A Unified Installation Standard is On the Way. CRI, IICRC Working Together on Carpet Installation, Inspection StandardsA series of three interviews that aired on the TalkFloor.com website flooring news website details cooperative initiatives between the Carpet and Rug Institute and the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration).
The first CRI & IICRC interview features comments from IICRC President Patrick Winters on recent changes to that organization, including the group’s decision to keep the name “The Clean Trust” as a service mark similar to the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. Currently, the IICRC is a standards development organization for ANSI, the American National Standards Institute and has plans to become an ANSI certification body, Winters said.
Part Two of the interview features Lew Migliore with an update on the IICRC’s S800 comprehensive standard for carpet inspection, as well as a discussion on the progress towards completion of the ANSI/IICRC S600 carpet installation standard. According to Milli Washington, IICRC’s Standards Director, the reference guide is completed for both standards, and the process of pulling the standard requirements out of the larger reference documents has begun. She added that a period of public review and comment should begin by the end of the year and that the standard could be submitted to ANSI for review in early 2013. CRI President Werner Braun praised the CRI’s efforts for doing much of “the heavy lifting” preparing for the unified installation standard.
In part three of the interview, Werner Braun says the group discussed some possible solutions to issues IICRC has voiced with the CRI’s Seal of Approval testing and certification program for carpet cleaning equipment and products, including the possibility of adding an oily component of the CRI’s formula soil used in the testing, as well as how best to handle consumer or “do-it-yourself” cleaning equipment.
We invite you to watch all three interviews.
And, then, will you let us know what you think of these interviews? How do you see promoting to your customers the benefits of a unified installation standard?