Wednesday, June 27, 2012

IICRC Seeks Volunteers for S210 and S300 Standards Updates

IICRC Continues to Seek Volunteers for S210 and S300 Standards Updates
(VANCOUVER, Wash.) June 21, 2012 – The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is continuing to seek volunteers to serve on the consensus bodies for the development of a new BSR-IICRC S210 and the revision of IICRC S300.
The BSR-IICRC S210 Standard and Reference Guide on Dimension Stone Maintenance and Restoration is expected to be completed in 36 months. The updated IICRC S300 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Upholstery Cleaning is set to be completed in approximately 24 months.
“As our industry continues to evolve, our standards ensure that the IICRC is providing the most relevant and consistent information,” said Mili Washington, IICRC standards director. “But our standards are only as good as our volunteers; we need their expertise and knowledge.”
The consensus bodies will meet approximately two times per year, with most of the work being completed online and via conference calls. Those interested in serving on the BSR-IICRC S210 or IICRC S300 consensus bodies should contact Mili Washington at The IICRC will be accepting applications through the end of July.
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The IICRC is an international, ANSI accredited standard development organization (SDO) that certifies individuals in 20+ categories within the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. Representing more than 54,000 certified technicians in 22 countries, the IICRC, in partnership with regional and international trade associations, represents the entire industry. The IICRC does not own schools, employ instructors, produce training materials, or promote specific product brands, cleaning methods or systems. To know if a technician has received proper education and training, consumers should look for the cleantrust patch and logo, the service mark of the IICRC. For more information, visit

Monday, June 11, 2012

Carpet Cleaning and Allergy Control

Clean carpet traps dust, pet dander, allergens, and other fine particulates out of the air we breathe.  This means what falls on the carpet tends to stay trapped in the carpet until it is removed through either vacuuming or extraction carpet cleaning.  Hard surface floors, such as tile and wood allow dust and allergens to re-circulate into the breathing zone easily.  However, properly maintained carpet actually contributes to improved air quality.  Properly maintaining carpets includes vacuuming thoroughly and having your carpet cleaned by a professional carpet cleaning company periodically.  

Independent testing compared the distribution of airborne particulates associated with normal activities on hard and soft flooring surfaces.  A 2002 study by the Professional Testing Laboratory Inc. in Dalton, GA., shows that walking on hard surface floors disturbs more particles than walking on a carpeted surface will.  The carpet surfaces trapped more particles so that walking disturbs fewer particles, resulting is less dust in the breathing zone of children and adults.  In addition to trapping airborne particulates, carpet can insulate, absorb sound, and help prevent slips, falls, and other injuries that are typical on hard surface floors.  A summary of this study can be found on the Carpet and Rug Instittute's (CRI) website. 

So keep this in mind, if carpets are dirty, not only will they not trap dust, dirt, and other allergens properly, they won't last as long as carpet that is properly maintained with a professional carpet cleaning company.

Monday, June 4, 2012

How to tell when to have your rugs cleaned?

How to tell when to have your rugs cleaned?

Rugs, whether wool or synthetic, are often overlooked when it comes to having them cleaned regularly.  Usually they don't get cleaned until they are full of soil or other contaminates.  How do you tell, though, when your rugs need cleaning?

One thing you can do is to flip the rug over on a smooth hard surface.  Then take a vacuum cleaner with a brush bar and place it on the back of the rug and turn it on.  Do not move the vacuum cleaner and leave it in one place for 8 - 10 seconds.  When you are done then flip over the rug and look on the hard surface to see if there is some soil where you had the vacuum cleaner.  If there is then it is time to have your rug cleaned by a professional rug cleaner.  

If your rug is too big and heavy to be flipping it over then here is another method to try.  Pick up a corner of the rug,  slap the back of the rug with your other hand and watch the front side of the rug to see if soil is coming out as you slap the back of the rug.  This method is a little more difficult to actually determine how much soil is coming out of the rug, but if you see soil coming out with this method then you need to have the rug cleaned.  

Hopefully, this will help you determine when it is time to have your rugs cleaned.