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Back to Basics: Mold 101 (Part II) - Assessing a Mold Problem

Mold assessment and identification presents many challenges and can easily be done improperly by untrained persons

If there is only minor surface mold, usually the home or building owner doesn’t need to call in an expert, but if the mold is widespread, has caused visible damage, and is suspected of causing health problems, it’s best to call in a certified professional.


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Back to Basics: Mold 101 (Part I) – An Introduction

No one knows how many molds or species of fungi exist. Some estimates range from tens of thousands to upwards of 400,000

 What is mold? Molds are fungi that thrives everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. They grow best in warm, damp and humid conditions. 


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Efflorescence 101: Identifying, Cleaning and Preventing the Substance

This piece will take a closer look at efflorescence, including what causes it, how to prevent it and how to clean it.

Tile often requires regular sweeping, vacuuming and damp mopping to maintain a like-new appearance.


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Winning the Battle Against Carpet Odor

Removing odor from carpet is a constant challenge for the cleaning professional.

While carpeted surfaces provide facilities and households with comfortable indoor environments, they also serve as a very strong magnet for foul odors.


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Vacuuming Carpet – Why it Matters: Part II

For years, I have maintained that neither carpet owners nor professionals vacuum carpet effectively

Fifty-five minutes of vacuuming. 


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Ask Steve: How Specific (and Personal) Should I be in Naming my Company?

A few observations on naming your business...


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Ask Steve: What Was the Dumbest Thing You Ever Did?

Let me tell you about one of my first dumb stunts...


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Ask Steve: How Much is “Too Much” to Pay Cleaning Techs?

I am firmly convinced as an industry we do not nearly pay our technicians well enough

If you are paying marginal wages don’t be surprised if you get marginal workers.


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Vacuuming Carpet - Why it Matters: Part I

I spent 55 minutes vacuuming my carpet at home yesterday. Fifty-five minutes!

 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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Ask Steve: After a Failed Past Attempt, How Can I Start a Successful Cleaning Business?

You will be successful if you truly want to be. We will all be rooting for you. 


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Have a limited marketing budget but realize the importance of neighborhood marketing? Try doorknob hangers, a low-cost, yet highly effective way to drum up more business. In this episode, John Braun discusses the value of this tactic as well as what you should include on the materials you're hanging.
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2014 September

The September issue of ICS features stories on moisture detection, disinfectant services, neighborhood marketing, then we discuss the last level of being phenomenal, and cool products.

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