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Understanding Replacement Cost
One of the most common misunderstandings in the realm of business insurance revolves around the concept of replacement cost as it pertains to an insured building.
The Problem with PR
Companies spend an inordinate amount of money on public relations. Whether Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, Google Ads or some other PR strategy, the order of the day is to “market your business.” Imaging and reinventing are key components in capturing the imagination of an elusive or distracted consumer.
Summer Storm Season is Underway – Is Your Firm Prepared?
Heavy rains and strong storms during summer months can unfortunately lead to flooding and water damage within facilities. And it’s often costly. Flooding is the leading natural disaster in the U.S., resulting in about $6 billion worth of damage each year.
How to Deal with Narcissistic Leaders
Recently, I was hired as an organizational consultant to help a company revamp its company culture and leadership practices. An interesting harbinger that I knew from meeting this CEO years ago was that he was an incessant narcissistic leader.
June 2016 International Updates
IICRC Asia Pacific CleanNZ, 19-20 May in Auckland, was a fantastic couple of days with excellent courses and a great turn-out. We saw some familiar faces and met some new ones, including the new board of the Carpet Cleaners Association of New Zealand.
June 2016 CF Spotlight
IICRC Spotlight John Howell, Owner Manager Grogan Clean Care, LLC, Nacogdoches, Texas
June 2016 Standards Update
The IICRC’s standards subscription website allows IICRC instructors and schools, Certified Firms, registrants and industry stakeholders to access standards, reference guides, technical papers and multimedia publications from any Internet-connected device.
Keith Williams Award Winner
The IICRC is pleased to name James R. Carfield as the 2016 Keith Williams Award winner. The annual award is reserved for individuals who have made significant technical contributions to the inspection, cleaning and restoration industry.
June BOD Recap
On April 9, the IICRC’s Certification Council meeting welcomed more than 60 school administrators, instructors and allied affiliates to the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center in Atlanta.
Searching For Mold Remediation Courses In New York
Every year, there are several mold remediation courses available in New York, and they can provide professionals with the tools they need to take on extensive fungal contamination.
5 Ways To Help Get Odor Under Control In A Home
If a homeowner wants a happy family and a healthy house, they’ll need to practice odor control from time to time. Pet waste, spilled food, smoke and chemicals can all leave the carpet, and by extension, the home, smelling rather pungent.
Carpet Cleaning Certification Classes In Orange County, CA
There are plenty of carpet cleaning certification classes available in Orange County, CA, and they are typically available throughout the year. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, or IICRC, doesn’t manage its coursework out of a central educational facility.
For Couch Cleaning Services Only Hire Certified Professionals
Anyone with pets or children, or both, will know that professional couch cleaning services are the only way to keep furniture clean, attractive, and durable. Beautiful furniture, in a lived-in environment, is going to see its share of spills, stains, and other types of messes.
Considering Mold Remediation Courses In Toronto
IICRC-approved mold remediation courses in Toronto are an excellent way to achieve certification in the remediation field in Canada. Halting the spread of mold and removing it from homes and businesses is an important function and must be handled by individuals with the know-how and training.
Why Carpet Inspection Needs To Be Done By A Professional
The carpet inspection process is something that should be left up to the pros. Only those properly certified have the necessary knowledge and training to carry out the best possible job.
How To Achieve A Carpet Cleaning Certification In Texas?
Anyone who desires IICRC-approved carpet cleaning certification in Texas has a lot of choices. The IICRC (Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) website has a listing of approved schools from which to choose.
Is Hiring Certified Furniture Cleaners Worth It?
Anyone with children, pets, or both will eventually look for furniture cleaners to help them maintain the integrity of their upholstery. Even people without pets or children can spill something from time to time. Often the cleanup will look like a paper towel and a lot of rubbing.
Attending Mold Remediation Courses In NY
Anyone in New York that is interested in working for or starting a mold remediation company should consider taking or sending their employees to mold remediation courses in NY that are IICRC-approved.
Overview Of The Institute Of Carpet Cleaning And Restoration
Is there an institute of carpet cleaning and restoration that someone can attend to learn the business? The IICRC, or Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification is a nonprofit organization that is known internationally to promote and uphold the highest of industry standards.
