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Helping the Environment, One Carpet at a Time

Helping the Environment, One Carpet at a Time

Helping The Environment, One Carpet At A TimeWhile green carpet cleaning certification classes don’t exist per se, technicians can still learn various environmentally friendly treatment methods through IICRC training classes. By learning how to correctly and effectively clean textile floor coverings, technicians can reduce their environmental footprint.

Each year, approximately 4.7 billion pounds of carpet ends up in landfills, taking an estimated 1,000 years to degrade. Proper carpet cleaning and maintenance strategies help to extend the life of carpets and keep them out of landfills prematurely.

In addition, proper carpet maintenance can also lead to a reduction in the consumption of energy, water and chemicals. It can also extend the life cleaning equipment by limiting unnecessary and too frequent use—check out an article in this month’s “The Journal” for specifics on the “PDIR” method (preventative, daily, interim and restorative cleaning techniques) and how it can improve the lifecycle of textile flooring and reduce overall lifecycle costs.

Students also learn about the responsible application, storage and disposal of cleaning solutions. Improper chemical use, storage and disposal methods can lead to inhalation hazards and ground water pollution. IICRC trained professionals are taught how to handle chemicals correctly so they don’t become a health or water hazard.

“Training programs approved by the IICRC benefit not only business owners who use them, but consumers as well, whether in homes or facilities. While it is true that companies who decide to forego formal training such as provided by the IICRC can do good work and responsibly use cleaning equipment, chemistry and be environmentally conscious with important functions such as disposing of wastewater, companies who use IICRC trained technicians have a definite edge. IICRC-trained technicians not only have ‘in-the-field’ training, but formal training as well, on subjects that are very difficult to learn on the job. They have a more positive impact on everything they do and touch: the equipment, what they are working on and the resulting disposal of wastewater. In addition, they get the job done more efficiently, using less materials, removing more soil or contaminants, which is always better for the consumer and the environment in the long term.”

[Quote pending on how IICRC training helps technicians understand best practices that will ultimately help them reduce their environmental footprint]

For more information on how to extend the life of your carpet through proper care and maintenance strategies, click here.

When the time does come to replace carpet, encourage your customers to recycle it instead of throwing it away. There are many options when it comes to recycling carpet and depending on its condition, it may even be able to be reused. The Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) is a great resource for those looking to recycle their carpet. In 2012, its members diverted 351 million pounds of post-consumer carpet from landfills and recycled 294 million pounds of that carpet.

For more information on IICRC classes, or to find an approved school near you, visit http://www.iicrc.org/education-certification/.




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