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Common Questions Asked About Water Damage On Carpet
Why should homeowners take water damage to the carpet seriously? When there’s too much moisture in the home, it will cause problems with any organic materials in the building. This includes textiles found in upholstery and flooring.
Achieving A Professional Carpet Cleaning Education
Professional carpet cleaning education is a great equalizer and can help propel an established technician to new heights. Even after years of experience in the field, a technician may lack in providing optimal performance or running their business in the most efficient way possible.
Frequently Asked Questions About Water Damage
Where does water damage typically come from? Water can enter the home in a variety of ways, including foundation leaks, burst pipes, appliance valve failures or poor drainage around the home.
Why Is A Professional Carpet Cleaning Certification A Priority?
The textile treatment industry is extremely competitive, and every advantage is important, which is why many technicians consider professional carpet cleaning certification a major priority. Only with thorough training will a technician be ready to handle a variety of jobs and do them well.
Carpet Cleaning Certification Training Is The Way To Go
What is the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification? The IICRC is an organization whose primary purpose is to establish and uphold the universal standards for carpet and furniture restoration, cleaning, and certification through proper training and education.
When the Pipes Crack: Tips to Prevent Water Damage
When extreme temperatures strike, homeowners across the U.S. are crippled with millions of dollars in water damage to homes and buildings. Leaving a home alone can become an expensive implication if things go astray while you are gone. And unfortunately more often than not, things do go wrong.
Is Doing a Better Job Marketing My Business on your list?
One of the benefits of becoming a Certified Firm is having access to the exclusive Marketing Toolkit filled with tips, tools and resources needed to promote the growth of your business.
IICRCA Announces Trade Show Details
The International Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Council of Associations (IICRCA) recently announced two dates and locations for its 2015 THE EVENT tradeshows targeting a wide swath of the cleaning, restoration and inspection industries.
Big Three: Tips for Improving Your Bottom Line & Winning the Bid
We’ve all seen this scenario: You bid for a job and win it, only to discover that after adding up your hard costs (insurance, gas, labor, etc.), you will actually lose money.
What Is The New England Carpet Cleaning Institute?
When it comes to education, individuals may face the decision between attending courses at the Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC) or the New England carpet cleaning institute, known as the New England Institute of Restoration & Cleaning (NEIRC).
Carpet Cleaning Certification Should Be Done With IICRC
Those interested in obtaining carpet cleaning certification can find an extensive lineup of Carpet Cleaning Technician (CCT) courses through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).
What Determines A Carpet Cleaning Price?
Is there a universal carpet cleaning price for residential and commercial services throughout the industry? No property or flooring type is the same, so it is not reasonable to have a standard go-to fee associated with this type of service.
When Is Commercial Cleaning Needed For Carpet?
Commercial carpet cleaning is, in many ways, even more important than residential carpet maintenance. Office buildings receive many times more foot traffic than the average home, and this places a great deal of stress on the carpeting.
Tips For Finding Carpet Cleaning Companies
Do you keep hiring carpet cleaning companies that promise more than they can deliver? A lot of businesses advertise rock bottom prices to entice customers, but after they get their foot in the door, do shoddy work, then intimidate customers forcing them to pay their exorbitant prices.
Find Mold Remediation Courses In California
Technicians who wish to set themselves apart from the competition by specializing in the removal of microbial organisms can take advantage of several Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) approved mold remediation courses and exams in California.
Flood Restoration Services Should Have Certifications
Those requiring flood restoration services are amidst a stressful time and are hoping to minimize the damage the water leaves behind.
IICRCA December Updates
As an organization that brings organizations together, the IICRCA’s first event is naturally a partnership. We'll be joining our friends in the Restoration Industry Association (RIA) this coming May.
December International Updates
The IICRC Asia Pacific instructors converged in Sydney on 14 November to attend the 2014 IICRC Certification Council meeting.
December Certifications
Congratulations, Master and Journeyman Certifications!
December MoU Spotlight
What is an MoU? An MoU is a Memorandum of Understanding. The IICRC forms strategic partnerships through the use of MoUs with organizations that lead to the Institute’s standards and certifications use in other industries.
