed more oomph, but then had to rinse again with a VDS.


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What’s the Best Vacuum Cleaner?

By Jeff Bishop
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What’s the best vacuum cleaner?” I get that question all the time, from homeowners mostly.


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Vacuuming Carpet - Why it Matters: Part I

I spent 55 minutes vacuuming my carpet at home yesterday. Fifty-five minutes!
By Jeff Bishop
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 Having attended a number of indoor environmental quality (IEQ) courses in the past few years, and having taught that subject for several years myself, I’m what you’d call a little paranoid about household maintenance and cleaning.  


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3 Ways to Become a More Sustainable Cleaning Company

By Eric Fish
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We’ve covered a lot on green in this issue as a means for cleaning for health and safety.


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When is Clean Truly “Clean?”

A look at the tools and gadgets to find hidden hazards and verify cleanliness
By Gordon Hanks
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When I first entered this industry, “cleaning” generally indicated removal of any dust or soil contained in the item being on hand.


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Advances in Air Movers

From centrifugal to axial, a look at some of the latest air mover specs
By Mickey Walker
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Originally air movers became popular in the carpet cleaning industry back in the 1960’s and early 70’s with the boom of wall-to-wall carpet and the portable carpet cleaner.


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Injection Drying: Inspect, Plan and Dry

By Gordon Hanks
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As a 40-year veteran of the cleaning and restoration industries, I’m proud to have witnessed and been a part of the advancements in science and technology.


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2014 August

The August issue of ICS features stories on carpet mold, good training, marketing for cleaners, traffic lane cleaning, and cool products.

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