Overview Of Carpet Cleaning Certification In California
Why is carpet cleaning certification in California so important? The Golden State has a variety of climates, from snow top mountains to dry and dusty deserts, and humid coastal shores. Each environment brings its own advantages, as well as its own challenges.
Why Do You Need A Carpet Cleaning Certification Class
From a big city to a small town there are technicians needing a carpet cleaning certification class to launch or further their professional career.
Finding Carpet Cleaning Companies In Houston With IICRC
If someone were searching for a reputable carpet cleaning company in Houston, where should they look? Most often people turn to friends or relatives that have recently hired a company for this service. They ask what was done, if they were satisfied with the process and job, and who they used.
Attending A Mold Remediation Course In Atlanta, GA
An IICRC-approved mold remediation course in Atlanta, GA will teach technicians a variety of removal and follow-up techniques. Dealing with and removing this potentially harmful fungi is a valuable skill-set. Mold is an insidious and unwanted visitor in homes and businesses.
Information About A Water Restoration Course
For a technician, a water restoration course is an extremely important class to consider taking because it results in an invaluable skillset.
What Is Involved With A Mold Remediation Class & Curriculum
With the ever increasing awareness of toxic fungi, a mold remediation class and its curriculum have become a must for technicians and firms in the carpet cleaning and remediation business.
How To Learn The Carpet Cleaning Business
The IICRC or Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification can help an individual learn the carpet cleaning business.
Becoming Certified For Hard Surface Cleaning
Where can a firm and their technicians receive instruction in hard surface cleaning? The IICRC or Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification is where those who are either otherwise certified, or those wanting certification are going.
Why IICRC Is The Top Carpet Cleaning Institute In The Nation
Industry professionals expect a lot from the carpet cleaning institute they are associated with, and the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) strives to meet this expectation.
5 Ways A Technician Benefits From Taking Carpet Cleaning Classes
There are many reasons why a technician should consider investing in IICRC-approved carpet cleaning classes. The IICRC (Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) sets the standards for the carpet cleaning industry.
April 2016 International Updates
The Asia Pacific Office hopes its technicians had a wonderful Easter and are preparing for the cooler month ahead.
April 2016 Certified Firm Spotlight
IICRC Spotlight Al Frazier, Co-Owner Arkansas Restoration Services Inc., Russellville, Ark.
Summer Storm Season
Severe flooding is one of the most devastating natural disasters for a home or business owner because of the level of destruction it creates. Not only do floods destroy property, they bring contaminants into the home, making it unsafe and unlivable until properly inspected and cleaned.
Meet Your New IICRC President
In early February, the IICRC welcomed Richard Greene as the Institute’s new President. In his role, Greene will work closely with the IICRC Board of Directors to drive the Institute forward and create greater value for IICRC stakeholders.
April 2016 Standards Update
The IICRC standards team is actively seeking volunteers from all interest categories of the industry to serve on consensus bodies for the following Standards and Reference Guides:
How to Add Wood Flooring to Your Business Plan
Over the past 15 years wood flooring has become more and more in demand. The vast variety in sizes, colors, species, grades, textures and manufacturing techniques provide buyers with endless choices for their flooring selection.
IICRC Technical Conference Announces Program Schedule and Agenda
Held April 10-11 at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center in Atlanta, the two-day conference and symposium will combine technical presentations based on new research or comprehensive research reviews, with panel presentations and discussions.
The IICRC Certified Firm Marketing Toolkit
One of the benefits of becoming a Certified Firm is having access to the exclusive Marketing Toolkit filled with tips, tools and resources needed to promote the growth of your business.
Turning Difficult Customers into Opportunities for the Future
The customer is always right. Sometimes confused, misinformed, stubborn, changeable and even downright rude… but never wrong. This is the challenge we face in our industry whether you are cleaning carpets or mitigating a water loss.
Why Is A Fire Restoration Course Needed For Professionals?
Before hiring anyone to clean out a home following a fire, make sure the technician has taken a fire restoration course. This is an essential piece of training that ensures the professional does the job right, because the consequences of a poor cleaning job are serious.
Hiring Rug Cleaning Services Instead Of Attempting DIY
Choosing to hire certified rug cleaning services rather than opting to tackle a more DIY approach is the best option for any homeowner. While the process may seem as simple as a good vacuum and spot removal job, those alone will not help in prolonging the life of the rug.