December Spotlight
How did you land in this industry? I started in this industry as a new home builder and remodeler in 1968 and moved into restoration in 1981.
FCICA MoU
The IICRC is pleased to announce that is has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with FCICA, the Flooring Contractors Association.
IICRC Photo Contest
Congratulations to the winners of our first-ever photo contest! Selected by a panel of judges consisting of representatives from the IICRC marketing committee and other Institute leaders, the winning entries will receive a $25 gift certificate to Amazon.com.
Should You Use A Carpet Repair Kit?
A manufacturer of a do-it-yourself carpet repair kit will make a lot of claims when touting their products. These companies will state that even in the hands of an untrained person, they will be able to make professional-quality fixes.
When Choosing Steam Carpet Cleaning There Are Many Benefits
When a homeowner wants to infuse new life into their flooring or just make the home a little healthier, steam carpet cleaning is a great solution. This option is a popular method for treating floors for several reasons and is a good idea when there are pets or children in the home.
Where To Start When You Learn The Carpet Cleaning Business
Before a person starts in the industry, it will be extremely helpful to learn how the carpet cleaning business works. It may seem simple from an outside observer, but this field requires extensive knowledge.
MoUS Spotlight October Newsletter
What is an MoU? An MoU is a Memorandum of Understanding. The IICRC forms strategic partnerships through the use of MoUs with organizations that lead to the Institute’s standards and certifications use in other industries.
IICRCA Update October Newsletter
The IICRCA is the International Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Council of Associations. That’s a mouthful; what does it mean? The Council of Associations (Association) is a partnership of 20+ industry organizations.
International Updates October Newsletter
IICRC Asia Pacific partnered with the Specialised Cleaning and Restoration Industry Association (SCRIA) to participate in the CleanScene show. This partnership with SCRIA is important for IICRC as SCRIA is a trade association for cleaners and restorers in Australia.
Master-Journey Certifications October Newsletter
Congratulations, Master and Journeyman Certifications!
Photo Contest Article
Do you have any impressive before-and-after photos of a mold remediation or flood cleanup project? How about a particularly challenging inspection, carpet cleaning or fire/smoke damage cleanup?
Spotlight October eNewsletter
How did you land in this industry? I landed in this industry very much by accident as I was in partnership with another person in a property maintenance business. We decided to grow our business through the acquisition of an industrial cleaning business which did some restoration work.
BOD Meeting Election
During the fall Shareholders’ meeting on Friday, Oct. 17, five new members were elected to the 2014-2015 Board of Directors.
October 2014 Standards Update
ANSI/IICRC S100 Standard on Textile Floor Covering Cleaning Coming Soon Expected to publish in January, the newly revised and updated S100 will establish minimum standards for professional on-location cleaning of installed textile floor coverings.
What You Should Know About Cleaning Leather
How involved is the process of cleaning leather? Furniture covered in leather lends itself to specialized treatment for the surface. Many owners may tackle the project in a do-it-yourself approach, yet it takes the proper knowledge and supplies to ensure the material is not damaged in the process.
Common Questions On Carpet Repairs
What kind of carpet repairs can a professional perform? Over time, carpeting has a tendency to wear down, bunch up, discolor and lose its integrity, becoming an eyesore. It can also harbor nasty stains and odors, making it even more unappealing.
Questions About Carpet Cleaning Rates
What factors determine carpet cleaning rates? In short, there is no consistent way for a professional to estimate the cost of treatment until they have seen the area to be cleaned.
Get Certified For Cleaning Oriental Rugs
Cleaning oriental rugs can pose a special challenge to industry professionals. This type of floor covering is often highly-prized by its owner, and because of its exquisite makeup, it must be handled with special care.
Types Of Carpet Cleaning Training & Certification Offered
Proper carpet cleaning training and certification can provide a major advantage for a technician, giving them an unbeatable edge over the competition. According to consumer surveys of the industry, homeowners place a major emphasis on a technician’s education before selecting one.
Common Questions About Mold Remediation Courses In Florida
What will students learn during mold remediation courses in Florida? The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) offers one of the industry’s most respected microbial removal classes.
Family Business Study
In the U.S., family firms account for approximately 90 percent of incorporated businesses, generate 49 percent of the gross domestic product, employ 85 percent of the private sector and create 86 percent of all new jobs.
