Werner Braun: School Systems Benefit From Better Carpet CleaningIn his October 9, 2011 column titled "It starts in the schools" for the Dalton Daily Citizen, Carpet and Rug Institute president Werner Braun talks about the Carpet and Rug Institute’s Seal of Approval testing and certification program for carpet cleaning products and equipment and how the SOA program can help school systems.
“When the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) first began certifying cleaning products and equipment with our Seal of Approval (SOA) program, we envisioned a day when firms all across the country would either recommend or require the sole use of SOA-certified products to clean the carpets within their properties.
We have been actively engaged with the Environmental Protection Agency Tools for Schools Program. We have worked hand-in-hand with the Council of Educational Facility Planners Institute (CEFPI) to make sure their members were aware of the savings and benefits our SOA program could offer in taking care of their carpet maintenance needs.
As we have worked our way through this process, we have been engaged with as many individual school systems as possible, and we never turn down a chance to get in front of that audience.
Last week, CRI attended an in-service meeting for the Jackson, Mississippi School District to provide them detailed information on how they could better serve the district’s 61 schools’ carpet cleaning needs.
One school system custodian remarked about the carpet he cares for in the schools he serves, saying, ‘I love to be able to see those kids playing on that soft carpet, and I love the fact that, with all those little voices making so much noise, our carpeted rooms are always quieter. I even have teachers who absolutely wouldn’t teach in a room if it didn’t have carpet, but they also hate it when they have little accidents, and it always falls into my court to make sure the carpet continues to look good. It hasn’t always been an easy task, but having something like the SOA program looks like that might solve a lot of those problems for me.’”
Thank you, Werner.