Feb 2016 International Updates
The IICRC Asia Pac office is looking forward to an exciting year ahead. Some events we look forward to include the CleanNZ Expo held 19-20 May in Auckland, the Jena Dyco Mould Conference, 1-3 June in Melbourne and CleanScene, 6-8 Sept. in Sydney.
Feb 2016 MoU Spotlight
What is an MoU? An MoU is a Memorandum of Understanding. The IICRC forms strategic partnerships through the use of MoUs with organizations that lead to the Institute’s standards and certifications use in other industries.
Feb Technical Conference Update
IICRC’s Journal of Cleaning, Restoration & Inspection will host a first-of-its-kind Restoration Conference & CIRI Symposium April 10 – 11, 2016, at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center in Atlanta.
Feb 2016 Standards Update
The IICRC has published a new video called “Why Standards Matter.” The video discusses the fundamental role that Standards play in everything the IICRC does, as well as how people can get involved in the standards-setting process.
New IICRC President
The IICRC welcomes the addition of Richard Greene as the Institute’s new president. Greene will take on the roll from current IICRC Chairman Pete Duncanson who was serving as interim president throughout the executive search.
Finding The Best Upholstery Cleaner For Your Furniture
Furniture use is inevitable in day-to-day life, and only with the knowhow of the best upholstery cleaner can people rest assured that their favorite plush loveseat or their heirloom armchair will stay in pristine condition.
Why Are Mold Remediation Courses Needed In California?
For west coast technicians who might encounter dangerous fungi on the job, mold remediation courses in California are necessary to ensure the safety of both the professional and the client. California’s climate makes it an ideal vacation destination, but also an ideal environment for mold growth.
Home Carpet Cleaning Should Always Involve Professionals
Frequent home carpet cleaning is the only sure way to keep carpeting in good shape, but too many people still neglect to perform it often enough. Carpeting sustains a lot of wear and tear, picking up pet dander, soils, food particles, water, chemical residues, and a number of other contaminants.
The Damage Water Causes Can Be Permanent If Not Treated Properly
The kind of damage water can create in the home is staggering, and if not dealt with promptly, it may result in permanent issues for the homeowner.
Finding An International Institute Of Carpet And Rug Cleaning
Treatment professionals now largely realize the importance of certification, and an international institute of carpet and rug cleaning can provide that much needed certification to industry technicians. To some extent, professionals are getting certified in greater numbers because clients demand it....
What Is The Process For Leather Upholstery Repair?
Leather upholstery repair is unlike any other form of fabric restoration. It is highly involved and something that should only be attempted by a certified professional. Otherwise, there is a real possibility of causing permanent damage to the material.
How To Learn Carpet Cleaning
Before a technician can get started in the industry, they have to figure out how they are going to learn carpet cleaning. That may sound obvious, but many professionals believe they can pick up all the skills they need through work experience.
Technical Conference Update
IICRC’s Journal of Cleaning, Restoration & Inspection will host a first-of-its-kind Restoration Conference & CIRI Symposium April 10 – 11, 2016, at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center in Atlanta.
Webinar Series
As a benefit for Certified Firms, the IICRC produces a monthly webinar series featuring tips from industry experts on how you can better market your business to consumers and generate new sales leads. Are you taking advantage of this opportunity?
Water Damage
When extreme temperatures strike, homeowners across the U.S. are crippled with millions of dollars in water damage to homes and buildings.
Encapsulation Chemistries
There has been a lot of discussion lately regarding encapsulation chemistry. Most of it revolves around two critical issues. One, are all encapsulation systems the same or are they different and if so, how different?
Information For Carpet Cleaning Certification In Michigan
Professionals that want to take their career to another level can find several carpet cleaning certification classes in Michigan, offered through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).
Only Use Sofa Cleaning Services That Are Certified For It
Homeowners generally know how important regular carpet cleaning is, but sofa cleaning services are just as important, especially if a homeowner would like to keep their furniture looking its best.
Fire And Water Restoration Needs Immediate Attention
Houses can suffer a great deal of damage from a natural catastrophe, making fire and water restoration jobs two of the most common emergency services. It is even more common for these damages to arise from within the home itself, be it from faulty pipes or improper construction.