IICRCA Announces New President
The International Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Council of Associations (IICRCA) recently announced the hiring of long-time association executive Maury Astley, CAE, as its new president. In his new role, Astley will be responsible for leading the organization forward as it expands.
Path of a Yes
Everything you do or say while in a customer’s home or business revolves around hearing this three letter word: “yes.” In the value-added service arena, a customer saying “yes” is very powerful.
Social Media Ninja Tricks
I owned a carpet cleaning company in a small town in Pennsylvania for almost two decades. I struggled! I had success! I discovered marketing early on because not making money was no longer an option I could afford.
Find Certified Mould Inspector Training In Canada
For the most part, certified mould inspector training in Canada is identical to the coursework U.S. technicians have to follow, with a few exceptions. This fungus is a ubiquitous threat facing homeowners everywhere and can cause serious health problems when present.
When Are Water Damage Restoration Companies Needed?
Water damage restoration companies are essential for repairing a home or business affected by a storm, flood or plumbing problem. Water is one of the most destructive forces to affect a building, especially when contaminated with chemicals or organic waste.
Why Get A Carpet Cleaning Certification In Florida?
Why should technicians think about carpet cleaning certification if working in Florida? Like technicians in other industries, becoming accredited in your field shows your customers dedication, advanced skills, and competence.
Finding Carpet Cleaning Institutes For Training
There are many carpet cleaning institutes, though only a few possess national or international influence. Most organizations are smaller, state level trade groups that help keep local professionals informed on any state legislation that may affect their industry.
What Does Carpet Cleaning Certification In California Offer?
Finding a carpet cleaning certification course in California is simple, as the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is linked with approved schools and instructors throughout the state.
Reasons To Hire Someone For Professional Couch Cleaning
Living room furniture gets a lot of use, especially in homes with kids or pets, making regular professional couch cleaning a must. How often a piece of furniture needs treatment depends on the frequency of use and who is using it.
Why You Should Search For Carpet Cleaner Reviews
Carpet cleaner reviews can often be tricky and biased depending on the source, and it is important to learn how to discern between the “so called” professionals and the actual experts to guarantee satisfaction.
How To Handle Flood Clean Up
The flood clean-up process must be initiated immediately in the event that water has accumulated in the home or office. What steps are essential to take immediately following the discovery of water?
What To Do When Flood Water Damage Happens
What kind of flood water damage can a homeowner experience? For homeowners, one of the worst catastrophic events is a flood. Let’s review what can happen in the first hours and days after the disaster has occurred.
What Is The Carpet Cleaning Institute Of America?
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is the leading carpet cleaning institute in America and abroad. In 1972, Ed York, a pioneer in the textile treatment industry founded the IICRC.
How Should Carpet Removal Be Handled?
When is carpet removal a smart choice? Soiled, stained or aged carpeting is an eyesore and can ruin the look of a room, no matter how well it comes together. Eventually, this type of flooring will deteriorate to the point where a thorough cleaning won’t be able to restore its look.
Whats Involved In A Mold Remediation Course Online?
If you take the time to search the internet for a mold remediation course online, you’ll be sure to find several. While there are courses available, most in this industry know that it is best to receive this training in a classroom setting.
What To Know About Water Damage Repairs
What kind of water damage repairs can a homeowner perform on their own? When floods or leaks infiltrate the home, they can cause serious problems right away. In addition to creating frustration, floods and leaks can foster mold or microbial growth and leave powerful odors behind.
Find Answers About Carpet Cleaning Certifications
Why should industry professionals consider seeking carpet cleaning certifications? The textile treatment industry is complex and requires extensive training before a technician is ready to tackle work sites.
What Licensing Should Carpet Companies Have?
There is a multitude of carpet cleaning companies in every city, but not all of them have the licensing, certification, and experience required to do the job right. Untrained and unlicensed professionals may do more harm than good to the homeowner’s property, and the environment.
What Does Certified Mold Remediation Course Offer?
Technicians that want to improve their skills within the industry should consider getting certified in a mold remediation course. Water damage restoration companies need to be prepared to handle hazardous microbes as they typically represent the most serious threat in homes that have been flooded.
