IICRC Facts and Recommendations

The Institution of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) has been in the cleaning industry since 1972, "to set and promote high standards and ethics [in the inspection, cleaning and damage restoration industries]. Currently, there are only 4,600 certified firms in the world that are considered professional companies by the IICRC (which includes 30 countries in the world!).

Much like the recommendations offered by carpet manufacturers, the IICRC recommends to get your carpets professionally cleaned at least once per year. Also, for homes with the presence of pets, allergies and heavy traffic they recommend more than once a year!

For household carpets, the average household soil level is about 40%. In regards to mold, it cannot grow on carpets; however, it can still grow on the soil in the carpets. To prevent mold, household owners must keep their carpets clean so there is very little to no possibility for the mold to grow. Another cause of mold is using the wrong drying techniques following a "professional" cleaning. The IICRC states that a true professional firm should have drying that occurs within six to eight hours (which the majority of uncertified cleaners do not offer).

Pet odors are a common problem in many households throughout the world. Most consumers without specialized solutions and proper equipment cannot rid of pet urine from wall-to-wall carpets or area rugs. In fact, most products available to all consumers only provide temporary relief.

In regards to furniture and upholstery, these household items experience much more daily soiling and "wear and tear." The IICRC recommends annual cleanings, and semi-annual cleanings for those which are used heavily.

*All of the above information can be found on the IICRC website back

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