What Are Some Issues With Cheap Carpet Cleaning Services
Saving money is always a priority for homeowners, which is why many make the mistake of looking for cheap carpet cleaning services instead of a certified, reputable firm.
Where Is Certified Mold Inspector Training In Virginia?
Certified mold inspector training in Virginia is as important as it has ever been, as the state has recently changed the requirements for industry professionals.
Home Carpet Cleaners Could Cause More Damage
It can be tempting for most people to opt for basic home carpet cleaners instead of hiring a certified professional.
Why A Professional Is Needed For Leather Seat Repair
Eventually, a leather seat will need a repair to maintain its look and feel, and this material has to be handled just right to preserve its integrity. No other fabric is like this material, and it takes on soil and damage in unique ways.
Attending The Best Carpet And Upholstery Cleaning Institute
Homeowners now place a great deal of emphasis on whether or not the technician they hire is trained and educated properly, which is why many professionals are looking for a carpet and upholstery cleaning institute they can trust.
Finding A Carpet Cleaning Certification Course In Florida
There are plenty of carpet cleaning certification courses in Florida for a technician to choose from, so they never have to go too far to get the training they need. One of the concerns technicians have when seeking training is the cost, and in most cases, travel represents a big part of that.
Are Professionals Need For Suede Cleaning?
Suede cleaning is often a difficult process, because the material can easily be damaged if special care is not taken. Unlike standard leather, this material is made with a slightly napped surface, which means it is covered in small fibers.
Finding Certified Mold Inspector Training In MN Near You
Certified mold inspector training is available in MN, but a technician will need to look for a course well ahead of time. Some parts of the country, Texas, Florida & California, regularly host courses through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification’s approved schools.
The Next Step After Having Fire And Water Damage
Fire and water damage are nightmares for any home or business owner because they typically force expensive repairs. This is particularly true when the building is flooded or a pipe bursts. Such disasters can destroy entire floors of a building, and make it uninhabitable until it is cleaned out.
Finding An Institute For Carpet Cleaning And Restoration
An institute that oversees carpet cleaning and restoration efforts must be one that works with both professionals and consumers. Both industries are made up of thousands of technicians, and the better their service overall, the better it will be for the home or business owner.
What Should Affordable Carpet Cleaning Involve?
Affordable carpet cleaning doesn’t have to be inferior in quality. In fact, certified professional typically offer their services at a fair price, partly because they have a better grasp of the business side of the industry and value their clientele.
Why Mold Remediation Courses In Louisiana Are Needed
Home and carpet cleaning technicians should consider taking mold remediation courses in Louisiana offered by the IICRC, or Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. In the south, issues like water damage, mildew, and rot can befall homes easily.
Why Are Professionals Needed For Fire Water Restoration
Fire and water damage restoration is not a service any homeowner wants to need, but when disaster strikes, it is the best way to get the home back to normal.
Choosing An Institute Of Carpet Cleaning For Education
An institute of carpet cleaning has to service both consumers and industry professionals, doing everything possible to lift the industry to a higher standard.
Looking For Carpet Cleaning Certification In Canada
When looking for carpet cleaning certification in Canada, it may be difficult to know where to begin. What schools, courses, and classes should one look into? Are some programs better than others?
Why Hiring Upholstery Cleaning Services Makes A Difference
Professional upholstery cleaning services are absolutely worth it for any homeowner that wants to preserve their furniture. Everyone knows that carpets need lots of attention, after all, they take more punishment than anything else in the home.
December Certified Firm Spotlight
IICRC Spotlight Brian Limer, Owner Brian’s Rug Care of West Virginia, Charleston
December Technical Conference Update
The IICRC’s Journal of Cleaning, Restoration & Inspection will host its inaugural Restoration Conference & CIRI Symposium April 10 – 11, 2016, at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center in Atlanta.
December Standards Update
The newly-revised, ANSI-approved ANSI/IICRC S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration (4th edition, 2015) has recently been published.
Goodbye Patrick Winters
In 2009, when the IICRC Board of Directors decided to hire a paid executive, it wisely selected a seasoned nonprofit expert who specialized in organizational assessment. That person, Patrick Winters, retires at the end of this month after more than six years of stewardship.
