Who is the IICRC and why should I use an IICRC accredited business to clean my carpets, area rugs, and upholstered furniture?

The IICRC is the governing oranizaion over the carpet cleaning industry. They have a committee that creates and revises the IICRC standards which establish proceedures for the carpet cleaning process (also tile cleaning, hardwood cleaning, area rug cleaning, pet treatments, odor control, green products, and more). Also, the IICRC is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited standards developing organization. All of the IICRC Standards have gone through the ANSI accredidation prcess.

In addition to the creation and revision of standards, the IICRC also supports educational efforts by members. If you hire a member IICRC Carpet Cleaning Company then you are hiring an educated carpet cleaner. With the large variety of carpet fibers and protection products being used to condition the carpet fibers, it’s critical to have a professional carpet cleaner that understands the appropriate cleaning chemicals and protection chemicals to use for your application. Next time you call a Carpet Cleaner, ask them if they are IICRC approved. Look them up on the IICRC website to assure that they are in good standing. Visit the IICRC website at www.iicrc.org. (Now known as The Clean Trust)

Happy Holidays!

Thank you for all of your business this past year! We appreciate and value that you have called on us to handle all of your floor cleaning and upholstered furniture cleaning needs. As a way to show our thanks for your loyalty, call Sheila for a special offer to get ready for the Christmas holiday.

If you have pet accidents, we will schedule you in quickly to resolve the problem before it becomes a bigger issue. Ask Sheila what to do while you’re waiting for us to get to your house. For those of you that are doing your normal carpet, area rug and tile cleaning, don’t wait til the last minute to call and reserve your appointment. Carpet cleaning gets really busy this time of the year and we want to be able to get your work done at your convenience.

Does your carpet need stain guard treatment?

This is a very important topic when it comes to protecting that large investment of carpet installed in your house. People spend a lot of money on carpet and should understand how to maintain it. To often people take that investment for granted and neglect it. Buying carpet for your house is no different than buying a car. You want the car to last….right? You don’t want to have to buy a new car after year or two (we’ll leave the people who lease car’s out of this discussion). Therefore, you take your car in to have service performed in order to maintain it. The same goes with your carpet. Unless you take care of it’s maintenance needs, you will be buying new carpet before you know it. One major consideration is stain guard treatment. Stain guard treatment is critical to the maintenance of your carpet. Some carpets don’t require it. Most carpet fibers have dye sites in the fibers which allow the carpet to be colored during the dyeing process. However, not all of the dye sites are colored with a stain. Some manufacturers use an anionic negatively charged colorless resin to cover the unstained dye sites called an acid dye blocker. This is common to many stainmaster and wear dated fibers. As a consumer, it is important to know this becasue if those dye sites are exposed and left unprotected, the fiber can easily be stained by household products many household products found in your refrigerator and cleaning cabinets. If your carpet doesn’t have an acid dye blocker it is important to have a stain guard treatment applied to your carpet after having it professionally cleaned. Therefore, before you have your carpet cleaning company come to your house to clean your carpeting and area rugs, review your warranty guide to determine if it necessary to have stain guard treatment applied to your carpets and area rugs. If it’s required, make sure that you spend the money necessary to have stain guard treatment applied. It’s much less expensive than replacing your carpet.