Differences In Cleaning Upholstery And Carpet
What is the difference between cleaning carpet and upholstery? Many people, even some professionals, don’t realize that there are significant differences in how these materials are treated. The top priority, when treating any kind of fabric is to avoid using too much water.
How To Handle Cleaning Carpet Stains
Cleaning carpet stains is an inevitable scenario for homeowners and business owners alike, though the severity and complexity of the problem may require professional intervention.
Common Questions About The Best Leather Cleaner
What do most homeowners consider to be the best leather cleaner? There are a number of traditional methods that homeowners rely on to handle this particular type of furniture, but they only provide mixed success at best.
August Certified Firm Spotlight
IICRC Spotlight - Tom Plant, Owner, Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Suburban MD and Washington, DC
Whats In a Name IICRC Restructures Global Regions
In its ongoing effort to establish and advance globally recognized standards and certifications for the inspection, cleaning, restoration and installation industries, the IICRC has restructured its four global regions.
August International Updates
International Updates for IICRC Asia Pacific and IICRC Japan
The Countdown Is On
The Countdown Is On: What to Expect during IICRC Board Elections. The IICRC’s 2014/2015 election process has officially begun, which means there will soon be some new faces at the IICRC Board of Directors table.
Master and Journeyman Certifications For August 2014
Congratulations, Master and Journeyman Certifications!
August 2014 Standards Update
August 2014 Standards Update: IICRC Draft Standards Available for Public Review and Call for Volunteers.
When New Floors Go Bad
I recently received a call from a homeowner complaining of flaking, cracking and pitting on the surface of their travertine dimension stone tile floor covering. (Travertine is a porous calcium carbonate rock that is commonly used as a building material.)
IICRC Now Offering Exclusive Discussion Board for Certified Firm
The IICRC has established an online discussion forum for Certified Firms and instructors. This is an ideal venue to talk shop with your peers, exchange techniques and ideas and learn from the best in the business – IICRC Certified Firms like yours.
New Trends in Commercial Carpet Maintenance
The use of oscillating pad carpet cleaning machines (OP machines) for commercial carpet maintenance has risen drastically in the last couple years. This method has been used both as an interim and restorative cleaning system due to its highly efficient orbital action. It actually oscillates!
IICRCA Certified Firm Benefit Program Now Available
Use a cell phone? Buy office supplies? Put fuel in your van? Then you could be saving hundreds or thousands of dollars a year – at no cost – simply by being an IICRC Certified Firm.
International Updates June 2014
IICRC Oceania is pleased to announce that they will now be called IICRC Asia Pacific, and will be covering the entire region for technicians and Certified Firms.
Why Should You Contact A Professional For Leather Cleaning?
Is it possible to learn the art of leather cleaning on your own? While it’s possible to learn how to treat certain materials on your own, it’s always a better idea to seek professional guidance or to seek accredited training so that the material is treated properly and efficiently.
How To Find A Reliable Carpet Cleaning Company?
Finding a reputable and experienced carpet cleaning company can be extremely difficult for a home or business owner for many reasons. An untrained eye cannot assess the quality of service after the professional leaves, & it takes weeks before the tell-tale signs of poor treatment become obvious.
Masters and Journeyman June 2014
Congratulations, Master and Journeyman Certifications!
We Have Been Busy! GRC Renovations Nearly Complete
For those of you who have stopped by the IICRC’s Global Resource Center (GRC) in Las Vegas, we have three words for you: Pardon our dust! We are on the brink of completing major renovations both in and outside the building.
IICRCA Update June 2014
The IICRCA Executive Committee recently met in the Global Resource Center (GRC) in Las Vegas to identify and prioritize action items. They managed to accomplish a few things as well.
IICRC Spotlight June 2014
IICRC Spotlight June 2014 - Co-owners Tom Vegter, President; Mary Space, CEO - Water & Mold Away USA, Inc.
Helping the Environment, One Carpet at a Time
While green carpet cleaning certification classes don’t exist per se, technicians can still learn various environmentally friendly treatment methods through IICRC training classes.