Instructor Recognitions
The IICRC would like to recognize several key leaders within the industry and honor them for their outstanding leadership and contribution to the Institute.
December IICRCA Update
The IICRCA recently elected their 2015-2016 Board of Directors consisting of 15 members: eight group one directors, five group two directors and two group three directors.
December MoU Spotlight
What is an MoU? An MoU is a Memorandum of Understanding. The IICRC forms strategic partnerships through the use of MoUs with organizations that lead to the Institute’s standards and certifications use in other industries.
December International Updates
The IICRC Japan office is happy to report that it recently exhibited at JAPANTEX2015.
Chairman Introduction
In late October, the IICRC Board of Directors elected Pete Duncanson as the President and Chairman of the Board. For those of you who haven’t been fortunate enough to meet him, this article is for you.
Finding Certified Mold Inspector Training In California
Certified mold inspector training can help a California technician prepare for their future in the industry. Although the field is only lightly regulated in most states, it is only a matter of time before state governments demand more from professionals operating in their jurisdiction.
What Is The Process Of Cleaning Couches For Professionals
Although cleaning couches is not a difficult process, it is often beyond the capabilities of over the counter equipment and detergents. Part of the reason for that is because homeowners often wait years before getting their furniture treated, and by then, the upholstery may be in rough shape.
How Do You Benefit From Keeping Clean Carpets?
There are significant health benefits to maintaining clean carpets, especially in homes with young children. Homeowners must remember that this type of flooring is like a sponge. It will collect a variety of soils over time and hold them deep within the fibers until removed.
What To Do When Leather Furniture Needs Cleaning
The process behind leather furniture cleaning is meant to protect the material as much as possible when removing particulates and oils. This material is particularly sensitive to many detergents and treatment methods, so special training is helpful before working with it.
Fire And Water Damage Restoration Have Standards To Go By
Fire and water damage restoration are essential services that protect families and their homes from severe issues. Whether it’s bad wiring, a flood, or a burst pipe, these professionals are capable of making the home safe to live in again.
How To Obtain A Carpet Cleaning Certification Through IICRC
Attaining carpet cleaning certification through the IICRC is something that any industry professional can do, regardless of their experience in the field. It takes a little work, but people in the industry are used to hard work, so technicians will be up for the challenge attaining certification.
Should A Professional Be Hired For Cleaning A Rug?
Properly cleaning a rug is not like treating other textiles. These are precious pieces of fabric that are adorned with intricate designs and crafted, often by hand, out of delicate materials. Over time, these floor coverings will pick up a great deal of soil, both wet and dry.
Finding Carpet Cleaning Certification Classes In GA
There are many carpet cleaning certification classes in GA for technicians to peruse, and given the state’s climate and proximity to the coast, that’s not a surprise.
What To Do When Your Carpet Gets Water Damage
When carpet sustains water damage, quick action is needed. It seems like everything is attracted to moisture, including soils, pests, and various microbes. If the moisture isn’t dealt with right away, the flooring may take on permanent discoloration or odors.
How To Choose A Rug Cleaning Service
When looking for a rug cleaning service, people should figure out how every company approaches treatment before they settle on one. Precious rugs can be uniquely put together, and many feature a one of a kind design.
How To Get A Certification In Carpet Cleaning
Attaining certification in carpet cleaning should be considered a natural step for a technician, as it can provide much-needed skills and validate a professional’s hard work.
Where Are Carpet Cleaning Certification Classes In California
There are numerous carpet cleaning certification classes in California, and many of them offer the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification’s (IICRC) respected curriculum.
Achieving A Carpet Cleaning Certification With Training
Carpet cleaning certification training is a smart way for a technician to improve their skills and standing in the industry, no matter what experience they have already attained.
Finding Carpet Cleaning Certification Classes In Hawaii
Carpet cleaning certification classes are available in Hawaii, and can save a technician a couple of long flights and a lot of jet lag. They are not available, however, year round, so it is important for professionals to keep an eye on the calendar.
Learning From The Carpet Cleaning Institute Of America
The leading carpet cleaning institute of America is the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), and for good reason.
IICRC 2015 Election Results
The IICRC is happy to announce the election of five members to the 2015-2016 Board of Directors. Elections were held during the IICRC’s October shareholder meeting in Las Vegas.
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