• In the textile treatment industry, carpet cleaning standards are important for every company to follow. These guidelines show professionals how to approach a job and what equipment to use in various situations. The most important set of regulations are produced by the Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, or IICRC. The IICRC maintains a set of guidelines in several disciplines associated with the industry. Most respected companies in the field esteem the IICRC’s standards.

    The IICRC’s carpet cleaning standards are dedicated to several concepts, published together in the BSR-IICRC 100. First, it serves as a reference guide to consumers looking for advice on maintaining textile coverings. These consumer guidelines include methods of pre-treatment maintenance, the benefits of thorough textile maintenance and advice on how to find a reputable company to perform textile treatment. In addition to these consumer guidelines, the BSR-IICRC 100 also demonstrates the most effective methods for textile treatment. The IICRC’s regulations address what are known as the five principles of cleaning: dry soil removal, extraction, grooming, soil suspension and drying. The industry guidelines also provide a pre-treatment and post-treatment inspection walkthrough.

    The BSR-IICRC 100 and other carpet cleaning standards produced by the institution can be accessed online for a small fee. The BSR-IICRC 100 has been updated several times since its original publication in 1991, then known as the S001. These revisions are necessary as the industry adapts to new technologies and research. The IICRC closely monitors its regulations, because the Institution is considered to be the primary oversight agency in the industry. More than 50,000 technicians and 6,000 firms are certified through the IICRC, making it one of the largest organizations of its kind in the world.

    In addition to carpet cleaning standards, the IICRC offers certification in many disciplines. These disciplines include mold remediation, fire repair, water repair, textile inspection, and odor control, among many others. Getting certified in IICRC disciplines means a technician understands the latest trends, technology and regulations pertaining to their field of expertise. Attaining certification means a technician can display the CleanTrust logo. Consumers look for this logo when searching for a company, because it signifies extensive knowledge and professionalism.

    Technicians that attend IICRC classes will become familiar with the Institute’s carpet cleaning standards. These courses are normally taught over a few days and are managed by IICRC-sponsored  schools. The IICRC does not have its own facilities for instruction and instead offers its classes through approved schools with experienced instructors in the industry. These professional  schools are certified and are trusted educators  of the IICRC. They are spread throughout the country, so a person seeking certification can normally find an approved school nearby. A technician in the textile cleaning, fire and smoke restoration or water restoration industries may consider attaining several certifications in one of three advanced certification tracks. These tracks consist of multiple courses and prepare these professionals for jobs that require a range of skills. After passing these courses and earning enough experience in the industry, the technician may receive journeyman or master status. This will elevate them in the field and make them more attractive to both employers and consumers.

    With the IICRC’s guidelines, a certified technician can provide a level of service that others cannot match.