June 2014 Standards Update
BSR-IICRC S220 Standard on Hard Surface Floor Covering Inspection, IICRC Draft Standards Available for Public Review & New ANSI/IICRC S800 Standard Updates
Knowing How To Clean A Couch Properly
When deciding how to clean a couch, will the material of the furniture matter? Most sofas are made of microfiber textiles or leather, and both require vastly different forms of treatment. Microfiber sofas tend to gather more soil, and this soil can work its way deep into the fabric.
What Is The Institute Of Carpet Cleaning And Restoration?
What is the Institute of Carpet Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)? The IICRC is one of the most respected organizations in the textile treatment industry. It is responsible for training professionals and for setting standards for various forms of textile treatment.
Whats The Options For Carpet Cleaning Certification Courses
Carpet cleaning certification courses are the best way for a technician to get the knowledge they need to succeed in this industry. During these classes, a professional will be exposed to a variety of conditions and have the opportunity to work with the latest equipment and methods.
Common Questions About Carpet Installers
Should carpet installers receive training before working on a job site? Installing carpet is a complicated process that requires precision, or the flooring won’t last. One of the biggest problems new homeowners face when moving into a house is dealing with flooring that was placed incorrectly.
Whats Covered In Professional Carpet Cleaning Certification
Why is professional carpet cleaning certification through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) important? When looking for a flooring treatment expert, most home and business owners consider industry training to be imperative.
Whats Included In Certified Mold Inspector Training?
Undergoing certified mold inspector training through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration, or IICRC, will provide technicians with a comprehensive understanding of the remediation process.
Why You Shouldn't Take An Online Mold Remediation Course
With the spread of distance education on the internet, some technicians may be looking for an online mold remediation course, but web only instruction cannot provide the hands-on education that will be needed.
Why Should Skunk Odor Removal Be Handled By Professionals
When it comes to skunk odor removal there are a wide range of myths and home remedies out there, but do they really take care of the problem? No matter what its target is, the substantial potency of the smell skunks leave in their wake is nothing to shrug off.
Where Can You Learn Professional Carpet Cleaning
Where can a person go to learn professional carpet cleaning? The best way is to earn the proper certification, & fortunately for those seeking certification, the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) offers programs that help aspiring professionals on that track.
Why You Need Professionals For Carpet Stretching & Cleaning
Some professionals learn carpet stretching and cleaning on the job with no prior training. While experience is valuable, it is not an appropriate substitute for certification through a trusted agency.
How To Be Prepared With A Carpet Cleaning Business For Sale
When looking for a carpet cleaning business for sale, what things should a buyer watch out for? One thing to look at when purchasing a business is finances. Inaccurate record keeping is a common problem in the industry, & this can leave the new owner in the dark when projecting expenses or profit.
Answers For Fire Restoration Cleaning Questions
Whom do I contact for fire restoration cleaning? After getting in touch with an insurance company or agent, hiring a professional to repair the damage done to the home is important.
What Affects Water Damage Restoration Cost?
A lot of things factor into what water damage restoration will cost a homeowner and companies may vary greatly in their estimates. This is because it is often impossible to gauge the extent of the destruction until the area is thoroughly surveyed.
Are Water Damage Restoration Training Videos Trustworthy?
It can be convenient to seek out information and methods from water damage restoration training videos. However, the education offered through a certification course proves far more successful and complete.
Whats Included In A Certified Mold Inspector Training Course
Why should you achieve certification to perform remediation for mildew and sewage damage? Taking a certified mold inspector training course ensures that you are a professional who adheres to respected industry standards. The act of remedying damage from mildew or another fungus is a critical task.
What Is The Institute Of Carpet Cleaning & Restoration?
Since 1972, Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, or IICRC, has been the leading institute for carpet cleaning and restoration professionals around the world. It's grown from its modest beginnings to its present status as the most respected oversight agency in the industry....
Answers For Carpet Cleaning Certification Class Questions
How can a technician attain carpet cleaning certification through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration Certification or IICRC class? They offer a number of programs for technicians in a variety of industries, from simple textile treatment to performing water or fire restoration.
Spring Certification Council and Board Meeting Recap
Last week, the IICRC held its Spring Certification Council and Board of Directors meetings in Nashville. Despite the blustery weather, the event was a success with many new ideas and future plans on the horizon.
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