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.

ARTICLES

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

July 8, 2014

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! 


Read More

Stain Removal: Simplified, Not Mystified

June 15, 2014

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.


Read More

What’s the Best Vacuum Cleaner?

May 7, 2014

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


Read More

Vacuuming Carpet - Why it Matters: Part I

I spent 55 minutes vacuuming my carpet at home yesterday. Fifty-five minutes!
April 24, 2014

 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.  


Read More

3 Ways to Become a More Sustainable Cleaning Company

April 3, 2014

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


Read More

When is Clean Truly “Clean?”

A look at the tools and gadgets to find hidden hazards and verify cleanliness
April 3, 2014

When I first entered this industry, “cleaning” generally indicated removal of any dust or soil contained in the item being on hand.


Read More

Advances in Air Movers

From centrifugal to axial, a look at some of the latest air mover specs
April 3, 2014

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.


Read More

Injection Drying: Inspect, Plan and Dry

March 3, 2014

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.


Read More

Truckmounts or Portables? That is the Question

Each type of equipment serves a purpose and has a place in the industry
January 30, 2014

When it comes to the pros and cons of truckmount systems and portable carpet extractors, the discussion can get a bit dicey.


Read More

Pin, Pin-less and RH: Weighing Your Moisture Meter Options

January 24, 2014

Visible signs of water damage and moisture intrusions are easily recognized.


Read More

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

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.

Podcasts

Most cleaners rely on their online marketing presence to get jobs. But Google hasn't made things easy lately with their algorithm updates, which has impacted a lot of cleaning sites. Here's a look at some tips and suggestions to improve your Google ranking.
More Podcasts

ICS Cleaning Specialist Magazine

Cover Image

2014 June/July

The June/July issue of ICS features stories on add-on services, carpet repair, cleaning silk rugs and ranking websites on Google.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Social Media

Social media is a good way to regularly keep in touch and interact with current clients and reach potential ones. What social mediums do you use in your cleaning/restoration business?
View Results Poll Archive

THE ICS STORE

Get Paid! book cover
Get Paid! (ebook)
Over 30 authors – over 40 articles…from attorneys, contractors, consultants, instructors and others, both inside and outside the restoration industry. R & R, C & R and Cleanfax, opened their archives and gave us the best they had, other chapters were created just for the “Get Paid!” book and its readers. And every one of them has ideas for how to get paid what you are owed.

More Products

ICS DIRECTORY AND BUYING GUIDE

Director_Buyer.jpgThe premier resource and reference guide for the cleaning and restoration industries.

Click here to view

TRUCKMOUNT EQUIPMENT AND ACCESSORIES GUIDE

Truckmount.jpgEquipment listings and specifications from the leading industry manufacturers.

Click here to view

STAY CONNECTED

facebook_40.png twitter_40px.png youtube_40px.pngcrc logo